Florida Auctioneer Champion talks about the rules
- October 28, 2014
- Posted by: Myers Jackson
- Category: Education Information
Florida Auctioneer Champion talks about the rules
The rules a champion follows in life, in business, in competition.
There are many bid calling contests around the country and if you look these days you will find a competition that you can enter. Are these contests filled with a roster of great bid callers? You bet they are! Is it the preverbal “good ole boy contest” ?… I dare say not for two reasons: Number 1 Reason because there are many great ladies that are in most competitions and you will have to sharpen your smile along with your skills because the ladies I have seen compete have the skill, poise, personality and the chant to win. Second reason is that the good “ole boy system” does not exist and I have witnessed that first hand that the judges and our peers call it like it is. Many times I have thought that there must be something up because I did not win or somebody had an edge. The right down to the matter of fact deal is that most competitions have a point spread that ranges in the tenths from the winner right on down.
Every move counts, every small mishap is accounted for and trust me we all make minor mistakes that decides the difference. This does not mean any given Auctioneer is not Championship material, it all simply means a great competition will have great competitors and the decision will be made… not by inches but by one slip of the tongue. With all this said pay attention to the rules as well as our own qualities each one of possess and improve step by step with each competition, each auction we perform or anytime we step out under the bright lights. Know the rules and respect the rules even if you did not get a copy of the rules, however though with all that said there is most surely a set of rules given well in advance it is our own fault if we do not attend to what we should be paying attention to well in advance. Most organizations rules have been established long before the contestant sends in the correct entry fee. Most bid callers will be more than glad to pay the entry fee, compete and move on, the question is does that make a champion?
We commonly call the event a Bid Calling Contest…my personal feeling is that the competition should be an Auctioneer Championship for the State Competition just like the International Auctioneers Championship. As most of us remember… Auctioneers are more than just a bid caller… Auctioneers are contract mediators and personalities with responsibilities from front to center while in the public eye and we must act in the spotlight at any given minute. Champion Auctioneers represent each one of us and they carry a flag of honor bestowed upon them by a group of their peers. The same peers who understand the rules are one of the most important sets of guiding principles in the conduct of the Championship. This is true in most Auctioneer Championships, at least all the ones I have had opportunity to enter or considered entering.
I want to direct a focus on the Florida Auctioneers Championship; this year’s contest will be held in Tampa, Florida and the Association invites all Florida Auctioneers will agree to comply with the rules of the competition. As past Champion I encourage everyone to compete and be ready to call bids as well as sit for an interview in front of noteworthy judges. My words of encouragement include preparation, practice and planning. Prepare for the contest just like you would prepare for a job, meeting with a property seller or any other important event. Practice your bid calling; fine-tune that gifted rhythmic chant, perfect your poise, define your presentation in personality and dress, display your confidence to win and let everyone know you are a winner ready to represent the Association. Assume nothing and take the same position in the interview allowing the judges to know who you are, why your are a Champion and how you will present yourself to the public as well as representing your peers. Plan your opportunity to compete, also plan to attend the entire conference and engage with the membership, guests and others that will be there to grow professionally as well inside as a person. Planning to attend this year’s conference is an important step in the continual development of anyone’s career. Remember for the next entire year and beyond you will represent the Florida Auctioneers Association…so step up, be accountable and most of all be a Champion.
Many before us have faced trials and tribulations… that in the intermediary may cause us to consider other options rather than going to the conference. Daily events in the course of doing business alter our thought process that may determine whether we attend or we choose not to attend. I believe that Champions of any cause will make many sacrifices and go the extra mile prepared with a smile, prepared to defend adversity. Champions will read the rules and abide by the same knowing that others are on the same level playing field, knowing that their peers may look them straight in the eye and deliver the truths of the moment. The same peers will be prepared; they will be coming for the gold and eager to walk away The Florida Auctioneer Champion. Ladies and Gentlemen everything counts…the way we do business and the way we conduct ourselves at any Auctioneer Association meeting is the same way we conduct ourselves elsewhere in business as well as in life. Everything counts, just like if we are giving a proposal in hopes of winning a bid to sell real property, personal property or to be the Fundraising Personality. Each one of us must prepare to win; each one of us must prepare to be the best we can be in life, as an Auctioneer and as a representative of The Florida Auctioneers Association.
As we get closer to this year’s Winter Conference start getting prepared, plan to attend, practice and prepare your self-governing principles and you will have no problem in this years competition. Please get the application for this years contest, get it back early and GOOD LUCK to all.
Vice President, Florida Auctioneers Association
Florida Auctioneer Champion talks about the rules…..
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