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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:04 pm 
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First, A little background about me. I've been in the medical field every since I graduated High School. So, I've been an EMT / Paramedic over 25 years. I also work in an "on-call" paid per call position as a Medical Examiner Investigator. I grew up with my father in route sales (Frito Lay). So, in short I've dealt with all kinds of people during the best and worst of times. I can start a conversation with anyone out of the blue.

When I graduate from World Wide College of Auctioneering one of the areas I want to focus on is Benefit's, Charity, & Fundraising. I.E. Susan G. Koman, Juvenile Diabetes, Heart Disease, etc.... Although I'll do an analysis of what type of auctions / auctioneering is needed in the surrounding 150-200 miles.

One of my goals will be to attend and aquire my Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation.

I've read this entire forum on benefits, charity, and fundraising and I've visited several websites, googled a lot of information, etc.

First, anyone in Iowa that has their B.A.S that I can learn from that someone on her knows and would take a newby under their wing. And any suggestions from the rest of the group is very welcome on ways to get started?

I'm always wanting to learn I feel once someone says they've learned everything, is the time to leave.

Until I reach that point how can I get my feet wet? Any suggestions of books, etc?

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Jack


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:53 am 
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No suggestions, since that is not my area of expertise, but a question, or perhaps an observation.

Do you live in an urban, densely populated area, or are you located in a rural area and not close to a large city or citiies?

The reason I ask is because I believe it will be very difficult to get established as a paid benefit auctioneer unless you have access to the area with the greater population.

Out in the country, what you will find are small "mom & pop" benefit auctions where the gross sales are limited and the bidders consist of local folks who are looking for a meal and a good time. With those you are lucky to get your name in the paper and a free meal.

Now for anyone trying to get a foot in the door for auctions in general, that is not a bad way to get your name out there. That is how I did it and it worked! If you wish to specialize in benefit auctions then I am not sure it is a good idea to do too many free auctions because you then become what people see, and that is a good guy who will work for his meal.

Just my thoughts here early in the morning.

Lyn Liechty, Auctioneer
http://www.arealauction.com


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:46 am 
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Lyn Liechty wrote:
No suggestions, since that is not my area of expertise, but a question, or perhaps an observation.

Do you live in an urban, densely populated area, or are you located in a rural area and not close to a large city or citiies?

The reason I ask is because I believe it will be very difficult to get established as a paid benefit auctioneer unless you have access to the area with the greater population.

Out in the country, what you will find are small "mom & pop" benefit auctions where the gross sales are limited and the bidders consist of local folks who are looking for a meal and a good time. With those you are lucky to get your name in the paper and a free meal.

Now for anyone trying to get a foot in the door for auctions in general, that is not a bad way to get your name out there. That is how I did it and it worked! If you wish to specialize in benefit auctions then I am not sure it is a good idea to do too many free auctions because you then become what people see, and that is a good guy who will work for his meal.

Just my thoughts here early in the morning.

Lyn Liechty, Auctioneer
http://www.arealauction.com



Excellent question Lyn,
I live in a rural area of southern Iowa with the population of the town being approximately 4000 and the county 8000. However I grew-up and graduated in the county south of me which is about double our size.
However, I actually work full-time for the State and I drive 86 miles one-way to work every weekday. So, I think to properly answer your question, I have the best of both worlds.
Working for the State I'm a Union Employee and I'll work with our Union during their Christmas Party.

At home in the county where I live, the hospital where I've worked, they've done so much for me and they've used a auctioneer in the past for various benefits. Unfortunately he passed away. I plan to talk to them right after school in Feb to get my foot in the door.

I feel I owe a couple to my community for free for everything they've done for me. But, on the other hand if I went into the ER, X-Ray, etc. They'd still charge me. So, I want to tread carefully.

Also having the Paramedic Background and being part of the State Emergency Medical Services Association, Death Investigators Association, etc ..... One area where I really want to help is Women's Crisis Center / Shelters of Abuse.

I think I can get my foot in the door. I just have to be careful about not committing to doing an event 200 miles away with no fee to pay for gas, hotel, etc. But 1 or 2 a year I can handle for the advertisement and service to my counterparts.

Thanks for the question!
Jack


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