Back after a week’s breather, this morning I am in Reading, Berkshire and delivering a one-day workshop to a small group of coaches, one of whom is traveling over from Germany and another from Ireland – that’s commitment.
My intention will be to help them deconstruct and reconstruct their practices in a non-judgmental environment with their peers. Today we will begin the process of creating a working community and, I suspect, some lifelong friendships.
I have no fixed presentation in mind, just “how can I help?” coaching – what I call “bar stool coaching” – just sitting at the front of the room and having a good conversation.
I love days like this.
Time to think last week and only one great conclusion:
“To live my life authentically, tell everyone I know exactly what I perceive, how it makes me feel and ask them to respect my boundaries.”
Once done – others then have the right to decide whether they want me in their life or not – as my first coach said to me back in 1997, “since when was other people’s opinion of you any of your business?”


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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.