Chance encounter planted auction seed
During his time at university, Fadi became a secondary school teacher, which he worked at for eight years. However, he couldn’t let go of his love for real estate and a chance encounter led to him trying his hand at auctioneering from which he never looked back.
He explained: “I was involved in church and community organisations and was asked last-minute to MC at a function after the auctioneer didn’t turn up. I asked them to find me a hammer to help me look the part, but the closest they had was a screwdriver. I decided to run with it and sold the sports jersey well above expectations and had an absolute blast.”
This chance encounter led to Fadi being invited back to auction next year when he came prepared with a toy hammer, before finally upgrading to a “real gavel” in the following year. More importantly it planted a seed that he wanted to auction.
Fostering positive relationships
Fadi says there are many similarities between teaching and auctioneering.
“Research suggests that the most effective teachers are those who are able to foster positive relationships with students. I have found the same is true with auctioneering. It is about being genuine and connecting with people.
“I enjoy the interaction and having a laugh, and I enjoy getting results. Both professions, although different, have at their heart this similarity and require good organisation and effective communication, as well as team work.”
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Fadi said: “I found the whole experience of the NAC amazing. I knew it was not a mere competition but a new beginning for me. The NAC not only encouraged me to refine my technique but it let me see and take on board the positive elements in the professional techniques of other auctioneers.
“There was an immense range of talent and it gave me the opportunity to see the best upcoming auctioneers, and to learn from them. The experience has let me understand not only what I know but what I still have to learn.
“It is one of the best ways of polishing the skills you have and very quickly discovering the skills that you don’t have. It is also an ideal opportunity to form constructive friendships with other people in the profession.”
So do what many of today’s best auctioneers have done, and get your career started by entering the NAC – anyone can enter, no experience necessary!