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: It truly is a fun Environment, the clients have fun, the staff are fun, it’s all positive and not overly serious or stressful. Everyone’s a winner … except team 7😦.
How long I have been working for Pinnacle: My first assignment was … Spring of 2014.
My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate: Trivia Night
Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator: So running a “checkpoint activity” for 2hrs+ in the heart of Kings Cross can be ….interesting. I gave away a few eggs to my new friends 😬
My favourite hobbies are: Well anything in the sea, then a good book , and I enjoy cooking..sometimes.
Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation: My son keeps me current on the latest music, so a bit of “Vance Joy”. I love so many podcasts, my go-to is ABC conversations with Fiedler. Amazing stories.
What was the last book you read?: I’m reading up on Antarctica now, I’m heading there in Feb 2020.
Favourite holiday?: I travel a lot overseas, So anywhere in nature with the family now.
Have you ever had a nickname?: Not really, Eamon is weird enough. One mate called me Lama, or was it Llama?
I am frightened by _____ : Enormous waves when I’m in the wrong spot. They look like they will swallow you.
Favourite movie of all time: Too many options. “O’ Brother where art though” gets a mention, as does “Fantastic Mr Fox” and other wacky Wes Anderson films.
First concert I went to: Hoodoo Gurus , 1989 maybe ?
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?: I love where I live… Sth Coast NSW. Dream location though has, running rapid rivers into jagged coastline, with awesome surfing in spots. Also backed by great climbing cliff lines and canyons and topped by snowy mountains just asking to be climbed and skied. Oh and a quiet but culturally active town with loads of multicultural influences and good people, that’s all.
What makes you angry: Nnot much, ..aggressive drivers maybe? My computer.
What makes you laugh the most: Busy humans mostly.
What song would you sing at karaoke night?: Maybe the Spanish National Anthem… ( no words) or “La Bamba”.
Located just 90 minutes from Sydney and only 20 minutes north of Terrigal, Pullman Magenta Shores Resort is an exceptional conference & event, golf, and spa resort offering a stunning beachfront setting.
between the Pacific Ocean and Tuggerah Lake, this magnificent resort is set on
52 acres and offers beautifully appointed studio accommodation and one-, two-
and three-bedroom villas.
amongst landscaped gardens and just a short stroll from all resort facilities
and the beach, all villas include open plan living areas, fully equipped
kitchens with European appliances, laundry facilities and private furnished
courtyards or balconies. Every room enjoys views of the golf course , lagoon,
rock pools or landscaped gardens.
Magenta Shores Resort features six modern conference and event venues along
with customised planning and catering services to ensure a successful event for
you and your guests.
Resort has excellent leisure facilities including the private Ross Watson
designed 18 hole championship Golf Course, 3 swimming areas, including a 20
metre indoor heated lap pool, Rock Pools or the Lagoon Pool with seasonal pool
Vie Spa consists
of luxuriously treatment rooms, including a tranquil spa garden designed to
deliver the ultimate relaxation.
Dining facilities include Barrett’s
Restaurant offering fine food and the stunning vistas of
Magenta lake, and Shallows bar, with an extensive cocktail menu, Tapestry menu
designed by the Famous chef Justin North as well as Wood Fired Pizza oven and
Al Fresco Dining and wood fire option.
Conference Capacity: Up to 300 guests
Accommodation: Studios, 1,2 & 3 bedroom villas – 55 in total + beach houses and golf villas
Unique features: Beachfront location with extensive grounds perfect for team building and outdoor dinners, cocktail parties and events.
Specials:Click here to view their 2019 Early Bird Booking Offer
The average person will spend just under 80 years on this
earth. From those years, 26 of them will be spent sleeping and just over 13 of
them will be spent working. Given the time and dedication we give to work each
year, is it unreasonable to expect the majority of this time to be a positive,
“It’s what you do, how you are able to go about your work
and who is alongside you that matters the most when it comes to job
The authors of the report recommend that both employers and
employees should dedicate resources into creating ways to make work a better
place for everyone. To make sure everyone fits and that above all else, put
people and their wellbeing first.
What are the benefits of happy workers?
It is well known that happy employees equal engaged
employees. And engaged employees have a significant positive affect on your organisation’s
bottom line. Employees that feel greater satisfaction and happiness at work tend
to be more productive and have lower levels of sick leave and staff turnover.
