Take 5 With Pinnacle – Andy

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:
I love that most of the time it doesn’t even feel like work! I’m usually having as much fun as the clients while I’m running around on the beach during an Amazing Race or dealing blackjack at a Casino Night.

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
I had my first gig with Pinnacle in January last year.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
I love doing the Amazing Race events because you’re usually outside in a beautiful location and the challenges are heaps of fun.

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
There have been a few but I’d have to say the time I spent a good five minutes explaining the rules of a challenge to a group only to discover that they weren’t actually participating in the event. To be fair, they could’ve stopped me at any time.

My favourite hobbies are:
I love reading, running, playing guitar and drinking beer (not necessarily in that order).

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
I’ve been revisiting Kings of Leon lately. Also getting very into a podcast recommended to me by a friend called ‘S-Town’.

What was the last book you read?:
‘The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy’ by Greg Miller.

Favourite holiday?:
Road tripping across America in an RV with some good friends a few years back.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Nothing too interesting – I sometimes get Woody.

I am frightened by _____ :
Sharks, snakes and awkward silences.

Favourite movie of all time:
Forrest Gump (can quote a good 90% of it I reckon).

First concert I went to:
Grinspoon at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in 2003.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
So many places. I’d love to give New York a crack one day.

What makes you angry:
Slow walkers in shopping centres and not getting my sauce at the McDonald’s drive thru.

What makes you laugh the most: 
My friends and early Adam Sandler movies.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
My go-to jams are Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus and Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind.

Benefits of a Conference Offsite

Any person tasked with the job of organising their company conference will generally be seeking the same outcome; regardless of where the conference is held you want to ensure you get the most out of your time. Which brings us to one of the first hurdles you will face when organising a conference: deciding whether to hold the conference in-house or head offsite to a conference venue. Perhaps the biggest argument against hosting a conference offsite is the higher expenditure involved, both in the booking of an external venue & the fact that you’re taking your employees out of the office for a day.

You may find yourself wondering, is a conference offsite worth the time & money?

Team high five outdoors

Change of Scenery = Stimulating Creativity

Meeting in the same office space time & time again can starve the brain of creative stimulation. According to Forbes, 51% of workers said they weren’t engaged with 17% saying they were actively disengaged with their office environment. If you want to get your staff thinking out of the box, you need to get them out of the office box! A change of scenery may seem like such a small alteration to your delegates day-to-day, however it can have a significant impact on how your colleagues think & the way they brainstorm new ideas. Being in a new environment can encourage bolder ideas & a fresh perspective on old problems.

Increased Productivity & Focus

Offsite meetings are great for revitalising & re-energising your staff. For starters, your staff will feel important & valued by the investment your company has made. And because everyone has made a commitment to leave normal work behind for a day, they will be much more likely to fully engage with the conference content.

Avoid Interruptions

Taking the team offsite means they won’t be as easily distracted by their usual work surroundings. Think about the amount of time that is wasted by staff arriving late, checking their emails or answering phone calls. Heading offsite means your team will have less interruptions from the usual office riffraff = greater productivity!

Team Camaraderie

An off-site conference without the constraints of the normal working environment can make employees feel more relaxed leading to improved workplace relationships. Team members see each other in a different light and abilities emerge that may not be apparent in day-to-day office meetings. Ultimately the better your team know & trust each other, the more effective they will be as a team.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a conference offsite without a team building activity thrown in the mix! Regardless of how full your agenda is we have an activity that can be tailored to suit your plans & outcomes. After all, it can’t be all work & no play!

If you’re after some conference offsite inspiration we would suggest checking out our VENUES page!

How to Choose a Night Activity

Whether you’re flat out conferencing & don’t have the time for a day team activity or you’re simply wanting to add a bit of fun & laughter to your team dinner, we have a night activity for you! But how to choose the night activity that is best suited to your team?

Some questions to consider:

    • What style of meal are you planning for the dinner? Sit-down or cocktail style?
    • What kind of feel are you going for? Formal, casual or in between?
    • Does everyone in your group know each other well? Are they happy to be a bit silly in front of one another?

 

TRIVIA NIGHT

Our most popular night activity! Suited to groups wanting to have a casual activity to get everyone mingling at the end of the day or will compliment a formal awards dinner, our Trivia Night is so versatile! Our Trivia Night is not your average Pub trivia. General knowledge, themed topics, music trivia, movie and TV sound tracks, IQ/Brainteasers, team challenges, games and even skits make up our hilarious trivia challenge night activity.

Quick Tips:

  • Best suited to groups having a sit-down meal, whether it be a 3-course or buffet style
  • Can be tailored to suit a casual or formal style dinner
  • Works for groups who know each other well OR who may be meeting for the first time

CASINO NIGHT

Another one of our most versatile night activities! Our Casino Night can be tailored to suit a sit-down or cocktail style event & has been hosted for groups wanting a casual, fun night together as well as for groups wanting a more formal affair. You will have the option to include challenges throughout the evening for your delegates to earn additional chips for gambling. Once the meal service has concluded we will open the Casino tables – Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, Poker, Horse Racing and Race of the Aces. Here the teams have the chance to improve on their earnings in an effort to have the most money at the end of the night.

