While 2011 still has that new-year smell, I thought I'd do some quick "by the numbers" work. As a regular writer (at least one post per week), I was curious to see which of my 2010 missives ranked most popular on the blog. What were the benefit auction ideas that you, the readers, liked? If you've landed on my site and have no time for wasting, dive into these. It's my CliffsNotes version of the Red Apple Auctions 2010 blog. Your colleagues in the auction stratosphere found these to be
Red Apple Auctions turns five today. (It's a quiet celebration, as I'm out of town speaking in San Antonio, TX .) I still remember driving down to City Hall and completing the paperwork to "birth" my business. I'd decided it was time to get serious about my hobby. I brainstormed possible names (filling a whole page with ideas), did some research, let it sit with me to get an internal read on what felt right, and opted for "Red Apple Auctions."As clients referred us and as others found us
Hectic schedules being what they are, it's not uncommon for non-profit or school auction committees to meet via teleconference. And if you've got a group larger than 3 people, your phone's conference call option might not be an option. Consider these tips for meeting via phone. Use a free teleconference service With free teleconference services available, why not use them? Having the same number to dial into for each auction committee meeting adds professionalism and order to your planning.
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I've heard the complaints. The school auction chairperson calls. "I know our parents," she'll tell me, "and I know we have more money in the room than what we're getting. I attended XYZ auction, and they made a lot more than we ever do." I ask her who the benefit auctioneer was, how that auctioneer supported them, and why they weren't using him again. She says, "We use a parent. He's our volunteer auctioneer. He's a nice guy, but ... " Then I hear what went wrong."The auction took