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.

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Sam

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.

Pinnacle team events facilitator Sam Welbourne

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
I love how the job is basically to have fun. If you’re having fun, so are the delegates and you get to meet interesting people too.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
So far it would have to be the Casino Night, the delegates really have a good time gambling with fake money.

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Nothing so far, I’m sure one can’t be too far away.

My favourite hobbies are:
Playing or watching any kind of sport.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
I’m listening to Drake and the Hamish and Andy podcast pretty religiously at the moment.

What was the last book you read?:
I re-read my favourite book as a teenager, “Hovercar Racer”.

Favourite holiday?:
I’m pretty partial to skiing in Japan, but I went on a 5 week long motorbike road-trip around the USA and Canada last year and that is the most epic thing I’ve ever done.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Plenty, but Sammy and Welbie are the most common.

I am frightened by _____ :
Bears, the one dangerous animal we don’t have in Australia.

Favourite movie of all time:
It’s a tie between Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Groundhog Day.

First concert I went to:
Bombay Bicycle Club.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Newcastle/ Hunter Valley are about as good as it gets I reckon.

What makes you angry:
People who sit in the right lane and people who slow down to 10km/h under the speed limit for speed cameras.

What makes you laugh the most:
Fart jokes probably, just can’t help myself

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus.

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Mike

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.

Mike Andrews Pinnacle facilitator

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
Everything about Pinnacle is FUN!! … even as I strive to maintain high professional standards in what I do and how I work – the fun factor isn’t compromised at any point when engaging with fellow staff, clients or participants.

I love the freedom (& capacity) within my role to ramp up the fun factor and deliver memorable moments and entertaining experiences – such that our customers, old & new … loyal & true – keep coming back for more!! 

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Look spending half a day at the beach, and helping our participants have a laugh and have some fun is awesome – so a beach based Scramble is right up there as a fave … but then I also really enjoy running a Trivia & Games night where the groups are really competitive to start – and then they have a few drinks and things go crazy from there … HILARIOUS!   

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Hmmmmm – so one of our activities makes use of raw eggs … and there’s ALWAYS potential in any session or activity for something unplanned to happen or not go to script … and this is especially so when overly enthusiastic (and slightly tipsy) participants are “playing with the eggs” …. and not following instructions. Needless to say, on that day I was VERY lucky to have a spare shirt!!

My favourite hobbies are:
I’m a sporty & outdoorsy type – so am happy to jump into most adventure type activities. Recently have got back into indoor rock climbing and a few hours at Flip Out trampoline park is also great fun!

Band I’m listening to at the moment / podcast recommendation:
OK – so this is a bit embarrassing … am on a bit of a nostalgia trip at the moment and am firing up a lot of the old 90’s power ballads … (I blame the Foxtel music channels) DON’T JUDGE ME!!

What was the last book you read?:
Am still half way through the latest Dan Brown thriller – “Origin” … it’s a great read!

Favourite holiday?:
WOW – a tough one to answer … 2013 … went on a 6 week / 4000km road trip around the USA … in a Mustang convertible … soooooo many awesome flashbacks!!

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Yes I have … but there’s NO WAY I’m telling – it’s reserved for exclusive use by that special someone 😉

I am frightened by _____ :
SPIDERS!!!

Favourite movie of all time?:
Are you serious ?? – you can’t ask a movie buff that type of Q … maybe I could rate them by genre perhaps …. but if you’re after a random 3 from my top 20 list … let’s go with Forrest Gump, Aliens and Raiders of the Lost Ark … I know, I know – such a “boy’s list” – but you asked!

First concert I went to:
The first “event” I ever went to in a big arena was a school sports excursion to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Horden Pavillion (Sydney) when I was all of 11 years old in year 7 … Most memorable moment at a concert was seeing Robbie William at the SFS … my partner and I had managed to sneak into the VIP area right in front of the stage – and will never forget turning around and seeing 50,000 on the field and up in the stands, all around the ground just going off!!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Well without sounding too boring – I’ve lived in the same place here in Sydney for 10 years … so central and close to the city, with amazing, panoramic Sydney Harbour views … I’m a pretty lucky guy and am VERY happy exactly where I am!! … but to answer the Q – if I had to live somewhere else … I really love the Pacific NorthWest region of the the USA … Eugene, Oregon is an amazing small little town – I’ve got good friends there, so that’d be a no brainer! 

