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Michele Rigby Assad

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51 - Michele Rigby Assad Knows Getting Off The X Can Save Your Life - CIA Super Spy Breaking Cover

Bo Knows Stuff

https://amzn.to/2T0s3os The CIA is looking for walking contradictions. Recruiters seek out potential agents who can keep a secret yet pull classified information out of others; who love their country but are willing to leave it behind for dangerous places; who live double lives, but can be trusted with some of the nation’s most highly sensitive tasks. Michele Rigby Assad was one of those people. As a CIA agent and a counterterrorism expert, Michele soon found that working undercover was an all-encompassing job. The threats were real; the assignments perilous. Michele spent over a decade in the agency―a woman leading some of the most highly skilled operatives on the planet, secretly serving in some of the most treacherous areas of the Middle East, and at risk as a target for ISIS. But deep inside, Michele wondered: Could she really do this job? Had she misunderstood what she thought was God’s calling on her life? Did she have what it would take to survive?


24 Jun 2021

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Former CIA Officer, Michele Rigby Assad inspires us how to Get off the X and activate our business ideas.

Paladin Global Market's Online Business Podcast

Are you frozen with fear as to what to do next for your business endeavors? Well I have the perfect guest for you, Michele Rigby Assad. She is a former CIA Intelligence officer and she spent most of her career in the Middle East. She's a keynote speaker, trainer, Corporate security consultant and author of the book:  Breaking Cover.  https://amzn.to/3uY4YjUIf you are looking for ways to be inspired and motivated, you are going to love our guest on today's show.   Michele and her husband have created the amazing course: "How to spot a liar and deconstruct their claims." and they are extending a special 90% discount just for the first 10 purchases from our audience. The coupon code is: PALADIN and it expires on May 1st, 2021. The link for their course with Inteltech is: https://inteltech-training-academy.teachable.com Getting off the X is a powerful truth that Michele shares with us today and it was learned while she was in CIA training at the farm. Watch and see how you can apply this to your business endeavors today. You can accomplish your entrepreneur dreams, you just need to not let fear freeze you in your tracks but rather "Get off the X".  The time to act is now!   To see the video version of this podcast interview, check it out on our new Podcast You Tube Channel: https://youtu.be/eSKHU5EHCH0 If you are curious to see the Top 10 most profitable items that I resell online as an Ebay Powerseller, then sign up for my special Free report at: https://bit.ly/Top10ProfitableToResell To connect with all things Paladin: https://linktr.ee/PaladinGlobalMarket Are you looking to be a guest or to host your own podcast? Then check out Podmatch, it connects amazing guests with podcasts hosts to collaborate together.  Special free offer with my link: https://podmatch.com/signup/paladinglobalmarket To check out my other You Tube channel where I teach you how to Fast track your journey to online reselling success? https://www.youtube.com/PaladinGlobalMarket If you have an online business and want to make cool audiogram graphics to trickle out upcoming recorded interviews or give your audience and customers a taste test of a future You tube video or training you have coming, then I highly recommend this free tool: https://getaudiogram.com/register/f1728a Thank you for listening. Make the Most of Your Time,  Life is precious! Michelle Hougland Paladin Global Market, LLC   This description included some free affiliate links of products I am passionate about. It will not make it cost more, but rather let's those companies know that I sent you their way.  I promise to never recommend something that I do not strongly endorse myself and in my own business.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/paladinglobalmarket/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/paladinglobalmarket/support


16 Apr 2021

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Michele Rigby Assad - CIA Agents, Notes from the Field

