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Connect2Classes Visits The School For Visual Concepts (SVC)

How to Write a Brilliant Creative Brief workshop lives up to its name

Learning new skills is a great investment, but how do you know which classes are worth your time? The Connect2Classes team are helping you figure it out by trying out workshops from their top course providers themselves and seeing who earns their stamp of approval.

First up was Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts (SVC), an industry-leader in delivering classes taught by working professionals in marketing, branding, design and content creation.

Michael Duarte-Pedrosa, VP of Sales at Connect2Classes, recently participated in the How to Write a Brilliant Creative Brief workshop at SVC. If you work with any creative team, learning how to develop a quality creative brief is an indispensable skill. It helps define the problem and create the framework to solve it.

“SVC provided an intimate class of nine students made up of designers and marketers from the Seattle area. The experience was as brilliant as the course title would suggest,” said Michael.

“This particular course was led by Hillary Miller, a VP from a Seattle-based advertising firm. Her delivery was playful and the course content was practical,” Michael shared. “We all left with real world examples, along with simple tips and tricks to developing a great creative brief.”

“Hillary made her lessons relatable. She suggested that we approach each brief from the ‘right altitude’. It’s like reading with aging eyes — one needs to hold the passage at the correct distance allowing your eyes to focus on the letters and words,” Michael learned.

“If you or your organization have not used creative briefs previously or have lost sight of why you should, this workshop will equip you with the tools and motivation to do so.”

SVC has created an exceptional learning environment with a beautiful facility, a responsive administrative team, and professional guest instructors — all evidenced by the exceptional student reviews and enrollment in multiple courses.

Now is the time to springboard your brand or marketing initiatives to the next level by checking out current and future SVC course offerings on Connect2Classes.com.

Watch for our full series of Connect2Classes tested courses in the coming months.

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The Best Way to Predict the Future is To Invent It!

Master Classes in Leadership and Management, Process Improvement, Design and Creative, Strategic and Online Marketing, and Technology — Team Building Events From Local Master Talent, Too!

Connect2Classes is a local learning marketplace with master classes from our world-class providers, including The American Management Association, The Effectiveness Institute, The School of Visual Concepts, General Assembly, The UW Foster School of Business, The Sundust Oracle Institute, and The Project Management Academy.

We also offer custom, onsite training and learning events for groups, as well as team building activities from local master talent. We can organize all of the details, including venue and catering, or we can bring it all to you onsite. Our learning consultants can discuss your business objectives with you and offer the perfect mix of learning and motivation to prepare you for the future by transforming your organization’s knowledge, cohesion, and practices.

Learn More About Private Classes

Upcoming Master Classes, Workshops, and Bootcamps:

Leadership and Management

Process Improvement

Creative and Design

Strategic and Online Marketing

Technology

Team-Building Activities

Team building and corporate events don’t have to be awkward and uncomfortable. If you want to be happy, learn something new; if you want your work team to gel, learn something new together. We guarantee it won’t feel like a day in the office!

Here are some ideas: Sushi, French cuisine, chocolate everything, paddleboarding, perfecting your batting average, over 21 activities like wine tasting, mixing cocktails, and brewing.

Contact us for more information or to brainstorm your learning and team-building needs!

206.397.0011 or 855.527.3222

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Reach Heavenly Heights With Cloud 9 Art School!

Owner and Art Instructor Charlene Collins Freeman Tells Her Entrepreneurship Story

Dreams do come true…

But you have to push them uphill first!

Facebook recently showed me a memory from about seven years ago. In that post I announced that I was teaching my first art classes. I was so nervous!

It was at a consignment store in Kenmore full of used furniture and bric-a-brac. They were closed on Sundays and were therefore willing to let me teach in the shop. I had three people sign up. I had no idea of how to develop this into my dream career, a full time teaching artist.

Wow, that was just 7 years ago. Seems like a life time ago. Since that time, I began teaching at many community colleges and several art schools, I’ve had literally hundreds of students, the majority of which have become dear friends. I’ve take students to Italy, France and England every year for sketchbook travel adventures.

