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This Week’s Course Spotlight: Personal Safety and Self Defense

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Real Estate Training Institute is proud to share our featured course of the week! Our 4-hour Personal Safety and Self Defense course is taught by instructor Preston Taylor. Part of a Realtors job is to meet strangers in isolated locations at odd hours of the day. They put themselves at risk every day (without realizing it) by doing “everyday” tasks that may seem harmless.

Personal Safety and Self Defense

This course is designed to provide important safety tips and precautions for personal safety in the workplace. This is especially true for real estate professionals as they are very often in situations that expose them to unknown situations, with unknown persons. It is important to understand the legal environment surrounding self-defense and the physical limitations that can be a factor for each individual. There are key “Rules of Engagement” that help those who work with the public to recognize and avoid dangerous situations. If a confrontation does occur, the instructor outlines and demonstrates the best and most practical ways to respond to and reduce potential harm. This program offers self-defense techniques from the stand-up position using easy and effective gross motor skills, to ground defense and ground avoidance (rape prevention).

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This course covers 5 main topics:

Legal Environment: This section covers your legal rights, what you can and cannot do in a situation. You do have the right to defend yourself against an assault. A common sense approach to self-defense is that avoidance is one of the best ways to insure your safety.

Physical Limitations: This section covers the 11 rules of engagement as well as what happens to our body, without our consent, when suddenly attacked. Freeze, Flight, or Fight.

Safety Is Your Responsibility: This section covers the importance of the three R’s: Recognize, Respond, and Reduce.

Safety and Real Estate Showings: This section covers the importance and awareness of liability for the client, the Realtor, and material items in the home.

Self Defense Tactics: This section covers three methods of defense when force is the last resort.

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Personal Safety and Self Defense instructor, Preston Taylor (PT) has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years, He is a Sergeant for the Grand Traverse County Sheriff Department. He has been a Police Academy Instructor, and a Defensive Tactics Instructor for over 15 years. Preston Taylor has also been a speaker/trainer for the National Association of Realtors and the Michigan Association of Realtors. Outside of working as a Sergeant, Preston Taylor is an instructor with the Grand Traverse Personal Protection. He works to facilitate comprehensive Women’s Self Defense Programs and has established all training programs and conduct training sessions to women through individual and group lessons; i.e., private setting, offices, through organizations, at health clubs, etc.

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REALTOR® Safety Month is Coming Up!

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In September of 2014, Realtor Beverly Carter went missing after showing a home in her hometown. It is said that Carter was targeted because she was a rich woman who worked alone. She went to a showing under false pretenses and as a result, was murdered. Beverly Carter did everything she was supposed to do as a Realtor working alone, she contacted family members, and gave them the exact location of her open house and notified them the times she was going to be there.

Since the tragic death of Beverly Carter, the Real Estate industry has made changes to their safety protocols. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) proclaimed September to be REALTOR® Safety Month to help spread awareness.

Real Estate Training Institute is participating this September in REALTOR® Safety Month. Together with instructor Preston Taylor, we have created a 4-hour Personal Safety and Self-Defense online continued education course. This course will cover 5 main topics:

  • Legal Environment:This section covers your legal rights, what you can and cannot do in a situation. You do have the right to defend yourself against an assault. A common sense approach to self-defense is that avoidance is one of the best ways to insure your safety.
  • Physical Limitations:This section covers the 11 rules of engagement as well as what happens to our body, without our consent, when suddenly attacked. Freeze, Flight, or Fight.
  • Safety Is Your Responsibility:This section covers the importance of the three R’s: Recognize, Respond, and Reduce.
  • Safety and Real Estate Showings:This section covers the importance and awareness of liability for the client, the Realtor, and material items in the home.
  • Self Defense Tactics: This section covers three methods of defense when force is the last resort.

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Personal Safety and Self Defense instructor, Preston Taylor (PT) has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years, is a Police Academy Instructor, and a Defensive Tactics Instructor for over 15 years. He has also been a speaker/trainer for the National Association of Realtors and the Michigan Association of Realtors.

