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.

Top Team Building Activities for the Central Coast

The Central Coast is known for its pristine beaches, incredible national parks and picturesque waterways. You are also spoiled for choice when it comes to conference venues with a range of hotels & resorts available to suit any taste or requirement. Located only 1 hour from Sydney, it is the perfect location for your next conference!

We’ve put a list together of our top team building ideas for the Central Coast for your next conference offsite:

Beach Olympics

With so many beautiful beaches located throughout the Central Coast it is easy to see why the Beach Olympics is so popular in this region. If you’re heading to a seaside conference venue such as Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Pullman Magenta Shores, Bells Killcare or Wamberal SLSC we can organise a council permit for use of the beach nearby. Beaches we regularly use include Terrigal Beach, The Beach at Magenta Shores, Putty Beach, Toowoon Bay & Wamberal Beach. For the other conference venues we work with on the Central Coast including Mantra Ettalong, Mercure Kooindah Waters, Raffertys Resort & Noonaweena, we would modify the activity to suit a large grassed area & host a Mini Olympics instead.

Amazing Race

Amazing Race teams running

We have multiple versions of our Amazing Race activity that we can tailor to suit your conference venue. Venues such as Crowne Plaza Terrigal & the Mantra Ettalong are best suited to our Amazing Race Urban Search, where teams navigate their way around the local urban streets undertaking team-based challenges as well as collecting scavenger items & completing photo missions. Conference resorts such as Pullman Magenta Shores, Mercure Kooindah Waters & Raffertys Resort are better suited to our Amazing Race onsite version, where teams navigate their way around the conference venue undertaking team challenges and solving IQ tests that have been hidden in different locations around the resort.  

Scramble

Photo on smart device of a team jumping

The Scramble activity is a modified version of our Amazing Race suited to teams that might be tight on time or budget. Similar to the Amazing Race, the Scramble can be tailored to suit a Resort or City/Urban area.

Morning Exercise Sessions

What better way to kick off the day than with a morning exercise session! Whether it’s a bootcamp on the beach, an indoor yoga or simply a morning walk – we have an exercise session to suit your team. Exercise sessions include:

Yoga: No longer the back-breaking moves of old, Modern Yoga is surprisingly effective as a form of exercise, flexibility training, and relaxation.

Pilates: A challenging workout for a fitter and stronger individual, Pilates promotes balance, flexibility, strength, and conscious muscle control.

Zumba: As soon as your delegates hear the music they will want to shake and shimmy their way through this morning session – lots of laughs!

Gym Circuit: Utilising the resort or hotel gym, Pinnacle will design a program to suit numbers and ability levels. Loads of fun and a good way to do some weight training.

Tai Chi: This ancient martial art used in modern times is the most peaceful way to exercise. Promoting improved joint range of motion, breathing, circulation, muscle tone and focusing of the mind.

Morning Walk: This session involves a long or short walk and can also include some stretching techniques. The walk explores the surrounds of the conference venue.

Boot Camp: An outdoor cardio circuit with plenty of variety suitable for all fitness levels. Designed to get your heart-rate up with simple movements.

Boxercise: Wake your delegates up with the fast pace of Boxercise. Designed to be a high heart rate session that encompasses fitness, boxing technique and lots of movement. No contact occurs.

Sandcastle Competition – Contact us for more info!

A traditional team building event where teams will be competing against each other in a Sandcastle Competition on the beach. The group will be given advice on how to create the best sandcastle and achieve impressive results with East Coast Australian sand.

Each team will be issued with equipment to build their castle that includes:

  • Buckets of various sizes
  • Etching tools
  • Paint brushes
  • Craft supplies: Flags & Dagwood dog sticks

Prize Categories Include:

  • Tallest Tower – The tallest overall sand castle measured from ground to the top tip.
  • Longest Bridge Span – The longest self-supported bridge span.
  • Deepest Moat – The deepest moat with water will win this prize.
  • Best Detailing – The sandcastle using the most detail and effect.
  • Best on Show – The overall best Sandcastle of them all!

