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I'm engaged - hopefully you are as well.

I was at REBarCamp – Lynchburg and the theme for the day was Engagement.

I gave a rare presentation to start the day. That’s a little weird. If you know me you know how strongly I think a REBarCamp is all about the conversation and NOT about the presentation.

I kept it short and sweet. I looked at this as a way to set the mental stage of the participants. You can tell someone how to engage others but what I hoped to do is show them real life examples of people sitting in the same room. Here’s a link to the presentation on Google Docs but there’s not much there besides pictures. I've adapted Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 rule. Big on images, big on font, light on text.


Bringing the message home

The final slide is of course my favorite. We were engaged on December 26th, 1987. For her it was a complete surprise. Smack dab in the middle of Squaw Valley, on one of the busiest days of the year, I had arranged for a concert violinist to play Bach’s Violin Concerto in d Minor while a tuxedo’d waiter poured Champagne into crystal flutes and flambéed Cherries Jubilee. There were hundreds of people there to witness the event. I had a photographer there to capture the entire event. In the picture below you can feel her surprise. To this day it is one of my proudest moments.

Mike and Megan Engaged

I’m no expert when it comes to “engagement” and I’ll be the first one to say the same goes for Social Media. I would rather think that I am a student of both, learning everyday, and so far I think I’m doing a ok.

What’s your favorite engagement story?


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Suzanne Gantner
Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate - Round Rock, TX

That is wonderful - kudos to you for having done such preparation.  My husband surprised me too when he asked me to marry him.  Short version - we bot a lot on a golf course,  where we were going to build a home.  We went to a movie and then parted ways, I had to go check on something at my home.  He says to me "go check out whatever and then we will meet at our lot in an hour."  I drive up to the lot an hour later only to find him sitting at a card table under the 100+ Oak tree.  He had champagne , roses and music... I got out of the car and walked up thinking oh, good we are celebrating building the new house. 

As we were sitting there enjoying the view and our new lot, he looks down and points at a golf ball (which was common since we are on the fairway).  I picked it up and there was a diamond ring stuck in it.  What a great day that was!!  Sure yours was too.  

Oct 09, 2009 03:01 AM #1
Nick Bastian
Realty Executives - Tempe, AZ
Real Estate Agent - Tempe

Mike, that's awesome! I have know for a long time that you know about "engagement" in business. The story of you and your wife takes it to a whole new level. :-) You never cease to impress.

Oct 09, 2009 03:27 AM #2
Krista Fuchs
Prudential Fox & Roach - Exton, PA
Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling

Oh, I love the picture of you getting engaged!  What an awesome picture to have!

Oct 09, 2009 08:21 AM #3
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

So, who's the dude in the pictures? 

I would have loved to have been there... but alas, it wasn't to be.

Oct 09, 2009 01:15 PM #4
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Mike - it was a pleasure meeting you (hugs and all!) and having the opportunity to soak in all your pearls of wisdom at REBCLBG!  Next time you'll need to bring that lovely lady with you!  I've heard Raleigh in November is a romantic place to be (hint hint REBCRDU!!)

Oct 11, 2009 01:09 AM #5
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Just charming.... wish I had a good engagement story!  I am more of good first date story kind of girl!  Kathy

Nov 08, 2009 10:38 AM #6
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