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Penultimate event of 2014 – conversations from 10am – 3pm!

November 6, 2014

Report from the host of the event Sean Humby

5th November 2014 at Lord Haldon Country Hotel – a beautiful day brought out the best in conversation and I trust led to your network growing and great business relationships being developed.  The quote “A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world”  from John Le Carre* is one that makes sense in today’s super connected world – we can all get a very distorted view from what we see on our screens, tablets, phone’s and to actually get out and meet face to face is an important way to get balance and perspective.

A super start to the event with Mark Leveridge’s seminar “Stop wasting money at exhibitions and trade shows”.  Great advice, tips and delivered with panache!  I’ll use the word magical later!  Covering the reasons for being there, goals/purpose, doing the right things, avoiding the pitfalls so often seen, being memorable and having a positive impact on your business were all covered.  Along with some magical magic that gave giveaways a back story and showed a mind reading teddy bear in action.  Mark has written a great Blog post that will give you some ideas and if you would like your next exhibition/trade show (event – business or family) to be memorable for all the right reasons you can contact Mark on 01392252000 OR 07773303558 OR

The networking lunch enabled each person to talk for 3 minutes to the other people at their table whilst their lunch was served (no queuing at BNSW events!) and as well as extolling the virtues of their business, how it benefits others and how they can help others each person had the additional question (thank you to Desert Island Discs!) of the luxury and book they’d take on a desert island.  The answers certainly demonstrated that it is important to get to know people beyond just business.  It also led to some interesting conversations.  From the table I was sat at we had books Alan Sugar’s autobiography, a book on networking, The Magus to name but three and luxury goods including satellite phone, sketch pad and pencil, hair straighteners, bottle of fine whiskey, solar powered motorcycle…….


Thank you also to Guy Arnold – Sales Through Service – “press ganged” or not an insightful and provocative look at the way businesses can grow through some simple steps – going that extra inch, investing in feedback to name two!  Guy has some free resources here – “feel free to use and share as much as you want!” And to contact Guy Call 01647 253461 or emailmailto:


The event concluded at 2pm with a few quotes to takeaway!

“Exercise is done against one’s wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse” George Sheehan b 5/11/1918

“If you don’t think everyday is great, try going without one” Jim Evans b 5/11/1946

“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four.  Unless there are 3 other people” Orson Welles (The Week, again!)

 Although there were a number of conversations that continued until nearly 3 o’clock which was great to see!



If there are people on this list that you wish to be seated with at a future lunch then please let me know –  next event 10/12/14. Seminar before lunch being hosted by Compass Resolution – Mediation Live!

You may have heard about mediation. You will certainly know something about conflict but have you ever watched a mediator it in action. A ringside seat is now your opportunity!

John Hind, Director and Founder of Compass Resolution Mediation and his two colleagues, Bob Prior and Pippa Basset are going to put their heads on the block and run a mediation role play, for all to see.

  • You will have the opportunity to watch a workplace mediation unfold before your very eyes.
  • You will have the chance to ask the participants questions while they are still in role, gaining insights into how people behave under pressure.
  • You will see how John manages the conflict and moves the participants towards a successful outcome with a range of interventions.

So, don’t miss the opportunity to be a mediator for a moment or two and see how it all works in practice.  We look forward to seeing you there.

It’s also the Christmas event so there will be auction/raffle supporting the Exeter Business Network charities**.  Feel free to donate prizes/lots – fine wine, champagne, weekend breaks, spa treatments, sports memorabilia, tickets for events, services, products, business books, fine chocolates, experience events……In 2013 the auction raised over £1600!


Looking ahead

December’s event – 10/12/14

2015 Dates Here

If you would like to recommend Business Network SW – you can do it very easily on LinkedIn – thank you in advance!  

The Business Network SW LinkedIn group with over 1295 members – feel free to engage, discuss and participate.  Share, comment as well

BNSW Face Book page and post a “like”!  Sharing and commenting would be great as well! 




Gallery from the event – pictures by Blackberry! Apologies for the glare!



From Twitter
Ju_SummerhayesNov 05, 3:21pm

Top event. Thanks Sean.

ashleyscottuk9:14am via Twitter for iPhone

@RachelmBuckley @seanhumby @glenkingpr@SpacesbySpace Likewise

Show Conversation

RT @RachelmBuckley: Great lunch today @seanhumby nice to see @ashleyscottuk@glenkingpr and @SpacesbySpace #networking#bnsw – thank you!

RachelmBuckley Nov 05, 7:57pm via Twitter for iPad

Great lunch today @seanhumby nice to see @ashleyscottuk @glenkingpr and @SpacesbySpace#networking #bnsw




The Christmas event – 10/12/14

There will be auction/raffle supporting the Exeter Business Network charities**.  Feel free to donate prizes/lots – fine wine, champagne, weekend breaks, spa treatments, sports memorabilia, tickets for events, services, products, business books, fine chocolates, experience events……In 2013 the auction raised over £1600!


Exeter Business Network Charities 2014 – Your chance to support them!  

The Devon Air Ambulance Trust is the charity which raises the funds to keep 2 emergency Air Ambulances flying. This is no small feat as each and every year we have to raise in the region of £4.5 million to keep both of the helicopters airborne.  Click here to donate

Families for Children place children for adoption from throughout the UK, who have experienced loss and upheaval. We find for them stable, loving families in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
We are special because we have a ‘forever’ policy of support and this means that we offer support to the child and new family for as long as they need us. Click here to donate

WESC Foundation’s aim is the education and care of young people with visual impairment and/or complex needs and their transition into school, college and beyond.  By providing a specialist centre for education, training and expertise, WESC Foundation create a better life for people with visual impairment. Click here to donate

The vision of St Loye’s Foundation is that each individual should have the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential, irrespective of natural abilities or setbacks experienced in life.
Mission – St Loye’s mission is to be the preferred choice of people with physical, mental health, sensory and other disabilities, or with long-term health conditions, to improve their quality of life and degree of independence.  Click here to donate

*** If you introduce someone called Joe Bloggs who is a decision maker in a business – they come to an event and join then I will give you 12 months membership free!

*My quote source – 6 free issues here – well one of them!!!!

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