Joy In Our Town – Addressing Common Myths of Safety

This television interview from the Trinity Broadcasting Network addresses some of the common myths of personal safety, and where the “true” responsibility for personal safety lies in our society.

Texas Progressive Time – Interview with Jeff McKissack

This interview done in February of 2012 features Jeff McKissack of Defense By Design on a local cable access show hosted by Neil Durrance. In this interview, Jeff talks about how Defense By Design came about as well as his own personal and professional journey that brought him into the fields of profiling, threat assessment and personal safety and defense.

Joy In Our Town – Safety in the Home

Recent interview dealing the the topic of safety in the home when inviting in unknown vendors or service providers. How do you keep you and your family safe when calling upon “unknown people” to enter into your home? This interview will give you several great strategies.

Trust your instincts! – Week 4

I and my mentor years ago lured countless adults into cars and vans – not with a gun or knife, but a good story. And after doing so over all these years, the responses of would-be victims have always been the same…”I knew I shouldn’t have done that” or “I knew I shouldn’t have got into that car” or similar. What it told us is that people’s instincts were working…they just weren’t listening to their instincts! No matter who the person is in front of you, their age, their gender, their car, the location you’re at, whatever the situation, listen to your instincts – the still small voice that will tell you when something or someone is not right. This is THE BEST advice we can ever follow, so “trust your instincts!” This is Jeff McKissack with Defense By Design teaching you how to spot trouble before trouble spots you!

Trust your instincts! – Week 3

When in doubt, GET OUT! This is sage advice telling us that in most situations that could evolve into threatening situations, it’s always better to listen to the instincts that are genetically encoded into each one of us to keep us safe versus “thinking” about our options too long. Your brain cannot do the same math as the instincts when it comes to your personal safety. Yet too often we write off the instincts as imagination or paranoia. Or worse, we let our ego or (guys) our testosterone rule the day or the moment. The instincts are the most important life-saving tool we have, and they are gifted to us absolutely FREE! But they are only of benefit if listened to and obeyed when they speak to us. This is Jeff McKissack with Defense By Design teaching you how to spot trouble before trouble spots you!

Trust your instincts! – Week 2

April Fool’s Day comes once a year, but never does it come from your instincts! If your “gut” is telling you that something or someone isn’t right, it has already done the advanced math that your cognitive brain has yet to catch up to. And which has been around longer to keep us safe, our survival instincts or our developed brains? Always go with the time-tested tool that Mother Nature has given you to keep you safe. In all questionable situations, especially those that could mean your harm, listen and trust your instincts and get out while you can! This is Jeff McKissack with Defense By Design teaching you how to spot trouble before trouble spots you!

Trust your instincts! – Week 1

How many times when faced with a difficult decision have you been told by a trusted friend, family member or co-worker, “Trust your instincts!”? Yet do you recall the last time you mentioned something out of place to that same friend, family member or co-worker and they told you, “It’s just your imagination” “you’re just being paranoid” or similar? So what is the disconnect here? It’s ok to use our instinct in business and buying decisions, but not for interpersonal encounters? That’s when you really SHOULD listen to your instincts! If something or someone doesn’t seem right – it probably isn’t. Listen to your instincts for all major issues calling for discernment. This is Jeff McKissack with Defense By Design teaching you how to spot trouble before trouble spots you!

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – Week 4

So your company has paid security, security cameras, security card access and maybe even security at the entrance checking people in. Great! But who accounts for the “human factor” when all of those things fail in a moment of Murphy’s Law? Who steps in when the guard isn’t there, the cameras fail, the card access is breeched and the guard shack is unattended? No one is better prepared to protect you than “you”. Take steps that empower you as an individual to be your own bodyguard without relying upon others to do so. As we all know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Learn to think ahead of situations and people that could mean you harm, whether at home or at work. This is Jeff McKissack with Defense By Design teaching you how to spot trouble before trouble spots you!

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – Week 3

So often we look to our government, our police or even our neighbors to protect (of all people) “us”. What is wrong with this strategy? It just never seems to work, that’s what is wrong with it. Personal safety is also a personal responsibility. The only bodyguard most people like you and I can ever afford is the one we see when we look into the mirror. Avail yourself to training that allows you to do just that, protect yourself and your family, when no one else is around. That way, if you do have Good Samaritans that come to your rescue, they are enhancements, not necessities. This is Jeff McKissack with Defense By Design teaching you how to spot trouble before trouble spots you!

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – Week 2

I have seen so many institutions – churches, colleges, daycares, even companies wait until after a tragedy occurs before addressing the issue that caused the tragedy. Therapy and lawsuits are never the preferred response when prevention and education could have helped to avoid the situation altogether. But this means we have to prepare for those things we do not like to talk about or think about. This addresses the age-old proverb that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Often the cost of prevention is so much less than the cost of negligence, yet we still roll the dice and take our chances because these are “unpleasant things” we must face. Just remember, sticking your head in the sand presents a very appealing target to a would-be enemy. This is Jeff McKissack with Defense By Design teaching you how to spot trouble before trouble spots you!