(The short version.)
In 2016 I gave a TEDx talk at ACU that dealt with finding new ways to think about our challenges.
My intention was to launch a Speaking business that would help employers turn Entry-level employees into valuable Team Members in the shortest time possible, using my experience in Air Force Basic Training and the non-combat aspects of Martial Arts (I'm a Black Belt in Kajukembo under Grand Master James Cox).
Resolution Solutions was forming around that time as a Communication Coaching and Conflict Resolution company, and took me on as their Trainer and Presenter. We gave companies and organizations specific techniques as a whole, then the partners would help with specific (usually long-standing) conflict as needed.
We started training Victim Advocate Volunteers for the Regional Victim Crisis Center, and ended up with a Grant from the Violence Against Women Act to train Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, Nurses, and other First Responders in Trauma Informed Care and Self Care, with the specific, State-mandated goal of reducing the re-victimization of women who have been victims of violent crime.
The Self Care aspect of that took on a life of its own.
Shining a light on this hidden hazard revealed a frightening vulnerability in these heroes that many people were only partially aware of.
(Spoiler alert: it’s that partial awareness that makes it so dangerous.)
Then came The Virus — No more classrooms.
We were still obligated to train, so we made this video.
May it serve those who serve us.
These men and women put themselves in between Harm and Humanity on a regular basis.
No matter what I do for the rest of my life, they will always have my heart and my help.