And now I have opened my own school. Wow. Just wow!

The school is Cloud 9 Art School, located in a lovely house at 18414 103rd Ave NE in Bothell.

I have a line up of excellent teachers, all professional artists, who bring their passion, encouragement, and expertise to their students at Cloud 9.

We offer classes for kids, teens and adults in drawing, painting, sketching, jewelry, meditation, mindfulness, and even knitting. Parents can drop kids off on Friday night for art classes instead of hiring a babysitter. We offer workshops for Girl Scouts to earn badges and we create travel adventures to inspire joy and creativity.

We will continue to add new classes and workshops for a variety of media so stay tuned!

We are a joyful community focused on creativity and discovering our world. Cloud 9 Art School is committed to being a place where children, teens and adults find inspiration, learn, and have fun in a relaxed, professional studio environment.

I’m thrilled! You could say, I’m on Cloud 9!

Charlene Collins Freeman
Owner & Art Instructor

Upcoming Classes From Cloud 9 Art School:

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An Evening of Food, Wine and Learning with Connect2Classes and Eat Seattle

Celebrity Blogger Dawn Smith of Revel and Glitter Attended a Pike Place Market Tour and Cooking Class Meal Experience

This is a sponsored post; payment, trade and/or products have been received in exchange for promotion for Connect2Classes and Eat Seattle and as always, all opinions are my own. — Dawn Smith, Revel and Glitter

One of my favorite things about living in the Seattle/Pacific Northwest area, besides the amazing scenery and outdoor activities, is the food! We are moving up the list as the “it” food and wine city, thanks to the abundance of wineries in Eastern Washington.

Combine that with my love of learning, the answer was a resounding yes when the founder of Eat Seattle Classes and Tours, Chef Liz McCune, and Connect2Classes invited me to attend one of her cooking classes. Cooking and drinking wine? That is my type of evening.

We all met at the the beautiful Atrium Kitchen in the Pike Place Market. Which I didn’t even know existed, in a building I’ve never been in. And I’ve lived and been coming to the market for over 13 years. The learning has already begun. Eat Seattle’s cooking classes consists of a tour through the market where Chef Liz and Chef Jay Midwood explained the local and seasonal produce they selected as the ingredients for our menu.

Again, an urban garden in the middle of the market that I had no idea about. It helps to supplement fresh produce already provided at the Food Bank and Senior Center and offers the market senior residents the opportunity to garden and socialize with each other. The public can walk through; there are beautiful views of the Puget Sound. But it is definately the first rule of the secret urban garden…nobody talks about the secret urban garden.

We head down to the bustling market to pick up a few items for our meal, visiting some of the chefs’ favorite vendors. The third thing I learned, truly ripe nectarines taste like ripe peaches. I like peaches…I don’t like nectarines. Apparently why, because I’ve been eating them all wrong.

We headed back to the kitchen, where we wash up and prepare for the festivities, including nibbling on Beecher’s cheese and crackers with a lovely glass of wine. I mention Beecher’s because a. they are local and b. I LOVE THEIR CHEESE!

The format is a combination of hands-on and demonstration to ensure that everyone gets the most of the teachings and those that would like to participate can do so. Which means you can jump in and help…or sit back and enjoy your wine. We all did both.

Yes, this is me gutting what must be the world’s largest heirloom tomatoes. They come in later for our meal starter…

Meanwhile, Chef Jay is giving us fabulous tips and instructions on the preparation of the menu; he was so informative providing tips on cooking techniques, info about the meal and and random Seattle history.

I learned so much information! For example, I have never heard of the tonka bean, that helped make our dessert. Apparently it is super-hot in the cosmetics world and can be purchased much cheaper through those avenues than through the culinary side. Much like nutmeg, it is toxic in high doses. And very expensive in small doses.

But what you really want to hear about is our gourmet dishes. All the ingredients used were sourced in the Northwest and 100% organic, and our meal designed to maximize those seasonal flavors. This is our starter, the before mentioned heirloom tomato, stuffed with a salmon rillettes with a truffle oil vinaigrette and edible flower petals.