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Personal Safety and Self Defense in Real Estate

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Real estate professionals are often exposed to unknown situations, with relative strangers. It is important to understand the legal environment surrounding self-defense and the physical limitations that can be a factor for each individual. There are key “Rules of Engagement” that will help those who work with the public to recognize and avoid dangerous situations. If a confrontation does occur, would you know the best and most practical ways to respond to and reduce potential harm?

Woman caring a concealed handgun near her carReal Estate Training Institute has created an online course that offers self-defense techniques from the stand-up position, using easy and effective gross motor skills, to ground defense and ground avoidance (rape prevention).

Our 4-hour Personal Safety and Self Defense course covers these 5 topics:

  • Legal Environment: This section covers legal rights, what you can and cannot do in a situation. You do have the right to defend yourself against assault. A common sense approach to self-defense is that, avoidance is one of the best ways to insure your safety.
  • Physical Limitations: This section covers the 11 rules of engagement as well as what happens to our body, without our consent, when suddenly attacked. Freeze, Flight, or Fight.
  • Safety Is Your Responsibility: This section covers the importance of the three R’s: Recognize, Respond, and Reduce.
  • Safety and Real Estate Showings: This section covers the importance and awareness of liability for the client, the Realtor, and material items in the home.
  • Self Defense Tactics: This section covers three methods of defense when force is the last resort.

Preston Taylor personal safety instructor profile picturePersonal Safety and Self Defense instructor, Preston Taylor (PT) has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years, is a Police Academy Instructor, and a Defensive Tactics Instructor for over 15 years. He has also been a speaker/trainer for the National Association of Realtors and the Michigan Association of Realtors.

 

Interested in this course? Use coupon code PSBL10 during your check out for a 10% discount on your Personal Protection and Self Defense course

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Why Hotel Employees Should Be Trained in Self Defense!

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Did you know that you can cripple your attacker with just the grab of their “pinky”? What do you do while waiting for the police to get to you? If you are attacked, how do you know whether to run or beat the snot out of them?  If you do beat the snot out of them, are you going to get in trouble for assault? Is there something you can do to prevent the whole incident from happening?  These are things every hotel employee should know.

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  • In 1998, an 18 year old college student working as a desk clerk was found raped and beaten to death at a beach front hotel in Traverse City, Michigan.
  • In 2009, a beloved Laguna Beach hotel manager was bludgeoned to death in his onsite apartment.
  • In 2013, it took two weeks to find 21-year-old Elisa’s body hidden in the hotel water tanks.
  • In 2015 a 22-year-old Atlanta man was strangled by his boyfriend in a hotel.  Crimes of this extreme are not the norm at hotels, but they do happen.

It is critically important that all hotel staff be trained on security procedures before their first day of work.  The program should include at least a basic course on self defense tactics and Rules of Engagement.  The ability to defend yourself is an education that will always be beneficial.  Hotel employees should be taught how to recognize, respond and reduce a potential situation. If an altercation should occur, they should know how to conserve energy and use basic survival skills.

Simple things like keeping your chin up and making direct eye contact with you attacker can delay their movements.  Keeping your hands free and demeanor focused can make you look like the sheep dog, rather than the sheep.

As a Hospitality Manager, you can greatly increase the safety of your staff without spending an arm and a leg. Having every employee complete a simple 4-hour video course devoted to their own personal protection and self defense is a great addition to your security plan.

The Certified Training Institute has created a 4-hour Personal Safety & Self Defense course that teaches self-defense tactics from the stand-up position utilizing gross motor skill (easy but Preston Taylor personal safety instructor profile pictureeffective) techniques as well as ground defense and ground avoidance (rape prevention) tactics which can be used anywhere in any situation. Having a staff that has been trained to be aware of their surroundings is not only important for them as individuals but also for Hotel guests.

Our course instructor Preston L. Taylor “PT” is a police officer with over 20+ years of experience, and is extremely knowledgeable in the realm of personal protection and self-defense.