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How to Motivate Your Team

Cara Martens
Cara Martens Monday February 28, 2011
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Maybe it’s just me but there’s something electric about being in the stands at a basketball game. Maybe it’s because you’re closer to the action than at a football game. Or maybe it’s because I find the game easier to understand and follow!

There are important things—the fundamentals—that coaches everywhere focus on with basketball players so they can win games and make all that practice worth it.

• They plan ahead and teach plays that work and play to their advantage.

• When good coaches help players get better at something, they show them how and they’re specific with their instructions—not vague!

• The best coaches define what the win looks like and know that most of it is about heart and effort– not the scoreboard or talent.

• They want to control the tempo of the game rather than the other way around!

How much of that is true in our ministries??

Watch this clip of motivational speeches from the coaches in some of my favorite basketball movies and ask yourself—how can I help my team of volunteers win?

Everyone wants to be part of a team and feel like they’re winning!

What are some ways that you can motivate your team and clearly define the win in your ministry this week?

Cara Martens can’t help but read, write and dream, so becoming the 252 Basics Creative Director and main researcher for all things Orange is a perfect fit. She taught for a decade in schools and led teams in creating experiences for the church. Cara and her husband, Kevin, are schooled daily by her five- and eight-year-olds on how kids learn best.