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September 2013 | Issue No. 55

Note from Kathy

Kathy from backstage IAC

Alan Weiss inducts Kathy Kingston into Million Dollar Consultant™
Hall of Fame

What an honor and surprise! 
I was inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant™ Hall of Fame. The citation includes: "For leadership in combining teaching, counseling, business acumen, and influence into powerful, dynamic learning environments in organizational America."

The award was announced by Alan Weiss, Ph.D., who conducts a global mentoring program for consultants. Dr. Weiss himself holds multiple awards in the consulting and speaking professions. Click here for the press release.

Auctioneers from across the US and Canada attended a sold out NAA Benefit Auction Summit in Chicago. Top speakers showcased the latest in benefit auctions, fundraising and technology - I was honored to be a part of the Steering Committee. Thanks Kurt and Connie Johnson for your leadership as chairpersons!

OK, I know you have a burning question!  Now is the time to ask me anything.  Join me for a new Ask Kathy Kingston *FREE* Teleclass on October 3rd.  Go to and type in your question. Can't make it-no worries.  Sign up anyway and receive a complimentary audio replay. Top notch training without the travel! 

Learn how my “ClamShell Offense” will energize your audience and fundraising  Read my article, just scroll down or go to my blog to read the full article there!

Enjoy my watercolor: “Duet Forever”... just scroll down.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: *FREE* Ask Kathy Teleseminar
       October 3 at 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific
       What's Your Greatest Challenge?
       Details and registration

       Tuesday, October 22       1-4:30pm - Danbury CT
       Wednesday, October 24  8:30am to 12 noon  - Boston, MA

       Details and registration  Raise 20% or MORE...
       *Special Group Rate: Bring your whole auction team!

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Feature Article

Clam Clam Clam Clam

Clam Shell Offense Energizes Auction Fundraising

4 Steps to Seat Your Auction Guests FAST to Raise More MONEY!

Want to make a lot of “clams” at your next auction fundraiser? Use my Clam Shell Offense! Let's solve one of the most overlooked problems in fundraising auctions today: lack of audience movement!

OK seriously, one of the biggest obstacles to raising more money at your auction is the lack of responsiveness of your guests to SIT DOWN QUICKLY for your live auction, special appeal and program, right?

Why is this a problem? If you allow a turtle-paced transition from the end of the cocktail hour and silent auctions to seating your auction guests you delay the start of raising those precious Live Auction and Fund A Need dollars!  Start with momentum and energy right away!

Try this creative and very effective Clam Shell Offense to rapidly move your audience from their conversations at the bar and silent auction tables to happily seated at their tables ready to bid high at your Live Auction and Fund a Need.

Continue reading the full article ONLINE here...

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For Nonprofits & Schools

NEW Seminar: Sky-High Auction Profits
Propel Your Fundraising Auction Light Years Ahead!

Tuesday, October 22, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Danbury, CT
Thursday, October 24, 8:30 am - 12 Noon Boston, MA

Early Bird Investment: Only $47 (ends 10/15)

*Groups: only $20 per person (register online)
Bring your Auction Committee!

Limited spaces. Sign up now!

*Want a seminar in your area? Just contact Kathy

For Professional Auctioneers

Beyond Bid Calling Workshop
How to Advance Your Fundraising & Stage Performance

Monday & Tuesday, December 9 & 10, 2013 Dallas, TX
Raise More Money and Catapult Your Benefit Auction Career
Details & Register here. Best prices end Oct 4.
Sign up now. Intentionally small class due to highly interactive workshop

NEW Audio Book: Do I Hear A Million?
Benefit Auctioneering for Record Profits!

Listen to over 3.5 hours of Kathy's top notch strategies and proven techniques for auctioneers who want to take their fundraising and benefit auction business 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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"So great to see you shine continue to amaze and dazzle...shinier than your shiny jacket...and if you haven't heard, it was another record for both silent and live auctions."

Claudia Gere: Claudia Gere and Co. LLC
National Speakers Association - New England Chapter
Auction Committee Steering Committee

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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

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Kathy's Art: Duet Forever

Duet Forever
Duet Forever

by 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