A Gentleman’s Guide to Manscaping

manscapingManscaping is something that divides the manly community.  Do you shave your body like a naked mole rat?  Should you let yourself evolve into a walking/talking wookie from Star Wars?  The answer to that is extremely convoluted.  There really is no definite answer but more of a series of different opinions.  You have to take what you hear today and decide what works best for you.  Your body type, own personal style, and your swagger all are parts to your personality and should be considered while manscaping.

I have dredged through many articles and opinions to bring you this conclusion of ideas on the topic of manscaping.  Located deep within these articles are the opinions of many different women.  If you thought that your beard was going to be the topic of conversation and in vogue forever, you might be surprised!


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What should a Gentleman know about Manscaping?

  • Do women actually prefer hair or do they like smooth men
  • What is on the market to assist you with body hair removal
  • What is the going trend with beards and body hair
  • How do you take care of your beard
  • Pro Tips for body hair removal
  • My conclusion on my research

I mentioned a few products that you should consider while taming your own body hair.

First off is the clippers that I have used since I was 15 years old.  15 years later I am still using these.  Great quality and decent price for something that lasts that long.

Wahl Clippers– $23.99 on Amazon

Second is the back hair shaver that I bought.  I am not sure how well it works because it was missing a part.  This is a good concept though.  Men always have a hard time getting to the back hair.  This is a great tool to start with.

Back Shaver– $20.00 on Amazon

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How to Increase Your Swagger – Throwback Episode

increase your swaggerAccording to the dictionary “swagger” means that you are aggressive and that you are arrogant.  I completely disagree in this completely, I know you are surprised.  Swagger in the terms that I use them in this podcast is the description of what you are about.  Your essence or your air about you.  This can be altered and changed to make yourself better or more attractive.  However, this goes well beyond the fact that you are trying to find someone to date.  

This goes into the world of business.  Do you think that having a low amount of confidence could cost you a promotion or even a job?  Of course!  When polled over a large group of women, what do they look for in a man, it came down to a list of qualities that have been transposed and explained on today’s podcast.  You all have these qualities inside of you, we are just going to work on pushing out the good parts of you.  Taking the good parts and accentuating them to be a better version of you.  Keep that drive alive inside you to own your swagger.


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How do you increase your swagger?

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10 Things You Might Be Doing Wrong In Traffic

things you might be doing wrong in trafficMost of us feel that being caught up in traffic is madding and stressful.  What if I told you that you could be the problem instead of the other guy you yell at!?  We all think we know what we are doing, but as gentlemen we all have room to grow.  Considering the fact that we all sit in traffic too much, we should at least consider being decent to each other.

I am diving into some of the issues that I have personally found to be issues that are caused in traffic.  Some of these are not breaking the law as much as just being kind to others.  However, some have the potential to getting a ticket from a police officer or even worse, shot by another motorist.  Make sure that when you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you prepare to do more good than harm.  Find your happy space and be a functioning member of society.


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What could you be doing in traffic that is wrong?

  • Creating space for a right hand turn
  • Pull past white lines at intersection
  • Following too close to someone
  • Stopping too close to someone at intersections
  • Queuing up in the wrong place while crossing divided highway
  • Blocking intersections in high traffic
  • Sitting on railroad tracks
  • Speeding off when light turns green
  • You see lights, pull to the right
  • Rubber necking at wrecks

References used in this episode:

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Upgrading Your Home for Cheap

home projects for cheapYour home is your castle.  What happens when your home becomes boring to you?  Springtime is here and it is the time of year that projects start.  Why not spend some time and some money on your house.  You can increase the value and the way that you feel.  Not only that but your children can learn how to do some of these skills through your projects.  Some of my fondest memories were doing projects with my father and grandfather.  I learned a lot from their work.

I have gone through and found a verity of different projects that you can do.  No second mortgage or technical skills required to finish any of these projects.  As men we should be able to complete the smaller projects of this list.  As gentlemen we should be excited to learn how these are done.


