Can I See Your Hands:

A Guide To Situational Awareness, Personal Risk Management, Resilience and Security

by Dr. Gav Schneider


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The title of this book, "Can I See Your Hands" refers to one of the key outcomes of this book-- being able to tell whether or not people want to cause us harm. To put it very simply, if you can see someone's hands and they are not concealing them, holding a weapon or positioning to strike you, one's levels of trust and confidence can increase. This simple example can serve as a reminder to all of us in many of the complex moments we have to deal with, and difficult decisions we have to make, in everyday life.

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You hold in your hands an amazing book, unlike any other on the subject. Many good books have been written about the critically important topic of protecting yourself and your loved ones from violence. And the best of these have been integrated and applied in this book. Consider, just this one aspect of what Dr Gav Schneider has done to make this the best possible book on this subject. You will find many books on many topics that seem to operate in a vacuum. But the best books on any subject are those that "stand on the shoulders of giants" and build on that which has already been written, skillfully weaving these together with new information and new insight, to create a book that is greater than the sum of its parts. And that is what Gav has done in this book, incorporating, applying, and recommending some of the great works that have been previously written on this vital subject.
Dave Grossman, Lt. Colonel, US Army (ret.) Author of: On Killing, On Combat, and Assassination Generation

Can I See Your Hands is a rare insight into the mind of a true Master.
Kate Down, Behavioural Scientist

Improve your personal resilience to the risks we all face in our everyday lives.
Tony McGuirk, Commander of the British Empire (CBE) Former Chief Executive and Chief Fire Officer of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (UK)

I commend Gav for his commitment and delivery of this excellent read.
Mark Carrick: Former Commander of NSW Police Terrorism Intelligence as well as the former National Capability Advisor on Counterterrorism Intelligence to the Australian Government's National Counterterrorism Committee

If you have an interest in learning how to predict, identify, and avoid violence, this should be a book that is in your library.
Gershon Ben Keren, 5th Degree Black Belt, Professional Security Consultant & Amazon Best Selling Author

About the Author

Dr Gavriel (Gav) Schneider CPP, FIS (SA), FAIM, FGIA, AARPI, MAIPIO
Dr Gav is an acknowledged leader in the field of human based risk management and the psychology of risk. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been running his own businesses since 2001. He has operated in over 17 countries and provided a wide range of services for a very diverse client base ranging from Heads of State to school teachers. Dr Gav is a leading academic in his field and is a much sought after international speaker. He has over 2 decades of experience managing various aspects of Risk (Strategic Risk, Safety, Emergency Response and Intelligence.) Gav specialises is Security Risk Management and is a highly experienced bodyguard and close protection expert holding a 7th degree Black Belt in Krav Maga and Jujitsu. He is an inducted member of the South African Martial Arts Hall of Fame and is also featured in the Israeli Museum of Martial Arts History. Along with a Doctorate in Criminology and a Master's Degree in Security Risk Management, Gav holds an extensive array of other qualifications and is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Security, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management & Leadership. He has trained thousands of people in his own right and to date, his companies have trained in excess of 150,000 people in numerous countries.
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