How to make a Documentation Package – Throwback Episode

documentation packageIf you can not tell, being prepared is something that is near and dear to me.  If you are unprepared for life, life will destroy you.  One of the many ways that I am going to teach you guys about is writing things down and having them available for everyone to benefit from within your family.  This is done with a documentation package.  This is a cheap and easy way to be prepared for an emergency.  With the cost of your time, printer paper, ink, and a few 3 ring binders that are lying around the house you can have list of all the information that you will need, EVER.  

Did I mention that you can keep this secret and have the information available for you and it look like nonsense to everyone else?  Check out todays show and learn how!  This is not a podcast that is here to scare you.  I am trying to make sure that if something does happen, you are prepared.  This podcast has made a valuent effort to make you a more prepared family man.  If you are having a hard time with this, check out some other podcasts with this subject.  Just click under the tag cloud lables Prep and Survival.  You can get all of your no nonsense, no tin foil hat information there!


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What goes into making a Documentation Package?

  • Why this matters to a gentlemen
  • What do you need to put it together
  • What do you put inside one of these
  • How many and where do I keep these

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Keeping Yourself Safe Online

keeping yourself safe onlineYour identity is at risk every single day from online predators.  From phising scams to social engineering the deck is stacked against you.  You might not be aware of how vulnerable you are to an online predator and how easy it is to steal your identity.  All it takes is clicking on the wrong link that could through your life into a spiral.  That is really all it takes.  Considering that someone like me, that doesn’t know a whole lot about it, can spend a few days learning about it.  Then build a website that looks similar to your banking institution and steal your identity and money is frighting.

This is the topic that I am going to cover with you today.  I am not trying to scare you by any means.  I am trying to giving you the power to do something about it.  You have the knowledge and wherewithal to make sound decisions, you just need a bit of a push to know what works and what doesn’t.  This episode reminds me of one that I posed years back called How To Be A Thief.  Check that one out to further your “in home security”.


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How do you keep yourself safe online?

  • How to spot a phishing scam
  • What are the most common ways identity is stolen
  • Spotting social engineering techniques to get your information
  • How to guard against online predators

References that were used in the making of the show.  I would advise that if you are worried about your online security, you should check out these resources.

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I mentioned this in the top portion of the post.  Make sure you check out this old show for content that never fails!

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Guide to having a Gentleman’s Closet

having a gentlemans closetWe all want to look our best.  Whether you are married or not, you want to look your best in any situation.  Having a closet that helps you accomplish this is key to accomplishing this.  We all have our “go to” that we pull out of the closet all the time.  In a world that is obsessed with how things look, ratty jeans and t-shirts don’t cut it anymore.

I am going to talk to you about how to create a closet that makes you look your best.  Not only is this a large portion of the show but I am going to talk about how to design and build your own closet.  A closet  that is functional just as much as it manly.  If you are fashion illiterate, like I find myself to be, then this is the show that you have been needing.  The best part about the whole show today is that you wont need a second mortgage to build your wardrobe out.


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How do you develop a Gentleman’s closet?

  • Finding what works for you
  • Addressing the different levels of fashion that you would need
  • Finding these items for a reasonable price
  • Designing your closet for functionality
  • How can you do this within budget

I mentioned in the show that there was a podcast episode where I spoke about shining your shoes.  This is that link:

Shining your shoes how and why

Resources used to help bring quality information in the show today:

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Storing Wine, Whiskey, and Cigars for Special Occasions

storing wine whiskey and cigars for special occasionsWe all have milestones in our lives where we would like to celebrate with something special.  Think about when your daughter or son gets married.  You do your speech and open up a 20 year old bottle of wine to share.  The fact that the wine was made and preserved back when they were born and then consumed now is amazing.  Storing these drinks are not as simple as you would think.  You have to find the perfect place and the perfect conditions for this to work.

I have gone through the internet to find how to store all of the best kinds of drinks and cigars for long term.  Not only am I going to tell you how and what to buy but how to store them.  Storing an old bottle of wine you have to have special planning.  Also, there are little known fact thats you might be surprised about storing whiskey, beer, and cigars.  This is your show today if you are sentimental about things like this.  I can’t wait to get started with my long term storage.


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Storing Wine, Whiskey, and Cigars for long term storage

  • Storing whiskey long term
  • How to find wine to store
  • Storing wine long term
  • Finding and preserving cigars for the special occasion
  • Storing your favorite beer

References used in the show today:

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Dealing with Annoying Neighbors

dealing with annoying neighborsWe all have neighbors in some way or another.  What happens when these people are relentless with the noise or do not respect boundaries?  There are horror stories about bad neighbors everywhere online and it seems like everyone has a story to share.  Eventually you have to stop the situation and make life bearable.  Instead of dealing with annoying neighbors like a child, why not deal with them like a Gentleman?  There are so many ways that you can mess up your confrontation and I am going to help you from doing so.

I dive into the subject today of dealing with annoying neighbors.  I have lived near these insufferable people before.  It is not a walk in the park by no means.  You have to think “long term solutions” instead of short term retaliation.  There is also the question of when do you involve the home owners association or the authorities.  You don’t want to over react to these perceived besmirchment and with the advice that I give you today, you wont.


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How can we deal with annoying neighbors?

  • Assessing your issues with this other person
  • How you could be over reacting
  • When and when not to involve the government
  • What to do after confronting the neighbor
  • When you should consider moving
  • How to figure out if they are bad neighbors before you buy the place

References that I used in the making of the show today are:

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How To Handle Stress – Wednesday Throwback

how to handle stressOne of the hardest things to deal with in our lives is stress.  Our blood pressure is jacked up, our heart rate is elevated, our stomach is hurting, or jaw gets clenched and a whole cocktail of chemicals are being released in our brain just because our boss is impatient.  There has to be a way that we are dealing with stresses in our life.  Otherwise, based on my research, stress will end up killing us early.  With little changes in our lives, we can all learn to do better and increase the length and quality of life.

As a Gentleman we should have healthy ways that we deal with the stresses in life.  I am going to give you a list of ways that I handle it.  My question to you is, how do you handle it?  During my research I came to the realization that NO ONE has original ideas on the subject.  This leaves it up to the Skilled Gentlemen Podcast community.  Join me on the forum to discuss!  Just remember that you have to email me your user name before I will approve you.  Make this community second to none by giving us your opinion on the subject.


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How should we handle stress?

  • Stress’s effect on our bodies
  • How is it unhealthy
  • What are the worst ways to handle it
  • What are the best ways to handle it

Resources used in todays show:

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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

Resources used in the show today:

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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?

The references that were used in the show today:

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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.


Resources used in the making of the show:

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