Money is great. We love money. But when it comes to motivating your sales team to do the best job possible and perform like the rock stars you know they can be, money may not be the best way to get them excited.

If you’ve got millennials on your team, you may have seen this in action. Research into millennials in the workplace shows that this generation would accept less money to work for a company with a comparable mission.

No matter what generation your sales team consists of, you need to find ways to motivate them to do their best, without the siren song of money.

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How to Motivate a Sales Team Without Money

Before you attempt to motivate your sales team without the help of our little green friends, it’s important to understand the different types of motivation that they may respond to. These are intrinsic and extrinsic.

Extrinsic motivation comes from external factors and typically consists of bonuses, prizes, trips, and fancy dinners. This type of motivator is very important and shouldn’t be ignored. But, it also shouldn’t be the only type of motivation your employees experience. If it is, then the moment it’s taken away, your team will fall into crisis.

Intrinsic motivation, on the other hand, comes from within. It requires employees to tap into what really makes them “tick” in order to ramp up their productivity and sales. While this type of motivation is very personal, a good sales manager will help an employee recognize what fires them up. This will differ from person to person but could include one or more of the following: 

Self-management

For some individuals, being micromanaged is the kiss of death. However, giving them the freedom to manage themselves, choose their hours, work from the office or from home, manage their own time, choose their own teams, etc. can be the motivation they need to reach their goals.

Service

When you get the right employee selling the right product or service, they are focused on helping people. They either have personal experience with the solution or they’ve seen it in action enough to know that it can truly solve someone’s problems. Their desire to help and to serve drives them.

Greater Purpose

For some, a job is just a means to support something they care about. This could be their family or a cause/charity that’s close to their heart. Take the time to understand WHY your employees come to work and then support their interests. Maybe they’ve got children involved in extracurricular activities, a spouse building a business, or a strong desire to save the environment. Find out what they do outside of work and how they choose to spend their money, then support it along with them.

Professional Development

Gone are the days of employees stepping into a role and staying there until retirement calls. Today’s employees want to move up the ladder in their current company, or find opportunities in different organizations or even industries. They want to constantly learn, grow, and keep an eye out for their next move. When you provide Professional Development, you encourage them to learn all they can learn and you understand the fact that while they won’t be in that role forever, they want to do a good job while they’re there.

Related: Boost Employee Morale with Professional Development

Recognition

You may occasionally find an employee who doesn’t want their accomplishments publicized, but for the most part, people enjoy receiving public recognition. They like being told (in front of others) that they’ve done a great job. This is not only motivation for them, but for other team members who will be eager to earn this recognition for themselves. If you do have an employee that prefers not to be the center of attention, it doesn’t mean that they don’t need recognition, it just means they prefer to receive it in a one-on-one setting.

Collaboration

While some employees might classify themselves as “lone wolves,” others thrive on collaboration with other employees and other departments. If you notice that certain employees enjoy visiting prospects together, or like to work on projects with a small group of people, encourage them to do so. 

Create Buy-In and Accountability

Similar to self-management, employees that are allowed to create their own personal goals and provide input into team goals, are more likely to strive to attain them. Make a goal setting discussion part of their quarterly or annual review rather than delivering an already formed set of goals for them to work with.

Physical Environment

It’s difficult to feel motivated when you’re stuck indoors, staring at cubicle walls for 8-10 hours a day with fluorescent lights flickering overhead. While you may not have the money to completely redesign your office, you can make subtle tweaks that will make a huge difference. Add some greenery to the space, play some classical music in the background, provide a break room where employees can go to de-stress, and encourage employees to get out of the office during lunch. You could even host a meeting outside. You’d be surprised what type of creativity comes out when you’re getting exercise.

Incentivizing a Sales Team Tips

Once you understand the different types of motivation and figure out which ones will work best with your individual employees, there are a variety of ways that you can encourage them and foster enthusiasm for their work. We’ll start out with extrinsic motivation and then transition to intrinsic.

Create a point system that employees can cash in

Not every employee will want movie tickets, electronics, or a gift certificate to a specific restaurant. Allow them to earn points for goals met and then cash them in when they’ve earned enough for what they want.

Send them for dinners, weekend getaways, or unique experiences

Winning a weekend trip or a fancy dinner can be exciting for your employee and for their significant other. It shows them that they are appreciated and gives them the opportunity to do something fun.

Related: Offer Unique Benefits to Improve Employee Morale

Offer awards and public recognition

Host an awards ceremony every few weeks or months. Allow your employees to bask in the glow of a job well done and receive congratulations and admiration from their peers. 

Send them a Thank You card

It may seem simple and silly, but a handwritten thank you card for stellar sales performance could mean the world to someone who seeks recognition and appreciation. 

Gift an extra day off

For an employee who values their free time and their life outside the office, an extra day off or even an afternoon off will mean the world. 

Make a donation to the employee’s favorite cause

Millennials are leading the charge in changing the world, but the desire isn’t unique to them. People of all ages want to be a part of solving societal issues. If you’ve got a do-gooder on your team, offer to make a donation to their favorite charity when they meet or exceed goals. 

Provide coaching

Think about the employee who values personal development. For him or her, there is no better way to reward a job well-done than providing them to the tools to do even better next time.

Understanding the types of motivation and what your employees respond best to will create an environment where your sales team is eager to be productive and effective. You’ll know what kinds of motivation your team needs to crush their sales goals.

Your sales team is the heart of the company. Without these people spreading the benefits of your organization each and every day, you’d be out of business. Lately though, you’ve noticed that they aren’t quite as enthused as they once were. Numbers are slipping, goals aren’t being reached, and the morale in the office isn’t what it used to be.

You’ve considered doing another sales training, but you’re pretty sure that they know the what and how about their jobs. They may have just forgotten the why. You’ve delivered motivational talks during meetings and done the “rah rah” thing with your employees, but they’ve heard you so many times before that they’ve stopped listening.

You know that your employees are capable of much more. You know that you need to inspire and motivate the team, you’re just not quite sure how.

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Why Do Companies Hire Motivational Speakers?

Companies hire motivational speakers for a number of reasons. Your sales may be hurting, your morale may be low, you may be facing big changes that could negatively impact the employees’ working conditions. While motivational speakers can’t fix a problem in 45-60 minutes, they can alter attitudes and put a company on the first step towards a better situation.

When it comes down to it, your event, no matter what theme or activities you choose to include, is there to create unity among your staff and to reward employees for their hard work. There’s only so much you can do at the office to say thank you. A motivational speaker can show your employees just how important they are to your organization.

Why Are Motivational Speakers Important?

Motivational speakers play an important role in a corporate event and in your business. Think of them as the third-party observer that has the ability to see challenges you don’t see, learn from employees who are not comfortable speaking to management, and change the way your employees see their day to day tasks. 