In the words of Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group
renowned for his “employees first” mantra:
“By putting the employee first, the customer effectively
comes first by default, and in the end, the shareholder comes first by default
Likewise, Harvey Norman’s Gerry Harvey and Katie Page dedicate
a lot of their time to mentoring staff as, “happy workers mean happy customer. People
spend so much time at work … it’s crazy if they aren’t feeling happy.”
A meaningful vision of the future: People want to be able to see the future and know how they fit in.
A sense of purpose: People want to feel as if their work matters, and that their contributions help to achieve something really important. They want to know that they — and their organizations — are doing something big that matters to other people.
Great relationships: Leaders, managers, and employees have all told us that close, trusting and supportive relationships are hugely important to their state of mind — and their willingness contribute to a team.
So how might you encourage your team members to have great relationships with one another? Most the time this doesn’t just happen naturally, which means employers need to create opportunities for their team to interact, bond and get to know each other better. By engaging Pinnacle Team Events we can facilitate this for you and tailor a team building program to suit the specific needs and characteristics of your team. Contact us to find out more.
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s oldest & best-known wine regions with over 120 wineries, award-winning restaurants and an abundance of distinguished hotels & resorts. Located only 2 hours from Sydney and 45 mins from Newcastle airport, the Hunter Valley is the ideal location for your next conference getaway.
A trip to the Hunter Valley will naturally conjure the desire to
immerse yourself in a little tasting of the local delicacies (including wine,
cheese & chocolate) as well as simply wanting to be outside in the
beautiful lush, green surroundings. It is sacrilegious to go to the Hunter Valley
for your conference offsite & spend the whole time indoors going through PowerPoint
presentations. That is why Pinnacle Team Events have designed a series of bespoke,
Hunter Valley themed team building experiences that can be easily incorporated
into your conference agenda AND can be justified to management for their team
building benefits. See below for our list of the top team building ideas for
the Hunter Valley:
For teams wanting to get outside & have some fun together whilst
competing in a series of novelty, wine-themed events.
Rather than running, jumping and swimming your way to victory,
teams will tackle a very different series of events – an array of winery
related activities that will guarantee a good time.
Stomping – Teams race against each other to stomp enough grapes to fill a
Relay – Teams race against each other whilst carrying a tray of wine
Cork Toss – Each
team receives a box of corks which they must throw into a barrel with the aim
of outscoring opponents.
Spitting – Delegates are taught the art of spitting wine and compete
against the other teams to see how much they can land in their spittoon.
Catapults – Teams fire bunches of grapes via replicated catapults towards a
landing zone where strategically positioned team members await ready to catch
from the Grape Vine – Once teams have built their own grape vine
the competition begins! Players steal bunches of grapes from another teams
grape vine and attach to their own. The team with the most bunches of grapes at
the end wins!
Discover the sommelier within! Pinnacle can provide you with your
very own Hunter Valley Winemaker who is willing to divulge the secret
ingredients and methods required to get the perfect wine from “Grape to Glass”.
This unique and hands on activity will have you smelling, swirling and spitting
as teams learn to create their very own winning blend. However, the taste alone
won’t make you a winner…how often have you bought a bottle of wine based on the
sexy label? Teams will also compete to create the greatest label that best
reflects their fabulous drop.
Design and flavour are of paramount importance if you want to be
the days “Grape to Glass” winning team… But of course, the competition wouldn’t
be complete without the perfect sales pitch to your thirsty audience. A bottle
of the winning blend complete with winning label design will be distributed to
every member of the group to drink as they wish.
Location: Indoors, 1 x table per team Duration: 2 Hours Outcomes: Creativity, Experiential, Sales
Ask us about combining the Wine Olympics & Grape to Glass activities & receive a special ‘combo’ price!
For the group wanting to get a taste of all the Hunter Valley has
to offer whilst achieving some team bonding at the same time.
The Hunter Valley Explorer is an Amazing Race / Treasure Hunt
style of program based around the Pokolbin area. The event is an action packed
3 – 4 hour adventure where each team is driven around the area in a mini bus
undertaking team challenges – speed is not always the deciding factor with a
strong emphasis on route selection, problem solving skills and team effectiveness
at each of the activities.
