Acclaimed classical pianist and composer, Vladimir Samoylovich, was often heard telling his students, “the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice.” Similarly, psychologist Anders Ericsson, popularized the the concept that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to be an expert.

Learning to auctioneer is no different. Those wanting to better themselves and become experts in the auction industry must practice drills and exercises regularly. They must push themselves to learn and become increasingly more effective in everything they do.

Many auctioneer practice drills and practice exercises exist and each auctioneer finds those that they prefer. Below are practice tools we recommend in auction school for our graduates and all auctioneers to use.

  1. Yes Tape from auction school. This tape has pre-recorded ringmen turning in bids and allows you to sell as bids are being turned into you.
  2. Tongue Twisters from auction school.
  3. Number Drills from auction school.
  4. Virtual Auction software from auction school.
  5. Record yourself and review the audio. Listen to what you sound like and then celebrate what you like and change what you don’t like.
  6. Listening to others with the understanding that you never want to directly copy another auctioneers chant, but you can study other auctioneers and learn from them.
  7. Video yourself and review the footage. Watch and learn from your body movements and how you conduct yourself.  
  8. Metronome downloaded onto your phone or computer will assist you in keeping your rhythm.
  9. Repeat words over and over, as well as numbers or phrases that you are struggling with or just learning. This creates muscle memory and quickly makes those words, numbers or phrases much easier to say.

Interested in learning to be an auctioneer, or improving your auctioneer skills? Please use the following resources to learn more about auctioneering and the auction industry. Or, learn more about our Entry Level or our Advanced Level auctioneering courses.

Additional Resources

How To Bid Call

Auctioneer One Liners

Auctioneer Filler Words

How Do I Become an Auctioneer?