Making sure you have the right auction team for your event is the number 1 most important decision you will make for your benefit auction. Number 2 on that list? Proper sound and lighting. It doesn’t matter who your auctioneer is, if your guests can’t hear them – they will not be engaged. If they are not engaged – they will not spend money. If they don’t spend money – you will not have a successful event.
I encourage all my clients to find out what other groups have done for sound in their chosen venue. They find that most groups bring in a sound company, even if the venue has built-in sound. If the speakers are embedded into the ceiling – you need a professional sound company. If they don’t have proper microphones – you need a professional sound company. If they just offer a podium mic – you need a professional sound company. The fee is well worth it. Guests may not remember your silent auction, your theme, what the centerpieces were – but they will remember a bad sounding event.
I think it is also important to review your sound and lighting contract with your auctioneer, to make sure everything is covered – and you aren’t being overcharged. We do a full review of contracts and can let you know if you are getting everything you need to get your event looking, and sounding great.
Also, my friends at SOUND & SIGHT work exclusively with Stephen Kilbreath Auctions & Events and can help if you have any sound or lighting questions.