Break It Down Show

Michele Rigby Assad - CIA Agents, Notes from the Field - Michel Rigby Assad is BACK! If you follow the show, you know how much we adore Michele. Her background is fascinating, her experiences legit, and we get to hear a TON about the day to day realities of being a spy in a foreign land. Get Michele's course What makes these #spyvsspy episodes so great is the common experience between Pete and the guest. Nobody has the insight to bring out the best in folks like Michele. Michele has a new course out that teaches how to spot deception and lies. Today's Live introduction is from our friend and fellow counterintelligence agent Robin Dreeke. Robin is a retired FBI, CI agent. He's been the show a few times and he LOVES talking Trust with Pete. Get more on Robin at Watch the live version at Please support the Break It Down Show by doing a monthly subscription to the show  All of the money you invest goes directly to supporting the show! ​Haiku Trust starts at square 1 They always think you're a spy This never changes Similar episodes: Michele Rigby Assad Bryan Lloyd Joe Garland Join us in supporting Save the Brave as we battle PTSD.  Executive Producer/Host: Pete A Turner  Producer: Damjan Gjorgjiev  The Break It Down Show is your favorite best, new podcast, featuring 5 episodes a week with great interviews highlighting world-class guests from a wide array of shows.

1hr 5mins

2 Apr 2021

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Michele Rigby Assad: Women & Work Episode 2

Women & Work: Stepping into Kingdom Productivity

In this month’s episode, Michele Rigby Assad shares with Courtney Moore and Missie Branch about her journey as a CIA operative. Her full story can be found in her book: Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What's Worth Fighting For. In this episode, Michele discusses:– How God used her childhood interests to help lead her to work abroad with the CIA– Overcoming her own self-doubt and fear to be able to do the job God had called her to do– What her day-to-day work looked like as a CIA agent– Being a woman working in a male-dominated field– How she overcame being underestimated by her superiors and fought to rise above and excel in her field– How God brought together all of her unique skillsets to help rescue persecuted Iraqi Christians from ISIS Don't forget to download the Women & Work Going Deeper Bible Study and Discussion Questions that correspond to this episode. For more conversation with Michele, check out our Summer Series event at womenwork.net. *As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.


11 Feb 2021

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Declassified Squawk with Former CIA Intelligence Specialist, Michele Rigby Assad

Squawk Talk

Michele Rigby Assad worked in the Central Intelligence Agency for years, alongside her husband. She spent time undercover as an intelligence officer working in the agency's counterterrorism unit. Michele is also an acclaimed author. Her book, "Breaking Cover," includes stories from her time spent in the field, how personal faith guided her in even the most dire situations and much more.


5 Oct 2020

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Michele Rigby Assad | Learning to Acknowledge and Push Past Fear as an Entrepreneur

The Over 50 Entrepreneur

On this week’s episode of the Over 50 Entrepreneur Podcast, we speak with very special guest, Michele Rigby Assad. Michele is a former undercover officer for the CIA who trained as a counterterrorism specialist and served her country for over 10 years in Iraq and other secret Middle Eastern locations. Upon retirement from active service, Michele and her husband Joseph, also a former agent, joined a group of Americans who wished to aid persecuted Christians. Their efforts resulted in the evacuation of a group from northern Iraq which went on to be featured by ABC’s 20/20 in December 2015. Michele also holds a Master’s degree in contemporary Arab studies from Georgetown University. Today, she is a keynote speaker, a trainer, an author, and an international security consultant.We chat about Michele’s journey to joining the CIA and her ultimate decision to leave active service, as well as: Her transition to entrepreneurship Working with companies operating in the Middle East Her book, Breaking Cover Her definition of freedom And more


9 Sep 2020

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339: Michele Rigby Assad | My Secret Life in the CIA

The Jordan Harbinger Show

Michele Rigby Assad (@michelerigassad) is an international security consultant, trainer, and author of Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For. What We Discuss with Michele Rigby Assad: Is working undercover for the CIA as exciting as it looks in the movies? How does an isolated Florida girl grow up to be a CIA operative in the Arab world? What goes into gathering intelligence from terrorist sources, and what motivates them to cooperate with the CIA? How did Michele overcome a strong case of imposter syndrome while working at the CIA? What does it mean to “get off the X,” and why is it important to understand even if you think you’ll never be ambushed? And much more… Full show notes and resources can be found here: www.jordanharbinger.com/339 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking — our free networking and relationship development mini course — at jordanharbinger.com/course! The Art of Manliness Podcast is a podcast that aims to help men become better men; host Brett McKay explores how to live a life of both contemplation and action while having some fun along the way. Do yourself a favor and check out The Art of Manliness Podcast here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here — even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

