This module contains the following:
- Video introduction with Henrik Bramsborg (DK).
- Written introduction by Henrik Bramsborg.
- Video interview with Nikolai Ehlers (BE)
- Video interview with Tony Scotti (USA)
- Video interview with Craig Pedersen (SA)
- approx 30 minutes of total video
Henrik Bramsborg (DK) is a professional bodyguard operating out of Northern Europe. Henrik Bramsborg works as a security professional and is also an author of several books.
Tony Scotti (USA) is a leading expert in the areas of security driving and secure transportation. Tony Scotti has many years of experience from the security industry.
Nikolai Ehlers (BE) is a security professional with a background in the UN Close Protection Unit. Today Nikolai Ehlers works with private sector security and executive security.
Craig Pedersen (SA) is a security consultant and author of books about close protection operations. Craig Pedersen has many years of frontline experience.
When you embark on the journey of becoming a bodyguard, you can expect to be looked upon as staff, a competitor or an adversary, depending on spectator.
But first and foremost you are an independent service provider. Defining yourself, as your own boss is important to your future. There’s no one else responsible for you getting work. There’s no “luck” or “karma” involved. It’s a matter of decisions leading either towards your goals or away from your goals. YOU make those decisions, no one else.
Once you get a grip around that thought, certain factors come into play;
· How hungry you are for success
· Your ability to think in business terms as well as in security terms
· Your ability to think long term as well as short term, and
· Your ability to sift out negative input from your surroundings, and
· How prepared your are to get rid of unnecessary/negative people in your life
I am not going to say that you should toss your family, to be able to build a career. But anyone close related not supporting you; need to be told to shut up!
Now, being able to sell yourself as a bodyguard is a matter of expectations from your potential clients. They vary, but we know that more or less all of them expect this;
· A well groomed person, clean and odor free
· A person with the ability to be outgoing at the right time and be serious at the right time
· Someone who appears to be in good physical condition or very strong
· Someone knowledgeable security wise and to some degree business wise
So, this is what you should attempt to become, in order to gain peoples trust and perceive you as a bodyguard. We are not just talking about the visual appearance here. You should also learn to speak in a manner that is not offending a possible client, avoid staring at the clients’ cleavage or lower backside, regardless of how gorgeous she looks and always maintain a sense of “contagious tranquility”.
That is unless you work in the entertainment industry and want to follow Kid Rock, Pink or someone like that around. Obviously the looks should be adapted to the scene. If you work in Taliban-land, try to blend in so you won’t be targeted just for stickin’ out.
Check the internet for pictures and film snippets of bodyguards in the segment you want to pursue. Adapt to their looks. Start physical training if you haven’t already. Sorry to say this, but in my experience, nobody will hire someone who looks and sounds like an asthmatic hippo. Read up on personal security, terrorism and criminology.
If you attempt to enter the PMC scene, local history, language and weaponry in general are needed as well.
This publication has been provided by IAPPA and can be downloaded directly from iappa.net - it's an older publication that contains a lot os good knowledge about getting into the industry.