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Kathy Kingston's BIDhi!
April 2010

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Inspired! Not tired.



Who We Are


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Note from Kathy

Kathy in her orange kayak
Kathy's latest kayak adventure
on the Charles River, really!

I’m so ready to kayak! So, I zipped over to The Paddle Show at Kittery Trading Post. I love discovering new kayaking techniques, scenic hot spots and cool gear, including my new super-light graphite paddle!

How do you stay current with innovative auction ideas to maximize your fundraising efforts? Just ask me.

What’s your toughest benefit auction challenge? You can ask your top question and join me for my next “Ask Kathy Kingston” Free Tele-Seminar on June 17th.

Always BIDhi!

Kathy Kingston

PS: Email me for the secret location of this gator.

PPS: Sign up now: Free Tele-Seminar AskKathyKingston.com

Ignite Generosity!

Inspired! Not tired.

How much money do you lose by allowing long boring speeches that put your guests to sleep at your benefit auction?

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

Here are some more ideas to craft your fundraising pitch from my presentation last week at the Association of Development Officers of Westchester NY. Kudos to ADO; what an outstanding fundraising conference! And, watch for my new workshop: “Perfect Your Pitch™!”...coming this fall.

Try my new “No BS” (No Boring Speeches) techniques to motivate and engage your bidders and donors to new giving heights.

  1. Make a new rule. Everyone who touches the microphone must say why they love YOU. You can even say Kathy Kingston suggested it.

  2. Tell an inspiring true story.

  3. Ask.

  4. Limit everyone’s remarks to less than 2 minutes. (Did you notice that I did not say speech?)

  5. Coach speakers how to lift the audience with short inspiring remarks about what your non profit means to them - personally.

  6. Insist on a ‘Run-Through and Sound Check’ before your doors open.

  7. Place a trusted volunteer “timer” in front of the stage with a red card that reads 30 seconds.

  8. Thank your speakers for being part of your amazing Fundraising Team.

Please contact me personally to set up a phone consultation to optimize your auction profit 603-926-1919 or kathy@kingstonauction.com

Bring my energy & extensive experience to inspire your board, volunteers, staff, auction committee and your auction guests.

Client Quote

"Thank you very much for inviting us to participate in the Fundraising Auction workshop. Kathy Kingston was dynamic, informative and entertaining. I walked away with many new ideas and strategies."

- Kimberly Margolis, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford Director of Corporate Sponsorship

Click here for more testimonials

Insights and Sometimes Rants

Make it easy for parents to attend your auction

Here’s a great idea from Trinity Catholic School in Maine.
They extended the concept of “after school activities” one step further. On auction night, free “evening activities” for children are held right at their school, while parents can fully enjoy the annual auction. What a terrific benefit!

In the news
WATCH Kathy Kingston In A NH Chronicle TV Interview

Kathy is featured in a NH Chronicle TV interview! Click this link to watch her interview online.

Kathy Kingston In the Cover Story of Auctioneer Magazine

Kathy is featured in the November Cover Story of Auctioneer Magazine, called "The Boom in Benefit Auctions" (see page 34 for her picture)! Click this link to download and read the entire article (pdf)!

Who We Are
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 22 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.

Visit KingstonAuction.com or call 603-926-1919

Email: kathy@kingstonauction.com

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