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.

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Conference Venue Spotlight – Nelson Bay Golf Club

Nelson Bay Golf Club has an impressive 27 hole golf course on 175 acres of challenging tree lined fairways; is an idyllic setting and home to kangaroos, wallabies, native birds and the occasional goanna. Located 5 minutes walk from the CBD of Nelson Bay and stunning waterways of Port Stephens.  This highly ranked and award winning venue boasts a brand new function centre with state of the art facilities, members club, Blue Water Grill restaurant, fully stocked pro shop and more.

Nelson Bay Golf Club caters for any type of business event from small boardroom meetings to annual conferences of 120 people. Our professional events team will assign a nominated contact to assist you every step of the way leading up  to your time here and during your event.

Conference features:

  • 2 function/seminar rooms and boardroom
  • Flexible conference room configurations
  • Natural light and fully air conditioned facility with easy access to outdoor terraces and dining options
  • Professional conference support team
  •  FREE Broadband and wifi internet access
  • Installed, state of the art AV equipment and PA system
  • A variety of break out spaces with natural bush settings or formal rooms
  • Private landscaped courtyard with dedicated bar
  • Impressive food and service tailored to your requirements Blue Water Grill our in house caterers can do anything from small intimate a la carte dinners to group and themed menus – buffet, cocktail, table banquets or 3 course meals
  • Private dining rooms available on request
  • On-site team building options
  •  Corporate golf opportunities and play times
  • Golf clinics and lessons

Conference Capacity:

  COMBINED
21 x 11m
TOMAREE
13 x 11m
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8 x 11m
BOARDROOM
5.5 x 4m
THEATRE 200 144 90
U-SHAPE 54 40 32  
BANQUET 180 90 60  
CABARET 192 120 72  
OPEN ROUNDS 136 56 40  
BOARDROOM       8

Accommodation:
Located right next door and in walking distance with The Landmark Resort and Mantra Aqua

The Landmark
10 x Studio suites
72 x One bedroom apartments
22 x Two bedroom apartments
15 x Two bedroom executive apartments

Mantra Aqua
110 self-contained apartments in a mix of two bedrooms, two bedroom superior, three bedroom and three bedroom penthouse

Testimonial:
“On behalf of the Reef Life Survey Foundation, I would like to thank Natalie, Mandy and the team at Nelson Bay Golf Club whole-heartedly for hosting our 10-year birthday celebrations for our volunteers. The support and professionalism shown throughout the entire process was outstanding. The facilities were of the highest level, the food was great and every detail accounted for. I cannot speak more highly of the Nelson Bay Golf Club after our great experience.”

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Kieran

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:
I think about 5 years now!

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
If I can’t be the fugitive, then Sand Castles all the way!

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Decided to sit down to lunch at a nice outdoor cafe as my Fugitive position. I thought I was very cool until I realised I’d left my wallet in the Pinnacle van and had to call Mitch and be rescued because I couldn’t pay my bill. Not so cool.

My favourite hobbies are:
Playing guitar and photography

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Matt Dorrien

What was the last book you read?:
A biography on Van Morrison

Favourite holiday?:
My Yearly winter escape to Tilba with my friends

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Kizza

I am frightened by _____ :
Aggression

Favourite movie of all time:
Too hard!

First concert I went to:
I think it was Big Day Out 2005?

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I’m still looking for my perfect place

What makes you angry:
Corruption

What makes you laugh the most:
The Simpsons

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Hound Dog

Creativity in the Workplace

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When it comes to work, ‘the office’ doesn’t always seem like the most creative of spaces where inspiration & new ideas are both nurtured & encouraged. This can be due to a number of reasons including:

Stress & Workload: Who has time to come up with new ways of completing tasks when the task list itself is overwhelming? Most people would rather stick with the way it’s always been done than dedicate additional time & energy to coming up with a new method.

Taking Risks: Fear of the unknown and (even more so) fear of failure is a powerful thing. If an employee doesn’t feel totally secure within their job, they will be unlikely to trial new ideas.

Lack of Motivation: If an employee doesn’t feel as if their strengths and talents are being utilised or if there’s little opportunity for career advancement, they are far less likely to put in the time & effort into being creative. Creativity is fuelled by passion, and employees who are disengaged or feel undervalued will be too bored & unmotivated to put the time into being creative.