A motivational speaker will come in with true stories from their own lives that can help your team do better at work and live more fulfilling lives. Their stories are relatable, emotional, humorous, and inspiring. Their experiences can teach universal lessons, and their enthusiasm is infectious. A speaker can present old ideas in a new way that gets your employees thinking. They can inspire creativity and entertain your audience. 

Possibly the most important task a motivational speaker can perform… showing your employees that you truly value and care about their well-being. They become your mouthpiece for delivering those all-important messages. 

What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Motivational Speaker?

There are a variety of benefits to bringing a motivational speaker into your organization. Some of these benefits include:

Increased morale

If your employees don’t have the same pep in their step that they once had, you may have a morale problem on your hands. This could be due to any number of reasons such as increased workload, cutbacks in staff or bonuses, unexpected changes in the company, projects that require overtime, management shifts, and more.

A motivational speaker can deliver a dose of enthusiasm to your team, reminding them what’s exciting and important about their contribution to the company. 

Communicate values and mission 

As employees get caught up in the daily grind, it can be difficult to maintain a vision of the big picture. Why does your organization exist and what difference does it make in the lives of your customers? 

A motivational speaker can remind your employees that there is a larger goal than spreadsheets and sales forecasts. They can show them that they are each improving the community in their own way.

Related: How to Get Employees Excited About Your Business Vision

Improve teamwork

Your employees may be amazing on their own, but do they have a “we” or a “me” attitude? When employees don’t work well together, morale drops, productivity suffers, and sales elicit a “kill or be killed” mentality rather than fostering teamwork and lifting one another up. 

A motivational speaker that specializes in teamwork can work with your employees to recognize that they each play an integral role in the company and are each important to the whole. They can also organize workshops to go more in-depth with how team members can work together.

Say what needs to be said

You may be well-loved by your employees, however, they’re probably getting pretty good at tuning you out. Sometimes, you can say the same exact thing time and time again, but until someone else says it, your audience just won’t grasp the concept.

A motivational speaker has the ability to be that outside influence on a company. They can deliver the exact same message you’ve been attempting for months, but actually have their words heard and put into action.

A great motivational speaker will want to know what you hope to achieve from the event so they can deliver your message. Discuss this with the speaker ahead of time to ensure that those goals are met.

Related: 5 Tips to Foster Open Communication & Improve Teamwork at Work!

What to Look For in a Motivational Speaker

Just like every industry, there are great motivational speakers, good motivational speakers, and speakers that will leave you wishing you’d done more homework beforehand. Here are a few tips for selecting the right motivational speaker for your next event.

  • 1) Decide what your goal for the event is before you start shopping: While some speakers cover multiple topics, you’ll want to figure out what you want to be communicated before you look for someone to communicate it.
  • 2) Watch videos: A speaker may have the best one sheet in the world, have an impressive website, and have multiple books to their name. However, you want to see them in action. Can you feel the energy in the room? Does their message coincide with your needs? Do they provide tangible takeaways for the audience?
  • 3) Ask for references: Ask the speaker who you can reach out to that they’ve worked with in the past. You’ll learn a lot about someone by chatting with past clients. Were they easy to work with or will you have a diva on your hands? Did they deliver what was expected or did they arrive dressed in excuses?
  • 4) Look for flexibility: Are they willing to tweak their presentation for your industry and your company? Are they willing to do the research, speak to the employees beforehand, and make the changes necessary so their presentation really hits home with your audience?
  • 5) Go with your gut: Often times, we’re trained to think with our heads when making a business decision. However, if your gut says that this is the wrong person for the job, even if they look great on paper, pay attention. The last thing you want to do after the event is think, “I knew they weren’t the right fit.”

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Motivational Speaker?

This is one of those difficult-to-answer questions. Motivational speakers can range anywhere from $1,000 to $100,000 depending on their experience, celebrity status, niche audience, and several other factors. Who you select will depend on your budget and your goals for the event. 

If you’re interested in a powerful, experienced motivational speaker who will have your audience excited to return to work and apply their new-found motivation, consider Marvelless Mark Kamp for your next event. His brand of rock-star enthusiasm will bring your audience to their feet and leave them nothing short of inspired. 

Last quarter’s numbers are in… and they don’t look too good. In fact, many of your “impressive hires” are floundering to even meet their goals, never mind exceed them. The pressure is on from upper management and you’re starting to lose sleep.

What happened?

Hiring a sales team is pretty easy. After all, hundreds (if not thousands) of resumes boasting sales experience will cross your desk every single year. However, it’s difficult to determine whether a salesperson is worth their weight until you’ve actually seen them in action. Their resume might show impressive numbers, but was it a fluke? Were they put in the position of “order taker” rather than a true sales role? Were they in charge of selling a product that literally sold itself?

Now that you’ve hired your sales team, it’s time to actually build the team. The responsibility rests on you to make sure that they are meeting their numbers, living up to the goals you’ve set for them, and helping to move the organization forward. It’s your job to improve their performance and raise your team to a rock star level of selling.

But how?

Help your team achieve the next level of selling
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How Can You Improve Sales Performance and Take My Sales Team to the Next Level?

Improving your team’s sales performance is a fairly simple process… if you do it right. There are many managers that will resort to cracking down on fun, giving demoralizing “pep talks,” and making threats of unemployment to inspire their troops. Thankfully, you know better. You know that in order to motivate your team to reach rock star status, you need to understand what’s really going on with each employee.

Related: How to Get Your Employees Excited About Your Business Vision

How to Achieve the Next Level of Selling

There are several tactics you can employ to take your employees to the next level of selling.

1. Understand what drives them

It may be hard to believe, but not everyone is driven to perform by money. For some salespeople, financial incentives are lovely, but not why they come to work every morning. Some employees may be driven by healthy competition (whether with others or themselves), by the need for positive affirmations and reinforcement, or by a desire to have plenty of time to spend with loved ones.

First, you must understand why your team members would want to perform. Once you know this, you can focus on the best way to motivate and reward them. Perhaps they’d prefer some extra time off to a performance-based bonus. Or maybe, they need to be publicly congratulated for a job well done.

2. Raise excitement for the product

Have you ever tried selling something you don’t care about? Your lackluster feelings are difficult to cover up and the sales process doesn’t usually go well. It’s hard to be enthusiastic about a product when you don’t believe in it. On the other hand, when you can speak from experience… when you love a product because it has worked for you or someone you care about, you’re comfortable shouting it from the rooftops.

Keep this in mind when it comes to hiring and training your staff. If you can find salespeople who have used the product, even if they have slightly less experience in a sales role, they may sell with more enthusiasm than someone with tons of sales experience, but no experience with the product.

