UPDATE: This class has passed.
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A number of you inspired me to dig deep into how and why some auction chairs have super-successful auctions and others don’t. After three months of research, I’ve got the goods.
In fact, depending on how long you’ve been getting my information, you might have participated in step one of this research (a survey).
After hearing from you, talking with clients, and meeting with Auction Chairs, I’ve noticed trends. When these women step in to work the auction … especially when it’s their first time … they have some misconceptions that often don’t get corrected until well into the planning cycle, if ever.
They’re smart women, but by the time they realize what needs to change, “the auction train has left the station.” It’s too late.
- Misconceptions about planning.
- Misconceptions about items.
- Misconceptions about volunteers.
- Misconceptions about the silent auction.
I’m calling these misconceptions “myths.”
The auction rolls forward. Time runs out. Tensions run high.
The money is collected (it could have been better) but the truth is, the planning process was frustrating, overwhelming, stressful, and NO ONE WANTS TO WORK ON THE AUCTION AGAIN!
In the end, the Auction Chair knows something wasn’t right. They’ve lived the event. They figured some pieces out.
But had they only known THEN what they know NOW.
On Wednesday, December 2, 2009 you’re going to hear about these myths, so you can learn from experience.
Hear about inaccurate thinking which led to problems like overestimating auction revenue, underestimating resources needed, and generally failing to prepare as well for the silent auction or live auction.
And of course, I’m going to counter this information with some new thinking and ideas.
I’ll see you there!
Love and success,
P.S. I’ll also be sharing something on the call that those of you with 2010 auctions will NOT want to miss.