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Nurturing through poetry – possibly! by Sean Humby – June 2015 update!

September 4, 2014

After reading a Blog post on HubSpot titled “Your Leads Are Annoyed With You: Here’s Why” by Lisa Toner it got me thinking.  I have copied the opening paragraph here – please read the whole of Lisa’s article – it is great

“When your job is to generate and nurture new leads like it is for pretty much every marketer and salesperson, it can be all too easy to think of every new lead as just another number on a waterfall report or just another name on a call list”.

In an effort to be different and perhaps to use those creative juices that exist (somewhere) I often use some basic – very basic poetry – perhaps rhyme is a better description – as part of the messages that I send out.  If this is a form of nurturing then that’s great – what I do know is that it does create responses where none have previously been – even if it is an “derogatory” acknowledgement!  Often I get a poem as a reply!

Having looked through the book shelves here at Business Network SW HQ I have noticed that poetry is often collated into an anthology.  So here’s mine!

Firstly an introduction.

The rhymes are used predominantly as part of an invitation to to the events that I host in Bristol and Exeter – so I guess that this anthology has a common theme!

They start with those used most recently – hence the Bank Holiday theme!  (And it is through pure coincidence that the first one has BNSW as the opening letter on the first lines – now there’s a thought!) After that there is no theme as in other anthologies – more often than not based on when in the month the next event is and where in the communication trail (yes there is one!) the person is.  A trail not a process – a journey to more opportunities, an expedition to develop a network, a trek (leisurely and enjoyable!) to more conversations when people get together!

Enough of an intro

The rhymes begin here, with gusto!

Bank holiday weekend is nigh
Not another poem you sigh
Surely not more rhyme
Where do I get the time
It’s important I must say

To communicate everyday

With the event coming up soon

Why wait until high noon

You’ll network, converse and connect

With a group that could be perfect

Knowledge, ideas and solutions will flow

That encourage your business to grow

By remembering to book this event

You’ll greatly reduce the emails sent

With your place confirmed and all done

You can relax knowing that opportunities will come

____________________________________________________________________________________

Bank holiday weekend is done
Not a tremendous of sun
S o perhaps to bring some cheer
W ith a new rhyme I fear
A quick reminder is due
I trust to brighten your hue

The 10th September maybe distant

But you can book in an instant
By remembering to book this event
You’ll greatly reduce the emails sent

With your place confirmed and all done

You can relax knowing that opportunities will come
You’ll network, converse and connect
With a group that could be perfect

Knowledge, ideas and solutions will flow

That encourage your business to grow!

____________________________________________________________________________________

With the event coming up soon
Why wait until high noon
Guaranteed you’ll network, converse and connect
With a group that could be perfect
Knowledge, ideas and solutions will flow
That encourage your business to grow
Guaranteed crumb free working lunch
With a well connected bunch
With your place confirmed and all done
You can relax knowing that opportunities will come

____________________________________________________________________________________

The poem may have been missed

The text just in a list

So if my call is what you need

I’ll do it today, as agreed!

Rather than wait and delay

Book your place today

____________________________________________________________________________________

Perhaps the first was never found

So this one is, I trust, sound

This invitation is yours

It will open doors

Rather than wait and delay

Book your place today

___________________________________________________________________________

Will you be booking your place?
I know it’s 5 days to go until we meet face to face
What with a super seminar and lunch
And conversations with a connected bunch
If you have booked already, thank you
This is purely information for you!
If you haven’t done yet
Then please feel free to get
Your place booked right here

____________________________________________________________________________________

Poetic reminder number one

The one on Monday I shouldn’t have done

You know what it’s about

So rather than a shout

A little rhyme or two

Should hopefully do

All I need is a yes or a no

Then I’ll go

To encourage others to attend the lunch

Supporting the charities a whole bunch

The poem is stuttering

Maybe I’ll be muttering

It’s not what you think

All you need to do is click on the link

___________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for the email you sent
Certainly full of ideas and intent
To help bring your scrapbook
To life in in your home, for a great look
So why not tell more
And bring your business to the fore
Sean’s email is here
I trust to bring you some cheer
With a seminar that will deliver a mine
Of ways to get more from your time
Followed with lunch, 2 courses in all
With conversations to enthrall
Feel free to book here
Your attendance I hold dear
As to those who’ll be there
With opportunities to share
____________________________________________________________________________________
Week 3’s reminder to you

