Day 36. May 17. Tuesday.
Hit big, stopped traffic heading to the 3p conference this morning. But we didn’t get there too late, and what a beautiful conference this turned out to be. 750 people is the biggest 3P conference to date. Wonderful feeling.
Chantal [Burns]and I (particularly Chantal) stayed up late into the night preparing the Research and Evaluation presentation and materials, but I slept okay and therefore felt okay. Dicken [Bettinger] gave a wonderful, heartfelt talk in the morning, and Michael Neill was good, too.
Then after lunch I went on with Shaul [Rosenblatt] to do a breakout session on Bereavement, taking Rudi’s place, which I thought went very well. Nice feeling, and Shaul and I worked seamlessly together, despite the fact that we did not get one second beforehand to talk about it. Our preparation together was my telling Shaul, “You start.”
Then I had to switch gears pretty quickly and get into Research and Evaluation mode. Chantal had told Linda Ramus and I to be there 15 minutes before the session started to get our heads together, but the time she gave us to be there was when it actually started, so when I first walked in it was time for us to go on, and no Linda! Someone said she spotted her on a couch, so we sent a runner out to get her. So things were a little discombobulated when we started. Then Chantal, being responsive to the moment, switched the order on me, so suddenly I had to talk about the latest research articles when I was ready to talk about “Who cares and what do they care about?”, and I felt like I stumbled a little. But in the second half of our presentation things seemed to pick up considerably and I think overall it went well.
I found out why they weren’t carrying my books. They said they were only carrying books of the main speakers. Huh? But they were carrying my children’s What is a Thought?… book! Okay, a discussion for another day.
George [Pransky] told me he wanted to meet with me so I met him after the session and we tucked away in a corner so we wouldn’t be disturbed, and because of our conversation yesterday he invited me to the Oslo “One Solution” conference to talk about Modello. He knew I’d have to change plans so he offered to pay. It took me a few minutes to grasp this—I’m really ready to go home now—but I decided it would be foolish of me to pass up this opportunity, so I said yes.
Chantal was totally burnt, so I decided to take her and Andy to dinner. Fabulous Indian food! If I keep eating this way I’m going to have gained 10 lbs. before I get home.