• The Power of Awareness

  • And Other Secrets from the World's Foremost Spies, Detectives, and Special Operators on How to Stay Safe and Save Your Life
  • By: Dan Schilling
  • Narrated by: Dan Schilling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A spy is suddenly aware she's being stalked through the streets of an overseas city. A special ops soldier intuitively recognizes something's "off" during a high-risk mission. In these life-threatening situations experts know exactly how to use their senses and what actions to take. At the intersection of The Gift of Fear and Make Your BedThe Power of Awareness will make sure you will, too. 

In his empowering book, Dan Schilling shares how to identify and avoid threats using situational awareness and intuition just like the pros. Told with wit and wisdom, this compelling guide uses harrowing stories from Dan's special operations career and those of other experts to outline six easily implemented rules you can apply anywhere to improve your personal safety. It incorporates exercises to understand how situational awareness works in real life, how to better listen to your intuition, and when confronted by a criminal how to make a plan and take action with confidence - so you can escape the threat before it's too late. He also includes tools on how to secure your home or hotel room, use public transportation, plan international travel, and reduce your criminal target appeal and exposure, in addition to how to escape an active shooter situation. As a bonus, you'll even learn how to survive a date without getting murdered. By the last page you'll know that your own power of awareness can save your life.

©2021 Dan Schilling (P)2021 Grand Central Publishing

Critic Reviews

“Schilling delivers the definitive guide to staying alive and safe no matter where in the world you find yourself, from the grocery store to the battlefield. Through storytelling based on real-world experiences, many his own, he reminds us that with a proper mindset, we all have the ability to shape our environment.” (Grant Mendenhall, special agent, FBI (retired), former assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division)

"Some books are very entertaining. Some are very educational. The Power of Awareness is both, with a good helping of inspiration thrown in. Readers will find that Schilling's philosophy and methodical approach have applications far beyond the extreme situations we all want to avoid. His techniques make 'awareness' a way of dealing with life, whether extreme or not." (Jim DeFelice, number one New York Times best-selling author) 

“For special operations or clandestine officers, tactics, technique and procedures (TTPs) are a way of life and make the difference between life and serious injury. Dan Schilling, in an exceedingly entertaining and enlightening descriptive manner, provides rules and tools to make the everyday person’s life easier and safer. His stories, anecdotes, and lessons learned are as much fun to read as they are informative.” (Lt. General Kurt A. Cichowski, USAF (ret.), former CIA associate director and vice commander Air Force Special Operations Command) 

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Practical to Keep you Safe

Fans of Gavin de Becker's "The Gift of Fear" will love this perfect companion that provides more practical solutions that make you and your loved ones safe. Whenever an Air Force Combat Controller speaks, make sure you listen.

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The best book on situational awareness!

SA (situational awareness) is the number one skill to keeping yourself and loved ones safe. In The Power of Awareness, Dan Schilling (who has 30+ years of experience special operations and clandestine work all over the world) breaks down all the aspects and steps of SA into an easy to understand, digestible, and applicable way.

The Power of Awareness definitely is a must have on the bookshelf of anyone who cares about preparedness and self defense.

After reading/listening to the book I feel more confident (not fearful) knowing what to be looking for and how to trust my instincts.

This book will definitely be on my gift giving list.

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Wow amazing listen

There is truly a world of knowledge here, worth the price and then some. The author is very experienced and the guidance given here will have you thinking and considering what's going on around you.

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Excellent info, accurate, effective and timely

Great book, written by an expert in the field who lived the lessons presented in this book.

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Very informative must read for staying safe at home and abroad

Very informative and understandable for normal everyday people wanting to be better prepared to improve their chances of staying safe while at home, work, traveling, taking the kids to soccer practice, shopping or simply walking to your car. Dan Schilling (author) is a world class three decade special forces Oporator that is willing to share his experiences, insight and knowledge in a sincere effort to better the lives of his readers by teaching them how to improve their personal safety by being situationally aware and using your intuition to avoid bad situations and harm. Parents would be well served to read this book and review the principles with their school aged children. I recommend this book to both male and females. I also liked the fact the author read the audible book himself. Well done thank you Dan.

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I’ll be sharing this one quite a bit

Solid good book, that I’ll be sharing with the ladies in my life. Good general ideas, thinking, planning, etc. nothing that should be new to anyone who paid attention in a military career or police but, solid info for anyone even if just a reminder pack.