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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.

About Connect2Classes — We are a marketplace for professional and life enriching classes, workshops, and learning immersives — connecting voracious learners with the best local expertise. In Seattle, Online, and San Francisco!

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Can you commit to ‘The 5-Hour Rule’ to guide your lifelong learning?

Commit to 5 hours a week

Dedicating five hours a week to learning creates space for innovation

What is the secret to success used by successful entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Oprah Winfrey? It’s a system of constant learning called the ‘5-Hour Rule’. Its proponents commit to five hours per week to learning new things. The reason? Lifelong learning boosts creativity and prevents status quo thinking from becoming a routine that stifles innovation and enjoyment.

Benjamin Franklin is said to have followed a similar pattern – he woke up early to read and write, set personal growth goals and tracked the results, and also created a community of like-minded artisans and tradespeople who hoped to improve themselves while they also improved their communities.

Champion martial artist Josh Waitzkin also applies the 5-hour rule to his practice. He says ‘”I have built a life around having empty space for the development of my ideas for the creative process. And for the cultivation of a physiological state which is receptive enough to tune in very, very deeply to people I work with … In the creative process, it’s so easy to drive for efficiency and take for granted the really subtle internal work that it takes to play on that razor’s edge.”

CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, has said that lifelong learning is something that defines him as a leader. “I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things.”

How can you benefit from making the same commitment to lifelong learning? Connect2Classes makes it easy with an extensive catalog of learning experiences and life skills training that can benefit your life including cooking and baking, DIY and home improvement, visual and performing arts, and more.

 

Parenting the Love and Logic Way is a course that gives students proven techniques, exercises, and tips that help kids become more responsible while the whole family has more fun.

Starting a New Business will help jump-start any new business.Generate cash faster and avoid common pitfalls. Start with the right legal, insurance, and accounting knowledge. Learn how to finance your product or service, identify key customers and develop a strong marketing platform.

If you are serious about pursuing an education in wine, Mastering the Art of Wine Tasting is the most important wine class you can take. It is a thorough grounding in the skills necessary to taste wines like a professional.

Or simply click to explore all of the courses offered on Connect2Classes.

 

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Turns out Welding is a BLAST!

Welding Class

For me, getting to experience a class from my own course marketplace was a welcome change from the office, but selecting an intro to welding course at the HazardFactory was downright intimidating. I brought one of our team members, Michael Duarte-Pedrosa, with me to do some bonding while learning a completely new skill together.

Michael pointed out that we had clearly left the cubicle behind when we emerged from the car and were greeted by a landscape metal with instructor Mckenzie eager to begin sharing her wealth of knowledge. We jumped right in by donning safety gear and then a surprisingly entertaining discussion on welding, theory, safety, and equipment. As the welding mask slides over your head, you realize that this is really going to happen — you are going to melt some metal!

Our task for the night was assembling a three-part welded souvenir to develop different welding skills under the watchful eye of the HazardFactory’s expert instructors.

“The art of welding, for me, has always been a little mysterious and frankly, a little intimidating,” shared Michael. “The few hours we spent indulging in the trade at the HazardFactory was great team fun and demystified it for me. I now feel I have enough knowledge to do it again on my own, the welds may not be pretty yet, but I did it! I can’t wait to go back for more.”

The feeling of accomplishment, once a project is finished, is incredibly powerful. Having something that you physically created after just learning is very empowering and you feel like you’ve accomplished a lot. Surprisingly, the welding workshops are suitable for adults and children; they recently hosted an 8-year-old birthday party that created a metal pterodactyl sculpture.

Quick intro to welding

If you are an organization looking for a team-building event, look no further, the HazardFactory delivers with a wide range of workshops suited to your needs. One of the workshops will have your team working together to design and weld a metal bridge that will undergo real-world structural integrity testing.

My favorite part of the night was when Rusty took my little welded triangle and hung it from a crane with 500 lbs. dangling from it, I was cringing as he hoisted it up and felt like superwoman when it held. I can really see how this kind of accomplishment is great for team building.

Unless your organization has some closet welders, this activity as a team event is an equalizer, allowing all players, men, and women, big and small, young and old to contribute and learn while working toward a common goal. Besides working together and developing your teamwork skills these events are absolutely loads of fun!

Whether you are interested in indulging a simple curiosity, learning a new skill for some home repairs, creating industrial metal art, a springboard to a new vocation, or interested in taking your team to the next level, molten metal at the HazardFactory is where it’s at!

Dallas Jasper

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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

Connect@Connect2Classes.com

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About Connect2Classes — We are a marketplace for professional and life enriching classes, workshops, and learning immersives — connecting voracious learners with the best local expertise. In Seattle, Online, and San Francisco!

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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.

About Connect2Classes — We are a marketplace for professional and life enriching classes, workshops, and learning immersives — connecting voracious learners with the best local expertise. In Seattle, Online, and soon in San Francisco!

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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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Creating protest art at the School of Visual Concepts

Protest Art

The Women’s March on Washington was organized in the weeks leading up to Donald Trump’s inauguration. It grew into a global phenomenon with marches organized all over the U.S. and across the world with millions of people marching for women’s rights on the day following the inauguration on January 21, 2017.

