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Former Secret Service Agent and star of Bravo's Spy Games Evy Poumpouras shares lessons learned from protecting presidents, as well insights and skills from the oldest and most elite security force in the world to help you prepare for stressful situations, instantly read people, influence how you are perceived and live a more fearless life.

Becoming Bulletproof means transforming yourself into a stronger, more confident and more powerful person. Evy Poumpouras - former Secret Service Agent to three Presidents and one of only five women to receive the Medal of Valor - demonstrates how we can overcome our everyday fears, have difficult conversations, know who to trust and who might not have our best interests at heart, influence situations and prepare for the unexpected. When you have become bulletproof, you are your best, most courageous and most powerful version of you. Poumpouras shows us that ultimately true strength is found in the mind, not the body.

Courage involves facing our fears, but it is also about resilience, grit and having a built-in BS detector and knowing how to use it. In Becoming Bulletproof, Poumpouras demonstrates how to heighten our natural instincts to employ all these qualities and move from fear to fearlessness

©2020 Evy Poumpouras (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Best audio book I've listened to all year

Although Evy recalls in one chapter, that her voice was not up to scratch for a job at Fox News, her voice was perfect for a book that is about helping people, educating people and explaining empathy. I enjoyed the varied tones she had, throughout the book, but her calm, informative way of speaking that makes this book particularly in audio form - so wonderful to listen to. It is clears throughout the book, she has a vast amount of knowledge, and I particularly enjoyed HOW she chose to convey it; everything from the way the chapters were structured, to the examples she chose to use, seemed carefully thought out and considered. The way the book had been read, structured and formed made listening extremely enjoyable and easier to digest despite the wealth of information and learning. I particularly like the chapter 3 and or 4 discussing "mental armour", and "the long game".

The book starts, with an extremely detailed, epic account of her experience living through 9/11. In the years that followed 9/11, I must have watched 100 documentaries and listened to many accounts from first responders. It had been a while, book was relatable, despite the fact that being a secret service agent, guarding the president, etc. was not something I expected to be able to relate to. I wanted to know more about it though, as I often had considered joining the army, or SAS, which as a woman was.. unusual. I had read a book by someone who had gone into an even more specialised and unexpected profession for a woman. The army appealed to me because it would teach survival and general life skills which would be useful in a variety of scenarios for which one never would like to be caught off-guard, and force me to be physically fit in a way such that I could physically cope with the most extreme scenarios. The world, can be, a fearful place sometimes under threat and we are reminded of this, people in these sorts of roles are the people that learn those skills, but to want to transfer them to civilians so they can learn to "be their own hero" is something practical for me, something I wanted to take the opportunity to do. It is clear during the book, despite being a secret service agent with an incredible ability to keep mind to task, she is empathetic in a way that is possibly beyond, the capacity of most people and to me, appears to be in addition to acquiring specific skills, also has made her incredibly successful and the, tricks and knowledge she attempts to impart on the reader are invaluable if they can be truly understood and applied.

Evy ties in experiences not only from her role in the secret service, but also personal experiences to explore how the intense, specific training she learned can be applied to those scenarios. I found myself laughing out loud, for example her reaction to her discovering what the word "demure" meant for example after someone described her this way once. For me, I really want to learn, how to be more aware of the way that I come across, because I have a lot of goals, and I recognise that people and successful and considered interactions with them, are essential in me achieving those goals. Evy's laser focus, on her "goal" when interacting with people, which she mostly describes as "the long game" is a phrase I can easily keep in mind. 

I found myself feeling a bit annoyed to hear that, I should dress the way I want to be perceived. it is annoying, and it would be nice if you could magically make people perceive you the way you want to be rather than WHAT THEY SEE. The truth is, though, I have found there to be truth in this statement again and again. First impressions, and the way people see you when they meet you everything about yourself the way you move, the expressions on your face - 60% (?) non-verbal communication.. you can give everything about yourself away, even if you do not want to. The consequences of this, are explained very well throughout the book, and this propels the reader to: listen, and be self aware. Evy has clearly been listening, to her colleagues, and supervisors over her entire career and learning to apply their strengths and knowledge to her own growth, and in doing so now can pass on the same to the reader, through key concepts to recognise what should be taken in and what should be taken out.

Listening to the book is also a bit academic, it is littered with psychological studies.. which I absolutely adore and helps bring home the point being made. And, it made a lot of sense, to me, that Evy took on acting and saw it as a great TOOL in her.. frankly absolutely decked out toolbox or armour chest of protection against physical and psychological threats. I don't think any stone is left unturned in this book... language, voice, tone.. Every single minute detail... is probably as well thought out as the protection plans for the POTUS had to be. It was eye opening. The advice for speech, and what to do to adjust this... Well, clearly she has been educated on this as well, and I'm so pleased she has imparted what she has learnt on the reader again in this regard. I'm very excited to try some of these things, its definitely going to push me out of my comfort zone, but, that's something personally that I take great pleasure in doing.

I will try anything once.. listen to it again, and I never tend to watch movies more than once, or do anything more than once unless I really truly enjoy it, I think I will listen to this book again and again, slowly building an action plan to find my own way to become bulletproof. 

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The life tool I didn't know I needed

If you are looking for a role model look no further than listening to Evy.

I now understand how to protect myself and my home better, how welcome fear into my life because thanks to Evy I now: *recognise* it and I can evaluate *why* it has come and I now know how to manage it to help me with my *longterm* personal *goals* - I cannot believe I even wrote that because fear has (before reading this book) been a dark shadow in my life for as long as I can remember.

As a senior professional in a male dominated industry for work - I now understand my own personal need for expressing myself through things that *I* like - such as fashion, actually reflects who I am as a person and it is not something I should need to alter - unless it serves a long term goal - in which case it can be a temporary adjustment where needed but, on my terms.