Cocktail Master Class

What could be more relaxing than finishing off a day of conferencing with a Cocktail Master Class? The Cocktail Master Class will give your team the chance to get behind the bar and mix up a storm in an exciting and interactive environment! This fantastic event is hosted by our team of professional bottle spinners who will start the evening with a bells and whistles demonstration of cocktail making followed by a master class in the art of mixing drinks. Your group will make four delicious cocktails throughout the duration of the class, with the first three cocktails being preselected from our list of 13 cocktails. Think of all the classics; Cosmopolitan, Martini, Mojito and many more!

For the fourth and final cocktail the competition begins! Your delegates will get shaking and stirring to design their very own unique cocktail. All ingredients and equipment will be readily available to get the creative juices mixing & flowing! Teams will be judged by our Cocktail Master on taste, the enticing name of their cocktail and a sales pitch which they must present in front of the group.

Blimp My Ride

Teams must design and build their very own blimp that will fly across the conference room. This fun and colourful challenge sees teams using enormous helium balloons and a variety of resources to create a blimp. Teams have the chance to gain extra resources by solving team based challenges. The more successful your team is at the challenges the more resources you will attain.

The scrap heap includes cardboard, tape, string, weights, propellers, balloons, fans, paper clips, pens, paper and much more. It is up to the team to attach their resources aiming to transport their blimp from one side of the conference room to the other. This event is fun, interactive and engaging for all. It requires design, creativity, construction, ingenuity and will finish with a sky of colour.

Option One: 60 – 90 minutes

Teams are given equal equipment to build their Blimps, and the final flying challenge will test the overall success of the task.

Option Two: 2 – 3 hours

Teams must earn the pieces of their Blimp by successfully completing a series of team based tasks.

Tikes on Bikes

The Concept

Tikes on Bikes is a unique activity that provides delegates with an immense sense of achievement, unity and pride in their company.

Delegates will assemble a brand new bike out of the box under the assumption someone from within the team will race their newly built bike. However the twist occurs in the tail of the event when the delegates donate the brand new bikes to underprivileged kids from a local charity group.

How It Works

Delegates will be divided into teams and participate in a lead in activity. As part of the final challenge, teams are presented with a box containing parts to build a bike. They will be lead to believe that each team will need to nominate a champion cyclist to compete in the BMX race. The team who wins the BMX race will win the activity.

Just before the bikes are taken outside for the race delegates will be informed that they are actually donating the bikes they have built to underprivileged children. Each child will be specifically matched up with a bike of the right size and given a helmet so they can begin riding immediately.

Delegates will have the opportunity to personally give the bikes to the children and get photos of the unique experience.

Adapting To & Embracing Change

We’ve all heard the old saying “the only thing constant in life is change”. And we know to be resilient, both personally and professionally, we have to adapt, innovate and face change head on. Change affects us all and we each deal with change differently. It’s only natural for people to fear the unknown and become stressed in a time of change, however it’s important that you try & keep an open mind & see change as an opportunity for growth.

Here is some practical advice on adapting to change in the workplace according to Bob Miglani, bestselling author of “Embrace the Chaos”:

1.  Accept the new normal.

Most people tend to idealise the past, however, holding on to the memory of how things once were is counterproductive when in a state of change. As our favourite song from the movie Frozen goes, “let it go!”. Miglani states, “Let it all go. Let go of the old promises, the way we used to work, the people we used to work with, and the kind of workplace we originally signed up for. Let it go because it doesn’t exist anymore”.

2.  Maintain a positive inner dialogue.

“Think more about the possibility than the impossibility”. It’s easy to feel negative towards a new procedure, particularly when we didn’t have an issue with the way things were already being done. Accepting a new point of view is not something that happens overnight, but maintaining the ability to view any potential change with a positive attitude is certainly integral to one’s capacity to adjust to new situations.

3.  Rework your goals and set out to achieve them.

By setting a clear goal for ourselves, we can bring about a wonderful new mind shift that helps to direct our energy that is often wasted in so much workplace change.

4.  Take charge of your own actions.

As in all aspects of life, there will always be factors within our careers which are not within our control. So, in a time of change we should focus on the tasks we can do.

5.  Avoid isolating yourself.

During times of change you should reach out to your support network. Not only will this help you remain plugged in to your evolving work environment, but it will also expose you to other perspectives, opinions, and even advice. Often, circumstances aren’t quite as dismal (or as unmanageable) as we envision them to be.

