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.

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

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Steven

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.

Photo of Steven Pawson

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
The excitement and enthusiasm at each event. Our teams camaraderie!

How long I have been working for Pinnacle: 
12 years.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Casino Night / Carnivale (a close game gets me so enthralled….)

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Misjudging a storm cell on the radar as moving away from the activity at Magenta….need I say more.

My favourite hobbies are:
Swimming, scuba, working on old cars, surfing, kite-surfing, learning french, repairing cigarette lighters, yachting, wine.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Dave Matthews band

What was the last book you read?:
Don’t forget to sing in the lifeboats.

Favourite holiday?:
Stockton.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Pawso.

I am frightened by _____ :
Lightning / bluebottles with long tentacles.

Favourite movie of all time:
Dumb and dumber.

First concert I went to:
Daryl Braithwaite.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
On a boat.

What makes you angry:
Irresponsible dog owners/ getting stung by bluebottles with long tentacles 

What makes you laugh the most:
A good, solid, well placed dad joke.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Whitney Houston’s ‘I will always love you’.

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Eamon

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”. 

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Ryan

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.

Image of Pinnacle Team Events facilitator Ryan Moon

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
Being outside with the wind in my hair.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Risk v Reward

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Haven’t had one yet, touch wood

My favourite hobbies are:
Playing Football, Golf, Playing Records, Beach

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Casefile (Podcast, True Crime Genre) / Anything from Motown Era

What was the last book you read?:
Elon Musk’s Biography

Favourite holiday?:
Camping is great but as a destination I’d say Croatia.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Yep, Moony. It’s weird if I get called Ryan.

I am frightened by _____ :
Sleeping through alarm

Favourite movie of all time:
V for Vendetta / Pulp Fiction

First concert I went to:
Ahhh, I’d have to say FOTSUN (Festival of the Sun) in Port Macquarie.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Newy.

What makes you angry:
Nothing really – but small pet hate, traffic lights.

What makes you laugh the most:
Good Dad jokes / puns / Carl Barron.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Summer Nights off Grease.

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Tim

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 do you love about hosting the Corporate Drumming events?
I love the power the drums have to quickly unify any group on a common pulse.

I love that the rhythm anchors our attention in the present moment, having the natural by-product of joy & laughter.

Favourite moment as a corporate drumming facilitator:
There have been many favourite moments, but a standout would have to be leading a group of 1400 delegates in Sydney Town Hall from a rocking unified rhythm into complete silence! So Incredible! 🙂

Most embarrassing moment as a facilitator:
In the early days I learnt quickly that pointing fingers is considered highly disrespectful in some cultures. Segmenting a team into sub-groups using pointed fingers was an absolute disaster on one occasion! 

My favourite hobbies are:
Soft sand running meditation, drumming of course & philosophical/world-religion studies.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Podcast Recommendation – Buddha at the Gas Pump

What was the last book you read?:
I am reading ‘The Contemplative Life’ by Joel S Goldsmith

Favourite holiday?:
Bali meditation, surfing & yoga adventures!

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Yes – Timbo, Timmy, Stem.

I am frightened by _____ :
Still a bit frightened by death!

Favourite movie of all time:
Not sure really…. The Matrix was awesome & I remember being blown away by the first Star Wars Trilogy

First concert I went to:
John Farnham when I was 10 years old, he came to our small town sports ground.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Copacabana, NSW Australia.

What makes you angry:
I often tell my kids that the only things that make me cranky are disrespect, fighting & whinging!

Otherwise I think I am pretty good, lol 😁

What makes you laugh the most:
Usually when I realise the ridiculous nature of some long-held but false belief system.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Let it Be – John Lennon

 

Take 5 with Pinnacle – Peter

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 do you love about hosting Murder Mystery events?
The laughter. Hearing a group or team laughing together over the course of a night is “the best medicine”. I love helping groups “let their hair down” after a long day’s, week’s or even year’s hard work. 

Favourite moment as a corporate Murder Mystery facilitator:
At one of the first corporate functions I hosted, a female executive told me to my face that she hated these sort of nights. At the end of the night, she led the conga line and told me what a great night she’d had. It’s always nice to win people over. 

Do you have a favourite Murder Mystery theme?
I’m pretty fond of our 1930s Chicago Ganster theme. 

Most embarrassing moment as a facilitator:
I always make a “dramatic exit” at the end of a night. One night I thought I was running out of the room but ran into a glass door and gashed my head. One of the waitresses was studying to be a nurse and patched me up. 

My favourite hobbies are:
Running and song writing. 

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Queen/Fizzics Ed podcast 

What was the last book you read?:
Running Like a Girl

Favourite holiday?:
My honeymoon in Bali

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Shermie (Inspector Sherman Jones)

I am frightened by:
Angry people.

Favourite movie of all time:
Back to the Future

First concert I went to:
Status Quo

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Ireland. My ancestor’s are from there

What makes you angry:
Injustice

What makes you laugh the most:
Presently, John Oliver

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
American Pie

Most popular team activities for 2017/2018

We have collated all the data for the 2017/2018 financial year and the results for the most popular team activities are in!

infographic with graphs revealing the Amazing Race, Grape to Glass and Trivia Night as the most popular activities

Most popular team activity overall/Most popular outdoor activity

The Amazing Race

Amazing Race teams running

The Amazing Race TV show first graced our TV screens back in 2001 and our team building version is still just as popular as ever! The Amazing Race is great for groups of all sizes and physical abilities. Unlike the show, the winner of the Amazing Race is not the first team to reach the finish line. Instead, teams make their way to various road block activity sites where they compete in points-based challenges. The team with the most points at the end is the winner! The activity hones in on a teams’ ability to communicate, problem solve and work together.

