Mental Trainer is Back
Well the Mental Trainer is back from Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. All good intentions sometimes get swept away. I’d intended on blogging from Bahrain. each step of the journey. For lots of reasons it didn’t happen. Even after I got back I couldn’t seem to catch up and report like I wanted to. There was always a self-created roadblock. Sound familiar? Just because I help others with their mental training does not for a moment make me or any other mental trainer perfect. It is too easy to blame jet lag and the holidays.
So here is my report. IT WAS GREAT! OK, not what you were likely looking for. Alright, a bit more. Flew out of Seattle via British Airways. A bit of a cluster as the ticket said American. One end of the airport to the other. Flight to London was comfortable. I’ve not flown business class in a while and was glad for it. Worked on finalizing presentation and working on book. 9 hours as they say flew by.
Landed at Heathrow and got through the Que. Business class meant being able to hang at the Business class club for a few hours without having to drag a bag around. I remembered that I had not printed a letter before I left for customs in Bahrain saying I was a presenter at a Government approved seminar. Spent a bit of time trying to hook my laptop to one of the printers at the club, gave up and printed through web mail. Printed two copies. Figured redundancy was important. Note to self. When you make a list of things not to forget to bring on an international trip, checking it twice would be a good thing. Walked around Heathrow. Like a mall in most cities. Not as good as I had been told, but cool none the less.
On to Manama. Slept and watched movies the next 9 hours. landed in Manama. Went through customs. Was told to take a seat while they checked me out. Sat almost 30 minutes. They didn’t even want my letter I had spent time trying to print. They let me go without much further delay, though they did send me through the x-ray line to check and see if there was anything hidden in the books (The Athlete within You) I had brought to the seminar.
I was met at the airport by the events manager Sam Sharma. went back to the hotel where we talked over plans for the next day. Went for a walk around the diplomatic area the next morning waiting for my meeting with National Sports Management. had lunch with Sam and his boss Frank Morais. Talked about the seminar and they showed me the meeting room. Scheduled to meet at 8am for set up. Might be slight delay getting started as they are over booked. I had been worried we would have only 50 or the planned 80-100. Now there might be a few more.
In the afternoon the hotel dropped me off at the Souk. The traditional Arab marketplace in Manama. This was a great deal of fun. everyone wanted to sell me a fake Rolex. In New York when I walk around everyone wants to sell me a real Rolex. Price is always the same around $20.
I didn’t sleep well that night. Not concern about seminar, just my body clock stuck in the middle of the 11 hour time change. Good thing adrenalin can do great things and coffee. Had an early breakfast and was ready to roll by 8am. So I am ready and down with books and my materials at the prescribed hour. I’m now told that there could be 130 in attendance. It ended up 130+ and 30 turned away. Had to start 30 minutes late due to registration issues. The only one concerned of course was me. I’ve mixed in some pictures and will talk about the actual seminar and return later.
Note the booth at the back of the last this was for the translator to use.