In 2010, I was the graduate assistant for the orientation department at the university I attended. I was in charge of managing a group of amazing student leaders and together we planned and executed countless numbers of orientation sessions for the new students at our university. My staff was an impressive collection of people and I went to great lengths to recognize their efforts and empower their ideas. I gave them prizes for active listening at meetings, I implemented the Bucket Drop recognition program from Gallup, and made sure to focus on their strengths during their performance appraisals. For our end-of-the-year party I wanted to do something special and fun for them. I came up with the idea to get them all a special, quirky trophy that represented a memory or something awesome about them. It was super successful and became a tradition for the organization. From that experience, I realized that everyone loves getting ridiculous trophies.
I bought the trophies each year through Crown Awards which sells all kinds of awards at reasonable prices and many times also offers free engraving and free shipping. My favorite thing to do is to use the figure finder to look up the cheap figurine trophies because they are the best. Below are a few of my favorites that I have given out over the past few years. The images below include: an arm wrestling match, poker hand, ambulance, hip hop dancer, microphone, saleswoman, baby, and a wisdom bee.
This week my friend Staci ,who worked with me at orientation, text me this message:
After I sent my reply, I thought I thought, "Why not trophies for everyone?!" I love giving trophies and having them (the ones I keep in my office are pictured below). I think it is an awesome idea to give a cheap, fun trophy to a friend and I challenge you to do so!