How Security Guards Can Improve Their Observational Skills
- Complete a training course. You can take courses on observation as part of your elective security guard training courses, and there is also a required course on observation and documentation that you will need to complete to maintain your California guard card.
- Make mindfulness a habit. You should continually be alert to your surroundings, whether you are at work or otherwise. By training yourself to notice what is going on around you, you’ll become better at noticing when something is amiss as you do your job. Practice makes perfect when it comes to spotting oddities and unusual occurrences, so the more you make it a point to pay attention, the more honed your observational skills will become.
- Watch body language. As you talk with and interact with people, practice paying attention to their body language as well as the words they are saying to you. Doing this with people you know can be beneficial because you can start to see patterns in body language that can help you to assess people’s mood and intent.