But how do you prepare for the march of a lifetime? An excellent protest poster is one way to get your message across. The School of Visual Concepts (SVC) Co-Director, Larry Asher, says his colleagues, Fiona McGuigan, Erica Sklar, and Annabelle Larner realized there was a unique opportunity to help people prepare for the marches. Protest art has been the foundation of many social movements, so SVC opened their letterpress and printing studio to help protesters create their own poster works of art.

“We were all a bit shell-shocked after the election, and we wanted to take action. We realized that we had the people and resources to enable something positive and active,” explains Asher. “We wanted to do something to advance the causes of decency, truth, and human rights while exercising our creative talents.” On January 15, 2017, they held the Seattle Women’s March Poster Making event.

Asher says that they pulled the kid-friendly event together quickly and spread the word on social media. While they only expected 100 people, they hosted roughly 350 poster-makers on the day of the event and had to turn people away. The artists created more than 500 protest posters in total and carried them to the marches they attended. “It really lifted up people’s spirits and made us realize that none of us are alone. But we’re not the star of the show, the protest artists are,” stated Asher.

Don’t feel left out if you missed that event! There are numerous opportunities to collaborate with SVC in the coming weeks. One poster design course runs from May to June 2017 for advanced students with existing portfolios of work. It is called Protests, Posters, Printing & Persisting.

“This isn’t just a class. It’s a cause. This workshop is for designers with a conscience and a desire to improve their poster design abilities, while being mentored by master poster artists, Jeff Kleinsmith and Sasha Barr, over a five-week period,” explains Asher.

Jeff Kleinsmith has been Sub Pop Records’ art director for more than 20 years. He has designed hundreds of posters and album covers for bands you’ve definitely heard of, and ones you probably haven’t. His work has appeared in numerous design books, magazines, and gallery shows, and is also in the permanent collection at MoPOP and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sasha Barr has been an art director for Sub Pop Records since 2007. In addition to his work in the music industry, he also does design work for Amigos Skateboards and runs his own design company, The New Year. His clients of note include Vans, Converse, Giro, Northwest Folklife Festival, Bumbershoot, and the Washington Lottery.

Upcoming Classes at SVC

Hand Lettering For Designers

More Creative and Design Classes From SVC

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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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Uncork your wine knowledge and see where it will take you

Wines of France

When Richard Kinssies, founder of the Seattle Wine School, was offered his first job in the wine industry, he had a confession to make. “I really don’t know much about wine.” His soon-to- be boss laughed it off saying, “nobody does!” Fast-forward several decades and not only has Kinssies’ knowledge positioned him as a wine leader, but industry popularity has led to increasing numbers of consumers and professionals looking to building their wine tasting skills. Building on the reach of the online class marketplace Connect2Classes, Kinssies aims to reach a larger audience who are searching for wine classes in the Seattle area.

Through weekly classes at the Seattle Wine School, Kinssies offers some of the most popular classes in the area, particularly because of his pragmatic approach to wine. He believes that wine, like art, can be appreciated on many levels. A painting evokes a certain feeling upon sight and can be enjoyed on a surface level. If the viewer digs deeper, the artist’s intention and processes can be understood and a greater appreciation can be gained. With wine, a sip can be enough to pronounce it good or bad but if the taster understands the particular characteristics of the grapes used, learns how the soil, altitude, slope of the vineyard, climate and farming processes work, the quality and personality of a wine will lend a greater understanding. Kinssies calls this the ‘geeky’ part of wine and believes that it is what motivates people to dedicate themselves to studying the subject.

In his expansive career, Kinssies has explored a multitude of jobs within the wine industry. He has worked in retail sales, as a sommelier and a winemaker; he has owned a restaurant and a wine bar, written two books and hosted two radio shows on wine and food that spanned nine years and was the wine columnist for the Seattle Post Intelligencer for nearly 30 years. Kinssies saw a need within the industry for basic education for wine professionals and started the Seattle Wine School in 1981. He eventually decided to open the school up to the public so that non-professionals can develop a professional level of wine education. Kinssies has also developed wine certification programs for the Washington wine industry and for the government of France, training American wine professionals in French wines.

Over the years, teaching has remained a constant in Kinssies’ career. He proclaims it to be his greatest thrill and admits it has given him the most professional and personal satisfaction. Guiding students towards understanding a certain aspect of a wine and seeing them grasp it is what fuels his passion. Anyone can learn wine, Kinssies believes; however, time and resources can be a limitation that he wants to help students overcome by making learning accessible. Classes at the Seattle Wine School offer great value and are consistently scheduled on Monday evenings to make fitting it into a busy lifestyle easy. Kinssies does offer one warning: studying wine is like studying physics. “You can learn a lot, but you will never learn it all,” Kinssies says. “Just savor the journey!”

Start 2017 off building your wine skills in a variety of classes offered at Seattle Wine School. From Mastering the Art of Wine Tasting and Wine 101 to an Introduction to France or Italy, there is an opportunity to uncork your knowledge and see where it will take you! Visit Connect2Classes to register today.


Check out thousands of upcoming classes on Connect2Classes.

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

Gift certificates are available!