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Area meeting 09 September 2010
Dear North Kent and South East London Members,
I would like to thank all those of you who were able to attend our first meeting and all those who were unable to but were kind enough to contact me to let me know.
Apologies for the short notice that some of you had. Unfortunately, an IT glitch caused members not to receive the information I sent out about my appointment and the meeting date and venue. CThA head office did, however, mail the information as soon as I found out, but this gave only 5 days notice of the event.
I believe, and I hope all the attendees will concur; the meeting was very helpful on many grounds.
After exchanging ideas on how to keep safe when visiting or being visited by a client and how to screen a genuine client from a nuisance call, we discussed how to decide the right amount to charge and what impression it will give about us and the quality and effectiveness of our skills.
We then went on to discuss how to improve our client base.
Amongst the ideas submitted there was the possibility of doing an exhibition at shopping centres (from Bluewater – the most expensive at £1,750.00 for a Saturday event occupying an area about 2.5mt by1.5mt- to The Mall in Bexleyheath Broadway – at £80.00 for similar area for Saturday and Sunday). Obviously, they require organization and commitment from members not just because of the financial aspect but also because the stand will have to be manned by each member for all or part of the day.
During this event, leaflets, bearing the CThA logo and ethos, will be given with the list of therapists taking part/sponsoring the event. In addition, shoppers would be able to have a paid tester of 15 minutes for £10.00.
Another idea was to hold regular events (monthly) at the same venue. Suggested venues were: Crayford Town Hall; Thames Innovation Centre; Blackheath Concert Hall and Bexley Freemantle Hall. I will enquire about the cost of hiring these halls and I will report to the members as soon as possible.
The event would be structured similarly to those in shopping centres, with greeters welcoming people into the hall and directing them to the most appropriate therapy for their needs (or according to whom is less busy). Saturday afternoon and Friday evenings are apparently the best days.
It is the members’ intention to invite local doctors, health counsellors/ practitioners to show them what we do and to see how effective the therapies are. Not just at these events but also at some of our meetings.
We concluded that we can make our membership to CThA more valuable than just a way to receive a magazine, although very informative and well written, and create a more dynamic, vibrant and effective group. After all, it is up to us, its members, to make our group as effective as we want, with our participation and involvement.
It is important for members who are interested in the above events, but were unable to attend the meeting, to contact me as soon as possible. Via the forum (preferably, so we all can post a comment) or by e-mail (for now please use firstname.lastname@example.org ) to voice your ideas and commitment.
The date for the next meeting is Friday the 10th of September. It will take place at one of the venues, which will be used for the monthly event.
Although no contribution was required or requested for the first meeting, all participants will be required to support the next one with a nominal amount of between £3.00 to £5.00 to cover the cost of the hall, coffee/tea and biscuits.
At the meeting we will be discussing further ways to increase the client base and we will be having demonstrations of a range of complimentary therapies such as: Wood Therapy (a new therapy from Venezuela), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Auricular Acupuncture and Non-Clinical Infection Control.
Until the next meeting, we can exchange ideas on our forum.
I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting and to hear from you about the proposed promotions.
North Kent & South East London
|Christine Ann Macklen|
Jul 11 2010 5:10PM
|Giuseppe - thank you so much for hosting the meeting. It was great to meet so many of "us" - you're right, there is a wealth of talent in our area and I'm looking forward to hearing more about what each of us specialises in. It's a great idea for us all to pull together and show people what "the professionals" can do!
Best wishes to all
Jul 11 2010 5:11PM
Many thanks to Giuseppe Tomaselli (and his wonderful wife) for their commitment and kindness last Friday evening. I cannot believe we covered so much ground in such a small space of time. The heat almost beat us but it was a very good meeting and an exchange of ideas and to meet new therapists was extremely refreshing. Many thanks. YVONNE WEBB -Bexleyheath.
Jul 12 2010 10:28AM
|It sounds like you had a great meeting and lots of good ideas i am sorry i could not attend but look forward to coming to the next one
Jul 12 2010 12:07PM
|Sorry I couldn't make it (but being a massive Formula 1 fan and being given free tickets....how could I not go?!!)
It sounds like some fab ideas were mooted and I would be interested in participating. I've put the date of the next one in my diary and look forward to meeting you all then.
