Most Popular Team Building Activities for 2018/2019

The results are in! We have collated all the data & we have the results for our most popular team building activities for the 2018/2019 financial year!

most popular team activities for this financial year

And the award for most popular team building activity goes to…

THE AMAZING RACE

For the second year in a row, teams just can’t seem to get enough of our Amazing Race activity. A versatile activity that can be hosted anywhere, whether it’s onsite at your conference resort or in the local area surrounding your office, and is suited to any group with a range of fitness levels & skill-sets.

The Amazing Race is an action-packed adventure where teams navigate their way around the local area undertaking team-based challenges. Speed is not always the deciding factor with an emphasis on teamwork, planning, problem-solving and of course having fun. Even though it is called a ‘race’, it is not the first team back who are crowned the winners. Instead, the winners are determined by how many points each of the teams earn at the roadblock activity sites.

“Our top sales performers participated in The Amazing Race, wine tasting, beer tasting and archery. The team building activity was a highlight of our conference, super fun and very well organised. Thank you to Phil for facilitating this impactful activity.”
Randstad, 2019

“On behalf of the Mirvac Residential Business Operations and Finance teams, I would like to say a HUGE thank you for yesterday! From initial consultation right through to implementation, dealing with yourselves and your team has been a delight. The activity was a huge success and was executed perfectly. We cannot thank you enough.”
Mirvac, 2019

Most popular outdoor team activities

  1. Amazing Race
  2. Survivor
  3. Mini Olympics
  4. Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting
  5. Wine Olympics

And the award for the most popular Indoor team building activity goes to…

TIKES ON BIKES

The past year has been the year for charity style team building activities, with our Corporate Social Responsibility style events in high demand. Our Tikes on Bikes activity is another oldie but a goodie, and has stood the test of time in terms of delivering an emotionally charged event that leaves delegates with an immense sense of achievement, unity and pride in their company.

We lead your delegates to believe that they are participating in a regular team building challenge that culminates in a bike race. Delegates will be divided into teams and participate in a lead activity made up of competitive, problem-solving challenges. As part of the final challenge, teams are presented with a box containing parts to build a bike. They will be lead to believe that each team will need to nominate a champion cyclist to compete in the BMX race. The team who wins the BMX race will win the activity.

Just before the bikes are taken outside for the race delegates will be informed that they are actually donating the bikes they have built to underprivileged children. Each child will be specifically matched up with a bike of the right size and given a helmet so they can begin riding immediately.

Delegates will have the opportunity to personally give the bikes to the children and get photos of the unique experience.

“Always hard to choose the ‘right’ team building activity. Well this one nailed it! They all thought they were building the bikes to race each other on, only to find, as you said, the much bigger picture when those kids walked in. It was a truly magic moment!”
Atlas Copco, 2019

“Just wanted to thank you and your team for what can only be described as an A1 event! Beautifully executed, the team had so much fun doing it – and actually felt like it had been worthwhile on a deeper level, which is incredibly humbling and not something you generally get from these types of activities! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone who asked!”
Charter Hall, 2019

Most popular indoor team activities

  1. Tikes on Bikes
  2. Grape to Glass
  3. Corporate Drumming
  4. Project Pipeline
  5. Escape

And the award for the most popular Night team building activity goes to…

TRIVIA NIGHT

A mass of colourful question marks piled on top of one another

Again, for the second year in a row the Trivia Night has proved to be our most popular night team building activity. Great as a ‘getting to know you’ activity or for any group simply wanting to add some light entertainment to their dinner event – the Pinnacle Trivia Night never disappoints.

This isn’t your average pub trivia. Pinnacle is ingenious at tailoring this interactive trivia challenge to any group. It will prove to be unlike any other trivia night you have ever attended. The games we play throughout the night are hysterical and we can guarantee that your delegates will be laughing from start to finish.

Between each round of questions, the tables volunteer delegates to participate in crazy challenge activities (which makes the evening very interactive). Music trivia, movie, and TV sound tracks are on the menu as well as IQ/Brainteasers.

We will fit in with the agenda of the evening and usually fill the space between the entree and the main, the main and the dessert. At the completion of the event the results are tallied up and prizes are presented to the winning team.

