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Our latest meeting saw several members back in the fold following summer trips, and it was great to hear about so many MEG affiliates working alongside one another in business.
Our Chairman, William Seabrook, and Daniel Falinsky revealed that they are collaborating on an exciting architecture service – Partisan; whilst Christopher Ball and Damian Cox are teaming up once again to work on another major project together.
In the evening, we caught up again for the first MEG social of 2018, rendezvousing at PLY for some well-earned pizza and drinks until late.
Here’s a look back at what we covered in our latest get-together:
The Theme: Language In Business
Back in his usual seat following a few weeks of travelling, Stuart Holliday (Focused Mind Coaching) provided the meeting’s Thought of the Day.
After immersing himself in language learning apps during his time outside the UK, Stu used his travelling experience to tell the group all about the benefits of embracing cultural speech besides their mother tongue.
Our resident mind coach explained that bilingualism does not only open up new business opportunities – it actually has a proven beneficial effect on mental health.
German, French, Russian, Arabic and Spanish are regarded as the most useful languages in the corporate world and can help you gain access to a myriad of new clients, but learning any new language can boost your wellbeing.
Studies have shown that bilingual speakers not only have stronger memories and are more adept at multitasking; they also possess enhanced listening skills and even reduced chances of developing diseases such as dementia.
With all this in mind, Stu asked the group: Can you afford not to be learning a new language?
The Speaker: Alex Khanyaghma (Manchester Cares)
Every week, a MEG member gets the opportunity to showcase their brand by hosting a ten-minute presentation.
Alex Khanyaghma led the session on Thursday morning, telling everyone about his Development Office roles at charity Manchester Cares.
As part of the wider Cares Group, the Manchester branch aims to tackle loneliness and isolation in the city by bringing young professionals and older people together.
Alex revealed that the two loneliest demographic groups in the UK are those aged 70+ and those 21-35, and thanks to the buddy-making services of Manchester Cares, neither young nor old people need to suffer the mental health detriments of loneliness.
Research has shown that loneliness can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and Manchester Cares are doing something very important by taking steps to encourage community connections.
Thanks to Alex for a thought-provoking and insightful presentation. Next time at MEG, we have Dave Moss leading from the front, telling the group about Prism.
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