Our main course, seared ling cod with potato, fennel, orange and mint salad.

We ended with the tonka bean sponge with strawberries, blueberries topped with whipped chantilly. That’s just a fancy way of saying when whipping the cream, you stop when there are soft peaks so it is still a little runny.

I had an amazing evening and although I was a third wheel, everyone there was a couple or came with a friend, the atmosphere was so inviting, I didn’t feel alone or awkward. There was so much to see and be engaged with. I am so bringing my husband for another class.

Be sure and follow Chef Liz on Instagram @Eat_Seattle on her food adventures through our beautiful Seattle!

Need more wine inspiration? Check out my latest post for Washington Wine Month

Do you already take cooking classes or are you inspired to take one now? Tell us all about it!

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Go Back to School and Build Your Career

Everyone Can Benefit From Being Current and Savvy About New Technologies, Business Practices, and Other Learning Trends

Technological change demands stronger and more continuous connections between education and employment. –Andrew Palmer, The Economist

As technology advances, it’s no longer enough to rely solely on formal education and college degrees when seeking employment. We need to be learning all the time as we adapt to changing conditions in our jobs, careers, and business markets.

The Economist recently published an article on the importance of lifelong learning in the modern age. The industrial revolution has been replaced by the information revolution and the knowledge economy, and jobs are changing: the jobs of the future will be less repetitive, more centered around technological innovation, more creative, more challenging — and more rewarding.

So how can we prepare for these changes in how we work? The answer is lifelong learning, which continues over the course of a person’s entire career.

“A college degree at the start of a working career does not answer the need for the continuous acquisition of new skills, especially as career spans are lengthening,” says The Economist. “Vocational training is good at giving people job-specific skills, but those, too, will need to be updated over and over again during a career lasting decades.”

Understanding the importance of continuous learning is essential to success. And the younger you are, the more obvious it is. Those who rely heavily on the Internet are learning all the time — they’ve developed the key skill of learning to learn. Even in the age of Internet, though, there’s still a place for classes, workshops and bootcamps that boost learning to new heights. Companies now spend less money on training and professional development, so it’s important for employees to have their own continuous learning strategies.

“According to the Pew survey, 54% of all working Americans think it will be essential to develop new skills throughout their working lives; among adults under 30 the number goes up to 61%,” The Economist tells us. “Another survey, conducted by Manpower in 2016, found that 93% of millennials were willing to spend their own money on further training.”

Connect2Classes wants you to find success in learning and in your career. We offer thousands of classes to help you boost your skills, keep your knowledge up-to-date and stay afloat in a competitive workforce. Regardless of your field, skills like software knowledge, social media know-how and graphic design are incredibly useful. And life skills like project management, team leadership and conflict resolution are critical to any successful career.

It’s time to get ready for the future with Connect2Classes and our wide array of online and in-person classes in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. Start your lifelong learning now, and invest in your career.

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Design a custom learning experience with Connect2Classes’ Class Concierge

Connect2Classes provides the personal touch with their new Class Concierge service

Connect2Classes has launched a new service that connects learners with local experts offering custom classes and training. The Class Concierge service is now available to help you plan a group learning experience that is entirely unique and tailored to your interests and location.

What can Class Concierge do for you? Just as a hotel concierge recommends the best restaurants, tours and spas in the area, Class Concierge will recommend the most highly rated experts in Seattle that are best suited to what you want to learn.

Are you a business looking for a unique day of team building and professional development? Class Concierge will help you create a customized, outside the box experience. Replace a dull day of corporate training with artisanal soap-making in the morning before diving deep into an afternoon technology class taught by a local expert. Searching for a fun activity for a birthday or a bachelorette party? Want date night to be extra special this month? From cooking to photography to couples massage classes, Class Concierge will craft the perfect experience for you.

