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Fundraising Auctions:

Spotters

by John & Maureen Winter


Second in importance to the auctioneer are the spotters. Often picked at the last moment, these individuals can play a crucial role in the success of a live auction.

Divide the room into section and each spotter should only accept bids from his designated section. Keep your back to the auctioneer and make it VERY obvious when you have a bid. The spotters should add to the enthusiasm of the event by their participation.

Once the auctioneer signals that an item has been sold, the spotter should clearly identify the location of the top bidder to obtain the signature of the bidder. He should also relay the exact bid number so that the auctioneer records it himself as well as announces it so that the recorders can hear the number.

Spotters must be enthusiastic. They should be very energetic, loud, and entertaining. If the spotters are having a great time, the excitement an be contagious to the audience. Auctions are lively! and exciting! Be organized, be excited, be enthusiastic and have fun!


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About the Authors: Written by Maureen & John Winter of Target Funding Group who manage more than 30 charity fundraising auctions a year for organization large and small, have authored two books on charity auctions and designed a very user friendly software to accomplish all the tasks for a successful charity fundraising auction.

For more information, or to subscribe to their free monthly email newsletter, please visit their site at: http://www.charityauctionhelp.com

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