Defense By Design

Defense By Design offers professional and personal defensive training.

Elements of both the psychological as well as physical aspects of defense are incorporated for a more comprehensive approach to the topic of personal defense. This page serves to help educate everyday people as to the things happening around us on a daily basis that too often go (a) without notice or (b) unquestioned. Defense By Design primarily works with those in the HR, Risk Management and Prop

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Mother/Daughter Seminar 05/07/2024

PARENTS OF COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS:

I offer a two-hour mother/daughter seminar for H.S. senior girls and their moms covering a myriad of potential safety concerns -- including protests/activism on campus, whether your daughter encounters such events or is potentially drawn into them. Where are the boundaries of concern?

While I 'can' do the same as a father/son seminar with this and associated issues covered, the interest remains with the mother/daughter event -- but I 'can' do the same for the guys.

This can be done in private home settings or larger settings. For , I also offer this as a fundraising event with 50/50 split for ticket sales. I've also had insurance companies insurance brokers sponsor/host this for such personal lines clients as a value-add, if interested.

The key is training *BEFORE* they encounter these and other potentially volatile situations while away. More info in the link below.

Mother/Daughter Seminar A 2-hour seminar for mothers and their H.S. senior daughters *BEFORE* they head off to college to keep them safer *AT* college.

04/26/2024

Some just need a wake-up call when it comes to safety and security. But too often this comes via hindsight vs. foresight.

This is why I've put together three (3) online programs for companies to better, *PROACTIVELY* prepare their people to think more in terms of prevention vs. reaction.

More info at https://DefenseByDesignAcademy.com

It's time to wake up and smell the SAFETY! 😉👍

04/22/2024

Just a cursory look into what most businesses spend on their monthly coffee service was a "wake-up call" to me. The average business will spend $200-$600/month. Amazing!

For FAR less, you can now help empower your people through online employee training assisting them in mitigating risks to themselves and you as their employers. This is about proactive HR management, risk management and reputation management that will also be appreciated by your insurance provider and legal counsel.

Courses cover physical risks, data risks and reputational risks.

Course 1 for internal/in-house employees is now available with Course 2 for external/in-the-field employees soon to be available...or a bundle offering both. More info at https://lnkd.in/g2iKE2ZY

It's time to wake up and smell the SAFETY. 😉

11/29/2023

Tis the season...for criminals and con artists!

Before you let anyone in your home or business consider the following:
1) Did 'YOU' call/schedule them?
2) Were *YOU* expecting them?
3) Are you *SURE* it is the person/business you were expecting?
4) How do you verify prior to their entry?

Not all harm is physical, and not all criminals use guns or knives. Many simply use a good story or deceptive apparel, car magnets, etc. to enhance that good story.

The rule for the season, whether at home or work, is "trust...but VERIFY!"

Home "Safe" for the Holidays - Part 2 of 6 11/27/2023

Tis the season...for this Holiday series

Home "Safe" for the Holidays - Part 2 of 6 Self Defense expert, Jeff McKissack of Defense By Design, offers tips regarding safety during the Holiday season. This is Part 2 of a 6-week series on this t...

10/30/2023

Just remember this Halloween...

10/26/2023

Over the past week of various company/employee trainings as well as two conferences, I had several in *all* audiences remark at either (a) how much they additionally learned for their own "personal" safety and/or (b) their desire to have me speak to their spouses/teens along similar lines.

That's because, as I have stated on numerous occasions, you cannot separate people's personal lives from their professional lives. So why not, if you MUST do training, offer training that effectively addresses both? Help them stay safer 'wherever' they do and you engage them all the more while at work.

And for companies that 'do' bring me in for such employee training events, I already include an evening program option for spouses/teens as my own value-add to such events. Just ask!

I know someone who can help.

10/19/2023

Today I am working with attorneys in Dallas, Houston and Austin from one particular firm. Next week employees from 10 credit unions in Louisiana. The common thread is their recognition of their employees' vulnerabilities.

Those of you who have followed me for a while already know my central mantra of "there are no such things as safe or unsafe 'places,' only safe or unsafe PEOPLE." That is what the video below alludes to as well.

Your PEOPLE -- not your technology -- will always be your company's weakest link -- always. And the only way to address this ongoing vulnerability is with education and training, not 'more' technology. I'm not against the latter, but only when coupled with the former, otherwise it is an exercise (and expense) in futility.

I know someone who can help.

09/19/2023

Yes, a 3-hour professional in-service for area churches, private schools and nonprofits hosted at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary today. Great audience!

Our leadership at training by Defense By Design this morning. We are learning all about how to keep us safe and make us “safer.”

06/16/2023

Next week I'll be speaking to the DFW RIMS chapter here in the metro area. Typically 100-120 there at the monthly luncheon representing mostly dedicated Risk Managers from companies in the area along with various insurance brokers and carriers in the area.

My topic is "Risky Business" as we address the physical, data and reputational risks *not* often discussed at companies, yet can put them at major fiscal and reputational risks if/when/where things go south.

If you represent for your company and are their or thus the person tasked with reducing liabilities, absolutely you should attend. And if you wish to bring along your and person handling your and/or it would be a good idea given how all of these are interrelated in this overall strategy. Guests/visitors are welcome, so bring them along.

and representing personal as well as commercial lines clients will appreciate this message too, as this pertains to and for your profession.

