You may not realize it, but if you're holding your charity auction in October, November or December, you have two natural advantages over those galas held in the spring. 1. Holiday spirit Of all the United States' widely celebrated holidays, Americans seem to get most enthused about decorating their home for Halloween and Christmas. How convenient for you that both of these holidays are in the fall! For your autumnal or winter auction, be sure to include some home decorations tied to these
I haven't officially researched this, but it seems to me that in the last 20 years, Americans have become much more interested in decorating their homes for Halloween. Have you noticed this trend? Decked out homes lead us down a path of coffins and gravestones, eery music pumps out of hidden CD players, and scary artifacts like mummies are around each corner. Other homes take the friendlier Halloween route and offer happy-looking witches, mysterious stews made interesting via the use of dry
You don't need a million ideas to make a million dollars. You need one good idea to make a million dollars. I love that phrase. I love it because it reminds me that I don't need to do EVERYTHING I hear in order to have a successful business. One good idea ... implemented well ... can pay dividends. Where do I get good ideas? I've heard more than once that some people get great ideas in the shower. Personally, I've never had a great idea in the shower. I get good ideas when I take classes.
A couple of years ago I was on a Webinar advocating year-round auction procurement. The best gala chairs I know always have their "ear to the ground" when it comes to getting items for their auction. Here's a recent example. Last week I was in Pennsylvania meeting with a few clients. Over dinner with one group, the two co-chairs and I talked about their upcoming auction and specifically, their items. They felt they needed just a couple more items for their live auction to feel finished. As we
Last week I held a free teleclass teaching you how to procure items for your benefit auction without leaving your home.This week, I'm sharing one of the ideas presented.+++++[CLASS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.]Interested in hearing all 7 secrets for procuring great items? For a limited time, enjoy a recording of the call.+++++From 2009 through 2011 I sold several author-related items at my client's fundraising auctions:4 auctions sold dinners with well-known authors 3