By Doc Rogers
The following article is submitted humorously, but with a slight serious edge to it. Don’t take it too seriously and enjoy the article, on the light side.
The bodyguard must be highly sophisticated with good etiquette and have the ability to blend in with the client’s environment such as the celebrity scene, the corporate boardroom or the golf course. The following are the types of client categories you may come across in your career and the various types of bodyguard categories often hired by the clients and encountered on the job.
High risk clients (not including clients in war-zones) have numerous enemies. Celebrities and high-profile professional athletes sometimes fall under this client category. They typically hire bodyguards with more brawn than brains, to keep fanatical admirers at arm’s length and set up security zones for crowd control. These bodyguards generally aren’t real smart, but they can react with considerable muscle, which can create millions of dollars in lawsuits and liability judgments for their clients. If you fall into this type of category of bodyguard, don’t embarrass us, smarten up and get some training.
Moderate risk clients have modest amount of enemies. CEOs and senior corporate executives fall under the medium-risk, medium-profile category clients. They may have made enemies from being on the cover of TIME or PC Magazine. Some may be at moderate risk of kidnapping, robbery, or even murder from criminals or obsessive followers. The bodyguards they hire are smart and can out think the average bodyguard. However, some executive bodyguards lack certain street smarts and toughness. If you fall into this type of category of bodyguard, bulk-up by hitting the weight pile, take up a sport where you bleed a lot, such as boxing, mixed martial arts or bull riding and raise your street IQ.
Low risk clients have small amount of enemies. Low risk clients can range from anonymous millionaires who don’t look or act the part, to low-profile politicians or retired CEOs or senior executives with little enemies or troubles and who stay out of the limelight. This is the most difficult assignment level there is. Sure you’ll spend your time keeping your clients “safe” at clubhouses, swimming pools, health clubs and members’ only cigar clubs, lounges and wine bars. The point is, don’t lose your focus, act cordial, be professional and you will be treated with respect. Facilitate the confidence and trust of your client by watching his or her back; looking and acting the part of a bodyguard. If you fall into this type of category of bodyguard; step up your game and do not become complacent on low risk assignments. Get out of your comfort zone and start doing some real bodyguard work.
In conclusion, this article was submitted humorously and for a laugh, readers should not be offended by the comedy. Sometimes we need to lighten up; become less serious and more cheerful, unless of course career improvements should be made, then you should get busy. Keep safe and God speed.