A pox on the internet

Turned on the laptop at 6.30am this morning – no internet signal.
Some checks indicate that the problem is not with the laptop, or the wireless router – its the phone company.Maybe somebody has put a virtual spade through a virtual pipe somewhere – I cannot see any white vans around so the source of the problem remains a mystery.
As a result, I checked my first batch of emails in MacDonald’s at lunchtime, surrounded by dozens of college students and I’m now sat in the dreaded Pizza Hut, where I have succumbed to a deep-pan pepperoni so that I can log on and do some catch up before my battery runs out.
This time my co-eaters are an assortment of more college students and random young families – all of us taking advantage of the 3.99 lunchtime buffet.
It’s so exciting and exotic to be a 21st Century coach – living the high life in amazing places.
I have just had a great meeting with an accountant I met at one of my own workshops last week. Normally I get very suspicious and protective when a dentist brings an accountant to my “gig” – assuming that he will either steal my stuff or rubbish my ideas (how’s that for a negative mindset?) but I chatted with this guy over lunch last week and immediately connected with him – probably because we chatted about kite-surfing and not double-entry book-keeping.
Impressed enough to visit his offices today and, after an hour’s conversation, to agree to meet with him for a full day in 2 weeks time, to indulge in a day of him coaching me on my business plans.
He sits in a palatial modern office, clean lines, light oak furniture, people moving around doing things at a measured pace – the place looks so professional.
I am sat in Pizza Hut with human flotsam and jetsam – and it’s doing my brains in at the moment.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.