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Sweeten the pot
Add incentives or improve the terms of a deal
Maehama-san had to sweeten the pot considerably to get the client to sign the contract.
Turn negative, lose interest
Ando-san was quite enthusiastic about leading the project but management had already soured on it and quietly killed it.
Make more interesting
The research report was pretty bland until Rie-san spiced it up with some new graphics.
Take it with a grain of salt
Don't believe all of it
Remember that Ito-san tends to exaggerate so take everything he says with a grain of salt.
Dot with, intersperse with
Hatanaka-san's pitch was peppered with statistics on the purchasing patterns of the client's target market.