26 Feb 2016  •  Our News  •  3min read By  • Sarah Whittall

Les Jones lifts the lid on what’s in store in the Dental Business Theatre!

This year, the Dental Business Theatre has been curated for the first time by Practice Plan, with a theatre programme with a difference, that you certainly won’t want to miss! To find out more about what you can expect, Events and Marketing Coordinator Sarah Whittall caught up with theatre host Les Jones…

SW: You’re hosting the theatre this year, are you looking forward to it?
LJ: Very much so. I’ve hosted similar events, outside of dentistry, in the past and always enjoyed that role. This year’s Dental Business Theatre is bigger than ever with a capacity close to 200 delegates, so it’s quite a responsibility. But I’m really looking forward to it, it’s very exciting!

SW: What can delegates expect from the programme?
LJ: Something different to previous years. We’ve put together a fantastic line-up of speakers who will be talking on subjects that are hugely relevant to every dental practice and team. We have a double-header presentation where leading industry experts will go head-to-head on key topics. We also have a live GDPUK debate happening on each of the two days, and we’re expecting some lively conversations in those sessions!

SW: Which session are you most looking forward to seeing in the theatre?
LJ: Well, there are a lot of great things to choose from, but I suppose the one I’m most looking forward to is our daily hour of ‘PechaKucha’. ‘Pecha What?’ I hear you cry. PechaKucha is a presentation format that started in Japan and became popular all over the world. Basically, each speaker has 20 slides and these move on automatically every 20 seconds. So each presentation is just 6 minutes and 40 seconds long. Each session will feature seven speakers talking on a wide range of subjects and they have to be very disciplined to deliver their presentations in the time allowed. It could go any way! But whatever way it goes, it’s going to be entertaining!

SW: What do you think will be the highlight(s) of this year’s theatre?
LJ: It’s difficult to pick out highlights because I genuinely believe we have a line-up with no weak links whatsoever. Leading consultants such as Sheila Scott, Ashley Latter, Chris Barrow and Simon Tucker will be taking to the stage with years of experience that practices can glean from. So, it’s highlights all the way!

SW: Can you sum up the theatre programme in three words?
LJ: Different, eclectic, relevant, entertaining, not-to-be-missed (I cheated!)

SW: Finally, one last word on why you think the Dental Business Theatre is a must-attend?
LJ: Whenever you go to a business presentation, you want to take away practical hints and tips that you can implement straight away into your practice. We’ll have two days packed to the rafters with just that. It’s a genuine opportunity for every member of the practice team to boost their knowledge, develop new skills and approaches, AND obtain CPD in the process!

Les Jones will be hosting the Dental Business Theatre at the Dentistry Show on 22nd and 23rd April at the NEC in Birmingham. For details of the full programme click here.


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