1hr 13mins

16 Apr 2020

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CIA Tactics That Help You Connect Effectively with People w/ Michele Rigby Assad

The Aerospace Executive Podcast

CIA Tactics for the boardroom? Michele Rigby Assad, former CIA undercover operative and author of Breaking Cover, My Secret Life in the CIA shares why human connection is so important and what being a CIA operative has taught her about communication. Learning how to make connections with others is really fundamental to being successful. -Michele Rigby Assad Takeaways + Tactics  Be prepared!  The more we know about the person on the other side of the table, the more confidently we can engage.  DO NOT underestimate the value of finding common ground. The more you have, the better the communication. Respect is critical.  Treat everyone with respect and train your teams to do the same. At the start of the episode, Michele explained that the CIA tactics of connecting with people are completely applicable in every business. We also discussed that every meeting is a negotiation we need to be prepared for. We also spoke about: The importance of body language Why we should always aim to be the smartest person in the room How telling our stories can help us build connections more easily Regardless of the industry we’re in, if we want to be successful, we have to make connections with people. To build connections with better results, we have to go into meetings armed with information, and know what we have in common with the people we’re meeting. Throughout the process, remember to be respectful; when we’re dealing with human beings, it’s easy to draw conclusions prematurely. But if we can train ourselves and our teams to treat everyone respectfully, we’ll be well on our way to building stronger, more effective connections.  Guest Bio  Michele Rigby Assad is a former undercover officer in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations. Trained as a counterterrorism specialist, Michele served her country for ten years, working in Iraq and other secret Middle Eastern locations. Upon retirement from active service, Michele and her husband Joseph (also a former agent) joined a group of Americans who wished to aid persecuted Christians. Their efforts resulted in the evacuation of a group from northern Iraq that was featured on ABC’s 20/20 in December 2015. Michele holds a master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Today, she serves as an international security consultant. She is also the author of Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What's Worth Fighting For. To find out more about Michele, visit: https://michelerigbyassad.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/michele-rigby-assad-b25695135/ And find Breaking Cover online at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N79ILGD/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0 Learn More About Your Host: Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers.  Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.


7 Nov 2019

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Episode 13: Outsmarting Terrorists, with Michele Rigby Assad

Now That's A Great Story

I talk with Michele Rigby Assad, a former CIA agent, about an episode in her book, Breaking Cover, where she interrogated a terrorist in Iraq and turned her presumed liabilities to her advantage. Nominally about espionage and brinkmanship and the war on terror, this episode actually highlights what it takes to convince others of your worth. For full show notes, head to https://www.paulkix.com/podcast. 


23 Sep 2019

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CIA Officer and author of "Breaking Cover, My Secret Life in the CIA"--Michele Rigby Assad

The Professionals Playbook

Michele Rigby Assad is a former undercover officer in the National Clandestine Service of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Trained as a counterterrorism specialist, Michele served her country for ten years, working in Iraq and other secret Middle Eastern locations. Upon retirement from active service, Michele and her husband (also a former agent) began leading teams to aid refugees, including a rescue mission to Iraq that was featured on ABC's 20/20. Michele holds a master's degree in Contemporary Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Today she serves as an international management consultant, splitting her time between the Middle East, Florida, and Washington, D.C.In this episode we talk about (in order):Building rapport with members of Al-QaedaMental toughnessEmotional Intelligence Living in combat zones for nearly a decadeWhat she does to de-stressWhat traits new CIA officers should haveWhat to do during an attackWho she was allowed to tell that she worked in the CIAWhat inspired her bookWhat projects she's working on nowMake sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode I've also started a monthly newsletter where I send out a few useful or insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up by clicking here or going to:https://www.professionalsplaybook.com/newsletter Instagram-- @justinfighterpilotLinkedIn-- Justin LeeFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerIf you got value from this episode, please give the show a review by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊


19 Mar 2019