HOW TO NEGOTIATE AND COMMUNICATE
Did you know that in face-to-face communication, people pay more attention to your body language and facial expressions? No matter how many languages you learn or how well you arrange your sentences, people still look at your eyes, hands, and posture to determine if you are telling the truth. To make matters even more complicated, different cultures, even within the United States interpret body language cues differently. If you are going to be an effective negotiator and communicator, you need both personal ability and any equipment that may be required to transfer your information.
Here are some basic skills to master and equipment to have on hand:
- sign language alphabet – aside from being useful if you encounter someone that cannot hear, these simple visual signals can convey all kinds of complicated information to anyone that can see your hands. It should be noted that sign language also includes signals for entire words and sentences, however, this can take years to learn. Even if you just learn the English alphabet you will still be ahead of the game.
- Morse code – while this is often overlooked in many places that used to teach it, Morse code remains a valuable way to communicate signals when visual contact is not possible.
- Latin– believe it or not, this “dead” language serves as the underpinning for at least 5 languages, including Spanish, French, and Portuguese. You won’t necessarily be able to understand every word spoken in these five other languages, however, you can still get some ideas and use other methods of confirmation to ensure you got the right idea.
- German, Russian, Arabic, Hindu, and Chinese – each of these languages can take time to master, however, a basic skill set can still help you if you encounter people that don’t speak English and find yourself needing to know what is being said. This is critical, especially in light of the fact that UN troops and other foreign soldiers may, for one reason or another, be used to control the masses.
- Basics of interpersonal and group communication. The more you learn about how to get your point across to diverse people, the easier it will be to get what you want from them. While these skills will not resolve every situation, they will go a long way towards helping you manage situations easily and efficiently. As you go through the suggestions listed in these guides, do not hesitate to polish your skills on social media. You can learn a lot about how people communicate and also give yourself time and room to think so that you gain better control of your thoughts and emotions.
SUSTAINABLE FOOD MANAGEMENT
- Container gardens that can grow completely indoors in a room that has no windows so that the light from grow lights does not give away the presence of food bearing plants.
- Which plants offer the highest nutrient density – even though some plants, like corn, are easy to grow, they don’t offer as much nutritional value as soybean, parsley, or other plants. If you cannot hunt or do not have access to a place to fish, then be sure that you can get all your nutritional needs met through plants.
- How to cultivate yeast
- how to grow and maintain a sustainable seed store for sprouts and micro plants – when it comes to nutrient dense foods, bean sprouts, and other newly germinated seedlings can pack well over 3 times the nutritional value as the fruits and other parts of a mature plant. Sprouts are also very easy to grow and hide.
- How to make your own fishing and hunting gear
- how to make traps for fish, small, and large game
- how to dress and cook game
- how to hunt and fish
- how to keep foods frozen or cold without refrigeration.
- How to cook and preserve foods
- how to grow food in the woods or other areas where it will be easily disguised
- how to pull water from the air
- how to purify water regardless of where it comes from
- how to pump water and make a pump from natural materials
- how to make a solar-powered water still and solar cooker
- how to gather water from the environment
- How to choose, make, and maintain garments and shoes for all weather conditions
- Know emergency treatments for frostbite and hypothermia.
- Know emergency treatments for heat stroke and other high-temperature illnesses.
- Be able to build a shelter no matter where you are and what the situation is. Worst comes to worst, at least know how to dig a foxhole and shield yourself from extreme temperatures with emergency blankets.
- How to start and maintain a fire
- Passive heating and cooling methods for rooms and shelters
- DIY air conditioners that can run on battery power
- How to make and keep ice underground
- How to maintain all heating and cooling systems in your home
- How to provide energy for heating and cooling systems in time of need
- Know how to make medicine syringes from natural resources
- Know enough about electronics to create a safe, portable, and effective defibrillator.
- How to treat wounds, stop bleeding, and restore breathing
- take wilderness survival medicine courses that include retreats where you can practice your skills.
- Find out how your current diet and exercise plans impact your health. Choose a diet plan that addresses your body’s needs as opposed to what you must do to keep up with medicinal side effects.
- Look at the list of medications you are on and make sure you know about all nutritional deficiencies, kidney, heart, and liver damage associated with these drugs. Check up on class action lawsuits and join any that match your documented health history.
- If possible, visit a licensed naturopath nutritionist that will help you get the right diet, and not the one that big pharma wants you to pursue.
- Learn how to propagate, grow, store, and prepare herbal remedies. Make sure that all seeds are heirloom, organic varieties. Once you acquire seeds, make sure that you can grow them indoors, underground, in hydroponic systems, and in more conventional outdoor settings.
- Learn all you can about wild herbs and how to use them.
- Know how to maintain good hygiene,
- How to make your own soap, makeup, and personal care products
- Know how to manage sanitation issues.
- How to avoid STDs and other communicable diseases
- Do not leave the condition of your mind and emotions to chance. Use mind building exercises such as Sudoku, memory building tricks, and meditation to increase both your span of attention and ability to retain information. In a time of need when you cannot access the internet, files on a computer, or even a book, your memory and mental faculties may be all that stands between you and disaster.