Quick Tips:

  • Suited to groups having a sit-down meal OR cocktail style event
  • Can be tailored to suit a casual or formal style dinner
  • Works for groups who know each other well OR who may be meeting for the first time

GAMES NIGHT

Table groups compete against each other in a series of entertaining challenges that require group participation. The games will be a mixture of all-in team challenges & individual challenges, see below for some examples:

Example Team Challenges:

Foil Towers – Teams race against the clock to build the tallest tower using only foil

Balloon Mascots – Teams are given modelling balloons and asked to design a mascot that best reflects their team. Points are given based on imagination and reasoning

Example Individual Challenges:

Bottle Flick – Flick a ping-pong ball off the top of the bottle. Sounds easy, however most struggle…

Putt Putt – Delegates put their golfing skills to the test with a little twist. Sink the putt and score the points!

Quick Tips:

  • Best suited to groups having a sit-down meal
  • Better suited to a more casual style dinner
  • Better suited to groups who know each other well or who don’t mind getting up in front of a group

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. Our CSI Night is a hilarious “skit night” activity designed to coincide with your evening meal with teams performing after the main course. 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.

Quick Tips:

  • Best suited to groups having a sit-down meal
  • Better suited to a more casual style dinner
  • Better suited to groups who know each other well or who don’t mind getting up in front of a group

NIGHT AT THE RACES

Ladies & Gentlemen, get dressed in your best because we are off to the Races! Whether you are a punting enthusiast or a complete novice this is a great night of entertainment! Best suited to groups having an indoor, sit-down meal however can be tailored to suit a cocktail style event. All we require is a microphone, data projector & screen to recreate the hysteria of a day at the races.

Each delegate will receive play money and a form guide. With these in hand and the next race beckoning, punters will have to madly check the form and decide who their money will be on. Once all the bets are placed the race will be played on the big screen to the cheering of the crowd. In between each race, tables will compete against each other in team challenges, fashions on the field and various other outrageous games in which teams can win more money.

At the conclusion of the night, tables will pool together the cash they have accumulated from the races and other games. The table that makes the most amount of money will be the winning team.

Quick Tips:

  • Best suited to groups having a sit-down meal however can be tailored to a cocktail event
  • Can be tailored to suit a casual or formal style dinner
  • Works for groups who know each other well OR who may be meeting for the first time

MINUTE TO WIN IT

This hilarious and interactive evening will definitely be one to remember. Table groups compete against each other in a series of entertaining challenges that require participants to complete hilarious tasks. As the name suggests participants have the added pressure of time… with just ONE MINUTE TO WIN IT! For each challenge our host will ask for you to send one member from your team to the front of the room.

Example challenges include:

Bite the Bickie – Contestants will place an Oreo on their forehead and try to manoeuvre the biscuit down their face and into their mouth. Contestants can only use facial movements in their attempt to win.

Fish Head – Participants are given a fishing rod with a lamp shade attached to the end of the line. While blindfolded contestants must try to land the lamp shade on their head.

Elephant March – Participants must call on their inner Elephant to knock over as many items as possible using a makeshift “trunk”(a cricket ball inside a stocking)

Stack Attack – Contestants must arrange the cups into a perfect pyramid, then return them to their original stack. It’s harder than it looks!

Lolly Lift – Using a mini-elevator consisting of two pencils and string, contestants must lift three M&M’s into their mouth. The catch? The elevator is draped from ear to ear!

Bobble Head – With a pedometer strapped to their heads, contestants bounce their head up and down to register as many bobbles as possible within the minute.

Quick Tips:

  • Best suited to groups having a sit-down meal however can be tailored to a cocktail event
  • Better suited to a more casual style event
  • Suited to groups who know each other well or who don’t mind getting up in front of a group & being a bit silly

MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT

More of a shared experience than a team building activity, the aim of the game is very simple; solve a murder before the guilty party strikes again. What makes this activity truly special is that your guests play the chief murder suspects. Each member of your group will receive their very own character to play on the night. We will liaise with you in the lead-up to the event regarding who is best suited to play the major suspects (those people who are happy to perform in front of the whole group), minor suspects (those who are happy to play a minor role in the nights’ proceedings) and the rest of your attendees who are happy to play a background role, assisting in the spreading of both facts & rumours of who may have committed the crime!

From the start we encourage everyone to mingle in character and find out as much as they can. This creates atmosphere and helps your guests get into the spirit of the night. The night is divided into two 30-40 minute sets and begins when the Chief Inspector stands in the middle of the room and questions the major suspects. As the second act draws to a close everyone is given the opportunity to write down who they think is the murderer. Some of these theories are read out and finally the murderer is revealed to much applause.

Quick Tips:

  • Suited to groups having a sit-down meal OR cocktail style event
  • Can be tailored to suit a casual or formal style dinner
  • Works for groups who know each other well OR who may be meeting for the first time
  • We also totally encourage groups to get into the theme of the night & dress up!

HONKYTONK

An evening event that is sure to get the party started. HonkyTonk presents a post dinner band formed to host corporate functions and get delegates on the dance floor. The combination of called dances mixed with contemporary music is a formula that has been developed to get your delegates dancing, caught up in the atmosphere and theme of the night, away from the dinner tables, and mixing with each other as they twist and twirl the night away, resulting in a totally unique and very memorable event.

All the dances are called and taught on the night and the music alongside the dances ranges from American country and western– Dolly, Kenny and Johnny– to Australian classics done in our own style that pays homage to great Australian artists/bands such as Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, the Easybeats, Men at Work, AC/DC and many others.

If your group like to dress up the Country and Western theme adds a great energy to the night and ensures your delegates will look the part as they dance the night away as a whole group.

Quick Tips:

  • Suited to groups having a sit-down meal OR cocktail style event
  • Suited to a more casual or semi-casual style evening
  • Works for groups who know each other fairly well
  • Again, dressing up is definitely encouraged! Tap into your inner cowboy/cowgirl & boot-scoot the night away.