Teams of delegates will aim to find various ‘road blocks’ hidden
around the Pokolbin area. Each team has a mini bus and driver who follow clues
to find the road block activity sites. Awaiting the groups at each station are
team based activities that range from Laser Clay Shooting to landing the Aqua
Golf to Archery to Cheese Tasting Quiz to Blind Wine Tasting. Upon completing
each station, teams receive a clue to their next destination.
Location: Both Indoors & Outdoors Duration: 2 – 4 Hours Outcomes: Fun, Experiential, Collaboration, Friendly Competition, Problem Solving
Wanting to treat your team after a hard day conferencing &
only have a short amount of time between your conference & dinner? Check
out our Wine Events below:
Treat your team to a wine tasting to cap off a hard days conferencing. Hosted by Tulloch Wines from the Hunter Valley the Wine Tasting session allows your team to relax, unwind, connect with each other and learn a little about some of the region’s best wine. We can either host the wine tasting onsite at your conference venue or offsite at Tulloch Wines.
Location: Indoors or outdoors Duration: 45 – 60 mins
Wine & Chocolate Tasting:
the decadence of Australian made chocolate as you partner each one with the
mouth-watering flavours of Tulloch Wines. This guided tasting session will take
your taste buds on an amazing journey as you discover how pairing wine with
chocolate can enhance two of life’s great indulgences. This sit down event will
see participants experience 5 different wines that have been specifically
paired with 5 delicious chocolates. Participants will take home knowledge of
the rules of pairing so they can complement their favourite wines at home with
the most appropriate chocolate.
Location: Indoors set with tables & chairs Duration: 1 hour
Wine Options Game:
The Wine Options Game is a fun, entertaining and competitive way to share a wine with the team. This event is hosted by Tulloch Wines during pre-dinner drinks inside your private dining room. The “game” sees each delegate receive a “mystery” glass of wine. The host from Tulloch will ask questions, general at first, about the wine in everyone’s glass.
• ‘Is this wine from the northern or
• ‘Does this wine taste oaked or
• ‘Is the alcohol content in this wine low or high’?
Those giving the wrong answer in each round must sit down and are eliminated from the game until the year and grape variety has been correctly discovered. The winner will receive a bottle of that wine and the game moves onto the next wine. There are 3 wines in total with each game taking approximately 10 minutes so allow 30 minutes overall.
Location: Indoors in a private dining room before dinner Duration: 30 – 40 mins
This ancient form of medieval weaponry is a great event to get
your team on target! In this engaging activity a structured lesson involving
technique and safety are outlined and enforced. The delegates are then divided
into teams that compete aiming to outscore their opponents. All delegates will
have plenty of firing time and be kept entertained as teams are involved in
various competitions and games that all involve shooting arrows at the target.
The event can finish with a sharpest individual shooter if you like.
As this event involves delegates firing real arrows the space
available to host this activity must allow for a large firing range. We are
permitted to hold the event on private land such as conference venues however
most councils do not allow this event on public land.
The majority of Hunter Valley hotels & resorts have an
abundance of space perfect for our Amazing Race program!
The Amazing Race On Site is an action-packed adventure where teams navigate their way around the conference resort undertaking team-based challenges. Speed is not always the deciding factor with an emphasis on teamwork, planning, problem-solving and of course having fun.
Teams will be issued with a map of the resort and cryptic clues to various locations hidden around the grounds. Awaiting the groups at each location are team-based activities known as “roadblocks” that will be tailored to suit your outcomes and the venue. All teams converge at the finale location at the same time for a final all-in team challenge before prizes are awarded to the victors! Some example challenges include:
Number Triangle – Nine numbered tiles are laid out in a triangle shape. The team moves the tiles so that the addition of the numbers is equal on each side.
Catapults – Teams fire tennis balls via replicated catapults towards a landing zone where strategically positioned team members await ready to catch.
Shape Shifter – Using memory and instinct teams must recreate a series of original shapes
Wonder Word – Using 9 letters teams must make as many words as possible with bonus points of the 9 letter word.
Pyramids – Teams are racing to rebuild a pyramid that can only be structured from bottom to top.
Archery – Participants have the opportunity to channel Robin Hood in this mediaeval form of weaponry.
Laser Clay Shooting – Experience the thrill and excitement of shooting clay pigeons as they fly through the air!
Location: Outdoors Duration: 1.5 – 3.5 Hours Outcomes: Fun, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Team Work, Friendly Competition