03 Mar Conversant Media went offsite for some team building, but the pig stole the show
The plan was simple: take 15 media professionals outside their comfort zone and see what the fresh country air could generate by way of strategic thinking and a whole lot of banter.
The offsite was organised under strict secrecy, including the destination and activities with just one clue: bring swimmers.
Our final destination was kept top secret but it didn’t stop the guesses from the Conversant Media team flowing thick and fast.
The swimming clue led most to assume the coast was calling. But as the mini bus headed west under the immense strain of food, drink, and laptops, it was suddenly clear Conversant was heading for a tree change rather than a sea change.
First stop was a delightful pub at Stroud for dinner, with the claim to the biggest beer garden in the Hunter. Despite our crew outnumbering the locals two to one, we were unsuccessful in the (temporary) members draw but our fearless leader, Zac, and his accomplice, Michael, did manage to reign supreme on the pool table while others took to the spongey cricket pitch.
After avoiding the odd snake on the road, we made it to the ultimate retreat spot at Barrington Tops in the Gloucester region, where we crashed into our shared cabins. It was more glamping than camping, but the comfort zone was far behind us.
The next day started with a bushman’s breakfast, where we quickly took in the stunning scenery before getting down to business.
That business included an insight into where we’ve been, what we stand for, and where we’re going across the business and our three websites- Techly (techly.com.au), The Roar (theroar.com.au) and Lost at E Minor (lostateminor.com).
We were all split into groups for a presentation on each aspect of Conversant, which allowed for a pat on the back for a job well done as well as providing a snapshot of the exciting plans ahead.
Following brainstorming and some fun but important creative exercises, we were ready for some real exercise and team bonding. Go team!
It came in the form of canoeing in pairs down a river. Keeping the canoe in a straight line was easier said than done, especially when we were told to stand up and try (as if sitting down wasn’t hard enough). We also found out that GoPros DO NOT float as Davey Jones claimed his latest victim, in the deepest part of the river.
Needless to say, we burnt a lot of energy on the water and the team was delighted to find a massive feast awaiting them courtesy of a full pig on a spit, cooked and ready for eating on return to our camp.
Washed down with some beer, and wine, and with a gorgeous sunset leading into watching a thunderstorm go past, it was the perfect way to cap off a very productive retreat.