Jul 12 2010 2:55PM
|Hi sorry I was unable to make the meeting it was a bit short notice for me. It sounds like I missed a good meeting though and being a new therapist all ideas opinions etc are invaluable so Im hoping to make the next one (ive pencilled it in!)and I would be very interested in participating in the regular monthly events. I look forward to meeting you soon. Vanessa Pickett|
Jul 13 2010 10:49AM
|Thankyou Guiseppe for organising the first meeting, it was good to feel part of an organisation and hopefully we can all learn from and support each other.
Jul 13 2010 9:58PM
|This sounds very interesting. I have to say from my experience re doing a "show" like that: I once took part in the Allergy Show at Earls Court, with an Allergy Reduction/Elimination technique I use called NAET. I thought I would get lots of new clients but I didn't get a single one!! And it was similarly expensive. So beware! I would be interested in the open evening idea though!|
Jul 13 2010 10:23PM
|Thank you for all your kind and usefull comments.
I hope to have some information on the cost of hiring the various venues by the end of week.
I will post them on the forum for all to decide which is beleived to be the most cost effective and to which and whom members would like to take part.
Please post any esperience you have of similar events so that we can all lern from them
Jul 14 2010 7:11PM
I would like to thank you for taking up the position of Co-ordinator - we have not had group meetings for quite some time now and the support these meetings gives is invaluable.
I have made an enquiry as to the cost of Hextable Heritage Centre which is where I hold my courses. It is a large light airy room with kitchen facilities and will cost £8 per hour. I would suggest 2 1/2 hours to include set up/clear away time, so it would cost £20 per evening if we meet between 6.30 - 8.30 pm. Hope this is of interest.
Jul 14 2010 10:20PM
|Where abouts is Hextable? (sorry, showing my ignorance here)...|
Jul 14 2010 10:45PM
It is equidistat between Sawnley (North of), Wilmigton (South of) and M25 (East of)
Please paste the above link in your browser to see a google map
Jul 14 2010 10:54PM
|Thanks Giuseppe.I can see where it is now. I would be interested in an event of this kind but only if people coming would be from my catchment area which is central London...|
Jul 14 2010 11:09PM
Sorry, but the nearest venue to Central London would be Blackheath Concert Hall, if the members decide to go for that venue.
The events are for members operating in North Kent and South East London.
Therefore, would not be appropiate to have an event in Central London.
Jul 15 2010 10:04PM
|Thanks, Giuseppe. Blackheath would be fine for me. I am theoretically in South East London - but only just - it is SE1 which is pretty central. But people do sometimes come from the South East more.|
Jul 15 2010 10:20PM
Thank you for your clarification. You are, geograficaly, in a fantastic position as we can attract customers from diggerent areas.
Please remember that we are all invited to attend meetings and events in other areas in Greater London.
As I wrote in my last message. I will be getting all the costing of the various venues and publish them on the forum.
All members taking part will be able to vote for the most suitable venue and type of event.
I am only co-ordinating and make sure that, what is desired by the member, will actualy take place.
Jul 16 2010 9:43AM
I am really interested in getting involved in these events! I live 5 minutes walk from Bluewater, can drive and all my equiptment is mobile!
When are we thinking??
Jul 16 2010 11:02AM
I hope to be able to post all the information by the end of next week. At the moment I am trying to get the hiring of the premises a bit cheaper.
The dates for the event/s and the format, can either be discussed at the next meeting (on the 10th of September) or on this page.
In any case at the event/s we will be giving out leaflets with the contributers names and therapies offered and we will also be selling gift vouchers (we will have to discuss if this will have the name of the therapist selling it (in which case the money goes to him/her and so the printing cost)or it can be used for all therapists taking part in the promotion (in which case the profits will be shared). In addition, as already mentioned, we will offer a 15 minutes introduction at £10.00
Jul 16 2010 4:34PM
I too am based in se1 and therefore more central london than south east blackheath would be good
Jul 16 2010 4:39PM
|I'm based a 20min walk from Blackheath - so wouldn't complain! But happy to travel if cost is an issue...
Looking forward to meeting you all
Jul 19 2010 5:20PM
|Thank you Giuseppe and all the therapist for a lovely and very productive meeting. I am very happy to hear that there are so many of us willing to share experience and knowledge and most important work togueter for the sake of the complementary therapies.Giuseppe, at the moment I am free some afternoon, please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any help, I will be more than happy to help you .
Looking forward to meet you all again very soon