“The feedback I received around this event was great. The team enjoyed the activity and a lot of the attendees actually requested that this feedback be sent. Great interaction with our guys, and the lead up organisation was easy.  Great people to deal with.”
MSD, 2019

“As always the Pinnacle staff are amazing. Ruth & Mitch have been accommodating with our date change and making it a fun and memorable night for all the staff.”
Harvey Norman, 2018

Most popular Night team activities

  1. Trivia Challenge Night
  2. Casino Night
  3. CSI Night

Conference Venue Spotlight – Noonaweena

Some conference venues offer outstanding facilities. Others, a quiet setting so you can get down to business. But what other unique conference venue gives you both at the same time? Noonaweena offers you the best of both worlds – and much more.

From Day-Only Conferences for larger groups to unique tailor-made Conference Packages that include overnight stays, Noonaweena offers exclusive private use of the venue for the duration of your stay. We can now accommodate up to 30 delegates on-site.

Audio-visual equipment can be easily booked and ranges from professional quality overhead projectors and screens to videos, DVD’s, lecterns and microphones. In fact, you name it, and we’ll either have it – or specifically obtain it for your conference!

And after you’ve worked hard, where else but Noonaweena offers such a wide range of activities? You’ll find horse riding, paintball, bush walking and golf all within easy driving distance. Closer to home, you can also enjoy team building activities, our undercover BBQ area and of course, our inviting pool that overlooks the stunning Yengo National Park.

Conference capacity overnight: 32

Day conference capacity: 50

Rooms: 16

Testimonials:

“Loved the balance between professional service and friendly informality. It is a beautiful facility staffed by fantastic people.”
– Jeff Mann

“Last week we held a small conference at Noonaweena and I have to say that our staff loved the “Noonaweena” experience. Many thanks for making their time out of the office so enjoyable.”
– SANITARIUM

Contact:

P. 02 4376 1290
E. [email protected]

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Amanda

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
3 months and counting.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
The Amazing Race was the first event I did with Pinnacle so it’s the closest to my heart.

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
When a participant drew me as a stick figure with spaghetti hair and told me it was a spitting image of me! Ummm no haha!

My favourite hobbies are:
Dancing, going for long drives, hikes and just being outdoors in amongst nature but also hanging out with friends.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
I really enjoy most genres of music so it’s hard to pick just 1 band, but Boyce Avenue are a good one.

What was the last book you read?:
I’ve often got more than 1 book going at the same time and they’re all very different…at the moment it’s Spiral Dynamics Integral, Barefoot Investor and The Real Christ.

Favourite holiday?:
My trip to the USA a few years back when I got to see many places that I often see in the movies I watch. 

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Sooo many!! Manda, Mandy, Mandoo, Zak, A-man-dahh, Amanda-hug-n-kiss, Dudie, Dude, Alien and the list goes on…

I am frightened by _____ :
The seagulls in Sydney!!! They’re crazy and they have no fear!! 

Favourite movie of all time:
The Lion King…gets me every time! But also, Cool Runnings! Can still quote the whole movie.

First concert I went to:
There’s been so many I can’t remember the first one I went to. 

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I’m still on the hunt to find my forever home but at this stage I’m pretty happy in Sydney. It has the best of everything, beaches, bush, suburbia, city, snow or mountain ranges only a few hours away…it’s got it all!!

What makes you angry:
When the people I love get treated badly by others. 

What makes you laugh the most:
Dad jokes! Or veryyy lame jokes.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Can’t go wrong with the old 90’s and 00’s boy bands…e.g. Backstreet boys, Hanson, Nsync, Boyz II Men etc.

Adapting To & Embracing Change

We’ve all heard the old saying “the only thing constant in life is change”. And we know to be resilient, both personally and professionally, we have to adapt, innovate and face change head on. Change affects us all and we each deal with change differently. It’s only natural for people to fear the unknown and become stressed in a time of change, however it’s important that you try & keep an open mind & see change as an opportunity for growth.

Here is some practical advice on adapting to change in the workplace according to Bob Miglani, bestselling author of “Embrace the Chaos”:

1.  Accept the new normal.

Most people tend to idealise the past, however, holding on to the memory of how things once were is counterproductive when in a state of change. As our favourite song from the movie Frozen goes, “let it go!”. Miglani states, “Let it all go. Let go of the old promises, the way we used to work, the people we used to work with, and the kind of workplace we originally signed up for. Let it go because it doesn’t exist anymore”.

2.  Maintain a positive inner dialogue.

“Think more about the possibility than the impossibility”. It’s easy to feel negative towards a new procedure, particularly when we didn’t have an issue with the way things were already being done. Accepting a new point of view is not something that happens overnight, but maintaining the ability to view any potential change with a positive attitude is certainly integral to one’s capacity to adjust to new situations.

3.  Rework your goals and set out to achieve them.

By setting a clear goal for ourselves, we can bring about a wonderful new mind shift that helps to direct our energy that is often wasted in so much workplace change.

4.  Take charge of your own actions.

As in all aspects of life, there will always be factors within our careers which are not within our control. So, in a time of change we should focus on the tasks we can do.

5.  Avoid isolating yourself.

During times of change you should reach out to your support network. Not only will this help you remain plugged in to your evolving work environment, but it will also expose you to other perspectives, opinions, and even advice. Often, circumstances aren’t quite as dismal (or as unmanageable) as we envision them to be.

Everyone will face change at some point in their career whether it be a shift in technology, employment of a new staff member or a merger of teams. Any change, whether it’s positive or negative, can be stressful because it involves the unknown, and we tend to fear the unknown. Finding ways to not just ‘deal’ or ‘cope’ with change but EMBRACE this new challenge is the key to success!

Our top team building activities for embracing change include:

Bridge to Unity

A collaborative construction challenge! Teams must work against the clock to build a bridge whilst overcoming a shortage of resources and communication barriers. The real test sees ‘drivers’ assessing the bridge with remote controlled cars, will they succeed in creating the Bridge to Unity?

bridge

Escape the Room

Can your team escape? This exciting Escape the Room challenge is the ultimate team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Each team is “locked” in a room with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it ceases to exist. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the secrets to ESCAPE! Teams race to uncover the 8 digit code that will ultimately set them free – will they do it in time?

Coded padlock with escape heading in the middle

Project Pipeline

In Project Pipeline, teams or ‘countries’ delegates must work together to build a Pipeline that stretches from one side of their country to the other, only using the materials provided. The catch – in order to do so they must barter and trade with neighbouring countries to obtain the materials needed. The aim is to build a complete Pipeline to transport a resource (a metal ball bearing) down the line. Countries will then be asked to join their Pipelines together for transportation of the resource across all countries.

Team Building Activity Debrief

Hosting a team building activity debrief provides an invaluable platform for the members of your team to acknowledge what they’ve learned about themselves, about others and their interactions with one another. Perhaps even more importantly, a debrief allows teams to identify the lessons that can be implemented to improve the way in which they work, whether that is in their communication, leadership or collaboration with others.

Team sitting around table solving a jigsaw puzzle

A study conducted by the Harvard Business Review showed that teams who host even an unstructured debrief have a 22% higher chance of succeeding than a team that didn’t do one. So, we can see that even a quick, informal debrief can have such a greatly positive impact on the way we do work. So why is it that most of our clients do not request a team building activity debrief?

First, consider the ‘WHY’

There are many reasons for wanting to organise a team building event. Some of the more popular reasons include: just have fun, getting to know each other & as a reward. For these outcomes, a team building activity debrief may feel out of place. There’s no particular need to debrief after an Amazing Race on what everyone learned as the lessons of collaboration, problem solving & communication are already embedded within the activity itself. Going over everyone’s experiences within the activity with a fine-toothed comb may feel like overkill for your delegates – especially when the overall goal was simply to have some fun & network.

On the other hand, if you have clear, defined outcomes for the team building activity such as building trust, coping with change, working as one team, leadership, effective communication etc. a debrief is vital in ensuring the team building activity is both meaningful & lasting.

The Debrief

An experienced facilitator will lead your team through more than just a play-by-play of what happened in the activity. Safe & productive discussions can be harnessed through well devised questions that connect your delegates experiences to your outcomes & goals for the activity. Generally, a debrief can be split into 3 main areas: what, so what and now what.

1: What? = Objective facts, the truth
You can begin with this style of questioning for any team building activity.

Describe your experience, what happened?
Who did what? (roles & responsibilities)
What did you see/feel?

2: So what? = Effects & subjective interpretation
After discussing ‘what happened’ you can move on to interpreting the effect certain actions had.

Why were you successful (or not)?
What did you discover about yourself?
How were differences in opinion handled?
Which behaviours/actions had the most effect on the team?

3: Now What? = Transfer of agreed learning & shared understanding
Following the ‘so what’ discussion you will move into discussing what can be learned from this experience & how it can be applied to future interactions.

How does this relate to something that occurs in our workplace?
What would we do differently next time?
What good practice can we take with us?
Where do we need to pay increased focus/attention?

If you’re interested in incorporating a team building activity debrief talk to us! We can link your set outcomes to the best activity and tailor the debrief questions to suit. We will help you find the lessons that will help your team be more productive & successful in the future.