We'll see you there

02/13/2023

Our half-day workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 15 will explore Risk and Reputation Management for Associations. Jeff McKissack, president of Defense By Design, will discuss risk and reputational management as they apply to your association, your events, and even your members. You don't want to miss it!

Register: https://www.dfwae.org/index.php?option=com_jevents&task=icalrepeat.detail&evid=186&Itemid=115&year=2023&month=02&day=15&title=february-half-day-workshop&uid=074875a40c0442eab3ec7395f50c7af7

01/26/2023

For my friends in the association world, this is going to be a good one! Three hours (with breaks) allowing for a much more in-depth approach to the subject matter.

Join us in-person on Feb. 15 to explore the topics of risk and reputational management as they apply to your association, your events, and even your members.

Speaker Jeff McKissack, president at Defense By Design, will discuss potential physical, data, and reputational risks and how to deescalate threatening scenarios.

Learn more and register: https://www.dfwae.org/index.php?option=com_jevents&task=icalrepeat.detail&evid=186&Itemid=115&year=2023&month=02&day=15&title=february-half-day-workshop&uid=074875a40c0442eab3ec7395f50c7af7

11/23/2022

For business owners, give the gift of SAFETY and SECURITY this season to staff and/or valued clients.

If local, I am happy to deliver them in-person as well...

11/23/2022

From a "father" who attended a professional seminar I recently presented, but who obviously walked away with 'personal' applications for himself and his family....not an unusual occurrence.

11/21/2022

How do we create safer events for our attendees? What constitutes as “reasonable effort” for our events? Jeff McKissack from Defense By Design, will show you how on 12/14 at : https://bit.ly/3EfkIq7

10/06/2022

'Tis the season for having some fun with my marketing videos...

Business Toolbox: Self Defense 08/22/2022

For those in the Dallas area, this event is coming up August 29th, so one week from today, for those interested.

In the months ahead, I will have my own stand-alone program with the N. Dallas Chamber, this is to introduce myself and others to their membership before that series begins...

Business Toolbox: Self Defense

08/16/2022

One of the dynamics I'll be addressing next month at the North Texas Cyber Security conference is the dynamic of "bribery."

Oh yes! It is very real, not just a plot in some TV show or movie. Pre-internet, that and blackmail were typically the two methods of data mining, and while they may not be at the "forefront" of such today, they still exist -- and are still QUITE effective.

If you work for a company that deals in sensitive data, finances, personal information, proprietary information, PCI or HIPAA compliances, etc. I would love an introduction to your management team. This is just "one" reason why...

08/02/2022

There is a reason that BOMA (Building Owners & Managers Association) chapters are engaging me for help.

Office buildings represent all kinds of potential dramas as you have individual office suites/tenants *PLUS* their staff who can knowingly or unknowingly invite situations onsite -- and rarely will they notify building management of these before they occur. But guess who is often held liable.

I absolutely can help such property management companies mitigate their risks, but it starts with a conversation....

Self-Defense Expert says, "Do unto others as you'd have others do unto you" - Part 4 of 4 07/25/2022

I have had three (3) stories of road rage recently relayed to me by business owners regarding their employees/drivers facing such situations here in DFW. But we are hardly the exception.

However, when it's employees on-the-clock encountering such cases, especially when driving company vehicles (as these were) it also speaks to possible legal exposure and liability.

For those in or as well as and or tasked with keeping their clients out of the courtroom and the newsroom, perhaps we should talk.

Self-Defense Expert says, "Do unto others as you'd have others do unto you" - Part 4 of 4 Self Defense expert, Jeff McKissack of Defense By Design, offers insight into the proverb, "You can't judge a book by its cover." This is Part 1 of a 4-week ...

03/17/2022

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Home "Safe" for the Holidays - Part 5 of 6 12/20/2021

Just a word of advice for those TRAVELING this week for the Holidays. Have fun -- but be aware.

This is great advice for employees...or valued clients. And in either case, if interested in *LIVE* instruction, let's talk about a training day event for your staff or clients in '22 as we're almost there!

Home "Safe" for the Holidays - Part 5 of 6 Self Defense expert, Jeff McKissack of Defense By Design, offers tips regarding safety during the Holiday season. This is Part 5 of a 6-week series on this t...

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Videos (show all)

Some just need a wake-up call when it comes to safety and security.  But too often this comes via hindsight vs. foresigh...
Just a cursory look into what most businesses spend on their monthly coffee service was a "wake-up call" to me. The aver...
Just a humorous reminder that actions at parties 'this' year could haunt you in the year to come.  Be mindful of not onl...
Tis the season...for criminals and con artists!Before you let anyone in your home or business consider the following:1) ...
Just remember this Halloween...
Over the past week of various company/employee trainings as well as two conferences, I had several in *all* audiences re...
Today I am working with attorneys in Dallas, Houston and Austin from one particular firm. Next week employees from 10 cr...
Next week I'll be speaking to the DFW RIMS chapter here in the metro area. Typically 100-120 there at the monthly lunche...
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