Everyone will face change at some point in their career whether it be a shift in technology, employment of a new staff member or a merger of teams. Any change, whether it’s positive or negative, can be stressful because it involves the unknown, and we tend to fear the unknown. Finding ways to not just ‘deal’ or ‘cope’ with change but EMBRACE this new challenge is the key to success!

Our top team building activities for embracing change include:

Bridge to Unity

A collaborative construction challenge! Teams must work against the clock to build a bridge whilst overcoming a shortage of resources and communication barriers. The real test sees ‘drivers’ assessing the bridge with remote controlled cars, will they succeed in creating the Bridge to Unity?

bridge

Escape the Room

Can your team escape? This exciting Escape the Room challenge is the ultimate team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Each team is “locked” in a room with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it ceases to exist. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the secrets to ESCAPE! Teams race to uncover the 8 digit code that will ultimately set them free – will they do it in time?

Coded padlock with escape heading in the middle

Project Pipeline

In Project Pipeline, teams or ‘countries’ delegates must work together to build a Pipeline that stretches from one side of their country to the other, only using the materials provided. The catch – in order to do so they must barter and trade with neighbouring countries to obtain the materials needed. The aim is to build a complete Pipeline to transport a resource (a metal ball bearing) down the line. Countries will then be asked to join their Pipelines together for transportation of the resource across all countries.

Team Building Activity Debrief

Hosting a team building activity debrief provides an invaluable platform for the members of your team to acknowledge what they’ve learned about themselves, about others and their interactions with one another. Perhaps even more importantly, a debrief allows teams to identify the lessons that can be implemented to improve the way in which they work, whether that is in their communication, leadership or collaboration with others.

Team sitting around table solving a jigsaw puzzle

A study conducted by the Harvard Business Review showed that teams who host even an unstructured debrief have a 22% higher chance of succeeding than a team that didn’t do one. So, we can see that even a quick, informal debrief can have such a greatly positive impact on the way we do work. So why is it that most of our clients do not request a team building activity debrief?

First, consider the ‘WHY’

There are many reasons for wanting to organise a team building event. Some of the more popular reasons include: just have fun, getting to know each other & as a reward. For these outcomes, a team building activity debrief may feel out of place. There’s no particular need to debrief after an Amazing Race on what everyone learned as the lessons of collaboration, problem solving & communication are already embedded within the activity itself. Going over everyone’s experiences within the activity with a fine-toothed comb may feel like overkill for your delegates – especially when the overall goal was simply to have some fun & network.

On the other hand, if you have clear, defined outcomes for the team building activity such as building trust, coping with change, working as one team, leadership, effective communication etc. a debrief is vital in ensuring the team building activity is both meaningful & lasting.

The Debrief

An experienced facilitator will lead your team through more than just a play-by-play of what happened in the activity. Safe & productive discussions can be harnessed through well devised questions that connect your delegates experiences to your outcomes & goals for the activity. Generally, a debrief can be split into 3 main areas: what, so what and now what.

1: What? = Objective facts, the truth
You can begin with this style of questioning for any team building activity.

Describe your experience, what happened?
Who did what? (roles & responsibilities)
What did you see/feel?

2: So what? = Effects & subjective interpretation
After discussing ‘what happened’ you can move on to interpreting the effect certain actions had.

Why were you successful (or not)?
What did you discover about yourself?
How were differences in opinion handled?
Which behaviours/actions had the most effect on the team?

3: Now What? = Transfer of agreed learning & shared understanding
Following the ‘so what’ discussion you will move into discussing what can be learned from this experience & how it can be applied to future interactions.

How does this relate to something that occurs in our workplace?
What would we do differently next time?
What good practice can we take with us?
Where do we need to pay increased focus/attention?

If you’re interested in incorporating a team building activity debrief talk to us! We can link your set outcomes to the best activity and tailor the debrief questions to suit. We will help you find the lessons that will help your team be more productive & successful in the future.

Winter Special

Quote “Winter Special” & receive 20% the events below for July, August & September 2019:

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting

Participants have the opportunity to channel Robin Hood in this medieval form of weaponry. Teams are taken through a structured lesson before the competition begins!

Escape

Coded padlock with escape heading in the middle

Can your team escape? This exciting Escape the Room challenge is the ultimate team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the secrets to ESCAPE! Teams race to uncover the 8 digit code that will ultimately set them free – will they do it in time?

