As the wonderful old "fart" pro has already told you on here, ALWAY HAVE A POSITIVE OUTLOOK!! Never doubt your abilities, your items/inventory, and have complete faith in your venue and your employees!! ALWAYS be forthright and honest that will earn you the type of reputation that it takes for one to make it in this business.
Throw some jokes in, look your patrons in the eyes, get to know their names and small personal things about them and what they like...people who feel like you personally are connected with them will respond very positively! ALWAYS keep YOUR cool even when you run across that occassional jerk who lives to cause problems. Just play it off right back at him/her in a joking way and he'll/she'll either look the fool they are and leave, or you've made a new friend for life.
ALWAYS remember! No matter how much paid advertisement you get, word-of-mouth will make or break you in this business. Also, not many venues think about parents with younger children. I think it's always a great idea to offer something for them so mama and daddy can feel free to spend, spend, spend.
I've been a faithful auction attendee from the bassinet up...truly my parents teethed me on a wooden auction gavel...lol!!
And, I've been active on the various dedicated online company "auction" sites, but I've never been involved with one with true life auctioneers such as this one before, so I'm a "newbie" at this venue too.
Due to serious health problems I'm not always able to physically go to my local auctions as I've always done before, and saw the option for online bidding here. I signed up for it registering all of my info, securing my credit cards and paypal, but then have been unable to find any links on being able to bid on my local auctions!
Was I mistaken in thinking this was an option for most auctions? I could use all/any information and help in reference to this. PLEASE!!
Keep us up on your progress!!!!
Diana Kinzer Heath
Born/Raised in the Great State of West Virginia Live for Many Years in Tampa, Florida
***Go! the Greatest Team in the Country! The....
West Virginia University Mountaineers!!