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Tim Gallwey

KEYNOTE: The Inner Game – Learning From Experiences

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Session on Friday, Apr 26, 12:10
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Every human activity can be divided into two games: the outer game and the inner game. Outer games are played on an external arena, against external opponents with external measures of success. The Inner Game is played within the player, against formidable obstacles such as fear, self-doubt, lapses in focus, and confusion about goals.

No matter what the activity, there is the human potential to learn, to enjoy, and to perform with excellence or to succumb to self-interference. There is always a choice. This keynote is an introduction to the essentials of the Inner Game. It articulates principles and demonstrates means which can be applied and practiced to get the best out of yourself while engaged in any outer game you choose. The tools are simple and become inner skills as you learn to apply them on a daily basis.

You are already playing both games. Learn to let go of the interferences, and your potential will grow effortlessly.
Tim Gallwey is recognised as one of the pioneers of modern coaching and he is the author of the best seller The Inner Game of Tennis.
He is also the founder of The Inner Game School – an entity focused in bring his concepts to different niches, globally.


As a boy, Tim Gallwey was nationally ranked tennis player in his division and later captained his Harvard University team.

On what was meant to be a sabbatical from a career in college administration, Gallwey worked as a tennis instructor in Monterey, CA (USA). Initially, he focused his efforts on giving traditional instructions with mixed results. He soon discovered that if he simply invited his students to focus their awareness on their strokes as they were, technique evolved naturally and seemed to self correct. Players using Tim’s methods improved far more rapidly than usual, and without self-criticism or trying so hard to ‘do it right’. By quieting self-interference, they were more able to tap into their natural abilities with greater ease.

From this discovery came Tim’s first book, The Inner Game of Tennis, which has sold over two million copies. Other books in the Inner Game series include applications to Golf, Skiing, Music, Work and Stress.

In the years after his first book’s release, readers even began to employ the Inner Game methods to their lives off court, and Tim moved into applying The Inner Game methods of change to corporate work. His long term clients included Apple, AT&T, The Coca Cola Company, and Rolls Royce where he applied The Inner Game of coaching for Leadership, Sales, Change management and Teamwork, Tim’s work has often been credited as the foundation of the new fields of corporate and life coaching.

Tim’s current focus lies in developing the Inner Game international School and the online implementation of Life U to make Inner Game tools available globally to aid individuals of any age or background in achieving their goals anywhere, anytime.

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