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Oct 25, 2010

“Let The Spy Games Begin” Photo Contest Rules

Stiletto Spy School/Mi6Academy’s Halloween Best Spy Costume Contest begins October 25, 2010, and ends November 2, 2010, at 12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST). By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that they are 18 years old or older.

Who may enter:
Participants 18 years old or older—except for individuals affiliated with the Stiletto Spy School, LLC, including employees, interns, volunteers, independent contractors and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses) and others living in their households—are eligible Stiletto Spy School, LLC will determine winners’ eligibility.

Photos containing nudity will not be accepted. SSS reserves the right to refuse any photograph which they deem inappropriate.

This contest is void where prohibited by law. Contestants assume the total responsibility of knowing their local laws in regard to photo contests and are subject to any local, state, national or international laws. Stiletto Spy School, LLC accepts no responsibility for making these individual legal determinations.

Royalties and Rights of Use:
By entering, contestant grants Stiletto Spy School, LLC a royalty-free, non-exclusive license to display or distribute contestant’s submitted photo(s) in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any promotional, publicity, and all other standard Stiletto Spy School/Mi6 Academy purposes. Examples include but are not limited to Facebook Fanpage, professional newsletter and website. Stiletto Spy School, LLC will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

No photos taken by a professional photographer may be submitted without photographer’s authorization. Stiletto Spy School, LLC shall not be responsible for any photos submitted without proper authorization.

Entry deadline:
All entries must be received by 12:01 AM Eastern Time on November 2, 2010.

Photos are judged with no discrimination towards sex, race, or age. Winning photograph will be announced the week of November 8th, 2010. Decisions of the judges will be final.

Oct 25, 2010

Finding the "Flow" in Training and In Life


There is a sweet spot of balance between force and relaxation where you achieve your goals with total precision and minimal effort.

Lesson taken from an all-day Hand to Hand Combat seminar. We learned this lesson in the context of striking blows but, like all solid principles, it applies to all aspects of life.

When we train with clarity and have sureness of purpose as well as confidence in the universe and ourselves, the flow happens. I remember a yoga class I regularly attended in which Forearm Stand was a one of the standard class poses. Despite my efforts, I could never get up into that pose properly. Each class I would use my will to attempt the pose, usually with disappointing results. One day I approached the class with the mindset of “I will just have fun today and see where the class takes me” —- and bam, I went right up into Forearm Stand effortlessly.

Flash forward to this all-day Hand to Hand Combat seminar with top Russian trainers and I’m looking around the room at the fighters who seriously study these martial arts and feeling understandably intimidated yet unexplainably determined. I’m not a violent person by nature and I’ve always had a hard time punching. I’ve never felt as though I had a lot of power behind my punches. While working on a kinetic short range of motion strike, I was “willing” my punches to be harder, but it wasn’t happening. Regardless of the force I used, there was no power. My instructor kept telling me (in his Russian accent) to not tighten up my muscles before each punch and to just “let it happen.” Right, I thought. A yoga pose, maybe, but a punch takes force! After many futile, willful attempts I finally listened to what my instructor had told me. My punch landed so hard that the sound made ME jump.

I wish I had a magic spell for allowing myself to regularly get in the flow. I may not have that tactic down yet, but I do know that intention, training and confidence, go a long way.

Oct 22, 2010

Stiletto Spy Sisters | Agent Mother

Each week we celebrate and highlight our past alumni who have gone on to embody the spirit, strength and sass of a Stiletto Spy Sister. Wise and nurturing, meet Agent Mother who thinks that always having an A-game is overrated.

1. In real life, you are….

Denise Souraj-Ramjohn. Though currently unemployed, private jet management is what I do.

2. In the spy world, you go by the alias ………….. and have the ability to …………..

Agent Mother is my name and taking care of people is my game.Whether in real life or the spy world, my aim is figuring out the needs of those around me and doing my best to hit their target.

