Webinars and Center Parcs

I enjoyed my second VERY positive experience in a week with Holiday Inn last night – this time in Cambridge.
Arriving here from Manchester for my evening webinar with Dental Channel TV, I was horrified to find that my web cam and mike had expired since they were last used – no idea why.
The hotel manager, Guiseppe, made my plight his personal business for the next 2 hours and, after a frantic drive to Staples, I managed to get myself hooked up and on-line with literally 2 minutes to spare at 8.00pm last night.
Its been a few months since my last web cast for Andrew Gould and I was surprised and delighted to find nearly 30 dentists on-line, web cams and headsets attached and glasses of Sauvignon Blanc at the ready – to listen to me for 30 minutes on “leadership” and then a further hour of challenging and intelligent questions.
If you are not familiar with web casting, take a look around Andrew’s site here – its a fantastic way to get CPD and enjoy stimulating clinical and business conversation – from the comfort of your own den!
And a second cry of “cheers” for Holiday Inn.
Moving on – a change of perspective for the next 2 days as I leave for Center Parcs in Suffolk shortly, there to invest the next 2 days with the East of England Deanery and a VT conference where my agenda with 60+ delegates and their tutors will be:

Session 1 — Career and Personal Planning


·         Determining how effective you are right now

·         Constructing a 3-year vision for your life and career;

·         Establishing a 12-month plan of action

·         Committing to 90-day goals


Learning outcomes


·         To make VDP’s aware of the importance of future planning

·         To increase understanding of planning techniques

·         To develop a draft personal and business plan during the session


Session 2 — Marketing for beginners


·         Understanding what marketing isn’t

·         The reservoir principle

·         Internal marketing systems in dentistry

·         External marketing systems in dentistry


Learning outcomes


·         To establish the definition of marketing in 21st Century UK dentistry

·         To explain why marketing is a constant essential in all practices

·         To understand the principles of and techniques for both internal and external marketing

I am reliably informed that there will be no broadband access at the venue (they still have dial-up – how quaint) so I am not sure whether my 3G datacard will function.

I could be without internet access for 48 hours!

We’ll be hunting rabbits and cooking them by the camp fire.

If I’m not back by Monday – send help.



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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.