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. Who will be the winning team of investigators?

Terms and Conditions

This offer applies for new bookings held in July, August & September 2019.
Final price determined by location, number of participants and venue requirements of the event – we service Sydney, Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast regions of NSW.
*Subject to availability

EOFY Team Building Events

End of financial year. Four words that can strike fear into the heart of any employee at any level. EOFY can be a stressful time; targets need to be met, deadlines made and the pressure of it all can leave your employees feeling undervalued, unmotivated and burnt out. That is why, during such a time when companies ask the most from their employees, it is equally as important for companies to put in as much effort into how they will recognise all of this hard work.

The majority of companies we talk to during EOFY time regarding team building are usually wanting to both reward & reinvigorate their team with a meaningful activity that will leave everyone feeling valued, inspired & engaged.

At Pinnacle, we have a range of activities designed to meet these exact outcomes, and have listed them below to help assist with your EOFY team building plans:

Stronger Together

Want to show how strong your team can be when people simply work together? It may sound simple, however as you may know, it is very common for different teams within a company to become stuck working in silos & only focusing on their own goals.

Our top team building activities for getting your team working together towards a common goal include:

Project Pipeline

Teams will manage time, resources and personnel to build their countries pipeline. The challenge is then to negotiate with the other ‘countries’ to connect their pipelines to create one continuous pipeline. Teams will need to work against the clock and conflicting objectives to achieve the whole group goal.

Bridge to Unity

An exciting collaborative construction project with teams working in unison to design and construct an impressive bridge. Each team builds the bridge to their customer expectations while overcoming limited resources, communication barriers and strict timelines. The final sees each team’s individual bridge being installed as part of the extended company bridge and tested with a remote controlled car.

Corporate Drumming

A corporate drumming session will transform, motivate and inspire your delegates both as individuals and as a collective group. The Human Rhythms team will take them on an unforgettable musical journey, where laughter and elation is achieved in a high-energy interactive performance.

Corporate Social Responsibility & Purpose

Social responsibility is highly important to employees and one way to make your company more socially responsible whilst adding a touch of team building at the same time is to host one of our CSR team events. As we mentioned in our previous blog post “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Events”, CSR activities can help forge a stronger bond between employee and corporation; they can boost morale and can help both employees and employers feel more connected with the world around them. CSR activities help employees to feel proud of the company they work for and increases job satisfaction and productivity. Happy employees = better output.

Our top CSR team building activities include:

Tikes on Bikes

This powerful and life changing experience is the perfect combination of teamwork and corporate responsibility. Teams of delegates construct a brand new bicycle under the assumption they will ultimately be involved in a bike race. Just as teams are about to race – the surprise is unveiled and children from an under privileged charity group enter the room to receive their new bike! The atmosphere changes as delegates come to realise that it is all about the “bigger picture”.

SolarBuddy

The SolarBuddy Corporate Program provides solar lights to schools, children and families living in remote areas of the world experiencing energy poverty. We give companies, like yours, the opportunity to illuminate children’s lives. Your team will be educated about the importance of renewable energy and the ever-growing negative effect of energy poverty. Your team will then become a part of the solution as you build solar lights that will be sent to children living without access to power. They will know that their light will illuminate the life of a child in a remote area of the world and they will know that they have made a difference.

Race to Make a Difference

The Race to Make a Difference is a fast paced, action packed CSR event that culminates in the team giving back to a charity organisation. The goal for the participants is to be the team that raises the most $ for charity.

Helping Hampers

A fantastic activity that joins teamwork with corporate responsibility! Your group will feel a sense of achievement and cohesion when they construct Hampers from scratch to donate to a local charity.

Fun & Reward

Simply wanting to get your team together for a bit of fun & host a team activity as a reward? See our top picks for FUN activities below:

Water Taxi Treasure Hunt

Sydney Harbour is ranked the best harbour in the world and is the perfect backdrop for this unique team building event. The Water Taxi Treasure Hunt is a 3 hour adventure that explores the best sights of this world famous location. Teams will be competing against each other to race to the final location and uncover their team’s treasure.

Cocktail Masterclass

The Cocktail Master Class will give your team the chance to get behind the bar and mix up a storm in an exciting and interactive environment! This fantastic event is hosted by our team of professional bottle spinners who will start the evening with a bells and whistles demonstration of cocktail making followed by a master class in the art of mixing drinks.

