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Walk Like You Always Know Where You’re Going—Even if You Don’t

Learning how to walk with purpose is extremely helpful in this day and age, even if you’re not sure where you’re going. Did you know that almost half of all women feel unsafe when walking alone after dark?  Whether you’re alone or with someone after dark, or in the middle of the day, these safety tips can help you in any situation where you feel unsafe.  How to Walk with Purpose: Confidence is Key Whenever you feel unsafe while walking,

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How to Prepare, Prevent and Protect Yourself This Summer

There is never a more important time to share safety tips for women than in the summertime. Summer means lots of beach days, music festivals, refreshing drinks on restaurant patios, and exploring new cities in the United States (or abroad). Regardless of your summertime activities or where they are, it’s important to advocate for your personal safety, especially if you’re flying solo. Here’s a few essential tips on how to Prepare, Prevent, and Protect yourself this summer. 1. Prepare: Know

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Mental Health Awareness Month 2022: 3 Easy Ways to Promote Wellness in the Workplace

Here at Stiletto Agency during Mental Health Awareness Month 2022, we value the discussion surrounding mental health. We especially value it as a way to promote safety and wellness in the workplace. Whether it’s a large corporation or a small business, promoting wellness is an important part of every workplace. This can come in many forms, and it starts with removing the stigma in the workplace surrounding mental health.  Removing the Stigma According to Peldon Rose, 72% of employees want

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Hey, You! You’re in Charge of Your Own Personal Safety

Learning how to improve personal safety is something we talk about a lot here at Stiletto Agency. You may feel that carrying pepper spray around in your purse is all you need. However, we’re here to tell you that personal safety is about way more than just pepper spray. Personal safety takes consistency and only YOU can learn how to protect yourself. Below, we outline a few ways you can take personal safety into your own hands. How to Improve Personal

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The 3 Danger Signs: How to Recognize What’s Happening Isn’t Okay

In today’s world, you need to know how to protect yourself in public. The potential of being the victim of an active shooter, digital stalker, date rape, or sex trafficking is a very unfortunate, but valid, reality that Americans face everyday. However, there are ways to proactively protect yourself, even if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. How To Protect Yourself Against Everyday Threats In Shelley Klingerman’s book, “Vigilance: The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Personal

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How to Protect Yourself on Social Media

In this day and age, predators use social media and the internet to find and learn about their victims. Pew Research found that roughly 4 in 10 Americans have encountered online harassment in some form. How can you keep yourself safe on the internet and social media? Below, we outline several tips that you can use right now to protect yourself online. #1: Lock in Your Privacy Settings The first step in protecting yourself on social media is to lock

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Travel Abroad: Top Tips From a College Student

This article is a guest blog on tips for traveling abroad the first time alone from Quincey Klingerman, who’s currently studying abroad in Rome, Italy. She shared her experience and her practices in vigilance and personal safety that she’s learned over the years. It’s Shelley’s goal that all women are able to learn and utilize these skills for their own personal safety. Going abroad is an experience of a lifetime that I personally think everyone should experience. Yet, the thought

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New Year, Same Personal Safety Tips

Even though it’s a new year, many of the same personal safety tips still apply. Whether you’re traveling, walking home from a friend’s residence, or simply running errands, there are several simple precautions you can take to exude confidence and lessen your chances of being a target from potential predators. Below, we list and detail 5 of the most important personal safety tips for you to remember in the new year. Interested in taking charge of your own personal safety?

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Arm Yourself with these Basic Self Defense Moves

As women, we’re all familiar with the feelings that rush into our bodies the second we step into a public environment. Maybe you’ve just left work and are hurriedly walking to your car with a racing heartbeat. Or maybe, you’re making your way through the grocery store aisles with an ache in your stomach telling you that something is wrong. Regardless of what the situation may be, every woman has experienced these feelings. While we all wish to live in

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Preparedness Builds Female Empowerment

Imagine a world in which women are safe — a world where a woman can look into the mirror without fear of being cat-called on her walk to work. A world where a woman can walk to her car at night without a trembling hand around the pepper spray attached to her keychain. A world where women are respected. How strange is it that while these wishes seem simple, they are unattainable in our society? While we have come a

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Give People a Fighting Chance If Ever Faced with an Active Shooter

Written by Michael Julian, A.L.I.V.E. Active Shooter Survival Training Program Program Description Active shooter incidents are happening at alarming rates, as evidenced by the fact that you can’t turn on the news anymore without hearing about at least one event in which someone has caused massive losses of life. A number of these are occurring at the workplace, making this an urgent area to address by individuals who are responsible for employee safety. Traditionally, individuals trained for these terrifying events

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What is Situational Awareness?