3. How did you first learn about Stiletto Spy School? What triggered you to sign up for a mission?

I saw the segment on the Today Show and knew it was something I had to do at least once. We were deciding on what to do for my sister for her wedding. We wanted to give her a bridesmaids’ present / bachelorette party that she would never forget. I wanted to give her an opportunity to learn more about herself and build confidence. It was a hit! She, along with the other bridesmaids, loved their experience and each one of us took away something that we’ll never forget.

4. What was the most important skill/takeaway you’d learned from the program?

Self-awareness. From understanding the physical fear that metal imposes on your flesh to learning some great confident and seductive moves in stilettos and feather boas, each experience was as impactful as the next.

5. How have you applied skills/lessons you’ve learned in real life?

I don’t always have to have my A game. My B or C, even D game is fine, too. In other words, an off day may not actually be an off day, just another way, though sometimes a longer or not so clear way, to get to the same goal. Your body tells you what it needs. You just have to listen and work with it, not fight it.

6. What would be one spy skill you’ll love to pick up next?

I didn’t know about the other spy skills until I learned them so I guess I have to experience another spy school mission before I can answer this question!

7. If you were assigned to a fantasy mission, who would you pick (dead or alive) as your spy-sister to cover your back?

As a LOST fan, I pick ROUSSEAU. She was such a badass who did all she did because she was a MOTHER.

8. Do you have any advice for those interested in signing up for the program?

It’s something you just have to experience…

Oct 22, 2010

Dossier: Week of 10/11

Here’s a recap of all the interesting links and articles we’ve came across this week:

“He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.” — Raymond Hull

In anticipation of Halloween where we all get to step out of our routines for a day, we’re putting the spotlight on our favorite kickass agents. This week’s superspy was one of the most popular picks by our fans for “partner to cover your back on an undercover mission”.

No surprises why…. ??”I’m federal agent Jack Bauer. This is the longest day of my life. “

To be a warrior is not about physical strength nor the size. It is the Warrior Mentality — just ask Jack.

Jack Bauer: Get the look + Gear

How To Be The Jack Bauer Of Your Company (without the body count of course)…. 

Jack Bauer doesn’t dodge bullets. Bullets dodge Jack Bauer.” Fancy yourself as a sharp shooter? Ladies, Join us for Precision Firearms Training on 10/23

If everyone on “24″ followed Jack Bauer’s instructions, it would be called “12″. What’s the best part about being Jack Bauer?

Ever wonder what gear you’ll need to deal with a potential hazardous waste disaster? Check out this fire chief’s toolkit

Tips for Women and their Transition to Senior Management from INSEAD Womens’ Leadership ?Conference states that “It is particularly difficult for women to be perceived as both competent and warm” Agree or disagree? Ladies, what do you think?

How do you become a great innovator? Prioritizing “discovery”

“All warfare is based on deception.” Russia takes advice from Sun Tzu’s Art of War to heart with its inflatable ‘army’

What “Free Public WiFi” Is and Why You Should Avoid It

Never judge a book by its cover — in this case, elegant Helen Mirren is still sharp and extremely dangerous. Proof that it’s confidence that makes you sexy — the 65-year-old Mirren taking care of business in RED

“Step away from that computer…” The Murata’s fatigue sensor coming to a device near you…

What can aging teach us about happiness?

“Get Tough or Get Beat” Gentlemen, sharpen your mind and strengths at MI6 Academy. The date? Dec 1.

Here’s a lighthearted video pointed out by our fan Danny Bandle. The alternative ending to Goldeneye if Natalya had such an obvious ‘tell’. She should have brushed up on her poker skills…just sayin’

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” – Vince Lombardi


Oct 22, 2010

Dossier: Week of 10/1

Here’s a recap of all the interesting links and articles we’ve came across this week:

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” James Lane Allen

We love this time of year since it means that some of our favorite occasions are just around the corner— and one of them is just 26 days away! The best part of Halloween is that you can step out of the norm and dress up to be whoever you want to be …. which is pretty much how we at Stiletto Spy School think you ought to feel all the time. ( Just sayin… )

To inspire you this Halloween, we’re putting our favorite agents in the spotlight …starting with one superspy named Agent Sydney Bristow