Carnivale

Teams go head-to-head in a series of fun games, sports and challenges – a great activity to get delegates outside in a friendly competitive environment! Teams rotate through activity sites challenging their opponents at each task.

Casino Night  

An evening of interactive and competitive Casino challenges such as blackjack, roulette, craps, race of the aces and horse racing. Guests compete individually or as teams with our special casino chips to make the most money and claim the winning title.

Creativity in the Workplace

creativity int he workplace

When it comes to work, ‘the office’ doesn’t always seem like the most creative of spaces where inspiration & new ideas are both nurtured & encouraged. This can be due to a number of reasons including:

Stress & Workload: Who has time to come up with new ways of completing tasks when the task list itself is overwhelming? Most people would rather stick with the way it’s always been done than dedicate additional time & energy to coming up with a new method.

Taking Risks: Fear of the unknown and (even more so) fear of failure is a powerful thing. If an employee doesn’t feel totally secure within their job, they will be unlikely to trial new ideas.

Lack of Motivation: If an employee doesn’t feel as if their strengths and talents are being utilised or if there’s little opportunity for career advancement, they are far less likely to put in the time & effort into being creative. Creativity is fuelled by passion, and employees who are disengaged or feel undervalued will be too bored & unmotivated to put the time into being creative.

Why is it so important to harness creativity in the workplace?

Thinking outside the box and collaborating to come up with new ideas generates excitement, passion & creativity amongst employees. Benefits of harnessing creativity in the workplace include: 

  • Better teamwork and team bonding
  • Increased workplace engagement and interaction
  • Improved ability to attract and retain quality employees
  • Increased staff morale, fun and happiness
  • Increased workplace problem solving and productivity

Generally, research has shown that the more someone engages in creative thinking, the better they become. Developing a creative culture takes time and it begins with management, being more open-minded and less judgemental to the suggestions of their team. If you’re keen to motivate your team to be more creative, we have put together a list of our top activities for generating creativity:

The Pitch

Teams of delegates compete in a team building challenge that replicates the famous TV show Shark Tank / The Dragons Den. The challenge will see teams creating a product or service they will pitch to a judge (Shark / Dragon). The aim of the teams is to convince the judge that their business is a sound investment and for the judge to contribute financially to their start up business.

Stage 1 – 15 minute briefing

Briefing to all teams. Teams issued with a container of pads, pens, craft supplies, novelty accessories and alike to provide teams with motivation and inspiration for their product / service. Judges introduced in the briefing with a motivational exert on each judge.

Stage 2 – 60 minute business idea creation and planning session

Teams can base themselves at their table or head outdoors if they like. Teams will design a product (prototypes allowed with craft supplies) or service business idea. They will prepare the following:

  • Business Name
  • Target Market
  • Gross Profit margin (expected)
  • Investment of $X will buy the Shark X% share of the business
  • Future plans for growth and distribution
  • Remarkable Consumer Experience

Stage 3 – 45 minutes of Presentations and Judging

Each team is provided 5 minutes to “pitch” their idea to the judge & the group. The judge is allowed 2-5 minutes Q&A with each team & then nominates the amount they will invest in each idea from their $1,000,000 overall budget.

Grape to Glass

Discover the sommelier within! Pinnacle can provide you with your very own Hunter Valley Winemaker who is willing to divulge the secret ingredients and methods required to get the perfect wine from “Grape to Glass”. This unique and hands on activity will have you smelling, swirling and spitting as teams learn to create their very own winning blend. However, the taste alone won’t make you a winner…how often have you bought a bottle of wine based on the sexy label? Teams will also compete to create the greatest label that best reflects their fabulous drop.

Design and flavour are of paramount importance if you want to be the days “Grape to Glass” winning team… But of course, the competition wouldn’t be complete without the perfect sales pitch to your thirsty audience. 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.

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Cocktail Master Class

The Cocktail Master Class will give your team the chance to get behind the bar and mix up a storm in an exciting and interactive environment! This fantastic event is hosted by our team of professional bottle spinners who will start the evening with a bells and whistles demonstration of cocktail making followed by a master class in the art of mixing drinks. Your group will make four delicious cocktails throughout the duration of the class, with the first three cocktails being preselected from our list of 13 cocktails. Think of all the classics; Cosmopolitan, Martini, Mojito and many more!

