Happy Valentine's Day! Want to show love to your volunteers? Those team members sitting on your benefit auction committees would love it if you respected their time! To that end, here are some tips to keep your meetings running smoothly. Before the meeting ... 1. Ask each committee chair for a time estimate of her remarks. Ask how long she'll need to update the group on her respective responsibilities, whether that's invitations, sponsorships, or baskets. Depending on where you are in
Scheduling a meeting or teleconference can be an almost impossible chore. Which is why I think this little-known online tool is one of the best benefit auction secrets to learn. It makes it significantly easier to schedule a meeting with your auction committee.Listen to the podcast below.
With everyone so busy, it's difficult to coordinate a meeting with your auction team. We've all been the victim (or unwilling participant) of one of those nightmarish scheduling sessions. Someone suggests a time for your 4-person committee to meet, but one of the women can't make that hour. Another time is set-up, and someone else is unable to come. When (finally!) a date and time is found to be all-clear for everyone, someone realizes they forgot a commitment (or a last-minute emergency
Sometimes it can be a struggle to get auction volunteers energized to do what is needed to be done. In fact, Volkswagen has studied this exact problem through its project called “The Fun Theory." Researchers found that if an activity is perceived as fun to do -- even if it's more work to do it -- people will engage in the activity.In this podcast, you'll learn about a process I use to get volunteers engaged. I'll also share a brand new resource for auction games, raffles, and activities that
Got problems getting auction volunteers energized to do what is needed to be done? Here’s one tip: Give volunteers something new and creative to learn which also solves a problem your auction is experiencing. Volunteers will remain engaged if they believe the solution you are sharing is 1) fun and 2) will solve the problem. When it’s fun to solve the problem, volunteers will do it. I’ve written before about Volkswagen’s “The Fun Theory” project. The group conducted tests to see if they could