Taking non-verbal and body language techniques on the road after Top Shot
Las Vegas, Nevada - Terry Vaughan was a busy man back in 2011. Father of three, motivational speaker and an NRA Certified Instructor ... you get the idea. There were never enough hours in the day. But things really took off after his appearance on Season 4 of Top Shot on the History Channel.
"Since the show aired, the increase in personal safety seminars as well as the non-verbal and body language classes has gone up exponentially," Vaughan told NRAblog at the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. "It's a sign of the shift in people's desire to learn personal safety."
Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, the former British Royal Marine Commando spends his professional days traveling the country to perform such a task. Teaching the lessons he learned through his years dealing with "a bugger of childhood", as well as his time as an actor, as a dancer and as a Commando. Such a profession finds him waking up in new places, meeting new people and spreading his message of safety and awareness to all who will listen.
"It wasn't until the show actually finished that people thought it was okay to give me a call," Vaughan explained. "I was sitting there watching Top Shot with everybody else thinking 'I'm here, I'm available, what's going on?' They all thought I was still away on the show."
Once the phone finally started ringing, his days grew even busier. Law Enforcement groups, Women's groups, practically anyone involved in the personal safety arena started knocking on his proverbial door. If you spend a few minutes listening to lessons, you'll know why.
"Most of us miss half of what's being shown to us during any one conversation. You'll pick up on the obvious signals, along with most of what's being said, but so much of what is actually shown is completely missed. Just think of the advantages of understanding the facial expressions, tone of voice, cadence, what they do with their hands ... there is a lot given away during any one conversation."
I like the sound of metal when I hit it
Though it may sound like a lot fun, there is a great deal of stress that comes with such a pursuit. Time away from family, hours on a plane, stale coffee and lumpy mattresses have a way of eating away at your sould. When that happens, you have to find a way to recharge your batteries.
For Vaughan, that means time with the family, catching a good workout and time on the range.
"I go for some methodic shooting, a lot of pistol, some rifle. It's great to get back and put some rounds down range. Indoor or outdoor ranges, as long as there is metal. I like the sound of metal when I hit it."
But as the workload grows ever larger, Vaughan has come up with a new way to recharge.
He's packing up the family and moving to Wyoming.
We'll be back later this week with the tale of Vaughan's move to Wyoming