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June 2014 | Issue No. 63

Note from Kathy

From Sea to Shining Sea...
Photo Courtesy of Kathy Kingston

Happy Independence Day!

Wishing you and your loved ones a star-spangled Forth of July.
I just returned from Cape Cod after a superb auction season. Congratulations to our clients, who had so many exciting record breaking auctions this season! On the Cape I recharged with some creative "drawing on the right side of the brain" art lessons and also by taking an exciting encaustic (hot wax) sculpture class - it was named 'Off the Wall 3D' for good reason and it was super fun too.

Congratulations to the outstanding auctioneer leaders from all over the country who just completed my Benefit Auction Consulting Workshop in Phoenix. We focused on how take fundraising auctions to the next level with expert fundraising and auction advice and strategies to provide more value for clients and to raise more funds.

If you'd like me to give a talk or bring a profit-making auction seminar to your area, just give me a call. I work all over the country. Whether you're a nonprofit or auction company or association - let's talk.

Check out my new watercolor: Rocky Shores- just scroll down.

Always BIDhi! (And Happy Summer!)

Kathy Kingston signature

PS: Here's a summer vacation auction tip: procure your auction items year-round. Remember, you are much more likely to receive a "yes" for auction items where you just spent money. Keep your auction solicitation packet in your beach bag.

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Feature Article

Engage Your Audience:
6 Tips to Turbo Charge Your Live Auction

Engage Your Guests For
Live Auction Action!

How do you engage auction guests, whip up your Live Auction, focus on your mission, keep it fresh and get those bid cards waving and so that your guest return year after year? After twenty-eight years of consulting and auctioneering exclusively for fundraising auctions for all sizes and types of nonprofits, charities, schools and associations, I've experienced every imaginable live auction situation. This has been a record breaking year and I wanted to share six of my favorite tips so you can turbo-charge your Live Auction

1. First and foremost, focus on fundraising! If your event has been planned like someone's dance party where your live auction is an afterthought, you are leaving untold thousands of dollars in the room. However, if you strategically design your benefit auction as a fundraiser and purposefully create a dynamic culture for giving, more funds and goodwill for your nonprofit will be raised. Kingston Tip: Intentionally script brief compelling mission-related remarks for every speaker that show how you transform the lives of your clients. Inspire your guests to bid high and make a difference. Each one of your guests need to understand what the funds raised will support, who it benefits and the benefits of your nonprofits great work

Read the full article for 5 more tips...

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Nonprofits & Schools & Development Professionals

Watch for Kathy's Fall Seminar Schedule

*Want a seminar or talk in your area? Just contact Kathy  603-926-1919

For Professional Auctioneers

Beyond Bid Calling Workshop

Advance Your Fundraising Stage Performance
Raise More Money! Catapult Your Career!
December 9 & 10, 2014 Ft. Myers, Florida

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 want to thank you for doing such a wonderful job at our auction last night. You were the emcee who made it fun for everyone to part with their money, all for the great cause of saving animals. You kept the momentum up and kept peoples' attention all the while helping us raise more than we have ever raised in the past.

~ Susan Copeland, Vice President, Board of Trustees
Lucy MacKenzie Humane Society, Vermont

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Rocky Coast

Cape Cod Hydrangea
Rocky Coast

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2014 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.

©2014 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved