Empowering Teams to ACHIEVE …… Virtually

To Our Dear Pinnacle Team Events Community,

We are sending you a note to simply say that we are thinking of you all during this devastating time. We wish you and your team all the best as you navigate the myriad of decisions that lay ahead. Despite the challenging present, know that there is a bright future, as this crisis will end.

Pinnacle Team Events has spent the last 15 years aiming to empower teams to achieve. In the present time with most workplace teams working remotely from home it is important, now more than ever, to think about your team culture and connectedness. We have some FREE ideas to help your team to stay together even though you may be physically apart. Most of you will be using a video conferencing platform for your weekly team meetings. Why don’t you try one or all of these FREE ideas below:

  • Emoji Lookalike Competition – have all team members create their digital emoji and submit to you. You can compile the emojis and a prize can be sent to the person who has the emoji with the most / least resemblance.
  • Team Trivia – There is a great platform called Kahoot! that is so easy to set up and invite up to 1000 users. Participants can participate either in real time or have a deadline to submit their answers. You can create your own questions to be company specific or simply for fun.
  • Pet Meeting – team members with pets can place their pets in front of the screen so that all the pets can meet for the first 2 minutes of the conference call. You never know what they will achieve!
  • Song Stich up – choose a song for the whole team to sing. Send each individual the lyrics with their line highlighted. Have them record themselves singing that line and send it back to you. Stitch the videos together with an app such as iMovie and play at the start of the next weekly dial in meeting.
  • Scavenger Hunt – email the team with a list of items / photos / scavenger items that they need to find on their next social distancing outing.
  • Guess whose WFH station is that? – Have the team send a photo of their Work From Home station and the team must guess whose is whose.
  • Self-Isolation Comedy Videos – have team members submit a short film showing 5 days working from home: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3…. See how creative they get by day 5!
  • Daily Dial In – schedule a time everyday where team members can dial in for a morning tea coffee chat. Then as you close the meeting ask team members the following questions: What are you working on today? What is your biggest distraction and how can you ignore it? What attitude do you want to bring to your work today? Where do you want to direct your focus? The idea is that by announcing your intentions you will help to bring them to fruition and achieve.

Please reply with any other ideas you have as we would love to hear how you and your team are staying connected during this time.

Rest assured Pinnacle Team Events will be here at the end of this crisis to support you in assisting your team with events. When the time comes, we will be enthusiastic to assist in any way we can.

Take care and our most sincere well wishes to you and your team.

Remember working from home doesn’t have to be lonely – have some fun where you can and keep your team engaged and cultivate the workplace culture you have worked so hard to achieve.

Regards,

Will, Ruth, Mitch, Sam & Corey from Pinnacle Team Events

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Stevie

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.

Stevie K

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
Fun times, great company, yeh really love the crew there! 

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
Since September 2010!

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Probably the Survivor Challenge, they’re all fun, I really enjoy the large groups conferencing locally to where I live in Newcastle/The Hunter as it feels like a Pinnacle family reunion with all the staff there!

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Haven’t had one really… ah yes I have! We were doing a Survivor, I was facilitating multiple challenges within 25 minute blocks and was currently doing Nailed It. The ball from Elimination Football was kicked towards my area from the nearby tennis court. I picked the ball up and attempted to kick it back quickly but it rebounded off a palm tree back on to the current Nailed It table resulting in water bottles and Nailed It materials exploding everywhere. I think about 40 people saw it and clapped, cheered and laughed at me…

My favourite hobbies are:
Surfing, yoga, gardening and collecting seeds, hiking, observing nature…  ha not kicking a footy!

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Recently discovered Tom Misch, album Geography..

What was the last book you read?:
Magicians of the Gods, by Graham Hancock

Favourite holiday?:
Indonesia – surfing 3 times a day, coconuts, nasi champur, tempe, sunset beers… doesn’t get any better!

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Many… The Aquatic Meerkat, Barry, Sundance, Squid Lips, Kman just to name a few…

I am frightened by _____ :
The rapid loss of habitat and destruction of nature…

Favourite movie of all time:
Uummm so many favourite(s) come to mind!… The Wizard of Oz, The Never Ending Story, Labyrinth, Mary Poppins, Beetlejuice, Charlie and Chocolate Factory, The Matrix, and everything Star Wars! 

First concert I went to:
Powderfinger at Newcastle University! I might add I love the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Music Festival…

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Love my hometown area of Redhead/Dudley/Kahibah… The dream is to live and work in Australia, possibly Tasmania or somewhere on the east coast NSW, for 9 months of the year and then continue exploring yoga and surfing in Asia/India/Spain/Indonesia 3 months a year… 

What makes you angry:
Overcooked vegetables and snapping surfboards…

What makes you laugh the most:
My friends, wow they’re comedians, just so unbelievably and ridiculously funny!

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
No idea? I’ve never sung at a Karaoke so um let’s just run with Robert Palmer Addicted to Love with some solid air guitar!!

Take 5 With Pinnacle – David

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.

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
Awesome crowds and team, amazing vibe and usually beautiful venues

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
1 year

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
The one where teams need to channel water through a pipeline (sorry, forgot the name) – too funny !

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Trying to find, in vain, a parking spot at Bungaroo and making it to the team briefing very much “in the nick of time”

My favourite hobbies are:
Powered paragliding, bush walking

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
My listening habits are pretty much “all over the place” at the moment

What was the last book you read?:
Shogun by James Clavell – amazing !

Favourite holiday?:
Kruger Park, South Africa – definite BUCKET LIST !!!