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What projects can we do up upgrade our home for cheap?

  • The projects with the highest return on investment for resale value
  • How to sell your home quick and for asking
  • Getting upgrade inspiration
  • My dire warning to you hearted guys out there
  • Changing light fixtures
  • Adding Souround Sound
  • Altering the front yard
  • Chaning up the Family Room
  • Plants for the house
  • Kitchen Remodel
  • Wall art for everyone’s taste
  • How to save money with these projects

I put together a list of items that you can purchase from the amazon store that I have partnered with Bob Mayne from Today’s Survival Show.  Make sure that when you are purchasing your Amazon items you use our links.  This will help us out greatly without you spending any more money.


The book that you should consider buying when selling your home.  Get what you are asking for or even more!


Connectors for your surround sound system.


Wall Art Designs for your to hang up everywhere and show your Start Wars fandom!


Plants for the house that will purify your air for you while giving you something green to look at year round.


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Getting Started in the Gym – Throwback Wednesday

getting started in the gymThe gym is a place where sweat and determination merge.  A place where men are made.  Getting started at the gym may be one of the hardest tasks to accomplish just behind staying at the gym.  But before we go to the gym we have to find one, or do we?  There are plenty of options to choose from when you are trying to find a way to do some strength training.  From finding the traditional place to workout to creating your own we discuss what to look for and how to build what you need.  

Just like with everything else we talk about on Skilled Gentlemen Podcast, everything fits together and cannot be separated out so easy.  If you want to fit into your old jeans or to look good at the beach you need to hit the trifecta.  You have to get in and workout, which is covered today.  You have to get in the kitchen, which you can find all about in the health tag.  Lastly you need sleep which will be covered soon enough.


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How do you get started in the gym?

  • How to find a gym
  • What to look for
  • Payment considerations
  • How to do your own gym
  • What a HIT program looks like

Earlier in the years of Skilled Gentlemen Podcast I have produced a lot of information that is valuable and can stand to be heard by new listeners and veteran listeners alike.  This is why I am enacting Throwback Wednesday.  You have the opportunity to hear an older episode modified to fit the new format for current podcasts.

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Being in a “Ready” State

ready stateBeing in a state of readiness is something that most people are not.  Day to day goes by without there being any kind of issue.  This builds up normalcy bias and blinds the person of anything that could happen.  Then all of a sudden, just like in this picture, the stink hits the fan and you have to make decisions at a moments notice.  Are you prepared to make that kind of commitment?  Can your family count on you to make these decisions?  Be a man and stand up for your own responsibilities and get your family in a Ready state.

In this episode I give you tools to keep yourself in a Ready state.  These are projects and assignments that you can acomplish over the span of a weekend.  Also, these arent hard but will make you ready to deal with most anything that life can throw your way


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How do I keep myself and family in a Ready state?

  • What does it mean to be in a ready state
  • Why your family needs to be in a ready state
  • How to find what you are vulnerable to
  • Projects that you can do over the weekend to achieve this state
  • Emergency book
  • Go bags
  • Go Food
  • Alternative housing considerations
  • Keeping the car ready
  • Conclusion on the necessity of this

I mentioned in the show that I would provide extra podcast episodes for you to consider listening to.  This will help further explain my positions as it relates to being in a ready state.

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Run Your Kitchen Like A Master Chef

master chefIt is no secret that food brings people together.  For centuries we have come together with food.  It makes sense that a Gentleman needs to be able to put something together that tastes good.  A chef is someone that can make cheap invariance taste like an expensive meal.  This means that you can do the same thing that a master chef does to make a great meal for your family.

I am going to give you a few secrets and ways to run your kitchen like a master chef.  Completely redoing the way that your family does meal time is hard to do.  You have to make the effort to do this because it does matter.  You have to be willing to sacrifice your time in an effort to bring the family together.  Being a chef is one way to slow the family down and get them away from their screens.  Take these skills and these suggestions to be that element of change in your own families life.  It is not hard.