“Situational awareness means being aware of what is happening around you, and understanding how information, events and one’s own actions will impact the situation, both immediately and in the near future.” – Shelley Klingerman, Vigilance: The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Personal Safety, Self-Protection Measures, and Countermeasures At Stiletto Agency, we talk a lot about Situational Awareness, because when it comes to personal safety, it is one of the best ways to keep yourself safe. However, it is not something that

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Back to School: How to Stay Safe on Campus

Colleges across the United States are getting ready to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester, however, do you know how to keep yourself safe on campus? It’s more than just carrying pepper spray or using the buddy system, there are several key strategies you can utilize to keep yourself safe this school year. Dorm Room Safety When you’re at school, your dorm is your home away from home. This is where most of your valuables will be

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Savvy Strategies for Staying Safe While Traveling

When you’re traveling, especially alone as a woman, there are strategies you can implement to help you stay safe. Regardless of where you go, whether you’re staying stateside or going abroad, there are always possible dangers and predators looking to take advantage of an unsuspecting tourist. Remembering to stay vigilant can help to save your life. Here are a few savvy strategies you can practice when traveling to stay vigilant about your personal safety. Do Your Research First and foremost,

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Beware the “Magic Move”

Written by Cynthia Jolicoeur Rood, Personal Safety and Self Defense Coach & Speaker There are SO many blog posts and YouTube videos about the “Self-Defense Moves Every Woman Needs to Know.” But is it true that if you just learn some moves you will magically be protected? That you’ll be fully equipped to keep yourself safe? Unfortunately not. It would be awesome if it were true, but the reality is that the “magic moves” that are being promoted are usually

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Body Cues That Say: “You Don’t Want to Mess With Me”

Body language is universal. Many of us use it every day when talking with friends or during a meeting at work, often without even realizing it. But did you know that you can also use your body language as a way to keep yourself safe? When it comes to your personal safety, there are several body cues that you can send to potential predators that will let them know that they don’t want to mess with you. Here are just

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Ready or Not, Here They Come

Written by Jon Cross, Founder & Chief Security Consultant, Black Ops Tactical Consulting You did it! The years of assisting with endless projects and homework has come to an end. The blood has returned to your hands after the numerous white-knuckled rides as your new driver learned the rules of the road. Boyfriends, girlfriends, and other social events has filled the cup when it comes to the teen drama from the past four years of high school. Now you can

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Plan Your Escape Route

The reality of being a woman means you need to be alert whenever you’re out alone. Being aware of your surroundings can prevent you from being in dangerous situations. Whenever you go somewhere, you should get in the habit of noticing exits. Preparedness is key to safety. Begin Scanning Regularly When you enter a new place, make it a point to scan the area around you. Look to your left and right whenever you leave your car or enter a

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We Have Thoughts and Feelings About It, So Let’s Talk About It

Written by Kelsey Cook, Assistant to the President & Project Manager at Hathaway Strategies Take a minute to think about an average day in your life – how many times do you unlock and lock your home, office, and car doors? How often do you do a double-take as someone gives off a “weird vibe” when you’re walking down the street? How often are you aware of your surroundings for the sole purpose of having an emergency plan? My answer

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The Enemies of Situational Awareness

Written by Scott Stewart, Vice President of Intelligence at TorchStone Global As those of you who have been read Shelley’s book understand, situational awareness is simply paying attention to what is happening in the environment around you in an effort to identify and avoid potential threats and dangerous situations. As such, situational awareness is really more of a mindset than it is a highly refined skill. It is not some secret, sophisticated art that only elite government-trained people can practice;

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