I have some cool clients. A few nonprofits have worked with me for several years. More commonly, an individual has taken me with them as they've job hopped to different nonprofits. For me it's always been more about the people than about the specific cause. Some auctioneers are keen to support a particular charity because of the work that organization does. For me, I may or may not be particularly interested in a nonprofit's cause on a personal level. But I am always keen to work
Welcome to wine week! Every post this week ties to alcohol. Here’s the post explaining it. Where does a fundraising wine auctioneer go to learn about champagne? Drinking it often is a good start. But to more fully appreciate the bubbly, this past Monday (June 1, 2015) I headed to class. This just wasn't any class. I went to the Champagne Master Workshop & Tutored Tasting organized by the French Wine Society. Peter Liem, one of the world's experts on champagne, led the course. My
Welcome to wine week! Every post this week ties to alcohol. Here's the post explaining it. Last month I headed to Texas to work with the Amarillo Symphony Guild at Vintage Amarillo, the organization's fundraising wine auction which supports symphony programs. And how cool is this -- I made the paper! From our outfits, you can likely gather that it was a 1920's theme. You know why I like working as a wine auctioneer? Wine is one area I have to study in depth, and I love learning. The wine
School auctions are typically noisy, rambunctious affairs. The parents know each other. Many are close friends because of their children's ties. And because they socialize together outside of school, the auction itself is just another party. I love school auctions, but they can be demanding on an auctioneer. School auctions are like house parties, giving parents -- especially younger parents (K-8) -- the opportunity to leave the kids for a night. And. Those. Parents. Party! Whereas nonprofit
Are you overwhelmed with a life transition? Are you undergoing your own personal transformation? I've done a lot of that in my own life. Though I'm hardly an expert in the subject, I have learned that it requires a lot of internal fortitude, self-confidence, and a darn near total disregard for what anyone else thinks or says about you. None of that is easy. That's why I think it's fabulous that Joyce Buford, a life coach in Tyler, TX, has a weekly live radio show focused on this subject.