New Year’s Resolutions

competitive shootingThe final days of January 2012 approach. Those resolutions made with such heartfelt intentions, somehow, seem so long ago. But, in truth, they were uttered just a few short weeks ago. How are the resolutions going at this point? Do you even remember what you vowed?!? I present to you all my resolution: improved verbal communication tactics. Eight months ago, I joined a local Toastmasters club (“www.adptoastmasterselpaso.com”) on a dare. Promised my interpersonal communications skills would find improvement and enhancement, I could not resist the challenge. First, I learned how my disability retirement from the government profoundly undermined my confidence and stunted my speaking abilities. Addressing that, I have reclaimed my groove. Second, not with any overnight success, I see those positive results of effective verbal communication on a one-on-one basis. I, therefore, challenge each and every one of you who are firearms instructors for your agencies, coaches or a contientious shooter working with a new marksman to consider your level of verbal communications skills. Do you voice your own skills to inspire, or do you inspire the shooter to hone his or her own skills? Do you instruct to the group’s level, or can you note a glazed over look to their expression indicating you lost their attention? Are your shooters “yes-ing” you to death (a good indication they tuned you out awhile back) or are they responding with appropriate questions and comments ensuring they connect with your lesson? When we instruct succinctly, our students can, with equal eloquence, repeat the lesson. Check yourselves, resolve to communicate effectively. The results are revitalizing!

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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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