Beautiful, smart and always cool and confident, Sydney in action

The many many looks of Agent Bristow — which one is your favorite? But to be a master of disguise, you’ll need to start with the basics— How to put on a wig

Sydney’s obviously a woman of many capabilities but one of her most noted skill is the ability take her opponents down in hand combat. Check out one of the best fight scenes in the series

We hope you would never get into a situation like Sydney in real-life. But one of our SSS grads Agent Seraphina, managed to channel her inner warrior to keep calm and confident when confronted with a mugger in NYC

To channel your inner Sydney Bristow, join us next month for Mission: Aphrodite on Nov 3. You bring the attitude, we’ll do the rest…

Sci-fi meets Real Life — Raytheon XOS Exoskeleton for military use. And here’s a heartwarming story of how exoskeletons are not just for combat— but helped a paralyzed woman walk again

Self-Aiming Sniper Rifles Coming Next Year

Stay Safe: Travel tips from Survival Training experts.

Cool Gadget Wishlist: The pocket grappling hook (you know, for those impromptu missions…)

Do you ever feel like you’re spending more time “putting out fires” at work? Here’s 5 Ways To Combat Reactionary Workflow

“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” -George Bernard Shaw. What are you planning to act on today?

Oct 22, 2010

Stay Safe: Travel tips from Survival Training experts

With the recent travel alerts for potential terrorist attacks in Europe, we wanted to make sure you get to enjoy your trip but stay safe too. While we may have featured some of these safety tips from our Survival Training experts at Stiletto Spy School, it never hurts to have a refresher and pass on the advice to your friends and loved ones. Stay safe!

Before you Leave: 


— Create a file with a copy of everything you usually carry in your wallet or purse (e.g. driver’s license, credit cards, passport, etc.)  If your purse or wallet is stolen, you will know exactly what was lost.   

— Never carry your Social Security card. 

— Always keep a backup of contacts and other important information stored in your cell phone.  You may also want to keep this information in a safe password-protected file online.  This way, if you are traveling, you can access the information remotely and immediately. 

— As a secondary precaution, make a copy of your itinerary and your ID/Passport and leave it with a family member or close friend.


At the Airport: 


— Check in and get through security as quickly as possible.  The safest part of the airport is past TSA, not in the main lobby area.

—  Always request an aisle seat on the side of the plane that allows your strongest arm to be toward the aisle.  If something unforeseen happens on the plane, you will have the best advantage possible.


When you Land: 

— Use authorized cab services at the airport. 

— Never share a cab with strangers and never accept the first cab that is offered to you, particularly if you are traveling alone.  In fact, depending on the city, hour and whether you are traveling alone, you may find it best to let the second cab go as well and take the third cab.  Why?  It makes it less likely that your driver will have planned anything nefarious.


Cab Safety: 

— Before you get into the cab, try to notice something identifying about the cab (a number, cab company, color and make of the vehicle, etc.) 

— Once inside, engage the driver in conversation and ask his name. 

— Once you are on your way, pretend to (or actually) telephone someone local and speak loud enough for the driver to hear you.  Confirm that you are in a cab and on your way and that you should be there within ____ minutes.

— Tell them the cab description and the driver’s name and to keep an eye out for the car.  Repeat that you look forward to seeing them in a few minutes. 

— If the driver had any intention of doing something shady, this will put him on notice that you are likely not the best person to mess with.


At the Hotel:


— At check in, if you are traveling alone, make sure that they do not say your room number out loud as they hand you the room keys.  It is policy in many hotels to follow this rule, but if they do not, don’t be shy about asking for a supervisor and requesting a room change…

—Request for a room that is on the 4th floor or lower and near the emergency exits.

— Whenever in your room, always lock the door and engage the secondary chain or latch bolt.  Front desks are famous for inadvertently giving two different guests the same room.  You do not want to be surprised by an unexpected visitor.  These types of room mix-ups can also happen on purpose.  Either scenario can be avoided by securing the door with more than the automatic lock.

