Online Auctions are like...Weddings?
It’s wedding week here on the BiddingForGood blog space and like many men across this country I am scared shirtless about the next 18 months as my bride-to-be and I slowly plan the most important day in our adult life.
A lot of pressure is being put on the bride and groom for our big day, most of it coming from my fiancée Maren and myself. We feel the need to put on the wedding of the century. We have been to countless weddings in the past and want to make sure that we “keep up” with our friends and families amazing nuptials. We are going to be on our “A-game” leading up to the wedding to be out-in-front of potential issues, like a drunken best man speech, avoiding a choreographed Justin Beiber dance, or keeping the attention of the overly important ring bearer. One thing Maren and I continually have to remind ourselves is that this day isn’t the day when we compare ourselves with others and there shouldn’t be any pressure. It’s our time to shine and if we do the right things in the month before our special day, for the most part, things should run smoothly.
Organizations that are running online auctions need to embrace this thought process as auctions should not be compared to other events. Each auction is unique and special in many different ways. Just like with a wedding, in an auction the big stuff needs to be taken care of early…signing up with BiddingForGood is a great first step. Additionally, sourcing your high value items is an important next step…not unlike finding your wedding venue. Without the venue or the high value items, it’s going to be hard to reach your ultimate goal. After the big stuff is done, make sure the details are taken care of…like the songs for the first few dances at the wedding or the volunteers needed to solicit and collect the other items for the auction.
Whether it’s a wedding or an auction you will need to get your ducks in a row early to avoid any issues coming up, knowing that no matter how much prep work you do, it’s not going to be 100% perfect. You will create a special event with a single goal, whether that goal is starting a life together or making as much money as you can for your nonprofit organization. Enjoy the experience and remember to wear blue for luck, no matter what you’re doing. Oh, and don't stress.