For the fourth and final cocktail the competition begins! Your delegates will get shaking and stirring to design their very own unique cocktail. All ingredients and equipment will be readily available to get the creative juices mixing & flowing! Teams will be judged by our Cocktail Master on taste, the enticing name of their cocktail and a sales pitch which they must present in front of the group.

Escape

Can your team escape? This exciting Escape the Room challenge is the ultimate team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Each team is “locked” in a room with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it ceases to exist. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles and unlock the secrets to ESCAPE!

For teams to be successful they must communicate, think outside the box, work together, admit to their mistakes and believe they can succeed. All this under extreme time pressure as each team has only 90 minutes to uncover the 8-digit code that will ultimately allow them to escape the room.

This event can be tailored to suit any size group by adding more rooms for more teams. We recommend each team is between 8 – 12 people with each team requiring 1 room. Rooms can be conference rooms, hotel rooms, offices, boardrooms etc. Pinnacle requires 30 minutes in each room prior to the event to set up.

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Survivor

Upon arriving delegates will be separated into their tribes. Each tribe will be issued with a blank team flag and their first task is to decide upon a team name and paint their Team’s flag. Then the competition begins!

The tribes will compete against each other at a series of “Survivor Style” team challenges. Each challenge requires the tribe to outwit, outplay and hopefully outlast their rival teams. Points are awarded for the winning tribe at each challenge. The tribe with the highest score at the conclusion of the event will be hailed the winners. Challenges focus more on lateral thinking /problem solving / teamwork than strength. Unlike the TV Show Tribes will not vote members out of their team! Instead, at the end of the activity we will hold Tribal Council. Here, teams will get the opportunity to take points from each other! All is fair in love and war.

Team Masterpiece

Art is one of the world’s most powerful forms of communication. Art lets people communicate in a way that words never can. Many people feel they don’t have a creative bone in their body – yet up to the age of 9 or 10 we all loved to create!!

Working with a professional artist, teams discover the tricks of the trade as they smash through negative barriers and mindsets and discover their creative potential. How? By turning ideas and thoughts into a masterpiece that they never thought possible!

  • Teams dispel negative thoughts that hinder creative thinking
  • Team members learn how to draw out ideas and develop ‘big picture’ thinking
  • Every team member paints
  • Team members are involved in every step of the art building process – brainstorming, drawing and abstracting ideas, designing the image and painting the masterpiece!
  • The Team Masterpiece facilitator is a professional artist who works in both the creative and corporate world
  • Art team building is completely mess free for the venue and the participants
  • Art team building works with all levels of perceived artistic ability

CSI Night

This is your chance to be just like the investigative gurus that make up the CSI teams on the popular TV show. A hilarious evening activity designed to coincide with your evening meal.

At the commencement of the evening the delegates are informed that there has been a vicious crime committed. Alicia, the guest speaker, has been murdered! They must investigate the crime scene and the forensic information that surrounds the murder victim, such as a gun, a knife, drugs, a hair dryer plus more twisted clues.

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. Teams are awarded points in reference to their interpretation of the story, the effort that they put into their re-enactment and audience response.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Events

Corporate Social Responsibility Events are now more popular than ever for corporate team activities. But what exactly does it mean and what are the benefits for a company that invests in CSR initiatives?

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is generally understood to mean that corporations have a level of responsibility not only for the economic consequences of their operations, but also for the social and environmental implications. In layman’s terms, CSR refers to a company’s efforts to improve society in some way. These efforts can range from donating money to a charity to introducing environmentally-friendly policies in the workplace.  

What are the benefits of engaging in CSR?

There are many benefits for a company demonstrating commitment to CSR including improving public image & reputation, attracting & retaining investors, not to mention the benefit to not-for-profit organisations and of course, boosting employee engagement.

Boosting employee engagement through CSR events

CSR activities can help forge a stronger bond between employee and corporation; they can boost morale and can help both employees and employers feel more connected with the world around them. CSR activities help employees to feel proud of the company they work for and increases job satisfaction and productivity. Happy employees = better output.

We’ve put a list together of our top CSR team building events for your next conference:

Tikes on Bikes

Tikes on Bikes is a unique activity that provides delegates with an immense sense of achievement, unity and pride in their company.

