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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059509905X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595099054
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,039,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Jim Taylor has been a consultant to USA Tennis Player Development and to the Evert Tennis Academy, and is a regular speaker for the USTA and the USPTA. He works with touring pros and highly ranked juniors around the U.S.A former U.S. top-20 ranked alpine ski racer who competed internationally, Dr. Taylor is also a USPTA certified teaching professional, a 2nd degree black belt in karate, and a marathon runner.Dr. Taylor has published over 220 articles in magazines including TENNIS and Sun Tennis, Inside Women's Tennis and the magazines of the USPTA, is the author of eleven books, and has given more than 300 workshops throughout North America and in Europe.

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Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of performance in business, sport, and parenting.

Dr. Taylor has been a consultant to and has provided individual and group training to executives and businesses throughout the North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He is a frequent speaker at Young Presidents' Organization events internationally and a featured speaker for Natixis Global Associates, the 14th largest asset management company in the world.

Dr. Taylor has been a consultant for the United States and Japanese Ski Teams, the United States Tennis Association, and USA Triathlon, and has worked with professional and world-class athletes in tennis, skiing, cycling, triathlon, track and field, swimming, football, golf, baseball, and many other sports. He has been invited to lecture by the Olympic Committees of Spain, France, Poland, and the U.S., and has consulted with the Athletic Departments at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Taylor speaks regularly to elementary and secondary schools, parent and education associations, youth-sports programs, and performing-arts organizations around the country.

Dr. Taylor has consulted with health and medical facilities around the U.S. including the Mayo Clinic, the Stone Clinic in San Francisco, The Aspen Fitness and Sports Medicine Institute, the San Francisco Bay Club, Bay Club Marin, and the J.P. Parisien Human Performance Laboratory.

He has worked with the Miami City Ballet, the Hartford Ballet Company, and the DanceAspen Summer School, and performing artists in many disciplines.

Dr. Taylor received his Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and earned his Master's degree and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Colorado. He is a former Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale and a former clinical associate professor in the Sport & Performance Psychology graduate program at the University of Denver. He is currently an adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco and the Wright Institute in Berkeley.

Dr. Taylor's professional areas of interest include corporate performance, child development and parenting, sport psychology, coaches education, injury rehabilitation, popular culture, public education reform, and the psychology of technology.

A former alpine ski racer who competed internationally, Dr. Taylor is also a 2nd degree black belt and certified instructor in karate, a marathon runner, and an Ironman triathlete.

He has published more than 700 articles in scholarly and popular publications, and has given more than 800 workshops and presentations throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Dr. Taylor is the author or lead editor of 14 books including Your Children are Listening: Nine Messages They Need to Hear From You (The Experiment Publishing, 2011), Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child (Hyperion, 2003),Your Children are Under Attack: How Popular Culture is Destroying Your Kids' Values, and How You Can Protect Them (SourceBooks, 2005), The Triathlete's Guide to Mental Training (VeloPress, 2005), Prime Sport: Triumph of the Athlete's Mind (iUniverse, 2002), andApplying Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives (lead editor, Human Kinetics, 2005). Dr. Taylor's next parenting book, Raising Generation Tech:  Prepare Your Children for a Media-fueled World (Sourcebooks), will be published in the Spring of 2012. Another book, Prime Dance: The Psychology of Artistry and Excellence (Human Kinetics) will be published in the Spring of 2013.

Dr. Taylor blogs on business, sports, parenting, technology, education, politics, and popular culture on this web site, as well as on psychologytoday.com, sfgate.com (San Francisco Chronicle's web site), huffingtonpost.com, seattlepi.com, and the Hearst Interactive Media Connecticut Group web sites. His posts are aggregated by dozens of web sites worldwide and have been read by millions of people.

Dr. Taylor has appeared on NBC's Today Show, Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends, UPN's Life & Style, ABC's World News This Weekend, and the major television network affiliates around the U.S.. He has participated in many radio shows. His research and writings have as been the subject of syndicated columns that have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country. Jim has been a columnist for The Denver Post , and has been interviewed for articles that have appeared in The New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, The London Times, The Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, The Christian Science Monitor, The London Telegraph, The Miami Herald, The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, The Baltimore Sun, The Denver Post, Skiing, Outside, and many other newspapers and magazines.

Dr. Taylor is a former member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Education Fund, a non-profit organization whose mission it is to help underprivileged students achieve academic success.

Dr. Taylor lives north of San Francisco with his wife, Sarah, and daughters, Catie and Gracie.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Kron on December 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've been coaching tennis for 18 years. I've been playing competitively for 30 years. I've been a High School English teacher for 7 years. In "Prime Tennis", Dr. Jim Taylor offers fresh ways of looking at the many problems I help kids try to overcome. As a player and coach, I have heard and attempted to teach the concepts of motivation, confidence, intensity, and focus without any tangible grasp of how to get the message to the student. I think we hope that the player just sort of understands. In "Prime Tennis", these big ideas are analyzed and then formatted to offer coaches and players a means of achieving what Dr. Taylor calls "Prime Tennis". This "Prime Tennis" is control and understanding of the mental side of tennis as a means of becoming a better player. Both parts of the process are valuable. In analyzing these big ideas, Dr. Taylor offers meaningful definitions and examples of how these factors effect our tennis abilities. Dr. Taylor goes on to put these big ideas into a format which he offers as a plan for players to improve. Finally, he gives the reader help in utilizing this understanding of the mental game using visualization, training, and match type situations. This last section is especially valuable as we try to bring the big ideas of focus, intensity, motivations, and confidence to the players. Instead of talking at the player about how these ideas play a role in success, we are now prepared to work with kids in understanding these ideas as a means of helping them succeed. "Prime Tennis" is written with tennis as it's focus. However, as with most high quality instruction books, the process is relevant to career, parenting, relationships, other sports, and teaching. The author offers quotes from some expected sources and some surprises that help the reader to get the point. "Prime Tennis" is a well written, worthwhile book for educators, coaches and players.
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