- Never assume that your current mental or emotional condition is the best or worst that it is going to be. As you get older, perceptions, sense capacity, and memory skills all change. If there is one thing to fight and fight with vigor, it is the effects of aging, bad diet, and environmental toxins on the mind and emotions. The best thing you can do is keep your mind active, drill constantly on things you must remember, and take the time to practice as many skills as possible. Remember, prepping isn’t just a “thing you do on weekends”, it is a way of life that should be incorporated into every area of your life without causing problematic disruptions.
- If you don’t know something, know where and how to get the information. This includes knowing how to communicate with people as well as how to evaluate information that you receive from them. Learn about and develop critical thinking and discernment skills.
- Gut instincts are wonderful things, and they may be all that you have in an emergency. You still need to hone other important mental skills so that you have a complete picture of what you are doing and how to go about it.
HOW TO RAISE AND EDUCATE CHILDREN
Today, conservatives, liberals, and moderates alike, both rich and poor, complain about the condition of our schools and the way our society has “dumbed down”. In many cases, you can put a stop to it in your own family by homeschooling and vigorously petitioning to remove Core Curriculum from the schools. Go back to older textbooks that actually teach in a straightforward manner and truly challenge students to think and acquire mastery of each subject. Start from now to teach your children about true healthy social values (like the right to self-defense and unfettered access to guns, honorable dating, respect for self, respect for others, kindness, common decency, independence, and honesty.)
HOW TO ORGANIZE, MANAGE, AND BE PART OF A TEAM
- Determine when, where, and how to take charge of a situation or group
- Determine when you are better off leaving the group, and how to do so without creating other problems down the road.
- How to recognize when conflicts and other problems signal that team building and organizing efforts need to change, and in which direction you need to go.
- Recognize when you are too close to a situation to lead effectively, or situations where you have personal problems that prevent you from making the best possible judgments. There should always be, within the group, a graceful, acceptable way to exit and enter leadership roles, and also a democratic way to vet and choose successors.
- Situation Awareness. This doesn’t mean be hyper and call the police or brandish a firearm every time you see someone wearing a turban or a hijab. Bear in mind that Islam is the fastest growing religion on Earth. New converts, as well as those who have been radicalized, can easily come from all races – including white people – right along with those of Middle Eastern descent. Situation awareness does mean you keep your eyes and ears open, and that you report suspicious activity to the police and to the media. Know the signs that someone may be wearing an IED vest, or that they may be casing a store or other location.
- Common Sense. When it comes to gun free zones – just stay out of them. If you know people foolish enough to go into gun-free zones, give them the name of a good personal injury lawyer and remind them if they get hurt or loved ones get killed for want of a gun – they should sue the government and the business.
- Detect and Overcome Mental Manipulation – always be aware of what people are saying, where they are getting their information from, and what the agenda is of the people they got the information from. Do not allow yourself to be dragged into other people’s agendas because of peer pressure. Remember, just like the radical jihadists that send the suicide bombers on their merry way; you will get hurt, not the person sitting behind the scenes that encouraged you to take certain actions. Know how to think for yourself and build appropriate boundaries. When in doubt, or asked to do something based on any kind of rhetoric or a play on your beliefs, gently tell the person to go do it themselves and on their own.
- Know how to clean, maintain, and fire your gun.
- Make sure that you know your adrenaline responses and learn how to control them. In a real life situation, no amount of “cluster sixes” at the range can prepare you for that adrenaline surge and what it will do to your timing and reflexes.
- Be able to build larger scale perimeter defense weapons and booby traps.
- Always have at least 5 escape routes and associated exit plans.
- Know how to make and build alternative weapons including ones that are far more lethal than guns.
- Get acquainted with electronic weapons that you can build yourself and keep completely off the radar.
- Always know what kind of armor your adversaries have and make sure that you have both the weapons and skill to get through it.
- Know how to make and use a compass
- Know how to navigate by star, sun, and monument orientation
- Know how to read and use paper maps
- How to choose the best maps and keep them in good condition
- Obtain maps or study rain runoff systems or abandoned underground passages that can get you in and out of heavily populated areas
- How to get through territories where you are a stranger and might have a hard time blending
- Know how to assess areas you plan to travel through for safety and ease of access to vital goods such as food and water
- Develop and practice multiple versions of bug out plans and update them on a regular basis
- know how to communicate in case you are injured, trapped, or need help
- how to read the signs from animals in the local area. Are the dogs disturbed, or birds flying erratically? This can signal anything from a pending earthquake to severe weather ahead.
- Are the leaves on the trees upside down and are the ants building up dirt mounds around the entrance to their tunnels? If so, you had a better plan on getting to shelter fast because a severe rain storm may be coming.
- Learn how to read the clouds for signs that a tornado may be possible.
- Know how to read snowflake patterns and fall activity so that you know how long the storm is likely to last.
- Know how to recognize and avoid flash flood areas. If you are unlucky enough to get caught in one, know how to survive it even if you are pulled into the current.
- What to put in your pocket EDC kit so that you can build a shelter, signal for help, or carry out other activities to protect yourself from bad weather or other natural disasters
- know to read rocks and slopes so that you avoid falling rock zones
- know ho to survive avalanches, swift currents, drowning, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and lightning strikes.
If you went through this list and feel that you are fully prepared in every single area, consider yourself lucky. Should you find that some areas are completely missing, or that you do not have sufficient background, there is no time like the present to learn. I’d love to hear from you about other skills that you feel are important. How did you acquire your skills in these areas, and what methods do you recommend others use for acquiring these skills and tools? Please feel free to send a note in the comment section below this article!