Once they’re already an employee, make sure they’re a customer too. If at all possible, give your product to your salespeople to test out with family and friends. Let them see for themselves how incredibly amazing your product or service is, so they can then become a raving fan.

Related: How to Boost Sales Team Morale and Motivation

3. Provide them with product training

The only thing worse than not being excited about your product is not knowing enough about it. Imagine that you sit down with a potential customer or client. You give your pitch and then they start asking questions. So many questions. So many questions that you can’t answer. Now, on top of being worried that you won’t get the sale, you feel stupid for not knowing your product inside and out.

Don’t do this to your employees. Make sure that they receive the product training necessary for them to fully understand and explain what they have to sell. When a new product is rolled out, provide them with the proper training before you ask them to hit the ground.

4. Provide them with sales training

As you saw earlier, most salespeople are merely order takers. When a potential customer is in front of them, they are able to log whatever products or services they’d like to purchase. They may even be able to slightly upsell them. However, what will they do when faced with the need to make cold calls? What will they do when they face objections for potential clients? Do they have the knowledge and skills to be a true salesperson?

Provide enough training that your employees can approach any sales situation with enthusiasm and confidence, and the techniques necessary to handle any situation.

Related: What Do All Great Teams Have in Common?

5. Recognize their achievements

Does it sound crazy to reward someone for not reaching their goals? What if they’ve come a lot closer to hitting them than they’ve ever come before?

While it’s great to reward goals that have been met, don’t forget to positively reinforce improvement. When an employee is doing their best… and getting better, yet they are still penalized for not making their goals, the result will be a disheartened employee who stops trying. When you congratulate them on stepping up and then give them more tools they need to succeed, you’ll be met with gratitude and enthusiasm (not to mention a better future month or quarter).

Taking your salespeople to the next level will take patience, dedication, and some hard work. Thankfully, you are perfect for the job! Support your employees with positive reinforcement and education, and come next review period, you’ll all be celebrating rock star sales numbers.

You realize that your department and your organization would be nothing without the amazing employees you’ve brought on board. They work hard, accomplish their goals, and move the company forward.

But sometimes, you wonder if they could be even more successful if they worked together better. How can you take your good team and turn them into a great team filled with rock star employees?

Make your good team great by hiring a keynote speaker for your next corporate event!

What’s the Difference Between Good and Great Teams?

It’s pretty easy to identify a bad team, right?  Employees are bickering, there’s a cloud of negativity in the office, team members are often back-biting and will step on one another to get ahead. You’d probably see high turnover rates, frequent sick days, and an overall lack of performance on the job.

It’s not quite as easy to recognize the difference between a good team and a great team. After all, a good team may have a common culture, common goals, the ability to handle conflict, and impressively skilled people.

A great team, or a “next level” team will exhibit all of these characteristics, but they’ll be stronger, more intertwined, and happier to work together.

Characteristics of a Great Team

If you’re sitting there right now wondering, “How do I know if my team is a good team or a great team?” it’s easy to find out.

Does your team communicate regularly or does communication breakdown at the first sign of struggle?

Does your team support one another to reach not only shared goals, but individual goals as well?

Does your team view conflict as a way to improve?

Does your team utilize the right people for the right tasks?

Does your team celebrate one another’s achievements?

Related: How to Create a Culture of Employee Engagement

What Do All Great Teams Have in Common?

While most bad or toxic teams exhibit some similar characteristics, great teams can be identified by several common characteristics as well. These include:

1. They have talented people in the right roles

You may have the best employee in the world, but if they are stuck in the wrong role, performing the wrong tasks, they’ll never live up to your expectations. Teams are useful because they bring a variety of skills and talents to the table and can work together to overcome one another’s blind spots.

Having the right people doing the right job is about understanding your individual employees and what they excel at… and then placing them in those roles.

2. Everyone understands what their role is

It’s wonderful to have employees that can cover for one another and perform multiple roles. However, if they don’t know what they are supposed to be doing, some employees will slack and become complacent, while others will take on too much work and become resentful.

Be clear with your employees about what they are responsible for and outline the procedure for requesting help or support with difficult projects. That way there won’t be confusion amongst the team.

3. Culture is understood and valued

It’s easy to say you have a strong culture when things are running smoothly. This is the sign of a good team. The real test of an organization’s culture is what happens when things go haywire. A great team is able to maintain their culture during the most difficult times.

Clearly communicate your culture and values to the team and put procedures in place to maintain this culture during the rocky periods.

4. Purpose, mission, and individual contributions are understood

Good teams understand what they are working toward in the future. They know what the mission of the organization is and they understand that everyone is working towards the same thing.

What separates the good teams from the great, is the fact that every member of a great team understands their role in the mission… and everyone else’s. This means that they not only recognize why everyone is there but have a strong sense of respect for each person’s contribution to the greater good.

Related: How to Motivate Millennial Workers

5. There’s diversity among the team members

As challenging as diversity can be at times, it’s essential to a great team. Having opinions from different cultures, religions, age groups, nationalities, lifestyles, and more will help your team better understand the needs of their consumers and respect one another for their differences and what they bring to the table.

When you put your team together, you should hire based off of experience and skills, but also keep their background and differences in mind. The more varied your team is, the more successful they’ll be.

6. They communicate efficiently and respectfully

While a good team should have open lines of communication, a great team takes it one step further. Your employees should feel that they are safe to share their feelings, their concerns, and their ideas. They should be praised for offering suggestions and for addressing any challenges that they see.

Communication starts with the leadership. If you reward employees for speaking up, they will continue to do so. If you don’t create the opportunity for them to share, or even worse, you penalize them when they do, you will create an environment where employees are not comfortable talking to you or to one another.

7. They support one another

 Very few projects are completed in solitude. It’s much more likely that your employees will need to lean on fellow teammates for support, encouragement, and assistance. While in a sales culture, employees may actually be competing against one another, a great team will find ways to make the pie bigger rather than fighting over a single slice.

Reward your employees for supportive behavior. When you see someone holding out a hand to assist a coworker, thank them for doing so and take this into consideration come review or bonus time.

When you look closely, great teams are easy to spot. They’re the employees who laugh together, cry together, and grow together. With the right encouragement and training, you can take your team from good to great and create an environment that rocks!

Everyone is so busy these days, many companies have considered skipping sales meetings altogether.

But not the smart companies.

You know how important it is to get all of your salespeople in one room, to get them excited about their jobs and motivated about the products or services they sell, and to give them the tools they need to succeed once they’re back in the field.