Why is it so important to harness creativity in the workplace?

Thinking outside the box and collaborating to come up with new ideas generates excitement, passion & creativity amongst employees. Benefits of harnessing creativity in the workplace include: 

  • Better teamwork and team bonding
  • Increased workplace engagement and interaction
  • Improved ability to attract and retain quality employees
  • Increased staff morale, fun and happiness
  • Increased workplace problem solving and productivity

Generally, research has shown that the more someone engages in creative thinking, the better they become. Developing a creative culture takes time and it begins with management, being more open-minded and less judgemental to the suggestions of their team. If you’re keen to motivate your team to be more creative, we have put together a list of our top activities for generating creativity:

The Pitch

Teams of delegates compete in a team building challenge that replicates the famous TV show Shark Tank / The Dragons Den. The challenge will see teams creating a product or service they will pitch to a judge (Shark / Dragon). The aim of the teams is to convince the judge that their business is a sound investment and for the judge to contribute financially to their start up business.

Stage 1 – 15 minute briefing

Briefing to all teams. Teams issued with a container of pads, pens, craft supplies, novelty accessories and alike to provide teams with motivation and inspiration for their product / service. Judges introduced in the briefing with a motivational exert on each judge.

Stage 2 – 60 minute business idea creation and planning session

Teams can base themselves at their table or head outdoors if they like. Teams will design a product (prototypes allowed with craft supplies) or service business idea. They will prepare the following:

  • Business Name
  • Target Market
  • Gross Profit margin (expected)
  • Investment of $X will buy the Shark X% share of the business
  • Future plans for growth and distribution
  • Remarkable Consumer Experience

Stage 3 – 45 minutes of Presentations and Judging

Each team is provided 5 minutes to “pitch” their idea to the judge & the group. The judge is allowed 2-5 minutes Q&A with each team & then nominates the amount they will invest in each idea from their $1,000,000 overall budget.

Grape to Glass

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.

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Cocktail Master Class

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. Your group will make four delicious cocktails throughout the duration of the class, with the first three cocktails being preselected from our list of 13 cocktails. Think of all the classics; Cosmopolitan, Martini, Mojito and many more!

For the fourth and final cocktail the competition begins! Your delegates will get shaking and stirring to design their very own unique cocktail. All ingredients and equipment will be readily available to get the creative juices mixing & flowing! Teams will be judged by our Cocktail Master on taste, the enticing name of their cocktail and a sales pitch which they must present in front of the group.

Escape

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 and unlock the secrets to ESCAPE!

For teams to be successful they must communicate, think outside the box, work together, admit to their mistakes and believe they can succeed. All this under extreme time pressure as each team has only 90 minutes to uncover the 8-digit code that will ultimately allow them to escape the room.

This event can be tailored to suit any size group by adding more rooms for more teams. We recommend each team is between 8 – 12 people with each team requiring 1 room. Rooms can be conference rooms, hotel rooms, offices, boardrooms etc. Pinnacle requires 30 minutes in each room prior to the event to set up.

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Survivor

Upon arriving delegates will be separated into their tribes. Each tribe will be issued with a blank team flag and their first task is to decide upon a team name and paint their Team’s flag. Then the competition begins!

The tribes will compete against each other at a series of “Survivor Style” team challenges. Each challenge requires the tribe to outwit, outplay and hopefully outlast their rival teams. Points are awarded for the winning tribe at each challenge. The tribe with the highest score at the conclusion of the event will be hailed the winners. Challenges focus more on lateral thinking /problem solving / teamwork than strength. Unlike the TV Show Tribes will not vote members out of their team! Instead, at the end of the activity we will hold Tribal Council. Here, teams will get the opportunity to take points from each other! All is fair in love and war.

Team Masterpiece

Art is one of the world’s most powerful forms of communication. Art lets people communicate in a way that words never can. Many people feel they don’t have a creative bone in their body – yet up to the age of 9 or 10 we all loved to create!!

Working with a professional artist, teams discover the tricks of the trade as they smash through negative barriers and mindsets and discover their creative potential. How? By turning ideas and thoughts into a masterpiece that they never thought possible!

