May 23, 2024


Safe Travel USA

101 Ways to Motivate, Energize 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

  1. Movie day – bring popcorn
  2. Water-skiing/Lake trip
  3. Join the city softball team
  4. Go watch a professional team sport
  5. Miniature golf
  6. Volunteer opportunities
  7. Cold-calling contest
  8. Work-at-home week
  9. Have the CEO address the sales staff
  10. Racecar contest
  11. Bring in a comedian for sales training
  12. Fun, harmless practical jokes
  13. Joke of the day to start a meeting
  14. Bring in take-out for reps staying late
  15. Laser tag
  16. Ropes course
  17. Bowling
  18. Free lunch for the first sale of the day
  19. VM broadcast about someone’s personal success
  20. Company Olympics

Company Socials

  1. Luau
  2. Fiesta
  3. Ice cream social
  4. Barbeque
  5. Pizza party
  6. Customer appreciation day
  7. Four-day weekend
  8. Bring in donuts
  9. Company newsletter about the success of the week
  10. Dress up like Santa and hand out gifts
  11. Thanksgiving or other holiday party

Esteem Building/Awards

  1. Best phone demeanor
  2. Best dresser
  3. Most creative close
  4. Best sales week
  5. Most improved
  6. Best team player
  7. Most cold calls
  8. Most new clients
  9. Best customer service
  10. Top attitude
  11. Special note or email
  12. Telegram
  13. FedEx special note
  14. Thank-you card
  15. Personal pat on back
  16. Lead part of a training meeting
  17. Personal goal-setting meeting
  18. Suggestion box
  19. Personal call from CEO

Simple compliments like:

  1. You’re incredible.
  2. You’re a good:
  3. I believe in you.
  4. Great job!
  5. You made my day.
  6. Hug.
  7. Thank you for :
  8. I’m proud of you.
  9. Perfect.
  10. You’re awesome!
  11. Well Done.
  12. Great!
  13. Excellent!
  14. I knew you could do it.
  15. I trust you.
  16. Spectacular!
  17. Outstanding!
  18. I’m your biggest fan.

Friendly gestures like…

  1. Smile
  2. Warm handshake
  3. Pat on the back

Individual Building

  1. Daily contact with praise
  2. Let them off to take their children to school on the first day
  3. Free calls on company cell phones
  4. Motivational plaque
  5. Health club membership
  6. Lotto wheel
  7. Drive CEO’s car for the week
  8. Shirt/Hat with logo
  9. Special parking spot
  10. Photo with CEO
  11. Remodel office
  12. Disneyland trip
  13. 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
The Magic of Thinking Big
Learned Optimism


Remember the Titans
Chariots of Fire
Apollo 13
Field of Dreams
Mr. Holland’s Opus
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


Upgrade to first class

Local hotel with dinner

Limo to airport

Las Vegas



Caribbean cruise

Free miles to fly


Hotel suite upgrade


Monetary Rewards

  1. Large-screen TV
  2. Computer
  3. DVD player
  4. $100 bill
  5. Lottery tickets
  6. Restaurant gift certificates
  7. Cashews
  8. Take the rep’s family to dinner
  9. Department store gift certificate
  10. Movie rental gift certificate
  11. Costco certificate
  12. Bookstore gift certificate
  13. New suit