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Podcast #513: Be Your Own Bodyguard | The Art of Manliness

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If you’ve ever been at an event with a prominent person like a politician, celebrity, or business executive, you’ve likely noticed the dudes wearing sunglasses and sporting an earpiece, trying to look as unassuming as possible while vigilantly keeping an eye out for their client, or “principal.”

These guys are part of a personal security detail, and their job is to protect VIPs from harassment and harm.

Most of us will likely never be able to afford our own bodyguard, but that doesn’t mean we can’t use the same mindset and skills these professionals use to protect their high-powered clients, to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Today on the show, I talk to former executive bodyguard Nick Hughes about his book How to Be Your Own Bodyguard. We begin our conversation discussing Nick’s stint in the French Foreign Legion and how that transitioned to his work in executive protection. We then discuss how a bodyguard’s primary focus is to prevent violence or altercations from occurring in the first place and the tactics that can accomplish that goal. Nick walks us through how criminals pick out their victims, and how to avoid being targeted. We then discuss how to verbally defuse a situation before it turns to blows and the legal ramifications of self-defense. We end our conversation with tactics you can use to stay safe, whether you’re vacationing abroad or driving the streets of your hometown.
Show Highlights

Nick’s experience in the French Foreign Legion
The realities of bodyguarding as a profession
Why prevention is the first key to keeping yourself safe
What can people do to increase their chances of not being selected as a victim?
Developing your situational awareness
The problem of task fixation
Defusing verbal altercations
The importance of having a full range of self-defense tools
Getting the lay of the land in a new environment
Isn’t all this stuff a form of paranoia?
Imagery rehearsal
The legal ramifications of self-defense
Staying safe in your hotel room
Maintaining situational awareness while driving

Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast

Treating Your Family Like VIPs
Developing Real World Situational Awareness
French Foreign Legion
Krav Maga: The Self-Defense System of Israeli Special Forces
Turning Yourself Into a Human Weapon
Attracting Assault: Victims’ Nonverbal Cues
The Warrior’s Manifesto
How to Deal With Aggressive People
When Violence is the Answer
How to Develop the Situational Awareness of Jason Bourne
How to Survive (and Prevent) a Carjacking
A Complete Guide to Home Security
How to Avoid Getting Pickpocketed
How to Survive a Mugging
Rory Miller
Social Aggression vs. Asocial Violence: Why Knowing the Difference Can Save Your Life
How to Master the OODA Loop
Thinking, Fast and Slow



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