Take 5 With Pinnacle – Priscilla

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

Priscilla headshot

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
The variety of events, positive vibe and fun atmosphere.

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
3 months

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
All of them so far!

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
I’m yet to have one I believe!

My favourite hobbies are:
Going to the gym, spending time with my family and generally anything active.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Music- Alan Walker: Different World

What was the last book you read?:
I’m studying at the moment so currently my reading is restricted to course notes for Personal Training.

Favourite holiday?:
Maldives followed closely by a family trip to Europe.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Mostly Cil or Cilla, although my uncle calls me Bingo and at university hockey I was known as LaLa!

I am frightened by:
Snakes

Favourite movie of all time:
Kill Bill

First concert I went to:
Alanis Morissette 

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I’m pretty happy here in Newcastle! I do wish we could travel faster though, as my family lives around the world.

What makes you angry:
Negativity without action.

What makes you laugh the most:
My kids

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as the obvious choice, and maybe ‘Hooked on the Feeling’ by Blue Swede (although my karaoke career has been kept to a minimum!).

Top Tips on How to Achieve Work-Life Balance

In the lead-up to Christmas the event industry is absolutely bursting with an abundance of end of year events. Although our staff & particularly our facilitators work hard all year round, Christmas time is particularly demanding with some weeks averaging several events each & every day. With the light of the Christmas break just at the end of the tunnel, this busy time has us reflecting on how to maintain a healthy work-life balance in such a demanding time. See below for our top tips:

Scale with life at one end and work at the other

  1. Be realistic

    When you hear the term ‘work-life balance’ you may envision a super productive day at work that allows you to leave on-time (or early) to spend with friends, family or on a hobby. While this may seem like the perfect balance, it is not always possible.

    Don’t strive for the perfect schedule; strive for a realistic one! Some days you may find yourself more focused on work, while others you might have more time and energy to pursue your hobbies or spend time with your loved ones. Balance is achieved over time, not each day.

  2. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

    We wouldn’t necessarily agree 100% with the sentiment of finding a job you love so much you’d do it for free. However, we do agree that work shouldn’t just be a way to make money; it should serve both your bank account and your passion. Simply put, if you hate what you do you aren’t going to be very happy at the end of the day. Although there will always be aspects of every job that you’re not particularly fond of, find a job that keeps you challenged, engaged & motivated to succeed.

  3. Set Boundaries

    Technology has done so much for how quick & efficiently we complete a myriad of tasks related to work. However, it has also created the expectation that we are constantly accessible – the work day never really ends! This is why we need to set boundaries for ourselves & our colleagues, to avoid over working & burnout. When you leave the office, turn off your phone & your work email notifications. Ensure time spent with your family is quality time & not interrupted by the stress of an email from work. Most importantly, learn to say ‘no’ OR learn to be OK with ‘it can wait until tomorrow’.

  4. Set goals & priorities

    Successful people are always driven by their vision for the future. Setting clear & achievable goals – for both your career & your personal life – helps keep you on course & motivated for the future. Goal setting also gives you the best chance to transform how you work & live. Think about what tasks are more important for achieving a healthy work-life balance and prioritise them. Setting both short & long-term goals helps you move forward with momentum and feel a sense of accomplishment & purpose each day.

How to ‘Win’ at Team Building

So, you have a team day coming up and you want the inside scoop on how to be part of the winning team – well we have some tips for you!

Hand clutching a gold medal

Over the years we’ve hosted thousands of events and have come across a vast array of different teams. Typically, the teams that are the most successful in our activities have the following qualities:

COMMUNICATION & LISTENING

Good communication starts with LISTENING and something we’ve noticed about the teams who are the most successful in our activities is that from the very beginning of a challenge, they listen intently to our facilitator’s activity brief & instructions on what they need to do. This gives teams a clear picture on the rules & objectives of the challenge which enables them to act more efficiently & get the task completed in a much quicker time-frame than if they just went at it like a bull at a gate.

As we talked about in a previous blog post, Team Activities That Boost Communication, for a team to be successful, strong and effective communication is paramount. When problem solving, your team should encourage questions & curiosity. Your team members need to feel safe and comfortable that they can ask questions & communicate without feeling any kind of embarrassment or criticism.

Often, there’ll be one person in the team that has an ‘aha!’ moment or sees something the others don’t – if your team is great at communication & listening this breakthrough won’t get overlooked.

TRUST

Great communication & listening leads us into trust, and it’s not hard to see why ultimately the better your team trust each other the more effective they will be.

Another common trait in the most successful teams is that they are able to voice their opinions fearlessly & without ridicule or judgement. If you follow us on Facebook, you might have seen that we recently shared a TED talk by Derek Sivers on ‘How to Start a Movement’. Derek says, “first a leader needs the guts to stand out and be ridiculed” and that’s why trust in a team is so important. But the real lesson Derek is trying to convey is that the person with the most crucial role is the first follower who shows the rest of the team how to follow. It is this first follower who turns the lone person with a seemingly simply idea into the person who leads the team to victory!

DESIRE TO WIN & A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

It may sound simple, however one of the single most common traits of a winning team is that they are hungry to succeed! The winning team is usually one of the most competitive; they’re keen & enthusiastic about the challenges and more than anything they are having a great time! Can your team win on a positive attitude alone? Probably not! But when people have a positive attitude, they are much more productive. Positivity is an energy source that can motivate and invigorate both yourself & your team – which is why people are so attracted to it! A positive attitude can be the tipping point, between mediocrity and excellence or losing & winning!

GET THE BOSS ON YOUR TEAM

Want to significantly increase your chances of being part of the winning team at your next team day? Then get the boss on your team, as seven times out of ten we find that the boss is a member of the winning team! For the majority of the events that we host we deal directly with the event organiser from the company – usually an event manager, executive assistant, office manager or someone from the HR team. At the end of an activity once we’ve announced the winning team, we are never shocked to learn that the boss is actually a member of the winning team! This is not because they’ve received any favourable treatment from our facilitators or the other teams. Generally, it’s that the boss has experience in creating a team that embodies all of the traits mentioned above – all the traits that go into a creating a winning team!