• Sarah Centrella

Companies are Using Vision Board Workshops to Empower and Motivate Employees

Updated: Nov 6, 2019


These days companies of all sizes are looking for new ways to inspire, empower and motivate their employees in a way that is benevolent, morale-boosting, and equally self-serving. ith their girlfriends to have a few cocktails.

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These days companies of all sizes are looking for new ways to inspire, empower and motivate their employees in a way that is benevolent, morale-boosting, and equally self-serving.

The concept of old-school "vision boarding" has been around in corporate sales teams for quite some time. Many sales leaders have personally practiced some type of visualization to achieve success. But no one has ever done these workshops the way I do. I've cracked the code on how to create LONG TERM personal motivation via #FutureBoards and my workshops are transformative, especially for sales teams.


Why? Because I teach attendees how to DREAM HUGE, pushing past the limits of their current situation, to envision a fabulous life, one they couldn't imagine before. And then I teach them how to remove their blocks around money and success, so they can begin creating that life. Once they understand that they can have (and deserve) an amazing, abundant life, they are internally motivated to have it, which intern makes them much more motivated at work.

A large part of what I do is teaching corporate teams how to manifest the life they desire using what I call a #FutureBoard. My method goes far beyond taping pictures from a magazine to a corkboard, in fact we rarely even do that in my workshops. Instead, I TEACH teams how to create the life they want, in every area of their life, and to accomplish this, we have to dig deep. We do several exercises as a team to uncover what our dreams are, how to push them and how to find out what has been holding us back. It's intense, often emotional work, but it's also so much fun!


My workshops get creative, like this one which I conducted for BMW's regional sales team. I took the team to Hawks View Winery in the Oregon Wine Country where we got a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in the harvest, while creating our dream future life and setting goals for the next five years.


Why Companies are Using #FutureBoard Workshops to Motivate Teams and Increase Productivity.

1. When an employee is successful and motivated in their personal life, it translates to their work.

But HOW do you achieve this? Employers know that there is more to life than work, but they need their employees to show up every day with a passion for their job, as if it's the most important part of life. So, how do you effectively foster both attitudes? How do you encourage a fulfilling work-life balance?

Answer: You tie them both together.

My workshops teach employees how to look at their life in the big picture; how to define and focus on their future as opposed to where they are today. This mentality encourages them to dream big, which by default translates to them wanting to do better at work so they can begin achieving these newly defined dreams.

It forces them to set personal goals for the next five years of their life, BIG GOALS which will require self-motivation to be achieved. Those goals almost always include how to advance their career, which means they need to step-up their game at work to make this happen (good for productivity and moral).

2. Sometimes companies need a little help motivating and coaching employees to succeed.

We've all worked with people who are self-starters, personally motivated, and as a result are "climbing the ladder." But we've also worked with team members who just don't seem to get it. They need to be coaxed and prodded, but do have the other skills needed to be successful.

The question sales managers struggle with is how do you get them to become SELF-MOTIVATED?

Answer: You show them what is possible for THEM.

Most people who lack self-motivation, do so because they lack belief and imagination that it could be possible for THEM.

This is the reason why dangling large commission structures as the "carrot" for sales teams, only works well for some, but doesn’t work at all for others. I've seen it happen repeatedly.

The sales manager will say to me: "But they know that if they sell x amount they will make sooooo much money! Why won't they just sell that amount? Why isn't that enough?" My return question is; "Have they ever made that amount of money before?" If the answer is "No," then how can they truly understand what receiving a huge check would mean? It holds no real meaning to them, it has no relevance in their life, because it seems unattainable. I know this seem's crazy but I coach people every day who don't know how to imagine a life other than the one they are living, even if the opportunity is there.

But what happens when that same sales rep gets their first big check? Now their motivated right? Because now that money holds a frame of reference in their life, it has meaning. Now they understand that a big commission check means; a vacation for their family, or a new car, maybe down payment for a home, or something else that changed their quality of life. Now they are motivated to repeat the successful behavior to keep getting that check.

So how do you motivate the individuals who've never made that big check? How do you get them excited? You show them what is possible.

You help them identify their personal goals and dreams, where they want to go in their life. What experiences they want to live out. You help them define what money and success will mean in THEIR life, and in relation to THEIR goals and personal happiness. Once you do that, you don't have to push them anymore, they WANT it. They will do what it takes to make it happen. They can begin to envision a totally new life for themselves that begins to feel real even before it is, and that lights a fire that no sales manager can accomplish through sales goals and quotas.

3. Companies set the stage for dreaming big while showing employees they support and value them.

I hold my vision board and dream building workshops away from the office. Why? Because we need to put your team in an environment where dreaming big is natural, where those dreams are coming to fruition in the very moment where they are being defined. We are SHOWING them the life that is possible, we are giving them experiences that create memories and make them feel as if anything really is possible.

The workshops environment matters, a lot. Not only does it help spark their imagination, but it proves that you're committed to supporting their success and longevity at the company. This will come back to you in the form of loyalty, and increased productivity. A true ROI.

For this reason I create a customized workshop around an experience that is unique, fits with your team and goals, and is possibily a once-in-a-lifetime event for your employees. Something they will always remember, that will inspire them for years to come.

This is example of how I create unique events that address the points above. This is an agenda I created for a client who wanted to specifically empower the women on her team to dream big in their careers and in life.

  • I began by having a limousine-bus pick the team up from work.

  • I equipped the bus with champagne and personalized signed copies of my book so they had an idea of who I am and what I'm about.

  • I arranged our workshop in a private room at Hawks View Cellars, a beautiful local vineyard overlooking the winery.

  • When they arrived, the staff and I greeted each guest with a glass of champagne, so immediately they felt special, and attention to every detail of their experience.

  • Then they were given a private behind-the-scenes tour of the wine making process, during harvest, by the master winemaker himself. A truly once-in-a-lifetime type of experience.

  • I shared my personal story of how I started with nothing, as a single mom on welfare, to now living my wildest dreams. I gave them my 8-steps to success (#HBRMethod) so they have a true example of "someone like them" doing the impossible and achieving their dreams.

  • I followed that by amazing food, and a wine tasting, all while they defined and shared their goals and dreams with each other. This helped to bring each member of the team closer together.

  • I then finished off the event with a one hour, hands-on workshop where each participant began creating their personal vision boards. This really helped them see how similar many of their dreams were and how much they had in common.

One thing that made this event extra special is that their boss went through the entire process with them as a participant, giving the team a rare glimpse into what's made her so successful, and what some of her future goals are. This was an invaluable opportunity for her team, especially the junior members to see her as a true role model and mentor to their careers, not just a "boss."

This event sparked in each participant the desire to create a life that is based on their personal happiness and success. It showed them how committed their company is to helping them achieve those goals, and it gave them an inspiring experience that they will remember, all while providing them the tools to make their dreams and goals a reality.

THE BONUS BENEFIT: The added value companies get from my workshop is that I teach all my clients how important their thoughts and words are to their success. #ThinkIT and #SayIT are steps 2 and 3 to my 8-step #HBRMethod and two of the most critical components to my coaching and workshops.

I teach people why their attitude matters and how to change a negative mindset into a winning one, which is a HUGE benefit to employers. No more negativity in the workplace!

Let's create something special like this for your team! Contact us at team@sarahcentrella.com for a quote.

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