Have you ever had a nickname?:
nah – just “Dave”

I am frightened by _____ :
Drink drivers late at night

Favourite movie of all time:
The Beauty of (Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulin)

First concert I went to:
Sting (yeah, I know, I’m really very old)

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Sydney, of course (sorry Newcastle)

What makes you angry:
Littering. My pet hate by a mile is finding discarded rubbish in a national park. Never understood why people do this

What makes you laugh the most:
Australian federal politics – or should I cry ?

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
You definitely do NOT want to invite me to karaoke unless you are deaf !

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Lucinda

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.

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
The variety, new people, new venues, new events and working with a great team

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:
None yet, but I am sure there will be many to come!

My favourite hobbies are:
Bush/ coastal walking, rock climbing and yoga

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
I love all types of music except death metal so my playlist is a very eclectic mix of music. Podcasts I’m listening to are Super Soul Conversations and The Tim Ferriss Show.

What was the last book you read?:
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

Favourite holiday?:
So many! Turkey, Japan, India and Croatia are probably my top 4

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Lots, Luci, Lou, Lulu, Linda

I am frightened by:
Cockroaches and Huntsmans

Favourite movie of all time:
In the Name of the Father

First concert I went to:
Red Hot Chilli Peppers

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

What makes you angry:
People who stop walking in the middle of the pathway

What makes you laugh the most:
My friends

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Rocket Man, Elton John

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!).

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Joseph

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.

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
Meeting new people

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
A little over a year I think.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
I haven’t had a chance to help run all of the events pinnacle offers, but at the moment I’ve been enjoying Survivor.

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Nothing embarrassing yet. Give it some time though. 

My favourite hobbies are:
Cooking, hiking, napping.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Music: Clipping.  /  Podcast: Critical Role

What was the last book you read?:
The god of small things – Arundhati Roy

Favourite holiday?:
What are holidays??

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Nope. Sorry. Not a very exciting answer. 

I am frightened by _____ :
Roku’s basilisk and unregulated capitalism. 

Favourite movie of all time:
Grease 2

First concert I went to:
Peter Combe

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Kepler-452b

What makes you angry:
Roku’s basilisk and unregulated capitalism.

What makes you laugh the most:
A well timed Simpsons quote will always get me.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Kyla

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.

What I love about working for Pinnacle:
The Team…they are a lovely crew to work with.

My favourite Pinnacle team event:
The Amazing Race!

My favourite hobbies are:
Attending live music events.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Fav band…Cut Copy

What was the last book you read?:
The barefoot investor ~ for families 

Favourite holiday?:
Spain 2009! 

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Ky 

I am frightened by…
Scary movies!

Favourite movie of all time:
Empire Records 

First concert I went to:
Kylie Minogue ~ Enjoy Yourself Tour 1990!

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

What makes you angry:
A bad coffee…

What makes you laugh the most:
My 2 gorgeous girls.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Definitely a Kylie song! 

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.

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Corey

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:
Getting out and having fun facilitating awesome activities with great people at amazing locations!

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
A little over 1 month – Freshy!

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Tough choice… Maybe Survivor

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Nothing yet… I’m sure it’s not too far away though.

My favourite hobbies are:
Waterskiing, 4wding, Camping.

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

What was the last book you read?:
Anthony Kiedis – Scar Tissue

Favourite holiday?:
Fraser Island

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Too many to list… longest lasting has been PB (after Party Boy Corey Worthington)

I am frightened by _____ :

Early Mornings

Favourite movie of all time:
Hot Tub Time Machine

First concert I went to:
John Butler Trio

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Fraser Island

What makes you angry:
Nothing too much makes me angry… Maybe when your schnitzel comes out served on top of your chips – making them soggy!

What makes you laugh the most:
I spend a fair bit of time on the road and find myself laughing at the (lack of) abilities of other drivers very regularly.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
I wouldn’t make anybody suffer through my singing! But Mr. Brightside is my favourite song!

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Amanda

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:
3 months and counting.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
The Amazing Race was the first event I did with Pinnacle so it’s the closest to my heart.

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
When a participant drew me as a stick figure with spaghetti hair and told me it was a spitting image of me! Ummm no haha!

My favourite hobbies are:
Dancing, going for long drives, hikes and just being outdoors in amongst nature but also hanging out with friends.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
I really enjoy most genres of music so it’s hard to pick just 1 band, but Boyce Avenue are a good one.

What was the last book you read?:
I’ve often got more than 1 book going at the same time and they’re all very different…at the moment it’s Spiral Dynamics Integral, Barefoot Investor and The Real Christ.

Favourite holiday?:
My trip to the USA a few years back when I got to see many places that I often see in the movies I watch. 

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Sooo many!! Manda, Mandy, Mandoo, Zak, A-man-dahh, Amanda-hug-n-kiss, Dudie, Dude, Alien and the list goes on…

I am frightened by _____ :
The seagulls in Sydney!!! They’re crazy and they have no fear!! 

Favourite movie of all time:
The Lion King…gets me every time! But also, Cool Runnings! Can still quote the whole movie.

First concert I went to:
There’s been so many I can’t remember the first one I went to. 

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I’m still on the hunt to find my forever home but at this stage I’m pretty happy in Sydney. It has the best of everything, beaches, bush, suburbia, city, snow or mountain ranges only a few hours away…it’s got it all!!

What makes you angry:
When the people I love get treated badly by others. 

What makes you laugh the most:
Dad jokes! Or veryyy lame jokes.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Can’t go wrong with the old 90’s and 00’s boy bands…e.g. Backstreet boys, Hanson, Nsync, Boyz II Men etc.