Did you ever see a batter change his stance after a few words from his coach? And then see his batting average go higher? Of course. As a firefighter candidate coach for 28-years, I have been there, done that. Got the ball cap, T-shirt and played the game. I've seen beyond the horizon you see.

I'm a coach. A coach is a seasoned veteran, someone who knows the game inside out, upside down, backward and forward. I let these experiences and insights keep you on the high road to a badge.

I have coached candidates who had no experience and those who have been trying up to 18 years to get a firefighter job or promotion. One thing is common with most. After beating their heads against the wall trying everything possible to get this job, they figured out that the real secret is being able to pass the oral high enough to get a shot at the badge.

Can you do it on your own? It's certainly possible if you don't run out of money, jobs, family and hope before you figure it out. We give hope. "Hope is the anchor to the soul."

Almost immediately candidates who come to us get unstuck, improve their scores and get a real shot at a badge. We shorten the learning curve the shortest distance between you and the badge. The proof is in the badge!

Here is how it worked for Garret:

I was doing work experience at "Captain Bob's" fire department. One day he asked me an oral board question. I thought I answered it O.K.. "Captain Bob" offered me a private coaching session. I didn't think I needed it.

I continued to test and became a paramedic. I still couldn't crack the oral boards. I didn't know what to do next. A year later, I took "Captain Bob" up on his offer for private coaching.

Ten minutes into the coaching session, "Captain Bob" rewound the video tape and showed me the mistakes I was making he had seen the year before. I dropped my head and said, "What took me so long to get here?"

I nailed my next three orals. Three months from that private coaching session, "Captain Bob" ,in class A uniform, spoke for me as my wife pinned my badge at my fire department graduation.

I can only tell you one thing about private coaching with "Captain Bob" . . . . DO IT! It will be the best money you can spend in gaining a career.

One thing I didn't expect when I became a firefighter. The thrill to ride in the jump seats and have kids and adults wave and give you praise. If that doesn't light your fire, you've got wet wood.


If you took the LA City test and your letter didn't have a score in the wide body hiring range you have to start asking yourself why. Because a high percentage of our candidates who took that test did. One candidate in his first year of testing scored 100.

Ken purchased our program two months ago. Here's a note from Ken:

Your tapes and input were a tremendous help! I made the chiefs oral at Fullerton and passed LA City to go onto back ground. Ken.

Most testing consists of a written test, pass-fail, physical agility, pass-fail and an oral board that is 100 percent of the score. How much time and money have you invested in that portion of the test that is going to be 100 percent of your score? If you answered nothing, then nothing is going to change. This is where you putt for a career.

Do you spend money on classes? Books? Academies? Training? Then how about the oral board? Oh, yea I forgot, you're good to go with the oral board right? You've got that wired. You can wing the oral. Right? Then where is your badge? I talked to a candidate the other day who had his chest pushed out saying he was number 15 on this list, two on that list and on and on. After several years of testing, he was still the bride's maid.

Yes, our program costs money. So did almost everything you have done to get this far. Most things of value do. Of all of what you've done so far, which offers you a no questions asked full refund if you're not completely satisfied? Ours does.

And, of what you have done so far, what is going to get you the badge? "If you can't pass the oral board, you won't get the job. Never! Ever!"

"There is no free lunch . . . but, there are better places to eat."

In a recent posting on a bulletin board by JR, he was offering to help others after getting a job after five years. This is a gracious offer. If you can pick up any experience from someone who has just made it through the maze, it might be the missing piece of the puzzle you need to get the job. I'm sure JR would be the first one to tell you he only had our program for a few weeks. In that short time, it turned him around to nail a badge.

Like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, we didn't give JR or our other candidates anything that didn't already have. We show candidates how to bring out their best to make the difference. Sound like fantasy land? Well, why don't you jump on the yellow brick road and add a badge to the 1786 badges in the program to date.

Yea, after hiring almost everyone becomes an expert. They will give you mock orals although they have never served on an oral board panel, or been on a panel outside their department. They often can't tell you how really bad you are. I will though because I want you to see what is keeping you from getting your badge.

I was at the CPS test in Vallejo where I was able to match up names and faces of some of my candidates.

Dave told me this:

I had four orals before getting your tapes a couple of months ago. I was scoring in the 60's. My first oral after receiving your tapes was a 92. I'm number 2 on a list waiting to go forward in the hiring process.

You do the math. From the 60's to a 92, and a shot at a badge. Dave blew the doors off the oral board virtually over night. Imagine what could happen to your scores.

And when you make it big-time and get that badge, as with so many before you, I will bask in the glow of your success. But, as a coach I take no credit, accept no credit. A great coach insists that since you were on the field of play, since you were the one making the moves, the credit all goes to you.

Getting the job of your dreams is like winning the lottery!

Because, "Nothing counts 'til you have the badge . . . Nothing!"

Click here for more on how coaching can make a difference for you.

"Captain Bob"

Ask "Captain Bob" Any Question

Fire "Captain Bob" Smith has coached countless entry level and promotional candidates to get their badge. He is a retired 28-year Hayward, Ca. Captain, speaker/author of the audio/video program "Conquer the Job Interview," the book "Fire Up Your Communication Skills" ISBN 09657620-6-8 and a member of the prestigious National Speakers Association. You can book him as a speaker or get a copy of his books and tapes by calling toll free at 888-238-3959.

E-mail: captbob@verio.com  Web site: http://www.eatstress.com

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