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You might think it’s a question about the benefit auction … like, “How many items should go into our live auction,” or, “Should we wait until dessert to start the live auction?”
But it’s none of those types of questions. Instead, I’m asked this:
“Sherry, how did you learn to talk SO FAST?”
Auctioneers are known for their “fast talk.” The official term for it is a chant.
- Some auctioneers learn to chant by listening to other auctioneers.
- Some learn it from listening to recordings.
- Some (like me) learn it from going to auction school … and then practicing. A lot!
Short on time? My no-cost call “Talk like an Auctioneer” is this Thursday.
Registration link de-activated.
A couple of years ago I was making the rounds, speaking at a number of Rotary Clubs. Sometimes I’d take the audience through a few drills in which they would begin to sound like an auctioneer.
I could tell the people who were getting into it. They might tap a finger on the table as we worked through the tongue twisters. Or they’d nod their head in rhythm as they thought through the words, but let the cadence carry them.
And when I was modeling, one of the other models wanted to learn how to talk like me. She loved puzzles and games (it was she who had taught me Sudoku). To her, the chant was something of a mind challenge. After that, whenever I saw her at subsequent shoots, she’d always give me a look and start her drill.
For the fun of it, I’m offering a free webinar to take those interested through a few drills so they, too, can talk like an auctioneer. This is the same sort of approach I’d use to teach when I was speaking to those Rotary Clubs. It’s a few verbal drills.
I think you’ll surprise yourself. Think about it … in less than 30 minutes, you’ll have your own rudimentary chant.
- Wouldn’t it be fun to impress your kids tomorrow with a chant that makes their eyes go wide?
- Wouldn’t it be hilarious to slip a little chant into a conversation with your spouse?
- And it’s a great bar trick. (That is, if you’re still of that age where you’re hoping to impress).
There are infinite uses, no doubt.
Frankly, I’ve never taught this over a webinar. It will be very different than teaching “live.” The big challenge (problem?) is that I won’t have your feedback. I’ll be the only one I can hear talking!
But I wanted to give it a go.
So if this sounds like something you’d like to try, you can register for the complementary call.
You’ll see I’m offering two time slots THIS THURSDAY, September 6, 2012.
Heads up: When you register, it might appear as though you’re “buying” something. It’s because this is taking you through my shopping cart system. Don’t worry about it… you’ll see that the charge is $0.
See you there!