Monthly Archives: February 2018

  • It's been another busy week at SMBA, two of our members delivered their speaking slots today, covering comedy to connectivity in their inspiration slot and ten minute presentation.
  • John Warburton of JWC delivered an excellent ten-minute presentation. John spoke about where he went to school and explained that he was the first in his family to get a degree.
  • John explained to the group of today's 20 present members, how he made his journey through journalism taking a detour via the comedy world. John worked for the BBC and had his very own radio show, he was also a leading act at comedy clubs around Manchester. I think we can all agree that John has had a very interesting life!
  • This morning's inspiration slot was filled by Alec Smalley of Church Street Antiques. Alec spoke about Hedy Lamarr, the Hollywood Star who invented Wifi.
  • The scientist and screen star worked not only on her acting career but also on an early connectivity device, receiving a patent for a "Secret Communications System" in 1942, used to alter radio frequencies. At the time the device was misunderstood and it's uses not utilised to their full potential. However, the ideas and methods of her work have been used to create both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology that we used each and every day.
  • The meaning behind Alec's choice of inspiration was that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover as people can be talented in more than one way. It also highlights the need for taking a chance on and idea which might seem like a pipedream.
  • We've been looking at lots of beautiful antiques after today's meeting, thanks to member Alec Smalley who brought in some wonderful pieces from his Antiques store.
  • Today's meeting also highlighted the need for those in business to reflect on their goals regularly and ensure they're taking the tiny steps needed to achieve these. Ultimately working on smaller goals will lead to accomplishing much larger one's. From setting aside admin time to outsourcing, there are many ways you can make small changes to your approach to work that will reap in the benefits.
  • Mike Morin of Mo For Less was this morning's inspiration slot speaker. Mike spoke about the benefits of setting and reaching goals. After one of January's meetings, Mike became motivated to set his own goals which included improving his admin and becoming more organised. Because of these goals, Mike has now generated more business now has a full diary up until May aside from minor jobs or helping out his ongoing customers.
  • Alec Smalley presented this morning's ten minute talk. Alec explained how he set up Church Street Antiques with Nick and has gone from strength to strength building up a good reputation as dealers in fine furniture. Mike outlined where his business is generated and the type of client who is his most valuable contact. He also brought in some great examples of lamps, from Silver, to brass to art deco. Alec showed the 18 members and guests at today's meeting the variety of antiques they deal with at the shop.