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June 2013 | Issue No. 53

Note from Kathy

Blackfish Creek: home of
unrivaled Wellfleet oysters

Photo credit: Kathy Kingston

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!

Always BIDhi!

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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.

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Feature Article

Are your fundraising auction guests tired or inspired?

By Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS

Feature Article Photo
Auctioneer June DeLair
fires up bidders!

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.

Inspire your guests to bid higher and donate more to you.

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.

Bored Audience
Ditch the podium -
speak from your heart!

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.

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Nonprofit Professional Development

Watch for Kathy’s Fall Seminar Schedule

Danbury, CT and Boston, MA

*Want a seminar in your area? Just contact Kathy

For Professional Auctioneers

Consulting for Benefit Auctioneers Workshop

Create a Highly Profitable Stream of Income for
Your Benefit Auction Business with Consulting
August 5 & 6, 2013 - Embassy Suites: Atlanta Georgia

Limited Spaces. Register NOW:

Auctioneers - create a highly profitable income stream for your benefit auction business with consulting. In this highly interactive 2-day workshop you will practice and hone specialized skills and techniques that you need to add highly requested and profitable consulting services to nonprofits.

  • Provide indispensable value to your clients
  • Exponentially raise more funds
  • Add a highly profitable income stream
Limited registration due to the individual coaching of each participant. Register Now

Beyond Bid Calling Workshop

Advance Your Fundraising Stage Performance
Raise More Money!  Catapult Your Career!
December 9 & 10, 2013 TBA Soon

Save the date: Limited Spaces. 
Please contact Kathy

NEW Audio Book: Do I Hear A Million?

Benefit Auctioneering for Record Profits!

Kathy's new audio-book:  It's over 3.5 hours top notch training and strategies for auctioneers who want to take their fundraising auctions to the next level.

Available NOW!

Mentor Programs

Learn how you can rapidly and substantially contribute to your personal and professional growth. Discover more about Kathy's NEW Private Roster Mentor Program.

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"I LOVE hearing from you!  Always great tips for my clients and to remind me why you've been the best teacher, mentor and Benefit Auctioneer! Thank you!"

Dan Walsh, Professional Auctioneer and Emcee
The OC Emcee, California

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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The BIDhi! Newsletter is written by Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS: If you have any questions or comments, please send them to:

© 2008-2013 Kathleen A. Kingston. All Rights Reserved.

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Kathy's Art: Reveal

Kathy’s New Encaustic and Mixed Media
Kathy Kingston
 © 2013 All rights reserved

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Who We Are

Kingston Auction LogoWe 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.

Our affiliations include...

NAA Auctioneer National Auctioneers Association promotes professionalism of auctioneers and auctions through education and technology.

CAI AuctioneerCertified Auctioneers Institute is the most prestigious designation awarded in the industry - only three percent of auctioneers nationwide hold the CAI designation.

BAS Benefit Auctioneer SpecialistBenefit Auctioneer Specialist designation provides auctioneers with unique skills and strategies to conduct, plan and market fundraising auctions.

©2013 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved