We would like you to meet Carl Gilbert, a graduate of our October Advanced Bid Calling Seminar at World Wide College of Auctioneering.
1. Why did you enroll in the Advanced Bid Calling Seminar at World Wide College of Auctioneering?
I chose to attend World Wide College of Auctioneering (WWCA) to work on my chant & stage presence with my main goal of becoming a top notch bid caller. I wanted to win a championship, to be a champion auctioneer. Soon after attending I realized that becoming a champion auctioneer takes more than just the chant. In addition to improving my chant, I learned how to tap into and communicate the passion I have about the business. It takes finding the joy in your life, adding a smile, and bringing out your personality to match it all. At World Wide I was able to learn all these aspects plus many more. I would say this is one of the best investments in my future that I have ever made.
2. What one thing surprised you the most at the Advanced Bid Calling Seminar?
The biggest surprise I had was the commitment, dedication, and sincerity of all the instructors. Paul C. Behr has placed some of the most passionate people in the business as instructors at WWCA for a reason. They truly care about each and every student. They place their hearts into the course and each person attending. Shannon Mayes, Shane Ratliff, Matt Lowery, Paul C. Behr, and JillMarie Wiles all working together are a class act team of instructors. They pour hours into working with each and every student. They create a plan for every student so, as instructors, they are on the same page and working in a common direction. They truly are dedicated to the auction profession, to the students and to WWCA. I loved working with these instructors so much I plan on returning next year as well referring other auctioneers to attend.
3. What was the one "aha" moment that you had while at the seminar?
This course gave me several “aha moments” with all of the instructors and their words of wisdom. My biggest “AHA” moment was during the visualization exercise with JillMarie Wiles. When you put your heart and soul into that exercise and really let go, it just hits you hard. For me, it put everything into perspective and was a true “life changing” event. I walked into this class with reservation, a very quiet and laid back individual that just tried to blend in. I have always been a reserved person but I will no longer be that guy. I have taken on a whole new meaning of life. The exercise really put into perspective that the reasons I thought I was there were not the true reasons. The part that really hit home was when she asked us to imagine where we would hang our goal sheet and why. While doing the exercise I imagined hanging my goal sheet on my son’s bedroom door so that could I see it daily as I go there often to play with him or tuck him in. But then it was like a light bulb went off in my heart. My life revolves around him and my family. They keep me going every day. He is the true reason I want to be better and why I want to excel. I didn’t really realize that until I did this exercise with JillMarie. Sitting there picturing this in my mind made it tough to fight back the tears as I suddenly realized that life is about family, it’s about sacrifice, and I was living it all about Carl. It was a very humbling experience and truly inspired me to be more than I am, to be able to spread the joy of life to others and inspire them.
4. How long have you been in the auctioneering business?
I sold at my first auction at the age of 9 and have sold ever since then. I became licensed in Indiana just 20 days after turning 18 years old. I am now the owner of Gilbert & Associates Auctioneers/Appraisers based out of Martinsville, Indiana, working in the regions of central Indiana and specializing in Estate Downsizing, giving a “Single Desk” approach to all of our clients.
5. How many auctions have you attended in the last year?
I have conducted over 200 auctions within the last 12 months but attend more than 250 auctions annually.
6. Do you have a favorite quote that motivate you each day?
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Live each day with a smile on your face and joy in your heart for you don’t know whose live that might end up changing.” Thich Nhat Hanh
7. Tell us about your family?
I am married to my lovely wife, Misty Gilbert with 3 kids. I have 2 daughters. Katlyn Jean and she is 17, and Sydney Marquling is 16. Both girls excel in several other interests and don’t have any plans to be involved the auction business. I have a son, Benjamin who is 6 years old and he is my right hand man. He goes to all the auctions he can with daddy and works right beside me. My goal is to build a business that one day my son will be proud to take over.
8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I have always wanted to live out west in Montana or Iowa, in God’s country. The beauty of the rolling hills and seeing as far as one can see would just be simply amazing.
9. What state do you currently live in?
My wife, kids and I currently reside in Martinsville, Indiana.
10. If you had to describe your experience at the World Wide College of Auctioneering Bid Calling Seminar in one word, what would it be?
The word would be solicitous, because it means to show interest and concern or an eagerness or mindfulness to do something. I’m eager to get started with applying everything I have learned by attending WWCA Advanced Bid Calling.