You’ve been entrusted to plan the next sales meeting, and you want to make sure that your employees are not only excited to attend but will walk away feeling positive about returning to work and feeling like they can conquer the sales goals you’ve set for them. Between travel and expenses, this event will cost the company a pretty penny, and you want to make sure it wasn’t in vain.

You know this sales meeting has to be special; you’re just not sure how to do that.

Make your sales kickoff a slam dunk
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How Do You Kick Off a Successful Sales Meeting?

Before you can plan a successful sales meeting, you have to understand the different elements that go into this type of event. After all, you’ve seen those dull, events where the only thing keeping the attendees awake is high-octane coffee. If it weren’t for that caffeine spike and the pastries waiting around every corner, they’d be snoring in the aisles.

You want to create something better. Something that brings value to your attendees and improves the state of the business. The good news is that it’s completely possible.

You’ll need three elements to do this:

Education

Do your salespeople know their products inside and out? Do they have the best practices they need to sell? Have they perfected the sales process or could they use a refresher?

A sales kickoff provides the opportunity to give them all the knowledge they need to sell the specific products you’re launching (and any upgrades or changes to older products), plus, they get to learn new sales techniques, brush up on their sales skills, and learn what’s been working for the most successful people in your organization and in the industry.  

Entertainment

Let’s face it, product knowledge may not be the most exciting topic in the world to learn. Rather than just stacking your event with specifics and less-than-fascinating product descriptions, you’ll need to intersperse some entertainment throughout the meeting. The audience will be even more interested if there is audience interaction and participation. This will make them feel like they’re a part of the event (because they are!).  

Motivation

All the knowledge in the world won’t help your team if they aren’t excited about going back to work. Providing a motivational piece to the event will inspire your salespeople to become better employees and better people. They’ll leave the event hungry to return to the field and start selling.

The Best Sales Kickoff Ever in 9 Steps

When it comes to events of any kind, 90% of the success is in the planning stage. If you’ve done your job right, once the event gets started, you’ll be able to relax (a little) knowing that the machine is already in motion. There are nine steps to creating the best sales kickoff ever:

1. Define “Successful”

If you don’t know what “successful” looks like, how will you know when you get there? Sit down with your planning committee and identify what you’d like to get out of hosting this event. Are you looking to celebrate the past successes of your employees and your organization? Do you need to inspire some creative thinking among your team members instead of sticking to the ol’ status quo? Are you looking to inspire your sales force and motivate them to reach for even higher goals than they’ve hit in the past? Or, do you need to communicate the “state of the organization” and dispel some rumors or anxiety that’s been floating around the break rooms?

When you understand your purpose and your desired goals, you’ll have an easier time planning your event.

2. Choose a Sales Kickoff Theme

Now that you know what you want to get out of this event, you can select a theme that supports it. You can go uber-creative and choose a theme that’s both entertaining and whimsical, or you can choose something straightforward that communicates exactly what your team members will take away from the event. Examples of potential themes are “Improving the Customer Experience” or “Sharpening the Blade.”

Related: 20 Conference Themes for 2019 That Employees Will Love

3. Get the Team Involved

It’s no secret that when employees have the opportunity to provide feedback, voice their concerns, and give input into a decision, they’re more engaged. Send out some quick polls or questionnaires to your employees and ask what they’d like to learn at this event. Find out what interests them and what they’d deem worth attending to learn.

4. Choose your Content Based Off of Your Goals

It’s important to figure out what you want to accomplish during the meeting, but it’s also important to know how that fits into your company goals. Identify the strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots in your organization and provide content that supports closing the gap.

5. Decide on Sales Kickoff Games and Activities

Engaging your employees throughout the entire sales kickoff event will ensure that they are:

  • Not bored
  • Not rolling their eyes at the cheesiness
  • Learning and growing from the content provided
  • Going home with actionable steps they can start on the moment they get back to the office.

Related: How to Host a Knock-Out Sales Conference

6. Provide Some Glimpses of the Content to Get Your Salespeople Excited

Just because the event hasn’t yet arrived doesn’t mean that you can’t get your salespeople excited about it. At each step of the planning process, provide a glimpse of what’s to come. You can have the speakers record quick videos about the content they cover, ask the venue staff to do a virtual tour of the location, and even provide helpful hints for “things to do” in the city you’ve chosen.

7. Find a Rockstar Speaker to Give the Opening Presentation

The opening presentation sets the tone for the entire event. Find a speaker who can inspire, engage, and excite your audience. You’ll want someone who captures the audience’s attention the moment he or she steps on stage and is remembered for years to come.

Related: 5 Ways a Motivational Speaker Can Improve Employee Morale

8. Create Your Agenda (and Leave Plenty of Time for Socialization)

While you’ll be providing a ton of content for the attendees, the connections they make between sessions may prove invaluable. They’ll learn best practices from people crushing it in the field, and will make friends, getting to know their coworkers outside of the office environment and creating a stronger team back at the office.  

9. Relax

Yes, you’ll still have to be “on” once the event starts. But, you’ll know that you’ve done the proper planning to ensure that the event will be a success. Now, you can go enjoy it and keep an eye out for anything that could be improved in the future.

Your employees are your greatest resource. Invest in their development and training and the return on investment, both in sales and in employee satisfaction, will more than make up for the costs of a sales kickoff meeting.

As a business owner, you’ve probably read business and personal development books. You’ve probably attended seminars, taken workshops, and listened to podcasts—all in the name of improving your company, your life, and the lives of your employees.

However, did you ever stop to think that some of the best business lessons out there aren’t found in business books? What if you could learn how to become a rock star in business by studying… actual rock stars?

Infuse a rock star mentality into your company and culture
by hiring a motivational speaker for corporate events.

Business Lessons You Can Learn from Rock Stars

The music industry is ripe with lessons that you can use to improve your business and your life.

Related: 7 Tips for Fostering the Rockstar Mindset in Business

1. Let your failures educate you and feed your ambitions

Imagine that you’re Prince, the amazing musician whose music career spanned 4+ decades. You get up on stage, ready to give it your all, and you fail miserably. In fact, you’re so bad, you get booed off the stage.

That’s what happened when Prince opened for The Rolling Stones. But he didn’t let it discourage him, and neither should you. He kept playing and eventually became the superstar we’ll always remember. Hold onto your dreams and your core values. Stay focused, work hard, and you will reach your goals.

2. Seize the opportunities

Musicians and the record industry have often feared bootleg recordings and fans “stealing” music. Some even refused to allow recording devices of any kind into their shows. The Grateful Dead felt differently. They saw the cameras and recorders as an opportunity to develop deeper bonds with their fans and reach a whole new audience through their existing fans.

Is there something in your business that frightens you? Instead of seeing it as a negative, find a way to embrace the opportunity and welcome something new into your organization.

3. You are your own best product

Can you picture a time when Lady Gaga wasn’t the unique, outlandish star she is now? Turns out, she (like mostly everyone) suffered from some major insecurities.

However, she completely ignored those insecurities to strengthen her persona:

“I used to walk down the street like I was a f****** star… I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be — and then fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth.”

—Lady Gaga

Do you deal with insecurities or imposter syndrome in your business? Hold yourself with confidence. Dress with confidence. Speak with confidence… and eventually, you will be confident.

4. Create a vision

While Aerosmith is a group of talented and hardworking individuals, the reason they’ve become the legends they are is their vision. They didn’t just work hard; they worked toward something.

Do you have a unifying force in your business? Do you have a clear, common purpose that everyone works toward? If your vision is a clear one, humble beginnings, setbacks, and disappointments won’t matter.

Related: Setting Rock Star Goals

5. Commit to the long haul

If you’ve followed The Rolling Stones throughout their 50+ year span, you probably remember the well-documented shouting matches, public insults, and explosive interactions between Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.

Yet, the band is still going strong. Why?

“This thing is bigger than both of us.”

—Keith Richards

Is everyone in your organization committed to doing what’s best for the “band”? When there’s a bigger vision and a bigger purpose, people must put their egos aside and do what’s best for the business.

6. Enact your own change

Since the early 1980s, Madonna has been wowing audiences with her performances on and off stage. She’s reinvented herself more than the average person cuts their hair. When other musical powerhouses are fading into the history books, Madonna has stayed relevant and popular. How?

She drives change. Rather than allowing the world to change around her while she stands still, Madonna has influenced our culture.

Are you changing the way your industry does business, or are you sitting back and waiting for the market to force you to change?

7. Find your fans

While you may not know the Dresden Dolls’ lead singer Amanda Palmer, her fans certainly do.

“Basically, our MO was that after every gig, whether we were a support band or if we were headlining a 2000 seat venue, or playing in a strange little venue… after a show, no matter what, we would always sign autographs.”

—Amanda Palmer

Are you getting to know your customers? Do you take the time to build a relationship with them? This is how you change customers into loyal fans.

8. Be adaptable

Sometimes, things don’t turn out as planned. Sometimes, you have to adjust your course to see continued success.

U2 has been playing together for more than 30 years and have sold almost 200 million records worldwide. However, in 1989, they decided it was time to take a break, regroup, and rethink the music they were making. So they did. They returned with Achtung Baby! and found a new groove.

If you’re in an energy rut, or if the road you’re on isn’t leading where you want to go, it’s okay to chart a new course.

9. Rock your BHAG

Do you have a big, hairy, audacious goal? This concept dares people and organizations to set your sights on the very best possible outcome for yourself and your organization. Consider the band KISS whose BHAG is to rock their fans with a full spectrum experience that no other band can match… and they’ve been doing it for decades.

It’s okay to set smaller, more attainable goals throughout your journey. However, if you want to be a rock star in business, you’ll need to look at your Vision and then set a BHAG for your organization.

Related: Rock Your BHAG

10. Rehearse… Rehearse… Rehearse

Glenn Frey, lead singer of the Eagles, once said that they never played a song at a live concert until they had played it perfectly 100 times in a row during rehearsals. This is a rock star level of dedication and preparation.

Have you taken the time to learn your craft? Did you stop learning and practicing once you became “good enough”? If you want to build a rock star business, you need to practice every single day. To reach this level, you must commit yourself to doing whatever it takes to be the best at what you do.

11. Bring the energy

Business isn’t always exciting. But, you might be surprised to hear that the music industry isn’t always exciting either. In fact, even musical legends like James Taylor admit to having an off day every so often. When that happens, he suggests getting the fans engaged by focusing on your favorite parts of what you do. Once they are excited, you’ll get excited.

Can you focus on your customers? Can you get them involved in what you’re doing and so fired up that they, in turn, get you excited? Be grateful for the customers and fans in your business and show them your appreciation. You’ll be sure to get the energy boost you need.

Related: 4 Ways Rock Star Energy Can Add to Your Workplace

You want the best for your business and for your employees. When you learn the lessons of the world’s greatest musical legends, you’ll improve your organizations and bring out the business rock stars around you.

You believe in the company you work for and the service it provides to the community. You’ve bought into the idea of a better future. You believe that your team has the power to achieve their goals and push the business forward into the future. Unfortunately, you’re not entirely sure if your employees know what the larger plan is for the business and what part they play in making it a reality.

How do you ensure that your employees are on the same page and working to make the organization a success?

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Why Is Vision Important in an Organization?

A vision or vision statement is set in the future and describes the world as it will be when a company lives out its mission.

Without a vision, a company is just going through the motions, taking care of daily activities with no goals or dreams in sight. The business and its employees may fall off track, distracted by “shiny object” syndrome and unable to function. It may become difficult to make decisions without a clear end in mind.

When a company has a strong, clear vision and the employees are aware of that vision, it inspires action and helps employees stay focused and work together no matter what challenges they face. The vision becomes the North Star that guides the company forward.  

How Do Mission and Vision Affect Employees?

Sure, you can survive without a company vision, but your employees will be coming to work for a paycheck rather than a greater purpose. Their satisfaction will be low, their engagement as minimal as possible, and their happiness won’t come until the moment they step out of the building at the end of the day.

Employees that see, understand, and buy into the company’s vision will enjoy their jobs more, perform better, and truly drive the company’s success.

But where does mission fit into this?

The company mission defines how the company is going to reach its vision. Think of it like the GPS that guides the company along the journey. When employees understand the history and the “why” of the organization and have a clear concept of the mission, they will be better enabled to do their jobs and to understand the role they play in the company as a whole.

How Do You Implement Mission and Vision in the Workplace?

While the company’s vision statement may be prominently displayed on the lobby wall or front and center on the company website, if it isn’t an ingrained part of the culture, it will be regularly overlooked.

Now, if you work at a non-profit where employees get to save the world, one child, tree, or homeless person at a time, it won’t be difficult for them to see the vision and become a part of it. However, when you work for a for-profit company, it becomes slightly more difficult (though not impossible) to implement your mission and vision.

Implementing your mission and vision in the workplace begins with effective hiring. If you bring in a new employee whose values don’t match that of the organization, there’s no amount of cheerleading that can get them on board. Rather than looking solely for employees that have the skills or experience to fill a role, also consider hiring for personality, values, and culture fit. You can always train someone on how to do a job. You can’t, however, change who they are as a person.

Once employees are situated within the company, a great deal of responsibility falls on you as their immediate supervisor to be a living example of the values and mission in action. Employees will be inspired by your actions and your attitude and will likely follow suit.

Related: How to Create a Culture of Employee Engagement

How to Get Employees Excited About Your Business Vision

Wouldn’t it be amazing if your employees were eager to come to work early, happy to stay late, and excited to work together towards a greater good? When employees are excited about your business vision, they will go above and beyond to make that vision a reality.

Communicate Your Mission and Vision

It may seem obvious, but if you haven’t shared your vision with the employees and they don’t know what their ultimate goal is… you can’t expect them to be working tirelessly toward it. While your vision and mission may be hanging up for all to see, you’ll still need to ensure that it’s a topic of conversation with new hires. When you onboard a new employee, their first lesson should be what the company does, why, and where the organization is headed. This should happen before you ever get into the details of their specific job role. Once you’ve discussed both, then you can tie these together so they understand how they fit into the grand scheme of things.

For existing employees, and as a reminder to everyone, the vision and mission should be read at every meeting and opened to discussion about how the organization is meeting or missing the mark.

Listen as Much as You Speak

As a manager or leader, you may feel that your voice should be heard more than those of your employees. However, if they aren’t talking to you… they are probably talking to someone else. That could be fellow employees or even customers. That’s not a conversation that should ever happen.

Check in with your employees regularly and give them ample opportunities to voice their concerns. Of course, you’ll also have to create a safe space for them to do so. If employees are chastised for speaking up, or if news of your conversation reaches others in the organization, they may never come to you again. Whether you agree with what they have to say or not, hear them out.

Pay Attention

You may be listening to your employees when they speak, but they might not feel comfortable doing so. If they aren’t voicing their opinions in meetings or coming to discuss ideas with you one-on-one, you’ll need to pay attention to their body language and their behaviors.

When you’re leading a meeting or conversation, you are often more focused on your own words than the way the audience is reacting to them. When you see that employees are no longer paying attention and becoming less engaged, it may be time to switch gears.

Incorporate Mission and Vision into Individual Goals

When employees clearly see the relation between their specific job responsibility and attainment of an organization-wide mission, they’ll be more likely to exhibit the desired attitudes and behaviors.

Reward, Reward, Reward

Like everything else in life, employees will respond better to positive reinforcement, being rewarded for a job well done and a mission well carried out than they will to being punished. This can be done with monetary rewards, gift certificates, time off, or any number of “bonuses” that communicate your satisfaction with their performance.

When your organization has a clear vision and mission, and the employees are excited to be a part of it and contribute to the whole, your business will be more successful and your employees will be more engaged, happy, and loyal. If you are clear on what you want to achieve and communicate that well with your staff, buy-in will happen naturally.

As an event planner, the weight of each and every conference seems to rest on your shoulders. From the location to the speakers to the food, you want every detail to be perfect. Often, those decisions will all be based on what you choose for your theme.

You could play it safe, but why? You want the attendees to remember this event for years to come. You want to see the wide-eyed expressions on their faces as they walk through the conference with awe and wonderment. And you want to have that amazing conversation with the client or your higher up where they tell you that you’ve exceeded their expectations and you’ll be hearing from them as soon as next year’s conference planning is underway.

If you want to create an event that will go down in the history books, it’s time to dig deep, get creative, and plan the event of a lifetime.

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Trending Conference Themes for 2019

You want as many people to attend as possible and for attendees to get the most out of the event as they can. In order to do that, you’ll need to select a theme that appeals to their desire to learn and grow but also piques their sense of adventure and satisfies their yearning for entertainment.

Take a look at these trending conference themes and see if any of them create a spark for you. Then, we’ll discuss how to tailor them to your event.

  1. Wellness and Health – Productivity, sales success, providing good customer service… all of these are difficult (if not impossible) when wellness and health are not taken into account. Attendees need to learn how to get their physical, mental, and emotional houses in order before they can excel in the office.
  2. Leadership – Leadership isn’t just for managers anymore. Companies with strong, focused, self-disciplined, autonomous, self-sufficient employees will see better returns than those with “flock” mentality. Encourage every employer to be a leader, whether they have direct reports or not.
  3. Reinvention and Resilience – As the economic climate changes, many (if not all) industries are seeing some sort of challenges with the way they’ve always operated. The successful companies will be the ones that learn to reinvent themselves and lead the change.
  4. Productivity – Companies want their employees to be as productive as possible. Giving them the tools to manage their time and responsibilities appropriately can help.
  5. Sustainability – Our environment needs us. Companies have the ability to improve their bottom line without endangering the planet further. It’s not only good for the world, but it’s also becoming an expectation of customers.
  6. Women in Business – Glass ceilings are being shattered every day. A conference focused on women in business can improve leadership skills, decrease the pay discrepancies, and celebrate the amazing and unique characteristics that women bring to the business world.
  7. Marketing – Businesses are constantly looking to reach more potential customers and get their message front and center. A focus on marketing can help companies identify who they’re trying to reach, where those individuals are, and how to best craft their message for them.
  8. Technology and Social Media – Love it or hate it, technology is always evolving, and social media is here to stay. Attendees would benefit from understanding the latest advancements and how to incorporate them into their job responsibilities.
  9. Communications – No matter what innovations occur in technology, communication will always be the most important aspect of life and business. How do employees interact with one another? With customers? With direct reports or with management? The better you’re able to communicate, the more successful you’ll be.
  10. Demographic, Social/ Lifestyle and Environmental Trends – The world is changing. Businesses can embrace this fact and learn how to evolve, or they can ignore these trends and perish.
  11. Creativity – Innovation comes from creativity. And successful business comes from innovation. Any business could benefit from thinking more creatively.
  12. Harmony – Diversity and Gender Fluidity – Do employees know how to interact with people that are different from them? We don’t all need to agree, but we do need to find a way to understand and respect our differences.
  13. Trust – Developing an environment of trust is so important to a company or brand’s future. Whether between employees, employees and management, or the company and their customers/ potential customers, focusing on building trust will increase brand loyalty, attract the best talent, and pay off in the long run.
  14. Customer Experience – Customer service is no longer king… it’s the customer experience. What do customers experience from the moment they learn about a company, throughout the sales process, and well past the close? How can it be improved?
  15. Culture – Corporate culture has become a popular buzzword for companies and organizations. Focusing on this at a conference can help ensure that everyone is on the same page with their attitude, goals, and behaviors.
  16. Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy – Employees’ and customers’ expectations have changed. The job of a company has spread beyond providing a service or product. It now includes providing a benefit to the community.
  17. Storytelling – Whether the bulk of your audience is in sales, leadership, or customer service… or they just need to communicate with fellow human beings, storytelling skills can improve their performance and help them create an emotional connection with anyone they speak to.
  18. Working with Difficult People – It would be lovely if everyone got along… but that’s just not a reality. Employees could benefit strongly from learning techniques to deal with challenging people in the office and in the field.  
  19. Teamwork – Are employees working together for the good of the organization, or have they gone rogue? Employees that function as a team unit rather than being isolated from the group, are happier, healthier, more productive, and more likely to stay loyal to the company.
  20. Performance – With the proper motivation and education, employees will perform better and be more satisfied at work. And the company will see an improvement in the bottom line.

