Monthly Archives: March 2016

Away From The Desk

I will be away from the desk for the next week.  I usually plan my trips and make sure there are shows ready to go for every day that I am away, however this is not a usually planned trip.  Instead of doing some quick shows that are half hearted and poorly put together, I am just going to take a break for the next few days.

In the meantime, if you are hard up for some SGP look no further than the social media outlets.  Skilled Gentlemen Podcast is on most major social media outlets and I am putting new stuff on there every day.  Check us out and I will be back in the office soon enough for a set of new shows.  If the social media is not enough for ya, check out the random shows that are on the front page of the website.

No worries everyone, I will be back as soon as I am back around the office.

I will be really active on the free SGP FORUM.  Head over there, register, and get active!

Extending Your Life- Throwback

This show is a throwback.  I understand that my longer listeners may have heard this one before, but you may not have remembered everything that has been said.  Enjoy Extending Your Life!

Extending Your Lifeextending your life is something that has to be taken seriously.  Some of us gentlemen take life for granted everyday because we feel like we are always going to wake up, we are not going to get into a wreck, and we are not going to have a heart attack.  What if I can teach you how to make yourself even less likely to have a heart attack, develop diabetes, or suffer from Alzheimer’s disease?  What if I told you there are people living in other countries that have life spans well beyond 100 years old without major health issues?  Would you be interested?  What if I sweetened the deal by saying you can still drink wine and have fun?  I am not talking about any fad diet or any kind of pill that you can take.  I am talking about making a lifestyle change to extend our lives.

How Do We Extend our Life?

  • Why we should be worried about having long lives
  • What is a blue zone
  • What is the life expediency of blue zone residents
  • What can we do to increase our life
  • How can we be useful in our old age to justify long lives

Resources today include:

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9 Apps That You Have To Put On Your Phone

9 apps you must have on your phoneIt seems like we are living in a world full of apps.  If you want to control your house, there is an app for that.  If you want to get a ride, there is an app for that.  If you want to have a fake stalker girlfriend to impress someone, there is luckily an app for that also.  Out of the millions of applications available I have come up with my top 9 favorite.  These range from helping me grow and further my business to keeping all of those really cool ideas in one easy to read location.  With all of this cell phone talk and endorsements toward apps, please keep in mind that none of these are sponsoring the show.  The way that I see it, if you have done a good job you deserve recognition for it.

Once a week I put together a throwback episode.  This is because I am working on a book among everything else.  If you are interest, I will be putting up presale book information.  If you are interested in buying the book, I would suggest going with this option because the copies will all be signed and put in the mail with a special note attached.  Not sure on the cost yet, just keep that in mind.

What Apps Should I Have On My Phone?

  • Zello
  • Twitter
  • Sticher Radio
  • RunKeeper
  • Gmail
  • Pinterest
  • Google Maps
  • Gif Keyboard
  • Zombie Runner

No References were used in todays podcast.

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Throwback- Buying An Engagement Ring

This is a throwback to a show that I feel like you guys will really enjoy.  When I did this podcast I brought back everything that I remembered from buying an engagement ring for my own wife.  You only get one real shot at making a partner’s  life wonderful in this way, don’t be that guy that messes this up or takes it too lightly.

the ultimate guide to buying and engagement ringAt some point in a mans life he will want to get married.  The first thing that men worry about is the engagement ring.  There are millions of choices out there with huge price tags and people more than willing to put us in debt real quick.  Along with that, what about a warranty or cleaning services?  This is todays topic.  I have bought one engagement ring in my life but spent months looking and researching engagement online and in stores all around the city.  I sat down and learned everything there is to know about engagement rings and had to decipher the difference between media and market hype and figure out what to buy.  Today I bestow this information to you!

How hard can buying an engagement ring be?

