In 1987, when I finally left Merrill Lynch Realty to start my own business, one of the first people I called was Danielle Kennedy. To me she was the female Tom Hopkins. She was articulate, polished, funny and entertaining. I always enjoyed her presentations and respected her professionalism. She was gracious whenever we met and always remembered who I was.
When I called her to ask for her help with my speaking career, she immediately invited me to visit her organization where her husband, Mike Craig, spent a day with me showing how they ran their business. He let me see his promotional items, confirmation package, product development and all the things they did to run their business.
When I joined the National Speakers Association (NSA), Danielle immediately took me aside to teach me about the organization. I remember her first advice: “You know how at NAR you look for speakers instead of topics? Well that’s what you have to do here too.” Then she circled all the good speakers that I should hear at that particular NSA convention.
Years later I was a presenter at an NSA convention and was honored to have her introduce me. Going from audience member watching her speak, to having her introduce me to an audience was a fun journey.
Over the years we have become good friends and enjoyed many visits. I appreciate all the advice and counsel on speaking and running my business. Thank you, Danielle and Mike.