Auction guests often look at trees -- or any of your large cumbersome benefit auction items -- and think, "How would I ever get it home?"To address this concern, offer delivery to the winning bidder.In this podcast, learn different ways of offering the service that ensure your nonprofit won't regret its decision.Listen to the podcast below.
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
I read an interesting article about Millennials in Delta's May 2010 Sky magazine. "The M Factor" (written by generational speakers Lynne Lancaster and David Stillman) examined how Millennials were impacting the workplace. Although 'Millennials on the job' was the focus of their article, the points made are applicable to benefit auctions. I know you're managing volunteers as part of your auction responsibilities, so I'm going to apply the authors' findings to how you can attract this group and
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