Winter Special

Quote “Winter Special” & receive 20% the events below for July, August & September 2019:

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting

Participants have the opportunity to channel Robin Hood in this medieval form of weaponry. Teams are taken through a structured lesson before the competition begins!

Escape

Coded padlock with escape heading in the middle

Can your team escape? This exciting Escape the Room challenge is the ultimate team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the secrets to ESCAPE! Teams race to uncover the 8 digit code that will ultimately set them free – will they do it in time?

CSI Night

There has been a murder! Teams must piece together the clues to determine what really happened, and then re-enact their own version of events to the remaining crowd. Who will be the winning team of investigators?

Terms and Conditions

This offer applies for new bookings held in July, August & September 2019.
Final price determined by location, number of participants and venue requirements of the event – we service Sydney, Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast regions of NSW.
*Subject to availability

EOFY Team Building Events

End of financial year. Four words that can strike fear into the heart of any employee at any level. EOFY can be a stressful time; targets need to be met, deadlines made and the pressure of it all can leave your employees feeling undervalued, unmotivated and burnt out. That is why, during such a time when companies ask the most from their employees, it is equally as important for companies to put in as much effort into how they will recognise all of this hard work.

The majority of companies we talk to during EOFY time regarding team building are usually wanting to both reward & reinvigorate their team with a meaningful activity that will leave everyone feeling valued, inspired & engaged.

At Pinnacle, we have a range of activities designed to meet these exact outcomes, and have listed them below to help assist with your EOFY team building plans:

Stronger Together

Want to show how strong your team can be when people simply work together? It may sound simple, however as you may know, it is very common for different teams within a company to become stuck working in silos & only focusing on their own goals.

Our top team building activities for getting your team working together towards a common goal include:

Project Pipeline

Teams will manage time, resources and personnel to build their countries pipeline. The challenge is then to negotiate with the other ‘countries’ to connect their pipelines to create one continuous pipeline. Teams will need to work against the clock and conflicting objectives to achieve the whole group goal.

Bridge to Unity

An exciting collaborative construction project with teams working in unison to design and construct an impressive bridge. Each team builds the bridge to their customer expectations while overcoming limited resources, communication barriers and strict timelines. The final sees each team’s individual bridge being installed as part of the extended company bridge and tested with a remote controlled car.

Corporate Drumming

A corporate drumming session will transform, motivate and inspire your delegates both as individuals and as a collective group. The Human Rhythms team will take them on an unforgettable musical journey, where laughter and elation is achieved in a high-energy interactive performance.

Corporate Social Responsibility & Purpose

Social responsibility is highly important to employees and one way to make your company more socially responsible whilst adding a touch of team building at the same time is to host one of our CSR team events. As we mentioned in our previous blog post “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Events”, CSR activities can help forge a stronger bond between employee and corporation; they can boost morale and can help both employees and employers feel more connected with the world around them. CSR activities help employees to feel proud of the company they work for and increases job satisfaction and productivity. Happy employees = better output.

Our top CSR team building activities include:

Tikes on Bikes

This powerful and life changing experience is the perfect combination of teamwork and corporate responsibility. Teams of delegates construct a brand new bicycle under the assumption they will ultimately be involved in a bike race. Just as teams are about to race – the surprise is unveiled and children from an under privileged charity group enter the room to receive their new bike! The atmosphere changes as delegates come to realise that it is all about the “bigger picture”.

SolarBuddy

The SolarBuddy Corporate Program provides solar lights to schools, children and families living in remote areas of the world experiencing energy poverty. We give companies, like yours, the opportunity to illuminate children’s lives. Your team will be educated about the importance of renewable energy and the ever-growing negative effect of energy poverty. Your team will then become a part of the solution as you build solar lights that will be sent to children living without access to power. They will know that their light will illuminate the life of a child in a remote area of the world and they will know that they have made a difference.

Race to Make a Difference

The Race to Make a Difference is a fast paced, action packed CSR event that culminates in the team giving back to a charity organisation. The goal for the participants is to be the team that raises the most $ for charity.

Helping Hampers

A fantastic activity that joins teamwork with corporate responsibility! Your group will feel a sense of achievement and cohesion when they construct Hampers from scratch to donate to a local charity.

Fun & Reward

Simply wanting to get your team together for a bit of fun & host a team activity as a reward? See our top picks for FUN activities below:

Water Taxi Treasure Hunt

Sydney Harbour is ranked the best harbour in the world and is the perfect backdrop for this unique team building event. The Water Taxi Treasure Hunt is a 3 hour adventure that explores the best sights of this world famous location. Teams will be competing against each other to race to the final location and uncover their team’s treasure.