A simple click and tick here

And you can lend an ear

To those that are booked

Having their lunch cooked

If a reminder’s what you need

To help you succeed

Then that’s on it’s way

But not if you’ve booked today!
___________________________________________________________________________________

To avoid the rhymes, the call, the text

You know what you need to do next

Feel free to book your place here

It’s sure to bring you more than cheer!

____________________________________________________________________________________
Poems one and two
Obviously just did not do
Perhaps number three
Will encourage a looksee
At the list of those booked
Will it get you hooked
And lead to reserve your place
We’ll meet face to face
At the seminar, definitely at the lunch
You’ll see that the list has a tremendous bunch
So let the opportunities begin
By counting yourself in
The link to book is here
You know your attendance is dear
To my heart
So feel free to take part

____________________________________________________________________________

A surprise for me
As poems one, two and three
Have perhaps been missed
And as you are not on the list
For the lunch on the sixth
A chance for a mixth
Plenty of networking for you
Opportunities that will do
Much for your business success
You know the process
Feel free to book your place
Rather than join the race
As you know what’ll be next
Another poem, a call, a text

__________________________________________________________________________

Week 1’s reminder to you

It’s an easy thing to do

A simple click and tick here

And you can lend an ear

To those that are booked

Having their lunch cooked

If a reminder’s what you need

To help you succeed

Then that’s on it’s way

But not if you’ve booked today!

___________________________________________________________________________

Bank Holiday Weekend
And we tend
To forget Monday’s a day of rest
And I will not text
So to guarantee your place
Feel free to grace
Your mouse to the link
And I’ll join you for a drink
It’s the 8th of May
An opportunity laden day
And with 3 emails sent
I do wonder where they went
Perhaps this one’s worth a look
And you’ll book
___________________________________________________________________________

With only hours to go

It’s time for your name to show

On the list for next week

There’s opportunities to seek

The poem gets longer

As the invites get stronger

Delighted to extend

Your invitation to attend

June’s lunch on the twelfth

It’ll be great for the health

And your business will thrive

As the opportunities arise

Feel free to book your place

Guaranteeing you’ll show your face

Remember the seminar before

It could open up many doors

Feel free to file away

You know reminders will be on their way!

____________________________________________________________________________________

My holiday’s now done

There was plenty of sun

And with 12 days to go

That’s 288 hours you know

I’d be delighted if you’d look

Maybe you’ll book

A networking seminar before the lunch this time

There’s not much more to this rhyme

That’s enough I think

Feel free to book on this link!

A quote from F R Drew is next

Just to draw attention to the text

“Secrets of conversation lead to opportunity” 

____________________________________________________________________________________

This is it, the final email

But I do not want to fail

In trying to get you along to the lunch

With a wonderful bunch

So, you’ve guessed what’s next

It’s the text

Then the call

And that will be all

Unless of course you’ve clicked here

You’re attendance I value dear!

____________________________________________________________________________________

These people are booked

So take a look

My call or text

Are guaranteed to be next

____________________________________________________________________________________

A call is next

Or will it be a text

Why wait and see

Book your place, feel free

____________________________________________________________________________________

The penultimate email I promised

Did it get noticed?

Because you know what’s next

Before my call, the text

What can I say

As I contact you today

The lunch is next week

And all that I seek

Is a yes or a no

As you may want to go

To not only the lunch

To join a super bunch

Feel free to book your place

It’ll be great to meet face to face

The poems may get longer 

As my skills get stronger!

____________________________________________________________________________________

With only 2 days to go
Your name doesn’t show
On the list for the lunch
Do the messages lack punch?
So rather than wait and delay
Book your place today
It’s Monday so I’ll call
But that won’t be all
Without a reply, it’s the text
It always comes next!

____________________________________________________________________________________

40 booked but not you?

Clicking this link here, is all you have to do!

