The Five Star 5 – “Dinner? Not Again!”

How do you spell sales team dinner? “B.O.R.I.N.G.”

Ok, it is not always boring, but over my career the team dinner concept has been uneventful most of the time. Why not mix it up and plan an event that will be memorable to the team in the future?

If you are having trouble deciding what to do, ask them! Reward the winning creative idea with a gift card.

I can honestly tell you that I barely remember anything that happened at team dinners over the years. But from my list below, I have vivid memories of laughter and fun that will last a life time. You don’t have to make a big splash with an expensive outing for this to be effective. Just try something new to show the team that you are thinking outside the box.

I could blog for a couple of weeks straight sharing stories from participating in these events:

  • Weekend retreat at a Sales Manager’s cabin
  • Go Cart Racing with the sales team
  • Movie Night with the sales team
  • Golf outings (many gatherings were at dream locations in the picturesque Rocky Mountains)
  • Professional sporting events

About Tim Mushey

Dynamic and energized sales rep, mentor and leader since 1999. This blog will be about sales, social networking, personal branding, leadership, music and having some laughs! Don’t be surprised if I mix it up on occasion, and talk about something totally different! I thrive on being part of successful, forward thinking teams. I am ready to go from the moment my feet hit the floor each morning, with the expectation that new adventures will be coming my way. It is rare that there isn't a smile on my face, as I take it all in, and have some fun along the way!

Posted on November 13, 2012, in Five Star 5, Leadership, Management, Rewind, Sales Teams, Success and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. The best team building event I ever attended was at a sales conference. We put together bikes intended for underprivileged kids. When we were done the kids came in and we got to actually meet them and see the delight on their faces. It was an unforgettable experience.

    • Sarah – That is so awesome! Thanks for sharing that great story. I can’t imagine the looks on the kid’s faces when they got to see their new bikes! Glad to see that your management team “thought outside the box”. Take care…

  2. Make it fun in order to make it memorable! A simple little truth that gets lost in reports, speeches and the need to be seen as productive at all times.

  3. A great reminder that simple wins… People bond when they laugh and have fun No need to overcomplicate it.

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