Hey guys, first post here, but just want to write up a quick review of Nick Hoss's mini seminar last night in DC. I've been to a lot of these mini seminars, and most fall into one of two categories: (1) they scratch the surface of a subject but never really get into the meat of it or (2) they're just two-hour sales pitches for longer programs.
Nick Hoss Mini Seminar - Washington, DC - April 2012
Nick managed to avoid both of those pitfalls.
He was clear from the outset about the limitations of the format. He had three hours, he intended to maximize our value, but he wasn't going to cover everything, just go into the meat of two subjects: day game and dates.
The day game portion was broken down into two sections: mindsets (i.e., inner game) and approaches. The mix of inner and outer game was well balanced, and the material included a good mix of the basics and "here's a more advanced version of this..." That's not to say Nick covered everything. For instance, opening multiple sets during the day, or approaching from angles other than behind. Still, he gave real, practical advice on how to improve your day game results, and things you could apply immediately. Nothing was left halfassed, or worse, "... and you can pay more money to come to my full day game workshop." Nick took this seriously as a teaching opportunity, respected our time and investment in coming out, and wanted us to walk away with solid, great advice.
The dates portion was a real treat, and previewed some material from his forthcoming materials on dates. This covered, in an hour, both the basic logistics of dates as well as a few "date templates" that we could use to think up great dates.
Finally, Nick spent a good 45 minutes on Q&A, answering questions not just about day game, but about any aspect of game. Again, I was impressed with Nick as a teacher here. Every question, no matter how personal to a guy's game, was turned into an opportunity to help both the asker and every other guy in the room. I was surprised how many notes I took from questions that I thought had no relevance to my game.
At $50, this seminar was a steal. I got to sit for 3 hours not just with a guy with great game, or even a guy with good material, but with a great teacher. And as anyone with a favorite teacher knows, great teachers are hard to come by.
P.S. If Nick ever says to you, "I just wrote an article about that on my blog!" (as he did several times during the mini seminar)... it's because the he's is a prolific writer and just covered the subject in way more detail than he could possibly tell you in a few sentences. Highly recommended reading!