|June 2013 | Issue No. 53|
Note from Kathy
I'm just back from lovely Cape Cod from kayaking, oysters and painting workshops after our terrific auction season. I loved learning encaustic painting. It's hot wax painting and involves using heated beeswax, colored pigments plus mixed media such as oil paint, india ink and pastels. I'm hooked! Just scroll down take a look at "Reveal."
I am deeply saddened to write to you about the death of Joan Parker, philanthropist, author and widow of Robert B. Parker, the mystery writer. A tireless fundraiser and champion of numerous charities including many of our benefit auction clients, Joan was a beloved mentor and friend. I'll never forget how much Joan taught me; she was the model for elevating fundraising to an art.
In the spirit of Joan Parker and her incomparable ability to inspire generosity whenever she spoke, please check out my article: Inspired Not Tired.
Auctioneers: early bird ends June 30 for "Consulting for Benefit Auctioneers Workshop." Extremely limited spaces. Raise more money and catapult your business with consulting!
PS: Welcome to our new readers. You're going to love my weekly video tips and resources for your best auction ever. Feel free to forward this to your colleagues and friends.
PPS: New nonprofit workshops coming this fall to Danbury, CT and Boston, MA. Watch for details coming soon.
Are your fundraising auction guests tired or inspired?
By Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS
How much money do you lose? Don't allow long boring speeches that put your auction guests to sleep or cause them to talk over your speaker or walk out of your benefit auction.
For your auction event program - LESS IS MORE! That means that anyone who speaks should be coached to deliver no more than 2 minutes of "brief inspiring remarks."
Why is this important to you?
Did you know that auction guests are leaving about 30 to 40 minutes earlier than ever before. This is one of the new emerging trends I'm experiencing all across the country.
To leverage this trend and raise more money, start EARLIER and precede your Live Auction and Fund a Need with heartfelt compelling remarks that engage your guests.
Here are some ideas to craft your "Why We're Here" remarks to precede your Live Auction and your "First Person Testimonial Story" to inspire generosity for your Fund A Need.
Try my new "No BS" (No Boring Speeches) techniques to motivate and engage your bidders and donors to new giving heights.Read my 11 fundraising speaking tips here and attend my new workshop: "Perfect Your Pitch™!" coming this fall to Danbury CT and Boston, MA.
UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
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We are award-winning auctioneers, providing cutting-edge consulting and innovative training for both non-profits and auctioneers. A national leader in fundraising auctions, Kingston Auction Company has raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations throughout New England and across the country for over 25 years. The company founder and president is Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS. Come to us to make your next benefit fundraising auction a record-breaker.
National Auctioneers Association promotes professionalism of auctioneers and auctions through education and technology.
Certified Auctioneers Institute is the most prestigious designation awarded in the industry - only three percent of auctioneers nationwide hold the CAI designation.
Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation provides auctioneers with unique skills and strategies to conduct, plan and market fundraising auctions.