Cocktail Masterclass

The Cocktail Master Class will give your team the chance to get behind the bar and mix up a storm in an exciting and interactive environment! This fantastic event is hosted by our team of professional bottle spinners who will start the evening with a bells and whistles demonstration of cocktail making followed by a master class in the art of mixing drinks.

Carnivale

Teams go head-to-head in a series of fun games, sports and challenges – a great activity to get delegates outside in a friendly competitive environment! Teams rotate through activity sites challenging their opponents at each task.

Casino Night  

An evening of interactive and competitive Casino challenges such as blackjack, roulette, craps, race of the aces and horse racing. Guests compete individually or as teams with our special casino chips to make the most money and claim the winning title.

Conference Venue Spotlight – Swissotel Sydney

With over 900m2 of flexible and modern conference and meeting space, Swissôtel Sydney offers the perfect location for your next event.

Amongst its eight meeting rooms and boardrooms is the Blaxland Ballroom, a heritage-listed pillarless ballroom which can cater for up to 450 people, the spacious Maple Room and four well-appointed meeting rooms. A dedicated Swiss Meeting Specialist will also assist with all aspects of your event to ensure that it is a success. Whether for an international conference or an exclusive meeting, the conference facilities and services are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

Conference Capacity:
450

Number of Accommodation Rooms:
369

Current Specials:
Break the winter chill this season with the Vitality Meeting package. For a limited time, enjoy our Vitality meeting package for $95pp (usually $115pp). Don’t miss out, book your next meeting now!

For information on this offer and more click here.

Testimonials:
“The event was a huge success and our guests had a wonderful time. There were lots of compliments about the food & beverage and the meeting facilities. The Swissotel staff were excellent, very polite, responsive and ever so helpful in making the whole day go so smoothly.”

“All the staff were absolutely fantastic, supportive and patient.  No one could do enough for us.  The banquet manager was absolutely fantastic and the dinner went perfectly and the food delicious.  Thank you for your help and I look forward to working with you all again in the near future.”

Contact:
P: 02 9238 8888 
E: [email protected]

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Jonathan

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
Each job being focused on positive interaction with the clients, often resulting in a lot of laughs, but also working along side some great people.

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
Approximately 3 years, mainly in the South Coast and Southern Highlands.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Everyone loves a good Amazing Race surely, the lengths some teams will go to win never ceases to amaze.

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
The first time I ran catapults. The demonstration was simple, I didn’t need a practice. When the first group came around I attempted to re-enact what I’d witnessed. Loading the ball, drawing back, only to hit the ground about 30 cm in front of me. Luckily I explained this is what not to do.

My favourite hobbies are:
Surfing, skiing and cycling (any type) and only ordered by weather conditions

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Curtis Harding, very easy listening.

What was the last book you read?:
Let my people go surfing – Yvon Chouinard

Favourite holiday?:
Gosh to pick just one is unfair. Japan is a wonderful country but I would really love to get to Chile.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
The standards, Jono, Jonnie, Jon.

I am frightened by _____ :
Reckless driving

Favourite movie of all time:
This is terribly difficult. The Lobster is certainly one that comes to mind however.

First concert I went to:
The Waifs

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I would love to live a year in Portland currently.

What makes you angry:
People ignoring the importance and unwritten law of the courtesy wave.

What makes you laugh the most:
Kook slams / jerry of the day. If you don’t know what these are get searching on Instagram.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Natalie Imbruglia – Torn, obviously.

SolarBuddy

The Concept

The SolarBuddy Corporate Program provides solar lights to schools, children and families living in remote areas of the world. We give companies, like yours, the opportunity to illuminate children’s lives. The lights take about 30 mins to put together and instructions are supplied with your resources kit. Your team will be educated about the importance of renewable energy and the ever-growing negative effect of energy poverty. 

The program allows your team to engage and really make a difference.  They will be able to write personal messages to the children and families who will receive their light. They will know that their light will illuminate the life of a child in a remote area of the world and they will know that they have made a difference.

How It Works

The lights come unassembled in a box containing 50 lights. The delegates will receive instructions on how to assemble their light and then write a letter to the recipient of their light…. i.e. their solar buddy. We will have a facilitator on hand to introduce the event and assist with any issues as well as host a Q&A about SolarBuddy post event. After we have delivered the SolarBuddy lights made by your company we will send a report with images of the children receiving the lights and the personal letter’s your team have written and information about the area the lights were delivered to.

Contact Us for More Information