Game within the Game Bahrain

Game within the Game Bahrain

Game within the Game Bahrain

As I said I had a great experience presenting the Game within the Game Seminar in Bahrain. It was really fun working with the coaches, athletes and administrators there. I didn’t know it until I arrived that this was going to be the very first commercial sports seminar ever conducted in the Kingdom of Bahrain. I feel very honored to be the first guest presenter in sports, EVER. AS people often say you are often regarded much more by people further away from your home base. I just didn’t know I had to go that far (11 time zones).  

Here are just a few pictures from the seminar. We started at 9:30am and finished at 5pm. that is 10:30pm Seattle start time finishing at 6am. Fortunately coffee and adrenalin work wonders. The participants were engaged and happy. I received a kiss from one of my volunteers. An Arab custom much like the French as a way of greeting friends. Had not expected that. I was introduced in Arabic by a wonderful woman. I talked with her prior to the start. She was a friend of the event manager. 

A friend here asked me was it different presenting the seminar in Bahrain. The answer is not really. People are people the world over. Customs are different, but the thirst for knowledge and good presentations is the same. I hope I provided that. Are there things I would do differently. The answer to that is always. I always want to learn from a presentation to make it better. The biggest thing I would add would be more engagement within the tables. people were interested in talking experiences within their tables, but less inclined to share with the entire group. When I go back (and I have been invited back in May) this is the thing I will do the most differently.  Please enjoy the pictures. I’m going to post one more gallery later of some of the extra things I did like the book signing.

Mental Trainer is Back

Mental Trainer is Back

Mental Trainer is Back

Game within the Game

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 you11514448614_0f7dd56234_o 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.

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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.

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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.

11514448614_0f7dd56234_oI 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. 11514493224_d4f0ab4649_b

Note the booth at the back of the last this was for the translator to use.

 

 

Traveling Mental Trainer

Traveling Mental Trainer

Traveling Mental Trainer

Travel Blog Series

It’s Wednesday the 17th of December, 2013. I am a little more than 24 hours away from flying to the Middle East to do a one day seminar for 70-100 athletes. I thought I would blog about the adventure, about the travel, food and the people I meet of course with pictures. This is exactly the way I have been envisioning my work as the Traveling Mental Trainer. Seminars and workshops around the world. Talking with Athletes, Teams, Coaches and businesses about sport psychology and how it can solve issues and help others perform at the highest levels. Now it’s true that this vision of mine is 25 years after I first planed on working around the world. I’m getting better as some will remember it took me 32 years to finish my book. Ha- so there. I am getting better on my time table. Things get done sometimes in their own time, but it helps to follow through to encourage things along.

What I find so fun is the opportunity to meet with and help people of different cultures in differeTraveling Mental Trainer First Stopnt environments. Sports bring people together and I am really looking forward to being part of that. 

So this trip is to the Kingdom of Bahrain. I was engaged back in July by the National Sports Management Group. It was an interesting process as I needed to be approved by the government and that included my book and all of my handouts and my curriculum vita (resume). The seminar will be at the Crown plaza Hotel in Manama. this will be Saturday the 21st. On Sunday I am scheduled to do a two hour workshop with one of their National Teams. 

 

I want these posts to be fun. I’m not going to talk about The Game within the Game. I’m going to talk about the travel, the people I meet and the food.  (Yes I am a repressed foodie blogger). I am taking a good camera and will have pictures and video to share. Come join me on the adventure. I leave for London and then onto Manama in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Traveling Mental Trainer goes to Manama, Bahrain

Here’s a picture I lifted from the hotel Website to show what Manama looks like. I’ll make a comparison later. 

Until tomorrow.  Be Well.

 

 

 

 Forgot, here’s the link to the seminar. Game within the Game