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Increasing Your Family’s Operational Security

operational securityYour family depends on your ability to protect them.  It is your responsibility to make sure they are safe and secure in the home and out.  You want them to have the sense of safety when they are with you.  When they go to bed, you don’t want them to have to worry about their security.  With a few steps, you are going to be able to help everyone feel more secure.

Today I am going to discuss the art of increasing your operational security through daily tasks.  You dont have to do all of them, but you should consider doing something.  With how quickly the world getting smaller, your family’s operational security is at risk.


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How to Increase Your Family’s Operational Security:

  • What are the sheep, wolf, sheepdog
  • How to protect yourself online better
  • What is the dark web we hear so much about
  • How to keep ourselves safer in our homes
  • Tips from former thieves

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What I Wish I Knew In High School – Wednesday Throwback

what i wish i knew in high schoolHigh School, for many people, was one of the hardest things to get through.  For me personally, it was just a major annoyance. I just wanted out with the least amount of damage possible.  People are mean and hateful and try to put you down just so they can feel better about themselves.  Everyone believes that this is the best time in their life.  The problems that they encounter now will be worse than the ones that are to come.  Most of this is nonsense, however we do not speak about this to our children and our young community.  Usually they are the ones that get pushed around and ignored, left to come up with their own views on how reality actually works in the real world.

Hopefully today I will have challenged you to take matters into your own hands and speak with your children about what you wish you knew in high school.  Along with that, take some time to think about what you wish you knew in high school and comment on the Facebook page what you think.

Remember that September is Suicide Awareness Month and we all should see the warning signs of this.  We may not like to think about this but it is not like a gentleman to shy away from things that we dont like to think about.  Learn the signs to help prevent a possible issue in your or your families lives.


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What do I wish I knew in High School:

  • my top 17 things that I wish I knew in high school
  • why this topic really matters to a gentleman
  • why we should talk to our children about high school stress

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Did you miss anything or want to check out the notes for the podcast episode today, look no further than the forum.  Iskilled gentlemen podcast forum post every episode that I do there for you to go back and find links and remember what was said.  While you are there, make sure you sign up to be a member.  Send me your username after signing up so that I can approve you.  That is all it takes to be a member.

How to Host a Summer Party

host summer partyParties are, for the most part, a great time.  Standing around with all of your friends and enjoying a drink and some food.  There are a lot of things that you need to be aware of when you are hosting a party.  Certain things that can make or break your party.  You, as a Gentleman, should be aware that your image in their eyes rests on your ability to host.  Don’t worry though, I have the answers that you are looking for.

Today I am going to talk, in depth, about the do’s and don’ts of hosting a summer party.  These should be simple events to host that take some planning and execution.  Remember that all drink recipes that you hear will be posted in the forum.  Also links can be found at the bottom of the page under references.


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How do you throw a great summer party?

  • Summer drinks that you should be a pro a making
  • How much food should you make for how many people
  • Great summer recipes that do not take much to cook
  • What kind of entertainment can you provide for your guests

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Did you miss anything or want to check out the notes for the podcast episode today, look no further than the forum.  Iskilled gentlemen podcast forum post every episode that I do there for you to go back and find links and remember what was said.  While you are there, make sure you sign up to be a member.  Send me your username after signing up so that I can approve you.  That is all it takes to be a member.

Have we lost Rites of Passage? – Throwback Episode

have we lost the rite of passageAcross the world there are cultures have different ways that they ceremonially bring their children into adulthood.  This is called the rite of passage.  However, we live in a world that protects our children and adults from feeling pain and hurt feelings.  Are there ways that we still have rite of passage ceremony?  Are there ways that we can make our children appreciate their place in nature and in society?  My argument is that the struggle has to be hard to make the reward to be sweet.  

I dive into the history and the cultural aspects of the rite of passage that still exist today.  I also get real personal with my plans to have my own ceremony for both myself and my son.  The journey should be a struggle because you deserve to feel proud of your accomplishments.  Join in the conversation by getting involved in the social media and on the forum!  You should plan your own passage and have your own journey.


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What can we do to have a Rite of Passage?

  • There is a purpose for this, what are the purpose of these rites of passage?
  • What are some of the most common ones around?
  • Is it ever too late to go through one yourself?
  • How am I going to go through my own passage?
  • What my plan is for my son?
  • How am I going to train him for it.
  • How do you develop a tradition for yourself?

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Did you miss anything or want to check out the notes for the podcast episode today, look no further than the forum.  Iskilled gentlemen podcast forum post every episode that I do there for you to go back and find links and remember what was said.  While you are there, make sure you sign up to be a member.  Send me your username after signing up so that I can approve you.  That is all it takes to be a member.

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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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

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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.

Thank you for listening to Skilled Gentlemen Podcast. Please find us on Facebook,iTunes,Twitter,Youtube,Zello and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  All comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com

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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Hosting a Podcast as a Side Hustle

podcastEveryone needs a side hustle.  Owning your own podcast is a great way to do this.  There are two different ways you can earn a second income through a side hustle.  The first way to to sell your time and the second is to sell your information and your brand.  By developing a podcast you are able to sell and make money by how much attention you attract instead of how many hours you can sell.  Podcasting is a great way to meet people and develop lasting relationships in a community that you develop.  I have created and cultivated a community devoted to their family in a healthy and tangible way.  Don’t get me wrong though, having a podcast is not an easy thing to do.

I dive into what it takes to own your own podcast and being an official podcaser.  You can get a lot more information and learn a lot more by visiting and being a member of the Fraternity of Gentlemen.  During the show I will let you know how much you can benefit from having a membership!


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What does it take to host your own podcast?

  • What Fraternity of gentlemen has to offer
  • Website considerations
  • Microphone choice
  • Audio editing
  • What makes a successful show
  • How to make money with your podcast
  • The reality of podcasting

I mentioned listening to a past episode to understand why I call Skilled Gentlemen Podcast a successful business through the 8 forms of capital.

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There were no resources used in the making of this episode.

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Building a Profitable Homestead

how to build a profitable homesteadEvery man should have some form of homestead.  I have mentioned this in past podcasts ad nauseum.  However, if you were to take a few extra steps you could make the homestead or farm profitable.  This could afford to pay off some of your extra expenses or even so far as to be your full time income.  Even if you do not have land to farm on, there are ways that you can develop and profit from other’s land.  This is not rocket surgery, just laborious and backbreaking work.  However, think about the possibilities it could afford you if you could quit your full time job.

Today I am going to give you the resources to build a homestead that is profitable.  You can take this information and run with it to build the best business you can or just build a really nice landscape.


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How do you build a homestead that is profitable?

  • What you should be learning now in the winter
  • Finding some land to grow on
  • Learning your market
  • Getting creative with your products
  • Looking into longer term projects
  • Building this business even if you work a 9-5
  • Im going to give you a way to learn how I am building my business

I mentioned at the end of the podcast about my open source homestead.  You can use all of the information that I provide to build your own profitable homesteading business by checking out the Big Oak Homestead website.  You can also check out the social media accounts.

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook,iTunes,Twitter,Youtube,Zello and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  All comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com