— Never leave valuables in your hotel room.  Valuables include jewelry, cell phones, laptops , cameras, etc..  Even the nicest hotels can have theft problems. A common scam is for a well dressed person to convince a maid that they locked themselves out and have the maid open the door – to your room.




— Try to keep as little in your purse as possible.  Do not keep your cash, ID or credit card in your purse. If your purse is stolen, you will not be able to access cash immediately.  If you don’t want to wear a money belt, here is a brilliant way to keep these items in your bra.  

—While you’re more familiar with ’911′, keep in mind that ’112′ is the European Union’s emergency number while other countries in Asia use ’999′ instead. Here’s a quick reference guide just in case.


EXCLUSIVE — Top 10 Things for Urban Survival:


Here are the Top 10 Things for Urban Survival you should have in your handbag/backpack that will help you deal with any emergency disaster situation. Remember to keep items small and portable and while you won’t be able to bring a small knife onboard a plane, you are still permitted to check it in with your luggage.

1. Small folding knife that can be carried concealed
2. Small, but intense flashlight (100+ lumens) with crenelated bezel
3. Para cord
4. $100 cash in twenty’s carried somewhere besides your wallet
5. Cell phone with small “jump start charger”
6. Lighter or other fire making device (e.g. firesteel)
7. Medication you require (3 days supply) plus benadryl, iodine tablets, and ibuprofen.
8. Space blanket
9. Credit card
10. Card with next of kin information/contact points.




These are just some of the tools and tips you can expect to learn on a mission with Stiletto Spy School. All of our expert instructors come from incredible backgrounds and are the top professionals in their fields such as Awareness Training, Breath Control, Hand to Hand Combat, Poker Skills, Precision Shooting, etc. Find out more at our website.

Oct 22, 2010

Dossier: Week of 9/27

Here’s a recap of all the interesting links and articles we’ve came across this week:

“Meaning is not what you start with but what you end up with.” -Peter Elbow

Ironically enough ‘being yourself’ can sometimes be easier said than done. Here’s how to stay true in a social setting

We asked, you answered— the top super spy skills you’ll love to pick up are the ability to pick locks”, being a master of disguise and a smooth operator at witty repartee. That sounds like the makings of a pretty badass agent to us!So for your viewing pleasure, A Beginner’s Guide to Lockpicking

I spy with my lil eye: the B.O.N.D bicycle with its own flame-thrower…

To prevent traffic from getting too close!

“Strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.” -W. E. B. Du Bois

Are women really more risk averse? Interesting study on gender stereotypes and why you can’t afford to believe in them

Ladies, we’re sure you’ll appreciate this Macgyver-skills tip. How to stretch out those too-tight new shoes with ziplock bags, water and a freezer

The Emergency Bra — the bra that doubles up as a gas mask. Talk about multifunctional…

Meet Maya Gabeira, the Surfer Chick Who Rides 50-Foot-Tall Waves

When was the last time you got away from it all — but managed to find your real strength within?

The Science behind Charisma (and if you really wanna work on perfecting that skill, join us for Mission Natasha in Dec!)

U.S. Is Working to Ease Wiretaps on the Internet

How to leverage the dreaded ‘Fs— ‘Fear and Failure’

Wanna learn how to defend yourself in a knife fight? Or check out what Tyra Banks thinks of SSS? Head down to our Youtube channel to watch these videos and more…

Cocktail of the week(end): Always a classic, the smooth Dirty Martini….cheers!

“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.” -Lao Tzu

Oct 22, 2010

Dossier: Week of 9/20

Here’s a recap of all the interesting links and articles we’ve came across this week:

 ”Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.” – Ingrid Bergman

Food for thought: Top five regrets of the dying — so they won’t be one of yours…

How Not To Embarrass Yourself When Doing Your Elevator Pitch

“I’ll Take 2 MasterCards and a Visa, Please”— A look at stolen credit cards trade   

We always say “Never go against your gut”. Here’s how you can get through the toughest part — Trusting it enough to act   

Super Snipers, Mini-Bots & Secret Spy Tech in the Pentagon fight against makeshift bombs

A sneak peek of what training is like in a Stiletto Spy School/MI6 Academy mission

Find out the perils and pleasures of spying from The Secret History of MI6

Being ‘open-minded’ is a phrase we often throw around— but what are the benefits that we really get out of it?   

