In countless number of Blogs I’ve mentioned the word “Fun!” To be more specific, I used that word to describe what a fundraising auction should be.
It’s the responsibility of the Event Chair and his or her committee to make sure their event is entertaining and fresh. Your guests for the event, who are giving of their time and money, are expecting nothing less.
I forgot to mention one additional individual whose job it is to make sure the attendees of the fundraiser have a great time – and that’s the auctioneer.
In the course of my 20-plus years as a Professional Benefit Auctioneer I’ve heard plenty of horror stories from past Event Chairs regarding the auctioneer they hired or the volunteer auctioneer they decided to go with as a means to save a few dollars.
Their overall complaint? The lack of energy in the room!
I often think of this scenario as a comic on stage. Every joke he or she tries to tell the quieter the room becomes. Nobody likes to bomb. That’s because bombing means the comedian as well as the audience had no fun.
I’m not suggesting that joke telling at a fundraising event is the answer. What I am suggesting is that the auctioneer for your event – whether hired or a volunteer – must radiate enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm is contagious. The more fervor your auctioneer has for the cause the more the attendees pay attention and the more they get involved in the auction itself. And the more they are entertained the more fun they’ll have.
I’ve been very fortunate. Not an auction goes by, at which I’m the auctioneer, that I don’t hear the words, “You looked like you were having so much fun. We were having fun right along with you.”
Those are great words to hear. I have a deep passion for what I do – those charities that call on my services – and the families they’re aiming to help.
To me, it’s all about passion – all about enthusiasm. If your auctioneer is not passionate or enthusiastic how can you expect your audience to be passionate or enthusiastic? You want your guests to have both and the conduit to having an enjoyable, fun event is your auctioneer.
Remember, there’s a good reason why the word “fundraiser” begins with the letters F-U-N!