So after reading my story you're probably wondering what in the world inspired me to create this online auctioneering course. To be honest, without the encouragement of other people such as my wife and a few friends, I probably wouldn't have.
The thought of building a course and "putting it out there" seemed a little scary. So following my own advice above, I decided to give it a shot and see what happened. After all, I have spent the last thirteen years of my life trying to perfect my chant!
When I returned home from Auction School in the fall of 2002 I had no idea what I was going to do with my new found skills. Besides, I was a first generation auctioneer and didn't know one single person in the auction business. Living in a remote part of Oregon didn't help either.
Without a mentor or any sort of guidance, I decided to start my own auction company. This would at least allow me the opportunity to sell and get my feet wet. Starting my own auction company was one of the most painful but smartest things I could have ever done. Trust me, those first two years were tough in every sense of the word! As you all know, nothing beats on the job training.
One of the biggest challenges for a new auctioneer is getting time behind the microphone. I figured since nobody else knew who I was I would be better off creating my own opportunities.
Through this process of trials and tribulations I spent literally thousands of hours working on my bid calling skills. With very few chances to sell, I knew practicing was my only hope. Sometimes you only get one chance to work for another auction company. I wanted to make sure I was prepared if the opportunity ever presented itself.
So how did I go from hoping for a chance, to making a full time living as a contract auctioneer? A lot of hard work, patience, and networking.
I have never shared this publicly but in less than two years I became the Oregon Grand Champion Auctioneer and had only sold a total of twelve times. Probably half of these times were small fundraisers with very few items. When I competed in my first International Auctioneering Championship I had sold a grand total of eighteen times.
I don't share these facts to boast but to simply show you the power of practice. That's why I call this course Bid Calling Basics "Practice your way to Success."
Through the process of practicing I began to develop a system of my own drills and exercises that I would use to help improve my chant. When you constantly practice and don't get to sell much, it can become very monotenous. So I continually added new challenges to up the bar.
To my surprise, I had new auctioneers approaching me and asking how I practiced? I just figured every aspiring auctioneer knew how to practice and improve. When I would ask them how they were practicing they could never give me any definitive answers.
After analyzing this information I began to realize the need for a course like BCB. As I started to share my methods with other auctioneers they began to see some great results. This was exciting for me and made me feel good that I could help.
The most rewarding part of my auctioneering career so far is the fact that I've been able to help my wife with her chant. In addition to being a nurse, Heidi is a top notch auctioneer. In fact, she made history in 2009 by becoming the first female to ever win the Oregon Grand Champion auctioneer contest. She has also been a finalist in the International Auctioneer Championship.
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