Delegates will assemble a brand new bike out of the box under the assumption someone from within the team will race their newly built bike. However the twist occurs in the tail of the event when the delegates donate the brand new bikes to underprivileged kids from a local charity group.

Race to Make a Difference

The Race to Make a Difference is a fast paced, action packed CSR event that culminates in the team giving back to a charity organisation. The goal for the participants is to be the team that raises the most money for charity.

The challenges are designed to be fun, hands on and require the team to think strategically and work together to achieve success. Teams will be issued $ based on their performance at each challenge site. Ultimately the teams converge on the final location where the winners are announced and the donation to charity formalised.

Solar Buddy – Contact us for more information

The SolarBuddy Corporate Program provides solar lights to schools, children and families living in remote areas of the world.We give companies, like yours, the opportunity to illuminate children’s lives. The lights take about 30 mins to put together and instructions are supplied with your resources kit. Your team will be educated about the importance of renewable energy and the ever-growing negative effect of energy poverty. 

The program allows your team to engage and really make a difference.  They will be able to write personal messages to the children and families who will receive their light. They will know that their light will illuminate the life of a child in a remote area of the world and they will know that they have made a difference.

Helping Hampers

Give back to the community in this amazing working bee style of event. Delegates are given the task of turning a room full of boxed toys, dry goods and gifts into hampers for needy families. Pinnacle provides everything from the contents to the hampers to the wrapping and individualised cards written by your delegates to the family receiving that hamper. An overwhelming sense of pride and achievement will fill the room as the charity partner presents a thank you speech on behalf of the families.

Challenge for Charity – Contact us for more information

Challenge for Charity is a fun, high energy fundraising event where teams compete to raise the most for their chosen charity. Each team would be required to sit at round tables set in cabaret style, with the aim being to earn as much money as possible. Each table is issued with a Charity Challenge activity booklet. There are 45 challenges within the booklet, 15 easy, 15 medium and 15 hard. Teams work frantically to complete each page of the booklet, ripping them out and handing in to the Pinnacle staff as soon as possible. A correct page will see the delegates earn money for the charity e.g.

Easy = $2

Medium = $5

Hard = $10

At the conclusion of the activity we will introduce the charity representative to say a few words of gratitude and announce the total amount that has been donated on behalf of your client. The amounts can be adjusted to fit with your budget. Once the desired donation amount has been decided the challenge amounts will be worked back accordingly.

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Design your own! Contact us for more info

We can turn almost any of our team activities into a CSR event. How to include the Charity? We have two suggested formats –

  • Teams choose a charity that appeals to them to compete on behalf of. The winning team get to donate a cheque from your company to their nominated charity. i.e. First = $1000, 2nd = $500, 3rd = $250.
  • The company chooses the charity and all teams are competing to see what team can earn the most for that charity. Ultimately the winning team would present a cheque onto a representative of that company who is present at the finale of the event.

Top Team Building Ideas for the Blue Mountains

Located just 90 minutes west from Sydney, the World-Heritage-listed Blue Mountains has some of the country’s most breathtaking natural attractions.

Panorama towards Grand Canyon from Echo point and three sisters rocks formation to central plato above eucalyptus trees on sunny morning.

The temperature during the Winter months is quite cool, averaging at around 5C. During this time, groups tend to opt for indoor activities or if they do decide to venture outside, do so during the day whilst the sun is high in the sky. Summer days can be quite mild at around 18C; however, we would still recommend rugging up at night. Outdoor activities work well during this time and regardless of the time of year – with the right attitude and the appropriate clothing (layers!) there’s no reason why groups wouldn’t love an explore around the local sights!

We’ve put a list together of our top team building ideas for the Blue Mountains for your next conference offsite:

Blue Mountains Explorer

The Explorer is an Amazing Race / Treasure Hunt style of program based around the local area surrounding your conference venue. The event is an action-packed 2 – 4-hour adventure that takes in all the sites of the Blue Mountains (including the Three Sisters) where each team is driven around the area in a minibus undertaking team challenges. Speed is not always the deciding factor with a strong emphasis on route selection, problem-solving skills and team effectiveness at each of the activities.

