Thursday, December 11, 2008

Poor Economy Bids Well For Auctioneers

MASON CITY, Iowa (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Despite a sagging economy, professional auctioneers are still finding lots of people willing to do their bidding.

Jack Berkman, who’s 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 Flickinger’s students aren’t your father’s 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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