Another Travelodge


Great idea no fuss, minimal need to interact with other travelers, familiar, easy to book, lots of them.

Downside? Soulless, no idea where you are when you wake up during the night, the ones on M-way services condemn you to the adjacent food (or none as here in Washington) the choice being a several mile round trip to reach a point that is a few hundred yards as the crow flies.

What makes them different from each other?

The smile of the person who welcomes you, who makes the effort to acknowledge you as a weary traveler.

So thanks Rachel you were ‘just doing your job’ our transaction lasted all of 90 seconds but it’ll make me stay with you guys again.

GDC having its say – 2

I must own up to having mixed feeling about the practice of “facial aesthetics”. When I examine my motives I realise they have arisen from

  1. having a close family interest matters of the skin here & here
  2. concern that some young dentists were seeing it as a panacea for gaps in their appointment books.
  3. it was being used to avoid thorough examination and performance of comprehensive dentistry.
None of these are entirely logical, so I suppose it should be a “peripheral’ skill in that dentists should know about it. They should know where to refer their patients if they feel that they would benefit from treatment with botox or fillers. Or, if they are really keen they should do one of the courses that are available and ensure that they are proficient in the techniques. 

But should they be practice builders? As a foundation of a practice I would be very concerned.

Now the GDC have spoken…”As a result of the Council’s Scope of Practice consultation in early 2008, the Council has agreed that non-surgical cosmetic procedures outside the immediate mouth area are not dentistry. The Council will also be undertaking an impact assessment on whether surgical procedures away from the face, such as bone harvesting from the hip, should not be considered dentistry.”

Fuller report here

Don’t have too many eggs in one basket as our grandmothers would have said.

Will this result in separate businesses under the same roof? See last weeks blog entry.

GDC having its say – 1

Why is it that whenever the GDC clarifies situations I am left with more questions? They have made a couple of recent statements on whitening and facial aesthetics.

On whitening. Thank goodness some sense at last, hygienists and therapists will be allowed to carry out tooth whitening. Not only that, but nurses will be able to take impressions and construct trays for bleaching.

Yet there are still dentists who will not undertake tooth whitening because the GDC’s position, which hasn’t been helped by some mixed messages from the defence associations, has been so ambiguous over the past decade that they live in fear of prosecution by ‘trading standards‘ if there are any problems.

Can we now use the strength of material to do the job properly too. please?

Will this bring the prices down I wonder? The last practice I visited had just reduced his bleaching fees from £500 to £400 (£397 was my suggestion) and was planning on delegating the whole thing to his therapist. he’s one of the few people I know who really has grasped the role of therapists within the team.

Three Dimensions of Photography

I am getting some new photographs and I went to see an old friend from BNI, John Moore. I knew that John was a talented photographer who, as he used to say in his one minute address, “doesn’t do weddings”. What I hadn’t realised was that his partner, Heidi, is also excellent with a camera and between them they have three separate businesses.

First up is John Moore photography a good looking site which shows what his main interests are.

Next he has developed a niche dealing with children. Now as someone who enjoyed treating children during my dental career I admire a professional who obviously has a rapport and can bring the best out of them. Instead of including that under the same banner have a look at What a great name.

Following on from that, and almost by accident, came Heidi’s niche. It started with some photographs of her pregnant friends but has now become ‘glamour’ photography for real people. It’s called Secret Me and the site is here Heidi’s flair for this side of her art is obvious.

I think they are to be congratulated on their invention and marketing flair

Now what can you do to emulate them?

As for my photos, all in good time….

Reasons Why People Become Coaches

As I waved Susan off at the railway station (can’t bring myself to say train station, sounds too clunky), she on her way to the CTI Fundamentals weekend I reflected on why people choose to do the training.

This is from the excellent Business Balls & is a pretty good summary.

“Whatever the reasons for people deciding to work with coaches; whatever the type of coaching given, and whatever results clients seek from coaching, a common feature in all coaching relationship is that coaching is a two-way process.

The two-way partnership is a main attraction for people to coaching. Both coach and client benefit. Personal development for the coach is a huge aspect of learning coaching and all coaches find that they themselves grow yourself, before starting to help others to do the same.

An excellent coach finds out new things about themselves and is on a continuous learning journey. Indeed, becoming a coach means a lifelong quest for personal excellence. For many this quest is the motivation to become a coach in the first place.

Helping clients discover where they want to go and helping them to get there is now a proven methodology, which is fuelling the increasing popularity of professional coaching.

Significantly, good coaches are never motivated entirely by money. The very nature of coaching means that it’s a profession that is centered around ‘making a difference’ and helping people. Focusing mainly on making money generally leads to a lack of concern for the client, with the result that the client exits the relationship, not surprisingly. Happily, coaches who enter the profession chiefly for financial gain leave coaching quickly – which helps to maintain the integrity of the coaching professional reputation.

Common factors and reasons for coaches entering the profession:

  • they like people and want to bring out the best in them
  • they want to do something more fulfilling in their lives
  • they want personal and financial freedom
  • their family, friends and colleagues previously turned to them for advice and help – they have natural ‘people’ skills.

Coaching entails helping yourself grow and become more self aware, at the same time, helping others to overcome problems in their lives.”

Good enough for me.

Basic Principles Of Success

I first compiled this list after spending the weekend with Colin Hall-Dexter in May 1990. Those couple of days at Colin’s practice in Harley Street proved to be a watershed both personally & professionally.

Colin could be said to be the father of modern private dentistry in the UK but what he especially inspired in me was the belief that disease should be controlled before large amounts of restorative work was performed.

The list has hung on the wall of my study wherever that has been for nearly 18 years. Periodically I think it should be revised but I’m not sure how I can really improve it.

  1. I truly believe in my ability to be successful in my chosen field. I want to be successful and am prepared to sacrifice other desires.
  2. I have a vision of the end result clearly in mind before I start.
  3. I am prepared to take action and make mistakes rather than waiting until the time is exactly right.
  4. I will never give up my belief in myself and my ideas.
  5. I will find ways of creating magic for other people in their chosen field and I will thoroughly enjoy whast I am doing.
  6. I will take care of my health and always look fit, healthy & successful.
  7. I will work with (and reward) key people that I choose to help me, people with the same attitudes, visions and abilities.
  8. I will design systems and strategies of organisation around me to ensure effective use of my time, money and all other resources.
  9. I will be flexible enough to adapt to changing conditions around me, and open-minded enough to listen to others.
  10. I will listen and make other people feel special when they are with me.

I gather Colin is in poor health at present so I wish him well and say thanks for his inspiration and impetus.


Hello world and welcome. I’m not sure how you have found this website / blog but it’s great to welcome you. 

I’m Alun Rees, Professional Coach, Dentist, Speaker, Writer & Broadcaster.

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