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How to Read ANYONE Instantly. The Science of Deduction - 7 Techniques to Deduce like Sherlock Holmes. Urban Survival Series - Episode 2 - Developing Spy Level Situational Awareness. The Art of Blending in: 5 Tips from a Counterintelligence Special Agent. As some of you know, before I was a blogger, I spent many years as a Counterintelligence Agent, training and working with some of the best government agents and Special Forces personnel in the world.

The Art of Blending in: 5 Tips from a Counterintelligence Special Agent

Most of that involved either conducting surveillance or counter-surveillance or activities where you had to know how blend in or find people trying to blend in. Over the years, I saw some pretty common mistakes when it comes to doing things that give you away to someone who may be targeting you in situations that you may actually face someday. How to use search like a pro: 10 tips and tricks for Google and beyond. Search engines are pretty good at finding what you’re looking for these days, but sometimes they still come up short.

How to use search like a pro: 10 tips and tricks for Google and beyond

For those occasions there are a few little known tricks which come in handy. So here are some tips for better googling (as it’s the most popular search engine) but many will work on other search engines too. 1. Increase Your Situational Awareness: 10 Exercises & Tests. 3 Effective Techniques to Train Your Situational Awareness and Recognize Change. I have a friend who stepped off the curb and was killed by a vehicle running a red light.

3 Effective Techniques to Train Your Situational Awareness and Recognize Change

He was 40 years old and his life was over in one second. I almost made the same mistake. While in England, I checked for traffic and confidently began to step into the intersection, when my companion yanked me back. I’d looked left instead of right, the wrong direction in a country that drives on the left-hand side of the street. An FBI Agent’s 5 Secrets To Build Willpower in Your Career. The FBI Academy’s Fitness Test required a minimum of 50 pushups, and I only got 49 in before the whistle blew.

An FBI Agent’s 5 Secrets To Build Willpower in Your Career

My training class moved as a group to the next test—pull ups. But I felt defeated. I already knew I hadn’t passed; so why continue? Disappointed with myself, I prepared to sit it out. But my coach told me to get up and finish the competition. This wouldn’t be the last time the FBI Academy pushed me through obstacles. That’s called willpower. 1. To activate your willpower, you must remind yourself why something is important to you. 2. The FBI Academy is located on the Marine Corp Base in Quantico, Virginia.

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) my coach saw me, made me go back, and take the extra few steps to take the corner properly. An FBI Agent's 5 Steps to Developing Mental Toughness. Mental toughness.

An FBI Agent's 5 Steps to Developing Mental Toughness

It's the ability to push through difficult (and even painful) situations while maintaining peak performance. It's what separates the elite from the above average, and is only gained through training and hard work. For entrepreneurs and business owners, it means having the grit you need to get through the hard times, and the presence of mind to avoid getting caught up in the good times. I recently spoke about mental toughness with LaRae Quy, who knows a little about the topic.

LaRae spent 23 years working as a counterintelligence agent with the FBI, where demonstrating this quality sometimes meant the difference between life and death. I asked LaRae what is needed to develop this invaluable quality. 1. How to Throw a Left Hook Punch. The Sioux Guide to Situational Awareness. Art-of-lockpicking: Lock picking has many... - AMATEUR DEDUCTIONS. Trading. Businessinsider. Bill Pugliano/Stringer/Getty ImagesAn FBI agents clears tape from a crime scene.


LaRae Quy was a brand new FBI Special Agent, and it was the height of the Cold War, but she was given a huge job. Her assignment was to go undercover and locate a known Soviet spy operating somewhere in Silicon Valley, and to convince him to start spying for the U.S. Sound impossible? It sure did. The odds were long. Kind of like the world of business.

It turns out FBI Special Agent work has more to do with business than you might think. After Quy located and befriended the spy, who she calls Nicholas in her book "Secrets of a Strong Mind," she set about understanding Nicholas’ greater purpose in life. Eventually, Nicholas admitted to Quy that he was struggling to understand his own greater calling. Why did Nicholas’ greater purpose matter so much? Quy’s experience with flipping this Soviet spy has some great lessons for strengthening your mental toughness in the world of business. 1. 2. 3. How To Read People Like an FBI Profiler. What do you make of a neighbor who’s married, has kids, dresses in a suit daily, rarely misses a day of work, has a well-groomed lawn and a tidy home, is friendly and polite, always asks about your day and your children, and even shovels your snow when you’re out of town?

How To Read People Like an FBI Profiler

Most people would think this is the best neighbor on the block. So you may be surprised to learn that this very neighbor “was a sexual sadist who was using a small trailer in this backyard as a torture chamber,” write Mary Ellen O’Toole and Alisa Bowman in their book Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. O’Toole, a retired FBI profiler, worked the case and interviewed the 60-year-old park ranger David Parker Ray, who appeared charming and even seemed to admire women. As it turned out, he’d been torturing women in his backyard for years, and none of his neighbors ever suspected him to be anything but a “regular guy.” We also assume that our bodies will warn us when we’re around someone dangerous. A Former FBI Agent Reveals the Secrets of Persuasion. Spy Escape & Evasions - 25 - Taxi Safety And Survival. Spy Escape & Evasions - 26 - Hotel Safety And Survival. Spy Escape & Evasions - 08 - How To Gather Intelligence.

Spy Escape & Evasions - 10 - What To Do When A Crisis Occurs.