Podcast 101 Awareness and 9/11

By on September 11, 2014

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A brief commentary on 9/11, the past and present at the beginning of this episode.

Then when a launch into awareness.  Do you have it? Do you practice it? Do you know how to practice it for your self defense? Check out this episode to figure out how to practice and what to practice.

Topics Include:

9/11 Thirteen years later, what it use to be and what it is now

Learn Normal what’s normal.  What should things look like?

  • People, Their attitude, dress how they look at you, amount, and what are they doing
  • Vehicles
  • Neighborhood
  • Writing on the wall

Ask Why?

  • Why is that person here?
  • Why are they looking at me?
  • Why is that car here?
  • Pay attention and then keep asking

The Why of an event doesn’t matter, only the how…

  • News always asking why?
  • They never say how
  • To learn more awareness study the how of things happening


  • “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin De Becker
  • Trust your instincts
  • Don’t worry about what society has programmed you to think
  • Do what the hair on the back of your neck says then explain away later

Be Aware of Groups

  • Groups of young males
  • Drinking parties
  • Gang Bangers
  • People of different classes/culture/area/etc… (those that the news has said are the problem, because they may create violence because of what the news said)

Notice People Noticing You

  • Best skill to have
  • Most crimes aren’t totally random
  • Victims are watched and interviewed


  • Act like someone is hunting you
  • What would you do
  • Every time you go through a door look left, right, left, right and back then proceed.
  • Notice people and what they are doing
  • Practice Why are they their
  • Notice what people are wearing
  • Notice people’s attitude
  • Get out of your phone and into the real world


Stay Safe,


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  1. j.bradbury
    September 15, 2014

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    This episode is why I consider you the best podcast about awareness, psychology and self defense.

    You bring a lot of real life experiences to the topic. I love the part about putting the basis away. If you feel threatened, leave the area.

    I am reading a book, i think you would enjoy

    The Unthinkable- who survives when disaster strikes and why
    by amanda ripley — highly recommended.

    • Ben Branam
      September 16, 2014

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      Thanks J,

      I’ve got that one on my reading list now. Sounds like it’s right up my alley. And thanks for the great review.

      For everyone else you should check out his site at Preparepdx.com

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