Teaching auctioneering is a passion of mine. I simply love auctions and was first introduced to the method years ago in Sydney when John Singleton’s houseboat was auctioned at the Mosman Spit by the legendary Andrew Gibbons. Unfortunately it didn’t sell under the hammer and it actually sank about three weeks later, but I was absolutely captivated by the magic of the auctioneer’s banter and the buzz and enthusiasm of the crowd.
It is now my joy to teach budding auctioneers the theory and the method of auctioneering as a trainer for the REIQ. Students come from all walks of life; pastoral, chattel, the motor industry and of course real estate and they all ask the same question: How do you learn to call the auction? Should you be fast or slow? What happens if there are no bids – how do you keep up the momentum and so on?
Easy to say practice, practice and more practice, but to turn tedium into something more realistic: we realise a good auctioneer will take years of calling auctions before the patter and numbers simply role off the tongue and the audience sighs in anticipation of the auctioneer’s wonderful performance for their client.
I posed the question of how to do this the other morning over coffee with Haesley Cush (former finalist in the Australasian Auctioneer of the Year) and an excellent idea emerged.
Student auctioneers don’t need a license to be charity auctioneers. Haesley drew on his youthful experience when he wasn’t even old enough to be registered as an auctioneer. He called hundreds of auctions for charity and found the experience invaluable.
So our idea with a view to help our student auctioneers and increase the quality of auctioneering graduates from the REIQ is to create a register of interested charities and a register of students who would be interested in practising their skills free of charge for charity.
So if you have a favourite charity, school or some type of community involvement that would benefit from our student auctioneers, please let me know on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and match our skilled students with your charity.
If you are thinking of becoming an auctioneer our next training day is at REIQ House, Coorparoo August 16 and 17. Just phone on 3249 7347 and ask for Professional Development and we will be able to help you.
By Sue Rankin, Trainer, REIQ