Adaptability, strength, self respect and togetherness are the key notes I took away from this.

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A must-read for everyone!

I’m genuinely floored by this book and its message. The way Evy offers endless little nuggets of practical wisdom along with so many “aha”, “omg yes!”, “wow, and “hell yeah”-moments is just phenomenal and I will forever be changed by it. I wish everyone the pleasure and opportunity to read or listen to this book!

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AMAZING!!!

I have read plenty of books like this and this is the best by far!!

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Loved it

Loved the compassion and kindness in her voice when it came to explanations. Thank you 💜

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  • MJ
  • 31-10-20

A real mind opener...

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. First off Evy is very easy to listen to, her narration style is excellent.

Secondly, the topics covered through the book a so easy to integrate into real life that by listening and implementing even a couple of the suggested topics you will absolutely see changes.

In a world where being more self aware is more important than ever, this stuff should be mandatory training in workplaces.

Great book, great stories and great podcast like format.

Definitely Recommend

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Inspiring and easy to listen to

Very, very good book about specifics of human interaction- what to focus on when You want to get Your desired results or influence people.
Learned a lot from it and wished it was longer. Stories are engaging and easy to listen to.
Appreciate the work put into this book and all the personal stories- they really had an impact.

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By far one of the best books I’ve read

This book is not only a great book for self help but all the practical examples and events/stories that Evy use in this book is brilliant. I couldn’t stop listening!

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Evy is a strong & wise role model - excellent book

Learning all that is in this book could save your life or someone else's. This book is a high value contribution to society. Highly recommended... Thank you Evy.

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loved it

what a story! I feel inspired by the knowledge shared. so many actionable tips too.

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  • Shannon
  • 14-07-20

Inspiring and life changing

Currently working on healing from an abusive marriage.
Finding myself and also finding the people i do want in my life. This book has helped me gain a better understanding of myself and who I am and what I want. I have a feeling I will be re reading this very soon and probably a few times a year just for good measure ❤️

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  • Kay Esselle
  • 18-03-21

Empowerment without the self-righteousness

I learned so much from this book and even purchased the hardcover edition because I knew that I would be returning to it for practical tips and advice.

I understand that some sections about security and self-protection were criticized and perhaps extreme for the average suburban dweller, but I am grateful to Evy for sharing her knowledge and experience in a way that makes me believe that I can become a better and stronger version of myself. I already notice myself feeling more confident, walking with a more purposeful stride, holding my head up a little higher and my spine a little straighter, and feeling as though I deserve to take up space in this world. My relationships have also changed now that I am sticking up for myself, while simultaneously treating those around me with dignity. I have always been a little shy, afraid, cautious, untrusting and intimidated... but after listening to this book (and rereading several sections) I feel less anxious and more secure. After reading this book, I am excited to change in ways that really improve my life.

Thank you Evy, you are an inspiration!

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  • Nika C
  • 21-01-21

Great stories sprinkled throughout

I really enjoyed this book. It can be a little "how to" / self help-y at times (some folks might not have anticipated that), but I don't mind. The best parts are all the stories and life examples that Evy Poumpouras offers throughout the book (which are also used to further support the 'how to' parts of the book). She has some very unique life experiences but her perspective is just as interesting as the stories themselves.

I LOVE that she narrated her book! I like her accent. She comes across as someone that is grounded even though she is such an impressive woman.

Hope to read/listen more from her!

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  • Erika Ondreickova
  • 07-12-20

😍 stunning

loved everything about the book...watched all the YouTube videos first and than
decided to go for the ebook....not disappointed at all, masterpiece.

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  • Angela Shearer
  • 01-11-20

Powerful, hard hitting and deeply thought provokin

Love this book. Evy is a girl after my own heart. The depth of this book talks to personal experience and a real sense of care for the world and the people in it. If you are the same person after reading this book as when you started, it means you didn't listen. Tremendous, beautiful and solid. RESPECT!

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  • Kimberlee
  • 05-06-21

Inspiring

Thanks to Special Agent Poumpouras, I now am a little safer and a lot smarter. This is a great, long audio book read by the author in her own voice. I saw Evy on an interview show. Then they had her back for this book. I immediately checked here hoping I could listen to it right away. I’m lucky and thanks for this fine writing.

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  • Evburgos
  • 25-05-21

great book

loved her open mind and the way she verbalized the book.
will keep listening to it even after I feel bullet proof

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  • Traci Tucker
  • 20-05-21

Great Bookm

This has been one of my favorite “self help” books. Evy does an amazing job telling her stories.

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  • Jacqueline E. Peters
  • 20-05-21

Amazing Insights into Who You Can Become

So many practical lessons in this book. My biggest takeaway “Decide who you want to be!” Becoming bulletproof is constantly trying to grow and become more confident. Remembering that you should rely on yourself first before relying on others. What a fantastic book. Thank you Evy Pompouras.

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  • Sharlene
  • 30-04-21

An EXCEPTIONAL book from an EXCEPTIONAL WOMAN

I'm struggling to write a review that does justice to the gift this author has given us.

Suffice it to say as I got to understand the character of the author, the finished product of her book is no surprise. It's polished and concise, nothing was over or under-presented and each chapter kept me looking forward to the next. I was excited to continue listening and the lessons imparted by the author are life-changing, indeed. And the reading of the entire book was just perfect. I wouldn't change a thing about Evy Poumpouras' masterpiece.

I finished this book last night, feeling empowered and inspired to become more effective with how I deal with people, more compassionate and insightful. I definitely want to buy this one for my daughter!

I'm most grateful for the experience of having listened to it and will definitely do so again many times. This information is too valuable to not have it ingrained in my life. Evy makes me want to be a better person, an exceptional person like her.