What makes you angry:
Random top 5 …. road rage, idiot politicians, social inequity, narrow-mindedness, when the Tim Tam packet runs empty!

What makes you laugh the most:
OMG – I’m “borderline” one of those happy freaks … I love laughing … and making other people laugh … so here’s a joke …

So a man walks into the ER … albeit very gingerly – and announces to the nurse on duty … “Hi – sorry to bother you, but I’ve got 6 toy plastic horses up my bum” … Fearing the worst – the nurse rushes him in for an examination. 10 minutes later the ER doctor comes out and says … “don’t worry – he’s stable!”

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Sorry to be the party pooper … but as gregarious & extroverted as I am … I’m waaaaaaaaay to self-conscious to ever do anything like that!

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Ruth

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 Pinnacle staff about their lives both inside and outside of work.This month with Pinnacle Office Manager, Ruth Cann.

What I love about working for Pinnacle:
The people! Both the amazing people I work with and the clients who are in charge of organising their conference. No event is the same & I love the variety.

My favourite Pinnacle team event:
Tikes on Bikes for indoors and Survivor for outdoors

Most embarrassing moment at Pinnacle:
Nothing specific stands out, however I’m a fairly clumsy person so I’m sure there’s been plenty of embarrassing moments!

My favourite hobbies are:
Basketball, hiking, going to the beach, making pasta

What I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Casefile True Crime. I’m currently up to Case 66 – The Black Widow however any Casefile episode is worth a listen! Make sure you start from episode 1 & work your way through.

What was the last book you read?:
The Snowman – Jo Nesbo

Favourite holiday?:
My 18 month trip of non-stop travel through the US, UK & Europe.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Not really… Just Ruthie

I am frightened by _____ :
Spiders

Favourite movie of all time:
The Departed – you can’t beat Scorsese, DiCaprio & Nicholson!

First concert I went to:
Ben Harper & Jack Johnson – many many moons ago!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Anywhere in Italy!

What makes you angry:
Red Onion

What makes you laugh the most:
My girl friends or Eddy Murphy Raw

What song would you sing at a karaoke night?:
Magic Man – Heart

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Brooke

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:
Being outdoors, working with some of the best people I know, and seeing our delegates get such enjoyment from what we do with them.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Although I love being outdoors, my favourite event to facilitate is actually an indoor event – Tikes on Bikes – without a doubt my most loved.

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Receiving a cheque from a client and mistakenly throwing it in the bin with other rubbish from the car whilst stopped at a service station on the way home after the event. 

My favourite hobbies are:
Swimming, yoga, eating healthy food, going on adventures and being with my loved ones.

What I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Guided meditation for birthing, lol. As I am about to have my second baby!

What was the last book you read?:
Unmasked by Turia Pitt

Favourite holiday?:
My honeymoon in 2015 to Central America

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Chooky

I am frightened by _____ :
Snakes

Favourite movie of all time:
The Book Thief

First concert I went to:
Elton John. My parents took me when I was 12 years old

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Newcastle is pretty hard to beat!! As long as it’s near a beach and with my family i’m happy!!

What makes you angry:
When I see people get up and leave their rubbish behind after eating.

What makes you laugh the most:
Watching people trying to fold up collapsible beach tents when they have no idea how to do it

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
You’re the voice – John Farnham

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Tony

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:
Seeing different beautiful locations

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Trivia nights

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
A 50+ year old lactating mother fill a glass with her own breast milk and then drink it in front of the entire group during a games night

My favourite hobbies are:
Windsurfing, Mountain biking, playing guitar
What I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Joe Rogan Experience

What was the last book you read?:
Tribe (non-fiction) by Sebastian Junger
Favourite holiday?:
NZ Mountain biking

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Fanny – (Antony- Anthony-Anfany-Fanny)

I am frightened by _____:
Regrets

Favourite movie of all time:
ATM –  Man on Fire but Donny Darko is up there all time

First concert I went to:
Spy versus Spy at Penrith Leagues Club

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I love where I live but if I had to move probably Bay of Islands in NZ

What makes you angry:
Laziness (often my own), lack of consideration of others, lack of empathy towards others

What makes you laugh the most:
Life, Bill Burr

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Faith No More – Midlife Crisis