Posted on Apr 5, 2013 by dave in Articles

101 Ways to Motivate, Energise and Inspire Your Team

Here is a long list of effective and simple incentives for your team.

At the conclusion of an incentive program, it is important to assess how successful it was. Did you get the results you wanted? One of the best ways to judge the program's effectiveness, besides considering your own observations, is to get feedback from the reps and administrators involved. You want to be sure that your directions were communicated clearly and at the right intervals, that the rewards were appealing and sparked interest and drive, that your team members felt supported and prepared to take on the challenges being presented, that the program boosted morale, team effort, energy and creativity, etc.

What were the weaknesses, if any? Did the program meet or fall short of participants' expectations? And of course, you must consider the bottom line impact on sales. Another important thing that cannot be overlooked is whether there may have been any outside influence that you did not have any control over. For example, has the industry experienced an increase in pricing? Was the product or service new, or has there been longstanding consumer awareness and recognition of it? Have there been any fluctuations in the company's marketing campaigns? All of these questions can basically be broken down into different areas, such as goals, budget or administration. In each area, identify what worked and what didn't so you have concrete information to help you develop your next incentive program.

Group Building

  • Movie day - bring popcorn
  • Water-skiing/Lake trip
  • Join the city softball team
  • Go watch a professional team sport
  • Miniature golf
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Cold-calling contest
  • Work-at-home week
  • Have the CEO address the sales staff
  • Racecar contest
  • Bring in a comedian for sales training
  • Fun, harmless practical jokes
  • Joke of the day to start a meeting
  • Bring in take-out for reps staying late
  • Laser tag
  • Ropes course
  • Bowling
  • Free lunch for the first sale of the day
  • VM broadcast about someone's personal success
  • Company Olympics

Company Socials

  • Luau
  • Fiesta
  • Ice cream social
  • Barbeque
  • Pizza party
  • Customer appreciation day
  • Four-day weekend
  • Bring in donuts
  • Company newsletter about the success of the week
  • Dress up like Santa and hand out gifts
  • Thanksgiving or other holiday party

Esteem Building/Awards

  • Best phone demeanor
  • Best dresser
  • Most creative close
  • Best sales week
  • Most improved
  • Best team player
  • Most cold calls
  • Most new clients
  • Best customer service
  • Top attitude
  • Special note or email
  • Telegram
  • FedEx special note
  • Thank-you card
  • Personal pat on back
  • Lead part of a training meeting
  • Personal goal-setting meeting
  • Suggestion box
  • Personal call from CEO

Simple compliments like:

  • You're incredible.
  • You're a good:
  • I believe in you.
  • Great job!
  • You made my day.
  • Hug.
  • Thank you for :
  • I'm proud of you.
  • Perfect.
  • You're awesome!
  • Well Done.
  • Great!
  • Excellent!
  • I knew you could do it.
  • I trust you.
  • Spectacular!
  • Outstanding!
  • I'm your biggest fan.


Friendly gestures like...

  • Smile
  • Warm handshake
  • Pat on the back


Individual Building

  • Daily contact with praise
  • Let them off to take their children to school on the first day
  • Free calls on company cell phones
  • Motivational plaque
  • Health club membership
  • Lotto wheel
  • Drive CEO's car for the week
  • Shirt/Hat with logo
  • Special parking spot
  • Photo with CEO
  • Remodel office
  • Disneyland trip
  • Porsche for weekend

Personal Development


  • As a Man Thinketh
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Swim With the Sharks
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • Maximum Influence
  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
  • Think and Grow Rich
  • Psycho-Cybernetics
  • The Magic of Thinking Big
  • Learned Optimism
  • Videos
  • Remember the Titans
  • Miracle
  • Rocky
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Apollo 13
  • Field of Dreams
  • Mr. Holland's Opus
  • Seabiscuit
  • The Right Stuff
  • The Rookie


  • The Secrets to Manifesting Your Destiny
  • Lead the Field
  • Unleash the Power Within
  • The Psychology of Selling
  • Magnetic Persuasion
  • Present with Power
  • The Strangest Secret
  • Exponential Success
  • The Science of Personal Achievement
  • The Psychology of Winning

Travel Incentives

  • Hawaii
  • Upgrade to first class
  • Local hotel with dinner
  • Limo to airport
  • Las Vegas
  • Bermuda
  • Cancun
  • Caribbean cruise
  • Free miles to fly
  • Tahiti
  • Hotel suite upgrade
  • Australia

Monetary Rewards

  • Large-screen TV
  • Computer
  • DVD player
  • $100 bill
  • Lottery tickets
  • Restaurant gift certificates
  • Cashews
  • Take the rep's family to dinner
  • Department store gift certificate
  • Movie rental gift certificate
  • Costco certificate
  • Bookstore gift certificate
  • New suit


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