Related: How to Host a Knock-Out Sales Conference

How to Come Up With Conference Theme Ideas

Hopefully, some of the above ideas have gotten you thinking. If you’d like to stick with one of the trending themes, but perhaps you’d also like to add some zest to the event, here are a few ideas you can use to develop a theme that wows.

Who Is It For?

Consider the industry. There’s nothing worse than walking into a party wearing the same outfit as someone else… so don’t plan the same event as someone else. Do your research and figure out what themes similar companies or organizations are using and then do something different.

Take your attendees into account. Not every theme is a good fit for everyone. Think about who will be coming to the event. Are they generally male or female? A specific age range? Do they all have similar job responsibilities? Tailor your theme ideas to the specific people who attend and it will be more likely to appeal to them.

What do the attendees need to learn? If the organization is going through a massive shift, perhaps focusing on reinvention or resilience would benefit the attendees.  If sales have been low, maybe a focus on marketing, communication, or customer experience would be helpful.

Where Will It Be?

What city or state will be hosting? Certain locations like Las Vegas, Miami, or Houston have their own personality. Factor that into your thematic planning and create a unique experience for attendees.

Which venue have you chosen? Consider the decor of the event space. Is it rustic? Modern? Nature inspired? This could help you uncover the perfect theme.    

Dare to Be Different

Step up your theme. Perhaps one of the trending themes really caught your eye. How can you make it special?

  • If your focus is Teamwork, you could create a rock and roll themed event that inspires employees to work together as a band rather than as solo artists.  
  • If your theme is Sustainability, why not bring the outdoors inside with a beach, jungle, or woodsy feel?
  • When the theme is Storytelling, you could pay homage to the greatest stories of childhood and create a fairytale event.
  • Looking to improve the Health and Wellness of attendees? You could create a Zen-themed event complete with meditation stations, yoga classes, and a rock garden for attendees to stroll through.
  • If your focus is on improving Creativity, you could create an art museum themed event or turn the venue into a Lego playland that encourages attendees to experiment and build.
  • Focusing on Diversity? What about a celebration of the world’s cultures?
  • If your theme is Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy, why not center your event around a cause and show attendees how they can get involved?

You want your event to be a rousing success. While there are many details that go into making this a reality, choosing the theme is one of the most important decisions you will make. Select a theme that’s appropriate for the industry and the attendees and the organization’s current climate, and then throw in some creativity to spice it up and make it an event that attendees will never forget.

You’ve just been given the green light. Next year’s sales conference is your responsibility. You’re excited, of course. After all, you’ve attended sales conferences for years and had amazing ideas on how to improve them. However, you’re a tad bit nervous as well. You’ve got all of these ideas… but will the attendees like them? Will your higher-ups be pleased with the event you put together?

You want your attendees to be speaking about this conference for years to come. You want your sales team to learn how to kick their sales into high gear. And, you want to do all of this while looking like a rockstar.

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Sales Conference Planning: How Do I Host an Annual Sales Conference?

An annual sales conference is an entirely different animal from other events you may have planned in the past. Why? Because all of those events had a very specific and immediate goal. Have fun, recognize someone for their achievement, join people together… whether the event was a success or not, the rest of their lives were probably not affected.

A sales conference, on the other hand, needs to create lasting change for the attendees. Employees that attend these conferences should be entertained, inspired, educated, motivated, and given actionable takeaways that will improve their role in your company and possibly even their lives.

Taking a logical approach to the planning can help take some of the anxiety out of the process. You’ll need to decide on the following:

Budget

Very few event planners are given an unlimited budget. Speak to whoever is footing the bill for this conference and find out how much you’ve got to spend and if there’s any leeway with that amount. Do you have to run your decisions through a committee, get approval from a higher up, or is your say is enough?

Date

You’ll need at least a one year lead time to secure the venue and the speakers that you want for your event. Ideally, you’ll have more time than that. If you gamble with planning a conference in less than 12 months, you may find that the venue you want, or the speakers you’d like to have, are no longer available.

Location

Do you want your employees to travel to a new city or state for the conference or do you prefer that they stay close to the office? There are benefits to having a conference in another city (change of environment could assist with a change in mindset, having to stay in a hotel and not go “home” at night may create relationships and foster a team building atmosphere). However, there are also drawbacks (travel costs and time).

Venue

Your venue choice will depend on whether your attendees will have to travel. If they are leaving their home area, you’ll need to find a venue that also offers lodging or you’ll need to secure a hotel and possibly transportation to and from it.

Food

There’s a good likelihood that the venue will supply food. Discuss this with your contact and decide on a menu well in advance. Keep in mind that there are a number of dietary restrictions that may concern your attendees such as vegetarian or vegan, gluten-free, Kosher, and allergies.

Agenda

Will you be providing entertainment at night, or are conference attendees on their own once the educational day is over? Make sure you factor in plenty of break time. People need to step out, get air, have a snack, and clear their heads in between sessions. Plus, the best networking happens during these times.

Entertainment/Speakers

The speakers you hire will be determined by your goals for the conference. Are you looking to motivate your staff and get them fired up to return to work, or are your goals more focused on introducing new products, training them in specific areas, or teaching them sales techniques?

Publicize

A conference without any attendees isn’t very exciting. Invites can be sent out through email blasts, social media, etc. Many keynote speakers will even create a short video for you to send out to your employees getting them excited about the upcoming event. Remember that you need to share the benefits your attendees will receive.

Evaluate

Provide surveys to all employees to determine what they liked and what could be done better in the future. You may want to follow up with another survey in 3-6 months asking if they’ve implemented anything they learned. Whether you plan the next event or it gets handed off to someone else, this information will prove invaluable.

How Do You Have a Great Conference?

As you go through the planning process, put yourself in the attendees’ shoes. Some employees may have work that has to be done once the conference day is over while others will be concerned about the growing pile of work waiting for them when they return to the office. Either way, business doesn’t stop just because they are at a conference, so you need to make the event worthwhile for them.

How you judge “success” will ultimately come down to whether you’ve met your goals for the event. What do you want your salespeople to get out of the experience? Did you want to renew their excitement for the company and their role in it? Or did you want them to have steps they could take the moment they got back to the office?

Sales Conference Ideas That Will Make Your Event Stand Out

You want this conference to be one that employees remember for years to come. Here are a few ways to help make it an event to remember for all of the attendees.