____________________________________________________________________________________

A text will

Will be next

And last of all

A call

____________________________________________________________________________________

I’ve nearly done it all, 

Except the call,

Only to ask if you can make it on Wednesday

Sure to be an opportunity filled day

____________________________________________________________________________________

Today, poets day does fall
And with a Bank Holiday coming up for all
A short reminder rhyme
For the May event is in a very short time
It’s an invitation only event
That’s why post has been sent
With a seminar that will delight
It’s about AE, an insight
Hosted by experts Lansdown Place, you know
That your time spent will have benefits to show
Combined with the networking lunch conversations
You’re certain to develop and build your connections
So rather than delay
Why not book your place today
If you want more details
Feel free to look at what the event entails….

____________________________________________________________________________________

This thank you for you

Is to acknowledge what you do

To help Bristol Business Network grow

And let the opportunities flow!

The End!

Addendum!

Back to work, now the holiday’s done
Now a September full of sun
So here’s a quick reminder rhyme
Would you please give it some time?

The 10th September is next week
It is not just your attendance I seek
Your knowledge, enthusiasm and conversation
Are also part of the equation

Remember to book this event
And you’ll greatly reduce the emails sent
With your place confirmed and all done
You can relax knowing that opportunities will come

You’ll network, converse and connect
With a group that could be perfect
Knowledge, ideas and solutions will flow
That encourage your business to grow!

___________________________________________________________________________________

2 days is a short time
Hence this very simple rhyme
All I ask is a look
Perhaps you’ll even book
I’ll finish right here
Your attention, this far, I hold dear
I look forward to perhaps a greeting
At this the next meeting
Best regards for now
That’s Sean Humby out, with a bow
____________________________________________________________________________________
6 days seems like a very long time
Hence this very simple rhyme
All I ask is a look
Perhaps you’ll even book
For the event in October the eighth
Now there’s a word that rhymes with umpteenth
With super seminar, conversations and lunch
Connections’ll be made, that’s my hunch
So feel free to reserve your place here
And I shall certainly cheer
A reply with a yes, it’s as simple as that
And your place will be booked, and that’s a fact
So why wait and delay
Get your place booked today
You’re guaranteed to be better connected once a visitor
With opportunities ready to knock at your door
Feel free to click on the link below
I trust that this’ll show
Just what you can get
In the space of a minute!
I’ll finish right here
Your attention, this far, I hold dear
I look forward to perhaps a greeting
At this the next meeting
Best regards for now
That’s Sean Humby out, with a bow
___________________________________________________________________________________
Networking events, my game
Seminar and networking lunch with conversation
An hour or 2 in duration
Guaranteed to inform and connect
That’s the least you’d expect
So feel free to take a look
And you may even book
___________________________________________________________________________________
Wednesday’s event is what this is all about
Just time for me to scream and shout
Super seminar, networking with lunch
With a tremendous bunch
____________________________________________________________________________________
Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Sean’s invitation to you, this day
May blow you away, but I should say
Not like the gunpowder plot, I guarantee
It’s THE networking lunch, next Wednesday
With super seminar before, preventing waste at exhibitions
Tips, ideas and plenty of actions
THE networking lunch is structured, for you
To have the conversations, most that are new
That generate the connections, opportunities as well
For your business to grow, to excel
With a pedigree dating back to 1993, last century
This event is worth a try, no obligation from me
That’s me signing off, Sean Humby
So please, as you’ve read this far, feel free
To click on the link, it’s below
It’s easy to book your place, you know
Cheerio and farewell for today, for now
Wishing you a successful day, full of WOW
___________________________________________________________________________________
And the latest – June 2015
In response to my poem and the riposte!
Thank you for your referral the other day
Delighted to say
Event details to Michelle and Francijn are en route
I trust that they’ll be useful to explain what the event is all about
I shall hopefully meet them on July’s eighth day
For conversations too numerous to say
That’s enough of my poor rhyming for now
Sean’s leaving now with a bow!
Keeping the spirit of poetry:
Roses are red,
Violets are violet,
Otherwise they’d be called blues,
erm… probably.
This poetry thing is too easy.
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