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An Introduction to Celebrity Protection and Touring offers a peek behind the scenes of the close protection industry, more commonly known as the bodyguard business. More than the stereotypical bullet blocker, the modern protection specialist is a skilled practitioner who utilizes verbal judo much more than its physical counterpart. 

This audiobook, written by industry experts, Elijah Shaw and Dale June (USSS ret.), also narrows the focus, centering in on an exciting, but misunderstood, sector that involves working with celebrities ranging from actors to musicians and entering into their world of touring, filming and promotional appearances. While many may think that celebrity protection is one size fits all, nothing could be further from the truth, as you are not only dealing with the protection of the client, but the client's reputation. All this with the added pressure of the entire world looking over your shoulder, just waiting for a misstep. 

With real world advice, tactics and techniques on how to identify and defeat potential attackers, as well as covering everything from dealing with overzealous fans, to hyper-aggressive paparazzi, this audiobook offers proven solutions from two experts that have covered the gambit from the Grammy Awards to the White House.

©2018 Charles C. Thomas Pub Ltd. (P)2020 Elijah Shaw

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Excellent overview of celebrity EP issues

An introduction to the advancement of soft skills, preparation, de-escalation, verbal judo, the proper protector/ service mindset and risk management that are at the core of the modern world of executive protection. While focused on the celebrity, most of the lessons are equally applicable for corporate and high net worth protection. Elijah Shaw does an excellent job as a narrator.

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I must read for anyone in the Security world!

I’ve been following Elijah’s work for a few years now and have definitely learned a lot from him. When I saw Elijah was releasing a book pertaining to his processes and standards I immediately knew it was a must buy!
I decided since I had a trip coming up I would download the audiobook that way I could listen while on the airplane and while hanging out in the hotel.
Long story short I knocked the Audiobook out in 2 days and have now started it for the second time so I can make notes as I go.

This book is excellent for anyone who is already working or has an interest in the Security world.
Elijah covers all topics and details pertaining to the Do’s and Dont’s of the
VIP Protection Field.
I honestly believe this book is the standard and you should also purchase the paperback so you can make notes and use it like a quick reference guide when needed. I could go on and on about this book but...I’ll let you download it and find out for yourself!

Kevin - Charlotte, NC

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Great Read or should I say listen

I have the hard copy book as well as the audiobook. Mr. Shaw please do not let this be the last book that you put out I really enjoyed it I can't wait till the next.

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Just What’s Needed

Hearing Elijah Shaw’s voice gives you a sense and feel of being in the class. The audible is clear and it makes the experience gravitating, it keeps your attention. I definitely would refer this audible hands down because it is very informative and spot on. I must point out that as you are listening, i know for me at least. I began to visualize what I was hearing as if I was physically acting out what’s being heard.

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A master craftsman

As a professional in the private protection industry we are always looking for the next tool, best practice tip, tactic, training, peer study or source of information that will push our own performance potential to the next degree. Elijah and Dale offers any adept in the protective industry all the above in this body of work. It punctuates the fundamentals of close protection and gives the little nuances that only a master of their craft can offer you without you being there. Especially if this isn’t your niche or if you’re contemplating changing lanes into Celebrity Protection. Awesome addition to your learners library. Foundation information in its purest form.

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Authentic and Insightful

Mr. Shaw gives a peek into his world and expertise. HIS voice gives the content a level of authenticity that is unmatched. This makes it very clear why he is the best at what he does!

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Celebrating Protection

The content within this introduction gave me a good perspective into this domain. Nicely done!

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A Must Listen!

Far removed from the dull, rigid, and/or monotone audio book narration I personally detest, industry veteran, Elijah Shaw freely unearths the societal ideas, myths and misconceptions of both executive and celebrity protection, whilst clearly and concisely differentiating the “worlds” of the former from the latter. This easy, yet informative listen is sure to lend great insight and serves as a guide, not just to hopefuls seeking a career path in VIP Security, or active protectors looking to “tighten-ship”, but to individuals (personal or business affiliates alike) living within the stratosphere of one requiring professional protection.
Consider your access granted, into this close-guarded world, by a man who remains top of his game and ten steps ahead of the rest in a demanding and ever-changing industry.

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Def listen full of real world knowledge

This was a great listen! Author knows his business and makes it easy to understand for anyone interested in the field. Loved having it in the car while I had to drive a lot. Also great to have the physical book on hand too. Great reference to go back to.

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Keep listening

Donald Sadler review: This was a great read and now we have the greater benefit of always being able to get the truths of the pages on the go. The lessons learned from the pages come alive with the true expression of the author who himself has narrated this piece of work. While in my vehicle, doing chores around the house, on the plane or wherever you use private audio, this is definitely an on the go story that keeps giving to those in the protection industry. Heck, I see it being used in the training classrooms too. The information is so easily digestible, even those who seek our services will better understand what it is they should be looking for and how we should be operating as personal protection agents. The truth has been made plain for all to understand.

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  • 09-20-20

This book is a resource for the whole security industry

Read the hard copy of this last year and now listening to the Audible version while on the road this week.
Already taken more detail from the audio version. Great read/listen for anybody in the industry. The work Mr. Shaw has put in for the benefit of the industry as a whole is immense. If you work in the security industry I challenge you to listen to this book and not find something in it that will make you better at your job.

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  • 09-11-20

Gems and Authenticity

I appreciate the knowledge author decided to share in the audiobook. I've recently finished listening to it. The audiobook consists all the informations I've been missing in other content I've seen or listened to. I'm getting into EP world and I believe that details contained in the book are going to be very useful in my future career. I've also enjoyed hearing Elijah Shaw as an author narrating the audiobook it makes it exceptionally authentic.

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  • frosty-g
  • 08-17-20

Good insight and details

Overall very good. Could have been improved with a professional narrator. Shaw is evidently very knowledgeable on his profession but not a polished narrator. I wouldn’t let this stop me recommending the audiobook at all though.

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  • Doug Smith
  • 09-29-20

A crucial text for industry aspirants

I have been in the field of close protection in the corporate, celebrity, and political arenas for 25 years now and I have read a lot of books on the subject. I had already read the hard copy of this book but wanted something I could listen to in the car during downtime on jobs. While there are plenty of books on the subject the niche of this book fills a large void. While other texts will give you drills, formations, tactics, checklists etc, Elijah and Dale step outside the concept of black and white and provide the aspiring celebrity protector a sense of what they refer to as 'real world vs textbook'. Possessing a high EQ (emotional quotient) as well as a good IQ and physical skills will give you the edge to take you further in this field. They paint the pictures of the behavioural pitfalls which can rapidly exit your path in this career based on lived experience. Using examples from movie sets, recording studios, tours and awards ceremonies they help you get an understanding of the realities and the practicalities of the minefield that is celebrity protection.

Elijah Shaw is reading the text and he presents as extremely personable and it makes for engaging listening. He has an obvious passion for the business and it shows through in his projection. This is anything but a dry textbook listen.

In my opinion, this book is on par with other such greats in the industry such as Just Two Seconds by Tom Taylor and The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker.