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October 10 2011

How to steal from the biggest names in info marketing – Literally

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So today I was going to stop by Mike Koenigs (huge name in info marketing) and Vivian Glyck’s house to sign an agreement.

I just am getting to know Mike, and I had never met Vivian, but have been trying to promote her charity.

I arrive at their house, in a very lovely suburban neighborhood of San Diego, not far from my house.

I pull up with that, “want to make a great first impression” kind of feeling. I even made sure I had on a fairly new t-shirt,

shaved, brushed teeth, all that fancy stuff.

Vivian thought I was going to drop a document in her mailbox, and I thought that she had left it for me waiting in the mailbox to sign.

So I arrive at the house, grab an envelope out of the mailbox, and head back to my car to get a pen, tearing the envelope open as I walk.

Just as I have ripped open the envelope, Vivan opens the door, and says hello. I turn around, and walk back, holding the contents of the envelope in my hand, and say “hello!”

I then realize, that I am not holding the document I expected, but instead a check for $1800 that is not made out to me. Ooops. Awkward.

I then greet Vivian and say, ha, ha, ha, I just accidentally took this out of your mailbox! ha, ha, ha….ha

Nothing like meeting someone for the first time while stealing checks out of their mailbox.

Great way to make a good first impression.

Of course she was cool with it, and after hitting me with the envelope, we sat and had a good laugh and a two hour talk!

It is really cool hearing the behind the scenes of Mike’s life. He is doing some of the biggest numbers, and possibly THE biggest numbers in info marketing. I loved hearing how he runs his empire, and his plans for the future.

Also, Vivians very excellent group to help Africa is having its fundraiser this Thursday. Should be great.

  1. pencheto said on October 10th, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Quite embarrassing situation, I would say. I would be very happy to meet Vivian Glyck. I really admire her.

  2. tomveil14 said on October 10th, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Always great to see a little personal humor inject itself into business! Thanks for sharing your story, and I’ll be looking forward to hearing how it all turns out!

  3. Ranga said on October 10th, 2011 at 4:43 am

    I guess you are very lucky to meet a person like Vivian Glyck. Even I too admire her. I have a doubt that in the post you said you are getting to know about Mike but as I can see in the avatars you are Mike Koenings. Is this true? and I liked the title of your post.

  4. Nancy said on October 10th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Aren’t you glad she didn’t call the cops? Just joking. Meeting someone the first time and getting caught in such a situation must have been pretty embarrassing. Vivian sounds like a pretty cool and sensible lady.

  5. Applz4 said on October 11th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Actually, I think that is a great way to break the ice, with a laugh! Never assume you know what’s going on. I have learned that the hard way more than once.

  6. glassghost428 said on October 11th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Very awkward indeed! Can’t imagine what both of you were thinking while you two were just frozen.

  7. Bri said on October 11th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Wow, I’d be mortified! It’s fantastic that Vivian clearly has a sense of humor and that you were able to recover from the situation quickly and (it sounds) painlessly… Unless you got a paper cut. 😉

  8. Damian said on October 13th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Laughter is the best way to break the ice. Good thing she was understanding of your mistake though, but really, if she hadn’t been, it shows a lot about a person’s attitudes so how beneficial would it really be to do business with her.

  9. Bhargava said on October 13th, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Haha, that was an interesting way to meet someone. I’m glad she was cool about it and she sounds like a very friendly person.

  10. zaytoun1 said on October 13th, 2011 at 5:29 am

    This just goes to show that it ain’t what you do; it’s how you do it! Obviously you steal checks with pizazz.

    Honestly, potentially awkward moments can sometimes be the best ice breakers if you handle them right though I don’t think I’ll be recommending this exact approach to my colleagues anytime soon.

  11. evolvesaroundme said on October 13th, 2011 at 6:18 am

    That was incredibly awkward, but fun to read! Thanks for sharing!

  12. georgejane8 said on October 13th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    That is so funny. I actually laughed out loud! Thanks for sharing this. I’ve also had my share of embarrassing moments with people I was trying to impress. I’m glad things went well and she didn’t think you were some weirdo.

  13. cindybob said on October 13th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Haha this sounds like something that would happen to me. Good thing she has a sense of humor, sounds like a great person and great time.

  14. kimberly said on October 13th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I think its kinda funny mixed in with a little nonsense, but thats just my right of freedom of speech!

  15. atkilby said on October 13th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Wow, that had to have been embarrassing! I think I would have turned and ran 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how it turns out. 🙂

  16. Retian said on October 13th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Well that’s certainly one way to make a lasting impression. It’s fortunate that she was so understanding. Sure makes for an interesting story. I doubt anyone else could say the same thing happened to them.

  17. tessapa said on October 13th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Very funny story. I would be embarrassed too but I’m glad you two were able to laugh it off. She seems super cool and laid back the way she reacted.

  18. Squarix3 said on October 13th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Lol! Just don’t get caught stealing from anybody’s mailbox by the police. I’m sure they would really believe your story about the envelope!

  19. Nichelle K said on October 13th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I’d be mortified. Luckily, she sounded very nonchalant about it. You were very lucky that she was so nice about it. A lesser person than that might have called the police. It sounds like it turned out to be a nice experience in the end, though.

  20. Johnresa said on October 13th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    That is pretty embarrassing. It could have been much more awkward, but luckily the both of you handled it well. Hopefully you got all of the paperwork done as you were originally supposed to.

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