As soon as my Live Auction and Fund-A-Need are complete - I always stick around to personally thank donors that bid and won during the live auction. I want them to know how much I appreciate their donation and their bidding, not only as the Charity Auctioneer | Benefit Auctioneer but also as an emissary of the organization that I am working for that event.
Once the client is done with my services and I've said my goodbyes - I hit the road for the 1-2 hour drive back home, depending on where my Auction was that evening. I love driving home in the dark after a Fundraising Auction, as it gives me time to think things through and continue to perfect my craft.
Once I've gone over the evening a few times in my head, I'll throw on a Podcast. I am slightly obsessed with Podcasts and regularly reder to my drive as a 1 or 2 Podcast drive - depending on the length. I love the silence of driving alone and the stories I hear and the facts I learn through Podcasts. Currently, I'm listening to Freakanomics, Here's The Thing, Radio Lab & Strangers.
At the half-way point in every drive home, I ALWAYS stop at McDonalds or In&Out Burger. I think it is too risky to eat when working as the Charity Auctioneer | Fundraising Auctioneer. I never want to risk staining my clothes with a spill or even worse having bad breath when I talking to people during the live auction. Additionally, event meals are expensive! I don't want my clients spending the money that I raise for them on one more hotel chicken dinner. Thus, I am staving once the event is through and it's off to the Golden Arches or Golden Aaron.
Everyone always asks what I order! I'll share my late night snack secret with you now......1 Egg McMuffin no ham, 1 McDouble - Plain, a small fries and a large ice water.