The paradox of the reluctant business traveller

I’d love to just be a writer.
Write in the mornings, from 6.00am till noon, exercise then study in the afternoons, rest in the evenings – perfect life.
An office with a nice view, a laptop and access to a pool or the ocean, long walks, beautiful scenery.
Problem is – I’d have nothing to write about.
It’s the speaking, travelling and coaching that supply the raw material from which the writing emerges.
Meeting people and hearing their stories, experiencing good and bad customer service, listening to clients educate me with their own insights.
I love speaking, writing and coaching and, in the words of a client who wrote to me today (and inspired this blog) – “just need to turn it into a profit centre.”
The solution is a world-class support team (who can take control of the management that I so tolerate) and fierce boundaries on my own time management.
When I’m professionally blue it’s always because:
1. I think I may have upset my team (poor leadership)
2. I have let our lead generation/conversion systems slip and client numbers are down (poor management)
3. I have spent too much money! (poor me)
When I’m professionally sparkling its because:
1. I’m in front of an appreciative audience
2. I’m coaching with effect
3. I’m writing good quality stuff


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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.