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My Celebrity Co-Auctioneers

Posted by Scott On February 26th



My experience of interacting with celebrity auctioneers during the course of an auction can be described as a combination of fun and excitement with a twist of fright. Over the course of my career I had the pleasure of working alongside a number of well-known celebrities.

I worked with comedian and actress Lily Tomlin twice. She was amazingly funny. Academy Award-Winning Actress Meryl Streep was a super lady and totally down-to-earth. Television Personality and Pitchman Willard Scott was extremely enthusiastic and a super nice guy. War Hero General Norman Schwarzkopf was bigger than life. And the late Robert Rauschenberg wasn’t only a World Renowned Artist, he was a true gentleman and a great philanthropist.

And then there’s the brilliant actress Sharon Stone, with whom I also worked with twice.

The fun and exciting part of working with celebrities is they tend to be so smart and beautiful, with very outgoing personalities. The frightening part is you never know how they are going to respond to issues as they arise.

When I first worked with Sharon Stone, she met with me just a few minutes prior to us heading out on the stage. She explained to me “I will determine when it is time to say SOLD on each piece. DO NOT drop the hammer unless I approve!”

As an experienced benefit auctioneer this was a difficult request. I feel I have the pulse of the crowd, can read their moods and have a better understanding as to when the appropriate time to drop the gavel and say SOLD.

As the evening progressed however, Sharon and I got into a rhythm. It turned out she too had a great auctioneering sense. And every time I felt we took the bidding as far as it was going to go on an item, Sharon was right there with me.

So to Lily, Meryl, Willard, Norman, Robert and Sharon – may I just say it was an absolute pleasure sharing the stage with you. Benefit Auctioneering – It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it!

I Love Homework- No really, I do!

Posted by Scott On February 7th

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I love my current occupation as a professional benefit auctioneer. But like many hard working professionals, I often reflect back to my previous occupation and think to myself, “If it wasn’t for the lessons I’ve learned during that job I would not be as successful in my current job.”

What’s ironic about that statement is my previous profession was that of a teacher – and a coach. For 16 years I taught high school – and yes – I assigned plenty of homework.  But I did it with a smile on my face and with passion in my soul knowing that a little hard work on the students part would make them more productive citizens once they tossed their graduation caps into the air and continued life’s wonderful journey away from these hallowed halls.

And during those 16 years I took an old teacher’s adage to heart, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care!”  There must be something to those 14 words.  I was fortunate enough to win many awards recognizing me as an outstanding teacher.

Today, most of us shutter at the thought of homework.  I would bet many of you have nightmares on occasion about a homework assignment you didn’t complete – or lost on your way to school.

As for me, I love it. And I have homework assignments every day – every week of the year.

That’s because, as a fundraising auctioneer, I really get involved with the charity or organization I am going to represent.  After all, how can I stand in front of – or in many cases intermingle closely with their guests and donors – if I know very little about the charity and its cause?

So now I have a new adage.  “No one knows how much you care until they know how much you know about their good work.”

To me, homework is everything. It’s the foundation of what I do. In fact, I really don’t care for the word “work” in homework.  I find it enjoyable and rewarding.  And it is a critical component to not only my success – but to the charity’s success as well.

Ahh Homework!  I think I’ll get back at it right after I put the period at the end of this sentence.


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