  • The history of engagement rings
  • Why the diamond is rare… not really
  • What are the friends going to think
  • Where do I begin shopping
  • How much should I spend
  • What are the 4 Cs

References include:

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An Announcement For Change

Announcement of changeAs you guys know, I have done everything I can to make sure that you guys get 3 new shows, every week most of the time.  Back in the beginning of the show I was putting out 2 shows a week.  Things are about to change though.  I have made the decision to go with 2 new shows a week and a “throwback” show on Wednesdays.  I have done close to 200 shows over the past few years and I want to be able to reuse some of that content because it is all still very relevant.  This may come as a shock to some of you, however let me explain why.

Why did I decide to change the podcast lineup?

I have been considering writing a book for a long time.  I toyed around the with idea back when I did a guest blog post for Manly.is on the topic of Executive Protection for the Family.  A few months back I got a phone call from Alex Haddox from Security Professionals Podcast and Practical Defense Podcast with a revenue proposal idea.  He wanted me to write a book on Executive Protection for the Family and he would publish it.  At the time I could not swing that project with everything that I needed to get done around here.  As of yesterday, I have started the project.

What are the details of the project?

If you are sitting there thinking, I am very interested and I want more details.  The only thing that I have done thus far is write out the outline.  This is big for me considering how enormous this project is going to be.  I am really wanting to do this right considering this is going to have my name on it.  I am going to be investing a lot of money into this project and will be looking to you guys to help me out.  Your investment will be returned in value though.  Right now, I do plan to have a pre-sale for the book closer to the book coming out.  I am thinking that with a pre-sale you will get a signed copy with a personal note inside.

There are a lot of things to figure out with this project, but keep in mind that this announcement is that I am shifting the podcast frequency back to 2 new a week and one throwback.  Keep in mind that change is not bad, however for this show change is actually a very big sign of progression.

Thank you for your time.

Increasing Your Bench Press

increasing your bench pressWe all have different reasons why we want to go to the gym.  We are either there to look better for bathing suit season, because the doctor told us we needed it, or because we want to be stronger.  There could be many more reasons but I can make a bold assumption here today.  Everyone that goes to the gym, does the bench press.  I know you do it because I used to do it every time I went.  We all get to this point in our bench press in which we hit a plateau.  We cant seem to get any higher in our bench for some reason or another.  This is discouraging and eventually can lead to us not going back to the gym.  I mean everyone else seems like they are busting it out on bench, why cant I.  It might be that you are not taking advantage of some practices that can increase your bench press that I am going to give out to you today.

How do we increase our bench press?

  • Be your own hype man
  • Lift Explosively
  • Are you sleeping enough
  • Have you found your grip
  • Stay off the smith machine
  • Form is everything
  • Try chains
  • Decrease reps, increase weight
  • Wright down everything
  • Add warm ups
  • Increase time between sets
  • Bring down slower
  • Push ups
  • Dips

Resources used to help you increase your bench press:

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Don’t Be That Guy Emergency PSA

Idont be that guy emergency public service announcement started out a few years back by stating that “I am trying my best to keep you from being that guy.  Today will mark the second installment of the series where I discuss what I mean by this phrase.  There are a lot of people out there that leave me asking the question, “why”.  That when there is a need or where there is a job for them to do, they shy away.  Or when their family needs them to grow up and be a man, they cower in the corner and hope for a solution to smack them in the face.  I am here to drench you in some cold truth.  Today’s show is a double edged sword in which it is entertaining and very truthful.  If you are apart of this group of people that I am going to discuss today, you need to either grow up or man up, take your pick.  Not all of it is me getting perturbed though.  Some is meant to be pure entertainment.  My blood pressure dropped toward the end.

If you are the The “I lost my job, I’m looking for something better” guy then you need to listen to my show I did a few weeks ago called Preparing For A Job Loss.

WHat is in the CATEGORY of “that guy”?

  • My own personal Emergency Broadcast
  • The “I lost my job, I’m looking for something better” guy
  • The “I’m too important to move over on the road” guy
  • The “I only had 2 beers, I can drive” guy
  • The “I am going to do my entire set in front of the dumbbell rack” guy
  • The “I didn’t know that I sweated that much on the bench” guy
  • How we can make this a regular podcast

No resources were used in the show, just my frustration.

