by: Rob Hart of Hall and Hall Auctions
I have an amazing, exciting job with Hall and Hall Auctions. I have worked in 45 states to date on some of the most beautiful properties in America. From a waterfront home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, New Orleans Mansions, Northern Wisconsin Retreat, to a home in the Redwood Forest of California; I have nearly experienced it all. I’m still waiting for my first auction opportunity in Hawaii, Alaska, Montana, and North & South Dakota, but I’m sure those auctions will come in due time.
But the most enjoyable Auction I’ve worked to date was exactly 200 yards from my home in Windsor, CO. Last week, I went to my daughter Maisy’s 2nd grade class to teach them about the auction profession. Maisy was the student of the week and allowed to bring something to school for show and tell. She asked me to come and teach her class about auctions. I was honored.
When it comes to work, I’m a serious guy, so I took the assignment just a serious as a multi-million dollar real estate transaction. I dressed up in my best suit and explained that you have to look like a professional if you want to be treated like one. I taught them the definition of value and had them guess how much Batman’s Batmobile was worth. Their guesses ranged from $200 to $100,000. We then watched a video of Barrett-Jackson selling the original Batmobile for 4.2 million dollars. Needless to say, they were a little shocked.
We learned about auction schools, property that is right for auction, and the action chant. I explained that auctioneers practice Tongue-Twisters so they can get better at talking faster while maintaining their clarity. We learned a few and had a Tongue-Twister challenge. To the class’s surprise, Michael, the quiet kid won without much competition. To finish it off, Michael and I sold a few toys that the class bid on with play money. We just simply had a great time.
Today, Maisy brought me home a stack of Thank You notes from the class. As you would expect from 2nd graders, they are filled with compliments, statements, and questions that have made me smile from ear to ear. They have asked some great questions that I believe every adult would enjoy. So below for your own Auction Education and a little entertainment, I have listed some of the best along with my “professional” responses:
Andrew: “If you were my Dad I would like to have the same job as you”
Andrew, there are a lot of wonderful jobs in highly respected professions. Any one of those professionals would love to see you follow in their footsteps. I’ve got good news, though. There is plenty of room for you in the auction profession. We’d love to have you. In Colorado alone, we have 132 auctioneers that sell everything from sheep to airplanes. If you want to try to get a head start on your career, we have the Junior Auctioneer Championship every year in January. Just let me know if you want to enter.
Kolby: “…you dressed nice”
Kolby, never forget that you only get one opportunity to make a first impression. If you want to be considered a professional you have to look like one. When you go for your first job interview or to interview for college scholarships tell yourself, “Dress to Impress”.
Madi: “What do you sell?”
Madi, I work for Hall and Hall Auctions and sell large Farms, Ranches & Recreational Properties around the country. As we learned in class, the type of properties that are typically unique and hard to value. Check out our website and look at the amazing ranches and farms we currently have for sell. They are truly some of the most beautiful parts of America. One of them is even on the ocean!
Matthew: “… P.S. Maisy hates me”
Matthew, I think Maisy is still a little sensitive that you beat her in the foot race around our circle. Don’t worry, you are a cute kid and there will be other girls.
Dillon: “How did you learn about all of this stuff?”
Dillion, I had some great mentors and spent hours and hours asking them questions. When they were selling, I would stand behind them, listen, and watch every detail. And lastly, I learned a lot of what I know from Elementary, High School, College and Auction School. I learned how to count in Elementary School so start paying attention now. Work hard every day and learn everything you can because you really do use most of it later in life.
Marley: “… PS, how much money would it take to buy a small pony at an auction?”
Marley, ponies are just like the Batmobile. You can find one for as little as a few dollars to as much as a few million dollars. Just make sure you decide exactly what you can afford to spend and never bid above that number. Do your research before the auction so you know about the types of ponies and how to care for them. Don’t worry if the pony sells to someone else for more than you can afford. There will always be another opportunity to buy the one that is right for you.