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” – Wayne Dyer   

For the unexpected high-speed villain chases that go from land-to-sea — The Strand Craft superyacht/car

Why Sisterhood Is Powerful (and why we love having spy sisters to watch our back)

The giant Swiss Knife — Might be the smartest thing for a hiking trip but not for going through airline security…   

Looking like it came straight out of Bond’s wardrobe, check out Dunhill’s carbon fiber Biometric Wallet

Useful for future missions? Head-mounted display projects directly onto the retina

Walking Meditation: The Perfect 10-Minute Willpower Boost — especially for a Friday…

Cocktail of the Week(end): the Tomato Martini – garnished with grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls and fresh basil 

“The secret of life…is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho

Oct 22, 2010

Dossier: Week of 9/13

Here’s a recap of all the interesting links and articles we’ve came across this week:

Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart and success will come to you— Oprah

Nice guys can finish first— according to Sir Richard Branson

What happens when a Lamborghini takes a design cue from an F22 jet? This beautiful concept — the Lamborghini Gallardo

Ultra-smartphones that react to moods and televisions that can tell it’s you who’s watching? Not so farfetched afterall

Can the courage needed to live a moral life be acquired in the boxing ring?

Meet the DTV Shredder: A Military All-Terrain Skateboard Like Transportation Vehicle

Without A Trace: Privacy consultant Frank M. Ahearn is the “Dear Abby” of disappearing

Recluse found to be UK war heroine after her death

“What makes some entrepreneurs successful is the same thing that makes others successful…”

“You can make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you blame others for those mistakes.” -John Wooden

Need an idea but feeling stuck? Here’s 20 suggestions to start generating ‘lightbulb’ moments

Civil Rights Photographer Unmasked as FBI Informer

If you’re a Western corp competing with firms from Russia or China, your rivals may be reading your e-mail…

Interesting piece on understanding the True Spirit of the Chinese Woman

Pentagon Attempting to Buy Entire Print Run of Spy Tell-All?

It may look like a can of crazy string but you can literally make clothes with this new invention — the Spray-On Fabric

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” -Proverb

You Are What You Eat— interesting article on what type of foods you eat and how it affects how you think and feel

Bad Economy Drives Down Weapons Sale

From Confusion to Clarity in 3 steps: how to access the inner wisdom within us

This is the last thing you would describe a Spy Sister to be but the Shrinking Violet champagne cocktail does look yummy!

End your week with a smile & 2000 high-fives:

“The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them.” -Unknown

Oct 22, 2010

Dossier: Week of 9/6

Here’s a recap of all the interesting links and articles we’ve came across this week:

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” -Goethe

Being an entrepreneur is tough enough— here’s some tips on how to stay healthy and sane at a start-up

DHS Cybersecurity Watchdogs Miss Hundreds of Vulnerabilities on Their Own Network?

How to Film a 23-Mile free fall from the edge of space

They might be young but these college girls are already inspirational and breaking the mold! Meet Glamour’s Top 10.

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” – J. K. Rowling

Macguyver Hack: How to make a Snake Spy Cam for $20

“Hey, everyone else is jumping off the bridge. Why aren’t you?” A how-to on stepping back and making your own choices

“When Spy School meets Charm School”: We love this write up on SSS and all things sleuth and sexy!

Cool gadget for the day: Shoot the Starchase GPS transmitter at the moving car in front of yours and track it down

10 Ways to Be the Person You Wanted to Be as a Kid— no prizes for guessing who we wanted to be when we grew up!

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” -Maya Angelou

Never let the sun catch you sleeping: Why and How to be more productive by being an early riser

With hype building around the latest iteration with the cool Maggie Q, here’s a refresher course on La Femme Nikita

How to Catch a Terrorist: Read His Brainwaves — Really?

A beautiful video that explores the question “What is a moment?” to cap off the week


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