1. Celebrate Your Successes

Your employees are your greatest assets and should be acknowledged for the hard work they do. Consider sharing stories of employees that have gone above and beyond for customers, hit (and blown past) sales goals, assisted fellow team members, or otherwise performed like business rockstars.

2. Foster Teamwork

Having your entire sales team in one room as a captive audience presents an opportunity to build teams and strengthen relationships. Consider hiring a team building speaker or finding a keynote speaker who can fulfill both roles.

3. Improve Their Skills

No matter where they are in their career, every salesperson could use some extra skills training. From communication to closing, every employee could stand to take their skills up a notch.

4. Clue Them into the Competition

It’s always helpful to know who else does what you do. Provide real-world examples of your competitors in action and provide ways that your team can set themselves apart and be heard above the market noise.

5. Hire a Unique Speaker

There are thousands of motivational speakers that could deliver a good presentation for your conference. And chances are they’d even teach your attendees a thing or two. However, if you truly want your conference to be unforgettable, you need a speaker who not only educates, but motivates, and creates long-lasting change for your team.

Planning a sales conference is a lot of work, but the payoff is enormous. When you put in the time and effort to choose the right speakers for your event, you’ll see rewards as your team uncovers their inner business rock stars.

You’ve hired some of the best and brightest employees in the industry. They are creative, capable, and great at working independently. Unfortunately, there’s no camaraderie in your office. Your employees are focused on getting their job done, not on helping the team—or the company as a whole—flourish.

You know how important teamwork is to the level of happiness and productivity at work. You know that the more your employees work together as a solid unit, the better it will be for everyone. You know that your employees are business rock stars… you just want them to perform more like a band than a room full of solo artists.

But how?

Fostering a strong team culture can help improve morale and productivity while limiting employee turnover, sick days, and that “case of the Mondays” that’s been following your team 5 days a week for months now. You’ll want to encourage your team members to get to know one another, trust one another, and respect one another. You can do that through team building activities.

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Corporate Team Building Activities That Actually Work

You want to create a strong team, but the idea of doing trust falls and singing “Kumbaya” just doesn’t appeal to you. Thankfully, there are a variety of team building activities that will have your employees excited to participate rather than glancing for the nearest Exit sign.

Related: Do Team Building Workshops Actually Make a Difference?

1. Commercials

Chances are that your employees have been working together for months, if not years, yet don’t know much about each other. This exercise will give them the opportunity to get to know one another.

Divide your team into sets of two and give each partner 2-5 minutes to interview the other about their childhood, experiences, hobbies, dreams, etc. Once each partner has had a chance to go, give them a few minutes to write up a commercial about their partner. Then, have each team come up and give a 1 minute commercial about each other.

2. Improv

A team that plays together, stays together. Break your employees into teams of 3-5 people and then assign them a situation to act out.

Your employees will have the opportunity to have fun supporting each other, and they’ll exercise their “quick thinking” muscles.

3. Half-Time Trivia

Pay attention to when your employees hit their lowest energy point of the day. Is it in the morning? In the afternoon? Incorporate Half-Time Trivia into your day to get them excited and working together.

Divide your staff into teams of 3-5 and ask them a trivia question. The first team to come up with the right answer receives the points. The team with the most points at the end of the week (or month) gets a prize.

4. Pictionary or Charades

Work environments can get stuffy and extremely serious. Get your employees feeling comfortable with one another and bonding by giving them the opportunity to act silly and have fun.

You don’t have to be a great artist or actor to benefit from these games. Encourage your employees to get on the same “wavelength” with their coworkers by playing a few rounds of Pictionary or Charades each week.

Divide your staff into two teams and designate one employee as the “artist” or the “actor” Give them an item to draw or act out while their teammates try to guess what they’re doing. Provide prizes for the winning teams.

6. Shark Tank

Encourage creativity and teamwork with a Shark Tank inspired game.

Divide your employees into teams of 2-4 people and give them a set period of time to create a new product. You can either give them well-known objects to repurpose or have them start from scratch and pure imagination.

Once they’ve created the products, they’ll have to identify the target market, price the items appropriately, and determine a marketing and distribution plan for their new venture.

They’ll present their products to staff, and you’ll judge their work based on creativity, presentation, and, most importantly, how well they worked together to create their product. You can even open the judging to votes from the other teams. Winners can receive a prize, or perhaps even a dinner for them to enjoy together.

7. Show and Tell

Chances are you’ve got some really interesting people working for you. Outside of work, many employees have interesting hobbies and intriguing stories and have traveled to fascinating destinations. Select a few people each week to bring in an interesting object from their life and tell the story behind it.

This not only provides a break during the day, it also allows your employees to get to know each other better and bond on shared interests or experiences.

8. Potluck Parties

Diversity is now the norm in business. You’ve likely got individuals from different cultural, racial, or religious backgrounds working together in one office. Instead of ignoring their differences in the name of political correctness, celebrate their unique heritages with food.

Throw a potluck party where each individual brings a dish from their culture to share with the group. Provide each employee with the opportunity to share information about their dish and perhaps a personal story from their childhood.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of food allergies and different diets these days. For safety purposes, make sure that each dish is labeled with all of the ingredients and any cooking methods that may be important.

9. Rock Band

Encourage your employees to find their true inner rock stars. Divide them into “bands” of 4-5 members and allow them to write their own songs that they can then perform for the group. They can use “instruments” they find around the office, or you might just discover that some of your employees have actual musical talent and would be willing to play their real instruments for the group.

This exercise gives employees the opportunity to get creative, learn more about one another, and showcase their musical talents while bonding.

Related: 7 Tips for Fostering the Rockstar Mindset in Business

9. Scavenger Hunts

Your employees probably spend enough time cooped up in a stuffy office. When the weather is nice, set up a scavenger hunt on your company’s property, or if you’ve got a few hours to dedicate to the game, you can extend the perimeter elsewhere in town.

Break your staff up into teams of 3-5 employees and then provide clues for them to track down the treasure. Supply prizes for the winners. This will get them thinking more creatively and working together as a team.

10. Volunteering

People love to help. Sometimes, they just don’t know how. Get your employees together to choose a cause that’s close to their hearts (you’ll want to rotate this throughout the year to please as many people as possible), and then give them a day each month or each quarter to volunteer as a team.

This can be anything from walking dogs at an animal shelter to packing lunches for the homeless or reading to children at the local school. Give your employees time to get involved in the community, and then provide the space for them to discuss the experience as a team.

The possibilities for team building activities are endless. Get creative and give your employees the time and the space to form tight-knit relationships with coworkers. Then sit back and watch morale and productivity soar.