  • Teams dispel negative thoughts that hinder creative thinking
  • Team members learn how to draw out ideas and develop ‘big picture’ thinking
  • Every team member paints
  • Team members are involved in every step of the art building process – brainstorming, drawing and abstracting ideas, designing the image and painting the masterpiece!
  • The Team Masterpiece facilitator is a professional artist who works in both the creative and corporate world
  • Art team building is completely mess free for the venue and the participants
  • Art team building works with all levels of perceived artistic ability

CSI Night

This is your chance to be just like the investigative gurus that make up the CSI teams on the popular TV show. A hilarious evening activity designed to coincide with your evening meal.

At the commencement of the evening the delegates are informed that there has been a vicious crime committed. Alicia, the guest speaker, has been murdered! They must investigate the crime scene and the forensic information that surrounds the murder victim, such as a gun, a knife, drugs, a hair dryer plus more twisted clues.

Groups are allocated time alone to gather their story and prepare to re-enact their own version of events to the remaining crowd of fellow investigators. The re-enactment must use the props, characters and also any key words that appear at the scene. However, the rest is left up to the interpretation of each team. You will be amazed at how many clever (usually extremely comical) versions of the murder will unfold before your eyes. Teams are awarded points in reference to their interpretation of the story, the effort that they put into their re-enactment and audience response.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Events

Corporate Social Responsibility Events are now more popular than ever for corporate team activities. But what exactly does it mean and what are the benefits for a company that invests in CSR initiatives?

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is generally understood to mean that corporations have a level of responsibility not only for the economic consequences of their operations, but also for the social and environmental implications. In layman’s terms, CSR refers to a company’s efforts to improve society in some way. These efforts can range from donating money to a charity to introducing environmentally-friendly policies in the workplace.  

What are the benefits of engaging in CSR?

There are many benefits for a company demonstrating commitment to CSR including improving public image & reputation, attracting & retaining investors, not to mention the benefit to not-for-profit organisations and of course, boosting employee engagement.

Boosting employee engagement through 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.

We’ve put a list together of our top CSR team building events for your next conference:

Tikes on Bikes

Tikes on Bikes is a unique activity that provides delegates with an immense sense of achievement, unity and pride in their company.

Delegates will assemble a brand new bike out of the box under the assumption someone from within the team will race their newly built bike. However the twist occurs in the tail of the event when the delegates donate the brand new bikes to underprivileged kids from a local charity group.

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 money for charity.

The challenges are designed to be fun, hands on and require the team to think strategically and work together to achieve success. Teams will be issued $ based on their performance at each challenge site. Ultimately the teams converge on the final location where the winners are announced and the donation to charity formalised.

Solar Buddy – Contact us for more information

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.

Helping Hampers

Give back to the community in this amazing working bee style of event. Delegates are given the task of turning a room full of boxed toys, dry goods and gifts into hampers for needy families. Pinnacle provides everything from the contents to the hampers to the wrapping and individualised cards written by your delegates to the family receiving that hamper. An overwhelming sense of pride and achievement will fill the room as the charity partner presents a thank you speech on behalf of the families.

Challenge for Charity – Contact us for more information

Challenge for Charity is a fun, high energy fundraising event where teams compete to raise the most for their chosen charity. Each team would be required to sit at round tables set in cabaret style, with the aim being to earn as much money as possible. Each table is issued with a Charity Challenge activity booklet. There are 45 challenges within the booklet, 15 easy, 15 medium and 15 hard. Teams work frantically to complete each page of the booklet, ripping them out and handing in to the Pinnacle staff as soon as possible. A correct page will see the delegates earn money for the charity e.g.

Easy = $2

Medium = $5

Hard = $10

At the conclusion of the activity we will introduce the charity representative to say a few words of gratitude and announce the total amount that has been donated on behalf of your client. The amounts can be adjusted to fit with your budget. Once the desired donation amount has been decided the challenge amounts will be worked back accordingly.

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Design your own! Contact us for more info

We can turn almost any of our team activities into a CSR event. How to include the Charity? We have two suggested formats –

  • Teams choose a charity that appeals to them to compete on behalf of. The winning team get to donate a cheque from your company to their nominated charity. i.e. First = $1000, 2nd = $500, 3rd = $250.
  • The company chooses the charity and all teams are competing to see what team can earn the most for that charity. Ultimately the winning team would present a cheque onto a representative of that company who is present at the finale of the event.