Jack Berkman, whos raised $3 million in the past 20 years, says charities are realizing that in this economy, a good auctioneer is essential to raising the largest amount of money possible.
Berkman believes established auctioneers are benefitting most, but Vicki Flickinger of the Worldwide School of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, says enrollment is up at her institution of higher learning, where students pay $1,200 for a 9-day course in auctioneering.
But Flickingers students arent your fathers auctioneers, who typically come from a farming background.
She says the majority are real estate pros trying to sell foreclosed real estate for the highest possible price.
Although Berkman says a good auctioneer needs an infectious personality, Flickinger says chanting phrases like, I bid one dollar, now two, now two, now two, gimme two, gimme two, do you want em? helps ease any fears of public speaking.
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