Shooting the breeze

“So you paid this guy Chris Barrow to go for a walk with you?”

It might be a question asked of some of my clients after we have enjoyed a “shoot the breeze” day.


We go for a walk for 8 hours (including a lunch stop).


Anywhere you like – can be in the countryside or a city.


Your 3-year vision.

Your 12-month plan

Your 90-day goals

Yours hopes and fears.

Your opportunities and threats.





Preferably fresh air all day.

No interruptions – no phones or Blackberrys

No barriers – we can talk about anything

100% confidentiality on the conversation.


A client who has had a chance to “get away from it all” in an environment that they find inspirational – the space to think clearly and discuss in a “safe place” what to do next with their professional life.

With permission, here is a map of my last STB day with Alex Jones of Penistone Dental Care, waking around Langsett Reservoir in South Yorkshire.


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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.