Cliff Robedeaux was the President of Robedeaux Realty in Milwaukee and a frequent speaker at NAR conventions. I remember watching him deliver a seminar at the 1976 NAR convention and thinking how great it would be to do that some day. In June 1978 I met him at a training director conference in Sea Island, GA (where I also met Dave Beson, another of my mentors).
Part of the requirement of attendance at this conference was to prepare a 15–minute speech on some key thing we do in training. Cliff was in the audience watching and scouting for potential instructors for the CRS program. I gave my presentation on role playing to the group.
At lunch he approached me and asked, “Have you ever thought about doing any national training?” Unbelievable, I had only written my national training affirmation a month ago and here is my first opportunity! I told him about this goal and he said, “You’ll be hearing from me.”
A couple months later I received a letter from RNMI (Realtors® National Marketing Institute, now the Residential Sales Counsel) inviting me to audition in November to become an RS instructor.