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In thinking about when I am personally bid calling, and as a result of a fairly comprehensive review of other auctioneers while they are bid calling, it appears that most all auctioneers — when bid calling — breath through their mouths.

Mouth breathing is not unique to auctioneers. Singers, teachers, public speakers, announcers, athletes, and many others breath through their mouths; however, the consequences of mouth breathing may well be exasperated by auctioneers as they may, in certain cases, solely mouth breath for several hours at a time.

It appears most auctioneers mouth breath while bid calling for two reasons:

  • Since the auctioneer’s mouth is open, it is difficult not to breath through the mouth.
  • Breathing through the mouth allows for a quicker intake of air, so bid calling can continue.

What are the effects of mouth breathing?

First, it is important to note that mouth breathing is not all bad. Primarily, people mouth breath out of the necessity for more oxygen in their lungs. As a long-distance runner begins a race, he may be able to resist mouth breathing for a bit, but as the race continues, mouth breathing essentially becomes required — probably the same for auctioneers.

However, nose breathing has many benefits over mouth breathing. Those benefits include:

  • Allows for increased oxygen intake.
  • Contributes to more relaxed — less constricted — blood flow.
  • Restricts loss of water through breath, thus lessening dehydration.
  • Improves sleep with decreased odds of snoring.
  • Increases lung capacity and elasticity.
  • Enhances sensitivity to the quality of air intake.

For auctioneers, the message is fairly clear. While mouth breathing may be required while bid calling, nose breathing otherwise will help to balance the negative effects of mouth breathing, and will lead to better health.

In fact, there is considerable evidence that exclusive nose breathing just prior to bid calling may be the best precursor to bid calling itself, and nose breathing following extensive bid calling has a healing effect.

For more information on breathing, see How the Lungs and Respiratory System Work

Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, CAI, AARE has been an auctioneer and certified appraiser for over 30 years. His company’s auctions are located at: Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, Keller Williams Auctions and Goodwill Columbus Car Auction. His Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/mbauctioneer. He serves as Adjunct Faculty at Columbus State Community College and is Executive Director of The Ohio Auction School.