Below is a list of thirteen steps on how to become a spy.
1. Learn to read lips if the enemy is far away. If you do this you might want to have a pair of binoculars handy. (you can do this by watching a DVD on mute with the subtitles on to get used to the mouth shapes. Then turn the subtitles off and see if you can interpret what the characters are saying)
2. Know the people your spying on.
3. Learn to read and write in multiple languages and styles of communication; learn to understand body language.
4. Get the hardware and software of the pros. Spy and Surveillance gadgets are essential to the job.
5. Blend in. If you want to spy, you should blend in with crowds and communities. Seem like you belong. If you’re spying on a location, have a good reason to be there. Wear jeans and shirt. Mix smart with casual. Or create a character, like gardener or librarian.
6. Gather intelligence; it’s good to have satellite maps of the area. Take the weeks before your official “mission” to casually scout the area, learn the common routes, and get people used to seeing you. (This is where your good reason to be around comes in handy, and this will help you blend in further.)
7. Learn the habits of anyone you’re spying upon. Don’t be nervous or react if they see you. Don’t let them notice that you are looking at them or following them.
8. Alter your daily routine each day as so any person following you cannot pick it up.
9. It’s good to have more than one spy to observe the area and watch your back.
10. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Learn to think on your feet and be resourceful. Try to practice new, useful ways to use items you carry with you, or replace them with other ones that cover a broader range of useful functionality.
11. Include in your team a team captain, security guard, some one that does the spying and a backup person.
12. Train yourself and your team.
13. Always have a bag with essentials packed up around so in case of emergency is ready to take. Include a type of survival kit, all weather clothing, form of communication, for example, a phone, a note pad to write down any info you and your team find and a source of entertainment – maybe some cards.