John Charles Thomas
Most Recent Book Title
The Winning Weekend Warrior
Book Description
The Winning Weekend Warrior aims to help people see how to enjoy and succeed at amateur athletics throughout their lives. It does not focus on mechanical techniques but on strategy, tactics, ethics, and the mental game.Most books on amateur athletics are written by famous professionals or their teachers. While this *seems* like a good idea, in fact, it is often not. Famous professional athletes have often internalized what they do to such an extent that they are no longer conscious of what they are doing. Further, the professional athlete is often born with gifts beyond what most amateurs posses (e.g., coordination, size, eyesight, timing, etc.). They typically learned their sport very young, practiced it for many hours and continue to do that. They are young. My book is geared toward people with average ability who have a full time "day job" but still want to do well at their athletic endeavors.
Location (city/state/country)
Solana Beach/CA/USA
Author bio
John Charles Thomas graduated summa cum laude from Case-Western Reserve, majoring in psychology, minoring in mathematics and drama. He received a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Michigan and managed a research project at Harvard Med School on the Psychology of Aging. He then joined IBM Research where he worked in Human Computer Interaction for the next dozen years including a two year stint at IBM CHQ where he spearheaded efforts to improve IBM’s user experience. He left IBM to start the Artificial Intelligence Lab at NYNEX where he served as Executive Director for another dozen years. In 1998, he rejoined IBM Research to work in knowledge management and human computer interaction. For several years, he managed a group on the business uses of stories and storytelling. John was instrumental in the formation of ACM’s Special Interest Group in Human Computer Interaction and has served on numerous organizing committees and program committees over the last 35 years. Most recently, he was on the program committee for ACM’s Turing Centenary Celebration and currently is Adjunct Chair for Mentoring on the SIGCHI Executive Committee. He has over 250 invited presentations and publications in the fields of AI, HCI, and psychology. He is also inventor or co-inventor of patents in the areas of business process, mobile interfaces, creativity aids, software as a service, and information retrieval. He has worked on the user experience for tools/services for consultants, software developers, and consumers. John has taught courses and led workshops in such diverse topics as creativity, storytelling, the psychology of aging, statistics, cognitive psychology and human computer interaction. He now works as an independent author, consultants, and professional speaker.
Professional Speaker Topics
* Creativity and Problem Solving
* The Future of Human Computer Interaction
* The Winning Weekend Warrior
* The Keys to Personal Health
* How to Stay Fit when you have No Time to Stay Fit
* Cognitive Computing
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