Join us at the virtual DDS Tech Fair™!

April 1, 2010
>What if you could get the latest information in dentistry from top clinicians without ever leaving the comfort of your home or office?

What if you could get the latest information in dentistry from top clinicians without ever leaving the comfort of your home or office? The DDS Tech Fair™, sponsored by Dental Economics®, will make this possible. The two-day event will be held on April 30 and May 1. No travel, hotel, noisy crowds, or cost is involved because this is a virtual trade show. All you need is a computer connected to the Internet. The continuing education is free, and you will receive CE credits for the courses you attend.

The keynote presenter will be Dr. Gordon Christensen, who will speak on “45 Tips in 45 Minutes.” You can be sure that Dr. Christensen will present the best of the best during this continuing-education session. Also presenting are Drs. David and Richard Madow, who guarantee a fun program on “Four Easy Steps to Your Best Year Ever.” Dr. Rick Workman will speak about innovative approaches to practice ownership, clinical benchmarking, and a resulting renewed sense of focus on patient care. His presentation is titled “Driving the Transformation.” Glenn Lombardi will present “Social Networking and Reputation Management.” Don’t miss Gary Kadi, who will present “It Takes a Team To Close a Case /The Secret To Success Is NO Secret at All.” This is an action-packed group of speakers!

Be sure to visit the exhibitors such as Bonadent, Essential Dental Systems, AMD Lasers, BISCO, and Officite on the interactive exhibit floor, where you can learn about new products and take advantage of show specials. Stop by the lounge for a free virtual drink and network with other attendees. Register now at

The Chicago Midwinter meeting was a great success. This year featured a new venue with larger exhibit floors and much closer lecture rooms that were packed with attendees. The program committee always provides such a great variety of speakers and topics. On Feb. 25, I presented a day of provisional workshops for assistants, and they were thrilled to make five different types of provisionals. Then on Feb. 27, I presented two different lectures for assistants. These people are very passionate about their jobs of helping us and our patients. I closed my lectures with a very informative question-and-answer period. I also asked one question of my own: “If you could change one thing in your office, what would it be?” Well, the unanimous answer was, “Getting our dentist off the Internet and focusing on being on time and staying on time.” See, they are thinking about us again! Doctor, if you want a stress-free practice, be on time every day and all day! Staying on time actually does make everyone’s lives better. As a bonus, your patients will also love you more, simply because they will feel valued by you. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers of the Chicago Dental Society for another wonderful experience in dental continuing education.

This month, we are introducing a column about the mysterious new way of communicating called “social networking.” Learn all about Facebook, Twitter, texting, and how participation in these sites can impact your practice. The column is called “Social Media,” and is written by Jason T. Lipscomb, DDS. Dr. Lipscomb is a general dentist in Virginia, where he operates two dental practices. He educates dentists on how to market a practice with social media. Dr. Lipscomb and partner, Stephen Knight, have released a book, “Social Media for Dentists.” You can reach Dr. Lipscomb by e-mail at [email protected].

The most exciting new program that I am presenting is a hands-on new products workshop. The next one will be at the California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim on Friday, May 14. This is really a “dental playhouse,” where you can get the feel of a new dental item for a really great learning experience. My last workshop of this type was at the Greater New York Dental Meeting, where I had so many attendees come up to me after the program to shake my hand and thank me. This is a really cool workshop.

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on my life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. The remarkable thing is we have a choice regarding the attitude we will embrace every day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can change is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. And so it is with you ... we are all in charge of our attitudes!

Joe Blaes, DDS, Editor — e-mail: [email protected]
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