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!

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