in Tyler, Texas, convention speaker, convention spouse program speaker
This year I participated in the annual Women's Night Out in Tyler, Texas and the
celebrity guest was Bob Harper from Biggest Loser! He was so gracious and cute as a button!
When Bob was finished speaking it was my turn to take the
stage. The crowd was so pumped-up that I had no problem getting participants to come up on stage to help me show
the audience some sassy self-defense techniques. They really loved showing off their skills when it came to kneeing
me in the groin! These women can really pack a punch.
Mr. Scary Bad-Guy
Throughout the evening I met hundreds of women, but one
thing that I kept hearing women talk about was their knack for spotting a "scary bad-guy".
While it is awesome that women are looking out for "Mr. Scary Bad-Guy" I just want to toss out a few reminders.
Not all "scary bad-guys" look
Scary or Bad. Remember Ted Bundy? And lets not forget Dennis Rader aka BTK, serial killer from Wichita, Ks.
These two guys were quite the opposite. Ted Bundy was actually handsome, with a short haircut and well-dressed.
Dennis Rader/BTK was a Wichita city employee and he wore a city issued uniform during the day. He too was clean cut
and didn't look at all like the typical "scary bad guy."
Great, just great. So now what's a girl supposed to do? Well, we have to go back to
basics. My theme this year is "Keep it simple... Fight Like A Girl." We need to remember
to listen to our intuition and then act upon the warning it gives us. I don't want women and girls to get
so wrapped up in fancy moves, fancy gadgets and difficult techniques that we forget some of the simple things that will aid
in our safety as well. Here are a few reminders;
1. The buddy system.
It worked when we were in elementary school and it will work now. You look more vulnerable when you are alone.
2. Be aware of your surroundings. When you do have to walk alone (let's be real, there
are times when you have to walk alone) be uber-aware of who and what is going on around you. If something creeps you
out - get the heck out! Run away to a more populated area.
3. Lock your
doors. Car and house. This puts one more barrier between you and danger.
4. If you do find yourself in a dangerous
physical situation and the only thing you can think of is to claw, scratch, scream, holler... DO IT! Then take
a deep breath and pull out all the sassy yet simple techniques you learned at your last Fearless and Female class!
Keep it simple... Fight Like A Girl