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June 5, 2015 Keep Calm and Pass the Auction Crown (and you won’t need the Crown Royal)

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Because of the nature of some of our clients’ volunteer base, it’s common for auction chairs and volunteers to only serve in their roles for one year. Though this can be good for helping to keep a fresh perspective from different individuals, it also has major drawbacks when it comes to the time necessary to spend training those new volunteers.

Some of our clients recognize the problems with this issue and are taking proactive steps to remedy the situation.

One group always has a co-chair in place who will take the position of auction chair for the following year.

This person will be the right-hand man (woman) of the chair and will not only help with all things auction but is also learning the ropes for the role they will play as auction chair the next year. This works beautifully for all concerned. It takes early planning to put this in place – you’ll need to designate your co-chair for the next event right after your most recent event.

Another client has auction team leaders in key roles compose a document with a summary of the duties they performed, along with a list of helpful do’s and don’ts, after each auction event. This can be as detailed as you want it to be and can be a working document that gets “improved” with additional notes from year to year.

Having a plan in place for the succession of volunteers is key to saving everyone time and stress.

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