Wherever I lay my hat – that’s my home

Montreal_2007_044.jpgYours truly on a Tuesday afternoon conference call with Michel Neray of Esential Message fame and members of his bull-pen coaching group.

Today (Wednesday) I begin my 3 days of mastermind coaching with a group of 10 coaches from North America and the UK – and this afternoon I have been listening to them coach me on the next stage of my business development!

And at the end of our working day I learn that Liverpool have been beaten by A C Milan in the Champions League final. In spite of years of rivalry, I cannot escape a slight twinge of regret that the trophy has been won by a non-British club.

Didn’t see the game after all – it would not have been fair to 8 of the coaches who hardly know what soccer is.

Last night I walked from downtown Montreal to Le Plateau – a somewhat bohemian district of town, full of boutiques, restaurants and arty-farty stores.

The arrival was great but the mistake was to walk all of the way there, through some decidedly dodgy parts of town.

Passing prostitutes, drug-takers and homeless dog owners (that’s homeless people with dogs, not homeless dogs with people – although, in fact, it was homeless people with equally homeless dogs – it’s just that the dogs didn’t care) wasn’t my idea of an adventure and it was all a bit unsettling.

Why do homeless people with dogs all have dreadlocks, wear black and put studs in their body-parts?

Once through, the sightseeing became more civilised.

Amazing how similar big cities are the world over – I would never have dreamed of walking around inner city Liverpool or Milan (I know them both) – so why I did that last night I don’t know.

Moral – take a cab through the places you don’t know.

The city world is slowly turning into a Blade-Runner set.


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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.