With so many truly stellar teachers and master craftspeople working in the Seattle area, there is an amazing pool of expertise to draw from. Class Concierge has access to hundreds of trusted experts who have worked with Connect2Classes before. Their recommendations are based on testimonials and positive feedback from past students, so you can be sure you’re getting the best possible experience. Many of these experts also have custom built studios and facilities that you can access through the Class Concierge service, from glass blowing studios to metalworking shops.

No need to spend hours planning, either. Connect with Class Concierge and let them know what your learning and bonding objectives are, how big your group is, what passions or interests your group would love to explore, and where you’d like the event to be located – then leave the rest to Class Concierge! They’ll do all the planning and organizing for you. All you have to do is show up, learn and have fun.

Visit Connect2Classes to connect with Class Concierge today!

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Seattle Businesses Are Reinventing Team Training and Building

Seattle Businesses Are Reinventing Team Training and Building

In a thriving economy like Seattle, businesses know they need cultivate strong teams in order to maintain their competitive edge. As baseball player Babe Ruth famously said, “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”

In an age when standard professional development options can seem a bit too cookie-cutter and focused on individual learning, businesses now have the option of working with local educational providers to design the perfect learning and bonding experience. Connect2Classes is leading the way with a flexible approach to group professional development and amazing team building activities.

Connect2Classes CEO Dallas Jasper commented on why building custom class offerings has become one of their most requested services: “At Connect2Classes we’ve been champions of experiential earning for a long time. We have literally hundreds of world-class instructors available to us on any topic you can imagine. Does staff require technical or marketing training or other professional skills development? Or are they committed to regular team building events or fostering creativity? Any business can request a tailor-made learning experience that is relevant to their specific industry and needs.”

One local real estate company contacted Connect2Classes to organize an onsite software training for their employees that would be relevant to their industry. A local school organized a Moms and Sons chocolate making event and picnic dinner for Mother’s Day. Another company decided to encourage team bonding over soap making. Yet another local business hired a chef instructor to run team-building culinary games during a very special cocktail party.

The Washington Department of Labor and Industry also took advantage of custom training for their staff. Crystal Hensen, Services Development Core Team Manager, says “We were in need of some Java training and found Connect2Classes offered a class in Seattle for a decent price. It became evident quickly that the number of staff we needed to take this training was increasing, so I called Connect2Classes who helped us get the training we needed delivered locally instead! We were provided with different instructor options to choose from that allowed us to select the best instructor for what we needed, and all of the instructors met the qualifications we needed, and they also offered different scheduling options for meeting our needs.”

Do you have a team that could learn to gel better? Professional level courses in communication, people skills, conflict navigation, and other essential practices help everyone develop their team-working savvy. If developing creativity and innovation thinking are your goals, Connect2Classes also works with instructors from the creative industries who are expert at guiding teams through the creative process.

Team building and morale events also get a boost from this creative approach. Groups can request cooking classes such as sushi making, cupcakes, French cuisine, and chocolate creations. Outdoor activities like paddle boarding, hiking, and perfecting your batting average. Also on offer are over-21 events like wine tasting, mixing cocktails, brewing, and adult beverages plus art or photography. Creative businesses can opt for glass blowing, metal working, or woodworking.

What do your teams need to learn and love to do? Just let Connect2Classes know and they can suggest the perfect training or event, onsite or off.

Use this link to request a private class:

https://www.connect2classes.com/request-private-group-class/

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Jumpstart Your Personal Renaissance With Wellness Classes!

spiratuality, meditation, zen

 

 

When the world is confusing and things are tough, sometimes the best way to start feeling better is to focus on your personal wellness, both physical and spiritual. We work with a number of providers who are specialists in the health and wellness space and who are deeply passionate about helping people reach their greatest potential. In this article, we would like to introduce you to some of them and get you on track towards a personal renaissance.

