Hiring a Bodyguard: What You Need to Know (Part 2)

How do you hire personal protection or security personnel. Contact other executives. Talk with other executives to get a list of reputable security firms.

Make anonymous inquiries. Once you’ve gathered a list, request materials to be sent to a mailbox rental or private address. You want impartial information, and you want to process to stay on the down low.

Interview. Choose security firms or personnel bodyguards based on the info you receive. You want some with a like-minded personality and advanced skills. These individuals should be knowledgeable and working towards helping you achieve preventative, proactive security strategies, regardless if it’s an alarm system for your office or a bodyguard.

Experience. Inquire your prospective firm about the types of clients they’ve worked for and the different circumstances they’ve come across.

Hypothetical situations. Make up a hypothetical situation based on a real company event and ask the candidate how he would handle the situation. Then ask yourself: does this make sense?

Culture. Whoever you hire needs to be able to understand your culture and your business. They must to be able to adapt their experience and expertise to your environment.

Be unpredictable. Human beings like schedules and so do anyone that wants to hurt you. Change your routine, including the time you leave for/come home from work, places you go on a regular basis, and the routes you take to get anywhere.

Be aware. Look around you, when you’re going to your car. Pay attention to anyone who approaches you, regardless of age, race, or sex. Be aware of strangers and situations/people that make you uncomfortable.

Safeguard exposure and access. Is your home address listed online? Does the people around you know how to manage difficult people? By managing those with whom you are in contact and how contact is dealt with, you limit the risk.

Go with your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable with anyone or any situation, get away. Your instincts are inside you for a reason. Don’t ignore them.

Hiring a Bodyguard: What You Need to Know (Part 1)

Bodyguards, the supreme status symbol for executives, politicians, celebrities, and executives, but they aren’t just for them any longer. A private security firm provides professional protection with services usually beginning at around $30 per hour.

With everyone from mercenaries to armed chauffeurs as security personnel, there’s individuals to suit any situation. A altering economic climate in this country causing bankruptcies or layoffs creates risks, which creates people willing to attack or stalk someone else.

An executive’s perception of wealth or their political views can be liabilities. Bodyguard protection can come at around $1,500 a day. A security system is also pricey. But, these prices aren’t anything compared to a lost business or even loss of life.

Entrepreneurs typically try to talk down the risks facing them. Yet, security must be a part of the overall operations strategy. A complete evaluation of the workplace and the risks that can happen will help to decide how to respond to security needs.

Ways to assess your risk and decide whether you need a security team or bodyguard.

  1. Public exposure. Are you always doing public speaking engagements or conducting business seminars? Are you featured flagrantly in the business community? Do you always see your name online? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are in the public and one that brings risk to your physical safety and the safety of your employees and loved ones.
  2. Corporate climate. What’s happening in your office? Recent layoffs and/or terminations? Do you have employees going through any domestic violence situations? Pressures in the workplace are a vital indicator of personal risk.
  3. Security plan. Do you have one? You need to create one. Look at what you are doing right now to protect yourself, your employees and the business. Is your staff trained to deal with complex clients? Do you have a closed-circuit-television monitoring systems with alarms and panic buttons in your office?

Shoot Better with More Training

Use your bullets with training in mind. A friend of mine states, “Each round must have a training value with it. So, don’t think about shooting a tight, 25-yard group of targets. Do some serious training.  If you have 50 rounds, this is a good way to use them to make sure you get the training you need from every round you fire.

Two-handed grip, from the holster at five yards: If you can draw from your holster at your range, get in shooting position, draw and fire one round as fast as you can accurately hit the target. Do it again ten times. If you aren’t allowed to draw from the holster, put your pistol on the shooting table and do the drill by picking up the pistol, getting into the correct two-handed grip, finding the target and firing the shot.

One-handed grip, from the holster at five yards: Just like above, but shot with only one hand. Do it ten times.

Transition to one-handed grip, your other strong hand: Draw from the holster or pick up the pistol with your dominant hand. Change to your other hand and shot two rounds as fast as you can accurately hit the target. Repeat your movements, shooting 3 rounds. Do this twice.

Drive the gun, fire at extension: From what is typically known as the “high ready,” have the gun in a two-handed grip with your elbows placed at your ribs. Come to full height and shoot at the target as quick as you can, correctly hitting the target. Shoot two rounds. Then fire 3 rounds. Repeat 4 times.

You should have used a whole box of ammo, 50 rounds, with these simple drills that will improve your gun-fighting skills. If you are looking to hit your target better, start with these now.