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Smashing Your Morning Routine

smashing your morning routineThe first thing you do in the morning is wake up.  Everything thing after that is up to you.  For most of us we only have a few moments in between that wake up and leaving for work.  We are missing out on a prime oppertunity to get something done.  Possibly to create a new set of habbits that will push us to be better.  What would you do if you had a few extra hours before you left for work in the morning?  Would you sleep in or would you wake up and follow your morning routine?  There are a lot of different things that we can add to our morning routine that will help us to be better fathers and husbands or help us be smarter or more wise.  The choices are endless, but the main question that I want you to ask yourself.  What if you could design your perfect morning routine?  Would it include breakfast, coffee, walks, excersize, or spending time with the family?  Or would it be spent waking up late and running through the house in an absolute panic?

How do we smash our morning routines?

Join me today as I speak about

  • how to design your mornings
  • tips on waking up early
  • what can you do for your family to help them
  • a simple yet effective breakfast for all
  • a quick workout routine to help get the blood flowing

Resources used in the show:

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Making Your Home More Private

making your home more privateIn a world that is obsessed with everyone knowing what they are eating, where they are going, and who they are with the possibility of crime occurrence because of it is a lot higher.  As Gentlemen we should be more aware of what we are putting out to the world instead of being worried that our friends know when we are cutting the grass.  With the rise of business that will monitor your credit and make sure that no one has stolen your identity, it makes one wonder, is there anything that we could be doing to make our homes more private?  Maybe just the addition of a few bushes will keep the neighbors from complaining that there is a tomato plant in the back yard.  What if I told you that a private yard and a private home is more valuable than a home that is in the wide open to most buyers.  With all of this being the case, we should consider taking steps to safeguard our family in many different ways that will in turn make our homes safer and more private.

How do we make our homes more private?

  • Why this is a very serious show
  • Why this subject matters to the Gentleman
  • How, without any money, I can find your information easy
  • Plants to grow in front yard
  • Plants to grow in back yard
  • Scrubbing your social media
  • Scrubbing the internet
  • Misinformation
  • Google Street View hack
  • Teaching your children about online presence
  • Why you shouldn’t loose too much sleep over this
    • if you are though…
    • http://skilledgentlemen.com/2015/11/12/conceal-carry-basics/
    • http://skilledgentlemen.com/2016/01/28/situational-awareness-develop/
    • http://skilledgentlemen.com/2015/09/19/protecting-your-family-with-alex-haddox/
    • http://skilledgentlemen.com/2015/08/21/how-to-be-a-thief/
    • http://skilledgentlemen.com/2015/02/23/what-burglars-dont-want-you-to-know/
    • http://skilledgentlemen.com/2015/02/07/executive-protection-for-the-family-home-defense/
    • http://www.practicaldefense.com/practicaldefense.shtml
    • http://www.todayssurvival.com/

Resources used in the show:

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Prepping 101- Energy

prepping 101 energyEnergy is something that we all use every single day of our lives.  When we wake up by the alarm clock, turn on the lights, take a hot shower, brew our coffee, watch the morning news, and so on throughout our day.  All of the aforementioned items above uses energy.  What happens when the energy is not there?  Our lives get interrupted in a way that some cannot function.  This should not be the case in a Gentleman’s life.  Especially when it comes to caring for the family.  Prepping is such a bad word that people like to abuse.  My challenge is to convey to your that it is not a bad word.  Arguably it is not a word for you to tell all of your friends about right away, but a concept that you should really consider adding to your life.  Just from the aspect that it is for the longevity of your family should be enough to consider building this into your life.  Join me today as I dig into how to store, capture, and in general keep more energy in your lives.

How can we build REDUNDANCY in our lives with Energy

  • Why prepping matters
  • How do we prepare to satisfy our energy need as it relates to
    • cooking
    • lighting
    • warmth
    • cooling
    • other neat ideas to consider building

Other shows that you may like:

Prepping 101- Food

Resources used in Prepping 101- Energy:

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