Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow

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Chris Barrow is the founder of Extreme Business Coaching.
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The Instagram associate – asset or liability?

While the efforts of ‘Instagram associates’ can benefit your practice, there are also times to exercise caution, Chris Barrow says… The Instagram associate – asset or liability? By which I mean: the associate who has created their own website and social media channels and is very active in posting case studies and moments from their…

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Does your dental team have fun?

Chris Barrow discusses why fun and motivational environments are key to creating a strong team and alleviating day-to-day pressures. For the first three months of 2024 I’ve been on my quarterly workshop tour, hosting the one and only Michael Bentley presenting his ‘Reception Masterclass’ to my clients. We invite great speakers every quarter and I’m…

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Are you worried about your practice’s financial position?

Clear and present danger – Chris Barrow comments on increased financial anxiety in the dental community and explains how he plans to help. You will have recently noticed an increase in the number of conversations in dentistry expressing concern about finances, cash flow and profitability.  With clients and online, I’ve been talking about key performance…

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Don’t hide from financial planning

As 2024 kicks off, Chris Barrow discusses why embracing financial planning is key for control and stability. My new year has started with many more clients than usual asking for help in understanding their finances. Not only have I received a higher-than-average number of requests to analyse business financial data, but also requests for guidance…

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Planning for a profitable exit when selling your business

This month, dental business coach Chris Barrow shares his top tips for increasing the value of your dental business to maximise profit at the point of selling. A client recently asked me for a plan of action to grow their business profits by 20% per annum compound (PAC) for the next five years. Ultimately, the objective was…

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A guide to setting your goals for 2024

It’s time to set your personal and professional goals for 2024 – here, Chris Barrow shares the goal-setting method to create ‘life-improving’ results. I’m already deep into consideration with clients about their goals for 2024. For those offering NHS dentistry, the conversation is skewed by the end of their contract year, whereas most of everything…

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Dealing with pay rise demands – from drama to empowerment

This month Chris Barrow, the Dental Business Coach, discusses the best way to respond to pay rise demands. My August correspondence saw a significant trend of clients sharing the news that either individual team members/fee-earners or delegations of such have approached with requests for pay rises to ‘deal with the cost of living crisis’. Without…

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Would you want to work full-time for you?

This month the Dental Business Coach, Chris Barrow, discusses the key to breezing through the recruitment crisis. ‘Work is what horses die of. Everybody should know that.’ – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn I commented in my own blog and newsletter a few days ago on the emerging trend of workers (if I can use that rather dated…

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Dental Business Coach: rinsing and repeating

The Dental Business Coach, Chris Barrow, reflects on an inspirational book, which highlights the successful impact of routine, hard work and plodding along. In a world populated by thousands of ‘self-help’ books for both personal and professional development, I’m going to share with you an unusual recommendation. One of my all-time favourite writers is Haruki…

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Dental Business Coach – adapting to a changing landscape

This month, Chris Barrow tackles the changing concerns of recently-qualified dental professionals – are practice owners prepared to address these concerns, and how can they use them to their advantage? I’m detecting a developing trend in the minds (and online conversations) of recently-qualified hygienists, therapists, and dentists (in fact, all DCPs). Things I hear a…

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Dental Business Coach – Bargains and buyers: all that glitters is not gold

There has been a lot of talk recently about both acquiring and selling struggling practices. This month, Chris Barrow separates fact from fiction surrounding corporate buyers and bargain practice acquisitions. There has been a significant change in the acquisitions market over the last couple of months. And I don’t just mean the Bupa fire sale.…

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Dental Business Coach – the risks in recruiting managers

‘Corporate doesn’t automatically mean competent’: This month Chris Barrow discusses the risks involved in recruiting managers in the current dental landscape. In a recent Align education mailshot introducing a new Gulf States podcast series that I’m hosting, I was introduced as an ‘industry veteran’. I’m not quite sure how I feel about that, although I…

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Dental Business Coach – easter eggs, holidays and how times have changed

As we enter a new year, Chris Barrow reflects on the simpler times of dental practice marketing and the reality of consumer confidence in the current climate.  My first full-time year as a Dental Business Coach was 1997 and, back in the day, dental practice marketing embraced: A brass plaque on the wall outside the…

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Dental Business Coach – an Englishman in New York

As he visits family in New York, Chris Barrow, the Dental Business Coach, discusses the notable difference between England and America’s perception of a ‘crisis’. I’m in Crestwood, an affluent commuter town just 35-minutes north from Grand Central Station, situated along the Bronx River valley. This week we are enjoying a relatively quiet time, visiting…


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