Torquay, Rain and Ethical Selling

The media are now telling us that the flood recovery systems in the UK are the biggest since World War II – and here in Torquay this morning it’s wet, windy and cold.
Later this morning I’ll be registering at Ashley Latter’s Ethical Selling programme for the first time in about 4 years and I’m looking forward to the show.
Arriving in Torquay last evening I vindicated the decision to stay away from the course hotel – and checked into a lovely little family-owned boutique hotel – with free wi-fi access throughout – so (sad pupply that I am) the good news will be lots of email time in the next 48 hours.
You can see the view here from my bedroom window – the course hotel will be an interesting 5 minute drive or 20 minute drenching walk after breakfast.
Yesterday’s burn out feels better this morning – I enjoyed a busy day at home and the journey here last night.
Torquay is a beautiful Regency sea-side resort, with a town-centre that has been drawn over to the Dark Side of pubs, bars and clubs brimming over with the dregs of British working-class low-life.
Even a short walk to a local trattoria last night (Biancos – a welcome sanctuary of good food, wine and customer service) was overshadowed by the need to nervously run the gauntlet of shaven-headed thugs and short-skirted tarts making their way into what would obviously become a traditonal night of alcolhol, dancing, smoking, eating kebabs and fighting or knee-trembling.
Bloody awful place – and I’m sure I know at least one regular reader of this blog (and local dentist) who will be quick to tell me that there are nicer parts of town – they just weren’t on show.
On the way here last night – a great bridge call with some of our Mastermind Group clients – the focus of which was how to turn a traditional NHS practice into an ethical lead generation and lead conversion business.
Then, a welcome chance to catch up with Simon Hocken and share our thoughts and progress on the joint-ventures we are considering at present.
Finally, a call to California and check-in with Kimberly Black, who is working back-stage on the development of our first dental toolkit – watch out for that in a few months.
So – beakfast will be in an hour and I’m going to answer some emails.
Hopefully tomorrow I’ll bring you a report on what’s happened at Ash’s programme – I expect to meet some old friends there.


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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.