Most popular outdoor team activities

  1. Amazing Race
  2. Survivor
  3. Mini Olympics
  4. Carnivale
  5. Wine Olympics

Most Popular indoor team activity

Grape to Glass

a glass of white wine next to some wine grapes and a glass of red wine next to a bunch of red grapes

A team building activity & wine tasting all rolled into one? Yes please! It is no surprise that our Grape to Glass was the most popular team activity for indoor events. In this activity your group will be split into teams of approximately 8 people. On each table will be either three bottles of Red (Tempranillo, Cabernet & Shiraz) OR 3 bottles of White (Chardonnay, Semillon & Verdelho). Lead by your very own Hunter Valley winemaker, your group will be taken through a brief wine tasting & lesson on what goes into making a delicious blend of wine. Teams will then be given the task of not only blending the 3 wines in front of them to create the most ideal balance, but also designing their very own unique wine label and putting together a sales pitch which they will present in front of the group. The more original and entertaining the better! 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 post-event. A great team activity for groups wanting to show off their sales skills or creative side!

Most popular indoor team activities

  1. Grape to Glass
  2. Corporate Drumming
  3. Tikes on Bikes
  4. Escape
  5. Bridge to Unity

Most popular night team activity

Trivia Night

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

Not the average pub trivia you’re probably used to! In between each round of questions (which can include general knowledge, themed questions or music trivia) each team volunteers a member to participate in crazy challenge activities which makes the evening super fun & very interactive. Example challenges include:

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!

Balloon Burst – Blow up a balloon, tie a knot in the end and burst the balloon between the knees.

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

Eddy the Egg – Teams construct a space capsule device out of straws and tape to catch a raw egg dropped from 2 metres

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

Most popular Night team activities

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

Take 5 with Pinnacle – Matt

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.

Matthew Slee Tulloch wine maker

How long have you worked at Tulloch Wines:
6 Years

What do you think is special about the Hunter Valley wine region:
Beautiful scenery matched with world class wines

What do you love about working at Tulloch:
Getting to meet so many great new people every day

What do you love about partnering with Pinnacle on corporate team events:
I get to travel to some beautiful parts of NSW and then present a fun activity

Favourite moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Watching nearly 300 participants in the Grape to Glass activity successfully producing a blend

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Having to tell some of those very proud producers of a blend that Tulloch wines probably wasn’t going to start making their blend full time

My favourite hobbies are:
I am always thinking about my next overseas trip / Wine tasting of course!

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Stereolab / Stuff you should know

What was the last book you read?:
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

Favourite holiday?:
New York City

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Yes, Tammy,  I wore my name badge upside down once!

I am frightened by _____ :
Heights

Favourite movie of all time:
Ghostbusters

First concert I went to:
Beastie Boys

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
New York City

What makes you angry:
Not enough Hunter Valley wines on Sydney restaurant lists

What makes you laugh the most:
Puns (I know it’s a terrible habit)

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
If you could get me on stage, Sympathy for the Devil

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together a list of our most frequently asked questions to help in your organising for your next team event!

pinnacle team events infographic on frequently asked questions

Where are your team building programs delivered?

Pinnacle Team Events is a mobile service based in NSW that operates all over Australia. Our events take place wherever you are planning your next team gathering be it a conference venue, office building, restaurant, park or beach – we will have an event to suit your needs.

Who are your facilitators?

Pinnacle Team Events is a tight-knit team of corporate facilitators and event organisers who share a passion for making a difference in people’s lives. We do this through facilitating corporate programs and arranging events that are thought provoking, educational and motivating. We genuinely love what we do and have an endless amount of energy to share with our clients. To get to know us a little more head to our About Us page.

How long do your team building programs go for?

The event times vary depending on the client’s agenda from 30 minutes to a full day. Most events run for 2-4 hours.

How much notice do you need for an event booking?

All our events require pre-planning to ensure a successful program on the day so usually 2-3 weeks’ notice. The larger the event the more lead time is required up to 2-3 months; however that said we have come to the rescue for many groups and hosted an event with 24 hours’ notice on several occasions!

How much do your team building programs cost?

Each of the events has its own pricing based on the time frame, number of people and location. Therefore, please contact us to receive a quote based on your specific requirements.

What if we book an outdoor event and it is raining on my event day?

For all our outdoor events we supply a wet weather back up event in case of rain on the day. This wet weather event is included within the price; we simply need an indoor location to host this event. Usually the indoor location is the clients conference room or their office. Please call us to discuss the specifics of your event to determine the best option.

When will you arrive onsite for my event?

Generally, for most events your host facilitator will be onsite 30 mins – 1 hour before start time.

Can we incorporate our conference theme, company values or a specific message into the event?

Absolutely! No two events are ever the same and we are happy to tailor the activity to suit your desired outcomes for the day. We will work with you to creatively incorporate your conference theme, new product, core values or any other ideas you have into the challenges or overall activity.

How do you choose charities for your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) events?

We’re happy to work with the charitable organisation of your choice. If you don’t have one, we’ll contact charities that we’ve worked with in the past or that are local to you and recommend a good fit.

How do I know which team building activity will best suit my team?

Most clients have some idea of what they would like to get out of an activity e.g. work on communication, work as one team, focus on leadership or just have fun. However, most clients are unsure as to which programs will best suit their desired outcomes. Don’t worry! We are here to help. We will work closely with you to understand your needs and objectives and suggest the activities that will suit you best.

What group sizes can you work with?

We’ve delivered programs for groups ranging in size from 8 – 1,000 participants, and are happy to work with you to design an activity to suit your group if your numbers exceed 1,000.