When you find yourself in a stressful, maybe even dangerous, situation, how do you act?
Do you freeze up — unable to make decisions and become a victim to your environment?
Do you act carelessly, not taking the situation as seriously as you should?
Or do you take command of the situation, making fast and effective decisions while protecting yourself and others at the same time.
That last response may sound impossible — during stressful, high-risk situations, it’s easier than ever to lose our cool. But no matter who you are, you have the potential to respond to stressful or dangerous situations like a hero. Once you master your will and mind, you can achieve the impossible.
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s showed us we live in an unpredictable world. Anything can happen, which means that we always need to be ready. It doesn’t mean that we should wait in fear — what it does mean is that we should educate ourselves on ways we can protect our loved ones, live courageously, and make wise decisions.
My guest today has made that her mission — to help others become the strongest and bravest version of themselves. Please welcome former U.S. Special Secret Agent Evy Poumpourus to The School of Greatness!
Evy is a multi-media journalist who regularly appears on the Today Show, NBC, MSNBC, and GMA covering topics on national security, law enforcement, and crime. She was the law enforcement analyst for HLN’s Dr. Drew On Call, a hunter on CBS’s The Hunted, and appears on History and Oxygen networks. She holds a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University.
As a member of the most prestigious protection force in the world for over 12 years, Evy served on the Secret Service’s Presidential Protective Division for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. She has also protected presidents George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George H.W. Bush. When not safeguarding the world’s most high-value assets, Evy worked complex criminal investigations, operated undercover, and was an interrogator for the agency’s elite polygraph unit specially trained in the art of lie detection, human behavior, and cognitive influence.
Evy’s TEDx on Words: Your Most Powerful Weapon and online interviews have drawn millions of views. She is a sought-after international keynote speaker having consulted top-tier organizations to the likes of NASDAQ, McKesson, United Technologies, Wells Fargo, Corcoran Group, Tyco, Skanska, Lockton, and SOCOM. As an adjunct professor for The City University of New York, she teaches criminal justice, criminology, and policing.
Evy’s actions as a first responder during the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City bestowed her the United States Secret Service Valor Award.
This interview with Evy was absolutely amazing — she is the perfect example of someone who is truly brave — willing to protect others at the cost of her own life — and live fearlessly. Join me on Episode 1,092 to learn how to build command, authority, and credibility with Evy Poumpouras!