Teams of delegates will aim to find various ‘roadblocks’ hidden around the local area. Each team has a mini bus and driver who follow clues to find the roadblock activity sites. Awaiting the groups at each station are team-based activities that range from Laser Clay Shooting & Archery to Wine & Chocolate Tasting.

Upon completing each station, teams are given the next clue to their next destination. This event usually starts at the conference venue and finishes either at an off-site dinner location or back at the conference venue.

Scenic World Challenge

The Scenic World Challenge is an event designed specifically for groups conferencing in the beautiful Blue Mountains. The event takes place within Scenic World – a popular tourist destination that is home to the famous: Skyway, Cableway + Railway rides.

Delegates will be divided into teams that compete to outscore their opponents at various challenges spread around Scenic World. Teams will aim to score points at 4 Roadblock Activity sites strategically positioned around Scenic World so that the teams must ride Skyway, Cableway + Railway to reach these destinations.

Delegates will be given a daily pass to use all Scenic World experiences: Skyway, Cableway, Railway and Walkway to transport the teams between the various challenges. The event will be tailored to suit your outcomes, time frame and the venue to ensure the Scenic World Challenge exceeds all expectations. We will work in conjunction with Scenic World to ensure the event is appropriate for the logistics of time and numbers moving through the “rides”.

Roadblock Activities options include: Number Triangle, Nailed it, Eddy the Egg + Shape Shifter

Mini Olympics

The Mini Olympics is a fun activity that provokes competitiveness and plenty of laughter and doesn’t intimidate participants who may be lacking in sporting or physical prowess.

The event involves teams rotating around various sports such as Volleyball, Frisbee, Catapult Firing, T-Ball, Team Tennis, Dodge Ball, Kick Tennis, Sand Scrabble and many more. The options are endless and only dependent on the venue and the size of the group. Activities will be tailored to suit the location.

Each team participates in all of the activities and team scores are tallied to provide an overall winner. In a ceremony at the conclusion of the activity the winning team is presented with Olympic style gold medal medallions.

Laser Clay

Experience the thrill and excitement of shooting clay pigeons as they fly through the air.

This dynamic and interactive activity uses authentic 12-gauge shotguns that have been converted to fire laser beams. Clays with Omni-directional tape are fired from the launcher – when the shooter scores a hit the beam is reflected back to the gun and registers a hit on the electronic scoreboard.

This activity is very popular and loads of fun for males and females of all ages, fitness levels and ability.

Escape

Can your team escape? This exciting Escape the Room challenge is the ultimate team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Each team is “locked” in a room with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it ceases to exist. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles and unlock the secrets to ESCAPE!

For teams to be successful they must communicate, think outside the box, work together, admit to their mistakes and believe they can succeed. All this under extreme time pressure as each team has only 90 minutes to uncover the 8-digit code that will ultimately allow them to escape the room.

This event can be tailored to suit any size group by adding more rooms for more teams. We recommend each team is between 8 – 12 people with each team requiring 1 room. Rooms can be conference rooms, hotel rooms, offices, boardrooms etc. Pinnacle requires 30 minutes in each room prior to the event to set up.

Grape to Glass

Discover the sommelier within! Pinnacle can provide you with your very own Hunter Valley Winemaker who is willing to divulge the secret ingredients and methods required to get the perfect wine from “Grape to Glass”. This unique and hands on activity will have you smelling, swirling and spitting as teams learn to create their very own winning blend. However, the taste alone won’t make you a winner…how often have you bought a bottle of wine based on the sexy label? Teams will also compete to create the greatest label that best reflects their fabulous drop.

Design and flavour are of paramount importance if you want to be the days “Grape to Glass” winning team… But of course, the competition wouldn’t be complete without the perfect sales pitch to your thirsty audience. 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.

Helping Hampers

Give back to the community in this amazing working bee event. Delegates are given the task of turning a room full of boxed toys, dry goods and gifts into hampers for needy families. Pinnacle provides everything from the contents to the hampers to the wrapping and individualised cards to be written by your delegates to the family receiving that hamper. An overwhelming sense of pride and achievement will fill the room as the charity partner presents a thankyou speech on behalf of the families.
Pinnacle will liaise with you to ensure that the event is tailored to your company. We can include your products and we can partner with your preferred charity group to ensure that the event has maximum impact. Often companies like to include the delegates beforehand by holding a charity drive within the workplace to include more toys and alike ….. the options are endless.