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Auctioneering is much more than just a fast cadence

Whether it was for livestock, cars, or even a farm sale, most of us have been to an auction at some point in our lives. Of course, the most important part of the auction is the auctioneer. It’s easy to think that a good auctioneer can just talk really fast, but there’s much more to auctioneering than just the cadence. A great auctioneer needs to know the value of the items they’re selling and keep the bidders engaged for the whole sale.

Unfortunately, there’s a bit of a problem when it comes to the next wave of auctioneers. Many courses only train them in their cadences and leave the business side of the career unaddressed. Dave Aeschliman noticed this gap in knowledge and decided to open up his own training program, the Walnut Creek Auction College, a couple years ago.

Now that the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is offering his course as an official class, Aeschliman said there’s a chance that it gets turned into an official degree as well.

The auction industry isn’t just full of auctioneers, though. There’s a whole team that works together to make each auction run smoothly. Aeschliman said he wants to help and encourage people to pursue careers in every part of the auction industry.

Since most students have different goals with this course, Aeschliman has decided to start meeting with students virtually before the in-person classes start. The registration process for the next class has already begun and will run until March 31st, and virtual meetings will take place throughout the month of April.

For more information or to get enrolled, visit walnutcreekauctioncollege.com.