153: Always be connected - with Kevin Davenport

About Kevin Davenport

After serving with the United States Marine Corps, Kevin ventured out and earned his pilot certificates and ratings including flight instructor. He received his Bachelor of Science in Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL. Kevin is flying professionally, which included Skyway Airlines, USA 3000, and currently JetBlue Airways. Kevin is still serving as a flight officer aboard the Airbus A320. Kevin has over 15,000 hours of flight time and he discovered another passion of training leadership, self-esteem, and communication. He recognized there was a need and developed training programs to help individuals and companies improve team building and developing strategies to increase even further success.


What is Stratus Leadership Development about and what is it that you exactly do over at Stratus Leadership?

“well Stratus Leadership development, I came to a conclusion when, this may be four or five years ago, I thought I was a really good communicator and I found out I probably needed a little help in that area. And I started taking assertive training classes…”


What prompted you to start Stratus Leadership and what is your why?

“My why is, I over the course of my life as I said I was too aggressive or too passive and I’ve lost relationships both professionally and you know my personal side. And a lot of it came to, I wasn’t maybe aware of how I was presenting myself, or I should have spoken up…”


What makes you different than other leadership training programs?

“I would say truthfully, we are a small intimate company and you can obviously go to YouTube and Jack Canfield videos and Zig Ziegler videos, Bryan Tracy videos, and to get those people on the phone…”


Can you share with me your most successful or favorite networking story/experience that you’ve had?

“in 1994 I was getting ready to graduate and I found Harvey McKay’s book, How to Swim with the Sharks and Not be Eaten Alive. On the bookshelf, it kind of just stood out…”


How do you stay in front of, or best nurture your network community?

“I just keep networking. Everywhere I go, I’ll chat with people and just start talking to them. Which is funny because when I was in high school, I would never have envisioned myself to be the chatterbox that I have become.”


What advice do you have for the professional on growing their network?

“I would call it the ABCs, have you ever seen that movie Glen Gary and Glen Ross they always talk about always be closing and I like to change it up a bit, I say always be connecting…”


Digital networking or traditional networking?

“Truthfully I like the face to face meetings. I love doing it, going to seminars and meeting people and it gives me a charge and that’s why I do my talks, I learn more from my audience then I give back to them…”


If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?

“I would say read. I’ve always been a big reader and a lot of fiction when I was growing up. A lot of fiction and nonfiction but more of the business books. When I was younger it would maybe get me a head start but…”


We’ve all heard of the 6 degrees of separation… Now, who would be the one person you’d love to connect with and do you think you could do it within the 6th degree?

“The one person I would like to connect with is Richard Branson and I actually have a friend of mine who I met at a seminar, Neil Gupta. And he lives in Orlando, Florida and he’s a friend of Richard Branson…”


What book are you reading right now?

“I recommend this, Brene Brown, Dare to Lead. I just finished this and she is from Huston, runs a company down there… But she gives some great points…”


Any final words of advice for our listeners?

“Always be there for others… You give more to get more. So, be willing to give.”


You can get in contact with Kevin at:


(414) 460-5504