1Embrace the Yogi Lifestyle With Aham Yoga and Arundhati Baitmangalkar

A recent transplant from South India, Arundhati started her Seattle-based yoga studio to bring the best of yoga philosophy and practice from her homeland. Yoga transforms people’s lives and Arundhati brings the best in both physical and spiritual practices of yoga. Yoga is among the safest ways to beat stress, depression, improve posture & flexibility, enhance strength and improve concentration. Modern research is uncovering more benefits of yoga each day!

Even though there are differences, yoga unites people all over the world. We may be different on the surface but we all seek the same goals of good health and liberation. The paths we take towards yoga are many, but in the end they all unite. – Arundhati B.

Aham Yoga offers classes, retreats, pre-natal yoga, teacher training, trance dance, meditation, Ayurveda, and much more!

I highly recommend this place. Arundhati is one of the very few people in the area teaching the traditional vinyasa and hatha yoga – Dmitry T

3Tap Nature’s Healing Bounty With Herban Wellness

Seattle’s Herban Wellness is a unique resource for learning how to use herbs, tonics, teas, essential oils, and aromatherapy to guarantee better physical health as well as reduce stress, cure insomnia, head off anxiety, and promote relaxation and calm.

Founder Katya Difani is a cultural anthropologist who went on to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Herbal Science from Bastyr University. She has deep expertise in over 100 different plant species that are known to aid or cure a wide range of health and wellness issues.

Beyond herbal medicines and nutrition, she has been exposed to many other forms of healthcare, including naturopathic medicine, acupuncture & Chinese medicine, homoeopathy, chiropractic medicine, and various forms of energy or touch healing. She believes all health and wellness tools have their place and can be uniquely suited for each situation and person.

Classes with Herban Wellness include skincare, herbal support for health and wellness, and aromatherapy.

4Dive Deep Inside With Psychic Awakenings

Psychic Awakenings provides a safe space for sensitive people to develop their psychic abilities. Once psychic or extrasensory abilities are developed, the teachers believe it is possible to commune with the Universe and receive answers to your questions. Uncovering one’s life purpose is a deeply transformational process for many students. It also helps considerably with learning to develop better relationships with others.

Director Madeline Hartman brings extensive experience in both conventional and alternative counseling. Since 1980 she has offered spiritual counseling in the form of readings, healings and psychic development classes. Her training began at the Berkeley Psychic Institute/Church of Divine Man where she was ordained as a spiritual minister. While at Berkeley she taught meditation and healing classes for five years.

With classes ranging from Psychic Tools 101 to Healing Hands, Psychic Awakenings helps its students learn to work with their innate energetic abilities.

Your Renaissance Has Begun!

Being healthy and feeling well inside and out are the first steps in creating a personal renaissance! When you feel great you can do more and greet each day with enthusiasm. Register for upcoming classes and jumpstart your journey towards a better you!

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Lifelong Learning For The New Economy

Lifelong Learning

With the rapid pace of technological and societal change, it is no longer sufficient to rely purely on formal education and college degrees when seeking employment. We all need to be learning all the time as we adapt to changing conditions in the job, career, and business markets. The Economist just published an article on this topic.

Technological change demands stronger and more continuous connections between education and employment. – The Economist

Many people are concerned about the advancement of robotics and automation that appears to be replacing jobs, especially in the manufacturing space. But the industrial revolution has now been replaced by the information revolution and the knowledge economy. As such, jobs of the future will change and many new opportunities will arise. Jobs will be less repetitive, centered around technology innovation, more creative, and more challenging and rewarding.

So how do you prepare for this sea-change? The answer is lifelong learning, which continues over the course of a person’s entire career. Keeping up with professional and technology trends will help light the way towards the learning that is most important in the new economy.

A college degree at the start of a working career does not answer the need for the continuous acquisition of new skills, especially as career spans are lengthening. Vocational training is good at giving people job-specific skills, but those, too, will need to be updated over and over again during a career lasting decades. – The Economist

Many successful people understand how important it is to be continuously learning. The younger you are, the more obvious it is. Those who rely heavily on the Internet are learning all the time. A key skill they develop is learning to learn, but there is still a place for classes, workshops, and bootcamps that will boost your learning to new heights. Unfortunately, companies now spend less money on training and professional development, so it is important for employees to have their own continuous learning strategies.

