The Art of the Ringman
Benefit Auctioneers are comfortable in a room no matter the number of people. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t need a little help on occasion.
Scott has a rule of thumb. If the crowd size is 200 or less, he’s able to handle the auction depending on the configuration of the venue. But for every 100 people above 200, he surrounds himself with expert ringmen. As an example, if the benefit auction had 500 guests, Scott would work with three ringman. If there were 1,000 guests, Scott would have eight strategically placed around the room.
The ringman’s responsibilities are to observe the crowd and work with bidders and potential bidders, than pass that information to the benefit auctioneer through designated voice or hand signals.
A ringman’s job is not to just spot bids, but to solicit bids without being confrontational or offensive. That’s why Scott often prefers women ringmen at benefit auctions – a welcome change since most auctioneers and bid spotters are traditionally male.
A professional ringman also knows exactly where to stand as to not block the potential bidders’ view of the action – yet must always be within eyeshot of the auctioneer.
And finally, bid spotters must develop a trust and really get to know the people in their section of the room. Knowledge of the items up for auction is also crucial. A quality ringman always completes his or her homework and is able to answer any questions coming from their assigned area regarding a particular item.
In large crowds, professional ringmen play an important role in the success of benefit auctions. By connecting personally with the bidders and helping their bidding voices be heard, the ringmen help keep the momentum of the auction fast paced and exciting – and the charity comes out the winner.
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|Auction Dates 2012-2013|
|5/9/2013||Harry Chapin Food Bank||Estero|
|5/4/2013||Heart Ball Lee County||Fort Myers|
|4/26/2013||Chamber of Commerce Fort Myers||Fort Myers|
|4/21/2013||JR Achievement Grandezza||Bonita Springs|
|4/20/2013||Canterbury School||Fort Myers|
|4/13/2013||Friends of Foster Care||Naples|
|4/12/2013||Charter School of Cape Coral||Cape Coral|
|4/9/2013||CCA Polk County||Bartow|
|4/7/2013||MS Golf Banquet||Naples|
|3/26/2013||Naples Ballet (Tentative)||Naples|
|3/22/2013||Useppa Museum Gala||Useppa Island|
|3/21/2013||CCA Banquet and Auction Fort Myers||Fort Myers|
|3/19/2013||Naples Opera Port Royal Great Gatsby||Naples|
|3/16/2013||Carrolwood Day School||Tampa|
|3/14/2013||Manatee Co CCA||Stuart|
|3/9/2013||Ohio State Buckeye Club Naples||Naples|
|3/7/2013||Magic Under the Mangroves Gala Conservancy Southwest FL||Naples|
|3/2/2013||Venetian Ball for Catholic Charities||Fort Myers|
|2/23/2013||Southwest Florida Wine and Food Fest||Fort Myers|
|2/18/2013||Martini Glass Auction Naples Philharmonic||Naples|
|2/17/2013||Fiddlesticks Classic Auction||Ft Myers|
|2/16/2013||FGCU Gala||Ft Myers|
|2/15/2013||Fiddlesticks Pipers Auction||Ft Myers|
|2/10/2013||3rd on Canvas||Naples|
|2/9/2013||Actors Theater||Louisville Ky|
|2/2/2013||Jeff Stokes Auction||Palm Beach|
|1/26/2013||Catholic Charities of Sarasota||Sarasota|
|1/19/2013||Seacrest Country Day School||Naples|
|1/18/2013||David Lawrence Foundation||Naples|
|1/9/2013||American Cancer Society||Naples|
|12/3/2012||Art of the Olympians||Fort Myers|
|12/2/2012||Night at the Nest for FGCU||Fort Myers|
|12/1/2012||St John Neumann||Naples|
|11/16/2012||Immokalee Foundation Gala||Naples|
|11/8/2012||Sarasota CCA Banquet and Auction||Sarasota|
|11/3/2012||Angel Ball for Community School of Naples||Naples|
|11/2/2012||Red Snook Fishing Tournament/Auction Conservancy Southwest FL||Naples|
|10/6/2012||Natural High San Diego||San Diego|
|9/27/2012||South Palm||Palm Beach|
|9/13/2012||Space Coast CCA||Melbourne|
|9/8/2012||FARA Energy Ball||Tampa|
|9/1/2012||McFlats Fishing Tournament, Ronald McDonald House||Cape Coral|
|8/23/2012||Rum Runners Celebrity Chef Night||Cape Coral|
|8/16/2012||Love That Dress||Naples|
|3/1/2012||Bucket List Bash for American Cancer Society||Naples|
|2/21/2012||Wine Women and Shoes Cancer Alliance||Naples|