Another 4.30am start on Friday morning – and another dawn over Bodmin as I drive 370 miles to speak at a dental conference in Lincoln.
Audience are members of the Regional Post-Graduate group and my financial reward for the day is very low – section 63 funding they call it – which means barely more than my travel expenses for the journey (although in the Pontiac that will be a small fortune!).
Ashley Latter is in full flow when I arrive at 11.30am – he is covering the morning session on Ethical Sales and I have an afternoon on personal planning and marketing for beginners.
My first gig since returning from holiday and a lively audience of 100 in an excellent venue – an Inland Revenue Training Centre that is state of the art.
I enjoy being back on my feet again – and meeting up with a former client I haven’t seen for years.
Why do Ashley and I do this?
Because its all about visibility in the profession.
Sometimes we are paid handsomely for a gig – sometimes the money is a pittance – you have to take them all.
500 miles driven by the end of the day – but 100 new friends created.
There is no fast way to success – only the slow way – here I am – 11 years into coaching dentists and still gigging my heart out.


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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.