According to the Pew survey, 54% of all working Americans think it will be essential to develop new skills throughout their working lives; among adults under 30 the number goes up to 61%. Another survey, conducted by Manpower in 2016, found that 93% of millennials were willing to spend their own money on further training. – The Economist

We are so passionate about helping our learners succeed and offer thousands of classes. both in-person and online. It doesn’t take much time or money to boost your skills to make you more competitive. You just need to have a strategy for ensuring that your knowledge and skills are always up-to-date. Even if you aren’t in a technical job, technical skills like software and social media help everyone. Creative skills like graphic design and photography are also useful in a variety of jobs. Skills like project management, team leadership, and conflict resolution are critical to anyone’s success.

Vocational training is one way to get yourself into the job market quickly. 4-year degrees and even certificate programs take a lot more time than is needed to learn the skills necessary for particular jobs, like culinary professionals, creatives, and software development or data science. Even then, a commitment to continue learning is how you will rise to the top. What is really important is what you know how to do and how you can express those abilities through a portfolio of work.

Vocational training has a role, but training someone early to do one thing all their lives is not the answer to lifelong learning. – The Economist

It’s time to re-think our approaches to career training and professional development. College is very, very expensive, but it is possible to learn critical skills and build a portfolio of work in a short time taking individual classes targeted at your career goals. Maybe you want to start your own business, in fact, which is another trend that is really taking off.

So, are you ready for the future? At Connect2Classes, we offer a wide array of online and in-person classes to prepare you for all of the most exciting jobs of the future.

Check out thousands of upcoming classes on Connect2Classes.

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Learning Experiences Are Gifts to Remember

Learning is Experience

 

When we give others the gift of experience, especially transformational experiences, we give them so much more than any physical gift. We give them opportunities to fuel their passions, get inspired and motivated, and we can even set them on a path towards ever greater learning and success in life.

Why do experiences matter?

Our brains are hard-wired for memories that are tied to experiences that stir up our emotions. The Harvard Business Review’s Elements of Value Pyramid illustrates how people perceive the benefits of products and services that are available to them. There are several elements that demonstrate the allure of novel and life-changing experiences. The emotional and life-changing layers are indicative of personal change associated with experiences that truly resonate. Such resonance is the magnetism that keeps people coming back with the hope of re-creating pleasurable experiences that have stuck in their memories.

We have identified 30 “elements of value”—fundamental attributes in their most essential and discrete forms. These elements fall into four categories: functional, emotional, life changing, and social impact. – Harvard Business Review

Creating Emotional Connections and Lifelong Memories

This sort of emotional engagement works in a variety of ways, and is so powerful when it comes to learning new things!

People don’t actually buy products and services. We buy experiences that leave lasting memories. Exposure to something new and unfamiliar increases the release of dopamine in the brain. Novelty motivates people to expect pleasure.- Shayla Price

What is delight really about? Surprise. Novelty. Wonder. The unexpected. Deviating from business as usual and injecting awe, a visceral emotion reaction, into the learning journey. Novelty and surprise fuel the pleasure-seeking reward centers of our brain, which is exactly the opposite of evoking a stress response due to poor product or service experience. The brain chemicals matter when it comes to making memories. These are also the sorts of experiences that people are prone to share, and to ask people to join in on.

How do memories develop and stick with us? And how does that impact learning? It’s about responding to latent human needs for novelty and surprise, the cornerstones of delight.

The experiences we remember are defined by change. Our stories are made up of experiences that are new, novel and those that have greater significance. We actually don’t choose between experiences, we choose between memories of experiences. And even when we think about the future, we don’t think of our future normally as experiences. We think of our future as anticipated memories. –Daniel Kahneman

Need a last minute holiday gift? Consider a gift card from Connect2Classes.

 

Check out thousands of upcoming classes on Connect2Classes.

Enter your interests and receive $10 off your first class!

Gift certificates are available!