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How do I run my kitchen like a master chef?

  • Use everything you buy
    • Can what you don’t use
  • Crockpots save the day
  • Plan your meals
  • Grow your own spices
  • Cook more than you need and save the rest
  • Stay away from junk
  • 10 affordable ways to make your food taste more expensive

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Building an Expert Level First Aid Kit – Throwback Episode

building first aid kitMedical emergencies can happen in a heartbeat and to anyone.  Having a first aid kit with you can end up being the difference between that person living or dying.  But understand there is one tool in there that everyone has to have and it absolutely makes or breaks that kit, it is your education.  So as gentlemen we need to take an approach that others have bypassed and shortcut for years and has led to many people being hurt or even made things worse because of the inexperienced.  So tune in today and learn the easy way to make your medical bag the right way and not kill someone during your progress.

Education is no joke.  You have to be trained to make sure that you are doing things correct and at the correct time.  If you give a wrench to someone that does not know how to do plumbing is useless.  Putting the same wrench in the hands of a plumber is a whole different story.  The difference between the two people is the education and experience.  Classes are not hard to find, just look up your local community college or your local YMCA.  They offer classes all of the time.

How do I build an Expert Level First Aid Kit?

  • What I saw at a gun show
  • Likelihood vs. Practical
  • How your education is a key factor in building a medical kit
  • Beginner level items for a medical kit
  • Intermediate level items for a medical kit
  • Advanced level items for a medical kit

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6 Principles Every Gentleman Should Possess

6 principles every gentleman should possessPrinciples are tools people use for decision making.  We all have to have our own set of principles that fit our values and our own positions in life.  Your values may change in life depending on what you are going through however, your principles shouldn’t change as often. Principles are held deep within yourself and make up who you are as a person.  Setting yourself up with a strong set of principles will soon turn you from a man into a gentleman.

You have all the power in the world to start today to becoming a gentleman or by being a better one.  I mention in the show, and have made it my tag line, that you should be the gentleman your family wants you to be.  We can be better by developing or by holding closer to our own principles.  I asked Blake Hammerton of The Sharp Gentleman to come onto the show as a co-host.  You can find him through his social media accounts found hyper-linked below.  The Sharp Gentleman is a really great show and deserves your attention if you enjoy the kind of content you get here.

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What 6 principles should a Gentleman possess?

  • Extreme ownership in attitude & communication
  • Never Sloppy – appearance, environment, work ethic, convictions
  • Lifelong Learner – always looking to improve ones knowledge and skills
  • Being reliable – not just showing up, but participating
  • Disciplined – setting your goals and refusing to waver 
  • Decisive – making your mind up and sticking to your decision

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Camping Like A Gentleman – Throwback Episode

camping like a gentlemanIf you have never been camping you have not lived yet.   Being outside for a full 24 hours or longer is intoxicating by itself.  You learn a lot about yourself and discover things that you have never known about yourself.  Camping is a learning experience for children by expanding their interests and their imaginations.  Going back to when my grandfather and father took me camping as a child brings back memories that I will never forget.  However there is a right and a wrong way to go camping.  

It does not take much to get your family out in the wilderness.  Sleeping under the stars and cooking by camp fire is something that dreams are made of.  All it takes is one well planned trip and you have a camper for life.  Conversely all it takes is one bad experience or a poorly planned trip for you to have a hard time getting your family to camp with you again.  Don’t be that guy that drags his family out into the woods and has to deal with their complaining because of your bad judgments.  Start slow and then work your way up to a harder camp trip.


 

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How can I go camping like a Gentleman?

  • Backyard camp
  • Beside the car camp
  • Backpacking camp
  • The basics of each
  • Tips about:
    • Fire
    • Food
    • Clothing
    • Misc
    • Activities

If you would like to hear Carl Sagan’s voice reading Pale Blue Dot click on the hyper-link.  Such a wonderful way to end a day of camping.

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