If you aren’t familiar with the Business Networking International (BNI), you won’t understand how important one-to-one’s (or 121s) are for generating network opportunities. These meetings are designed for two BNI members to get to know each other and to learn how to refer business to each other.
Group 121s apply this same convenience to small groups of professionals, so you can make several contacts in one sitting and perhaps garner professional friendships you can use to get future business. The key to successful group 121s is to understand that they aren’t solely for sales.
Remember: you’re looking for referrals. The idea is to give your contacts the information they need to pass your name along with confidence.
Be a resource. Your goal should be providing value. Adopt this giving mindset and other businesses will be eager to meet you at group 121s. Unless something happens during your meeting that raises red flags, be ready to offer that person referrals or even connections that could become strategic partners.
Become a storyteller. One of the biggest complaints BNI members have of group 121s are that too many people show up, ready to dump information down other guests’ throats. It’s a boring and ineffective way to network that ensures every minute and penny invested goes to waste. Our brains aren’t built to remember an endless stream of facts. Instead, focus on the main ways your company helps people, and choose one to highlight. Then, instead of giving a presentation on that product or service, share stories that show how you used your business to solve someone’s problems. People remember stories, so they will remember you when it’s time to refer a business in your industry.
Have fun. Networking get-togethers can be awkward. Sharing a meal, for instance, doesn’t always result in bonding; it doesn’t even mean guests will enjoy themselves. Even weekly BNI member meetings come under fire if they are run inefficiently. Avoid these mistakes by finding a way that helps people relax and enjoy themselves.
Painting With A Twist’s paint parties are a great way to spice up otherwise boring BNI group 121s. They give attendees a chance to make their mark with multiple people at once. The genius of BNI is found in restricting membership to only one representative of an industry at a time. When you show up to a paint party to meet other members, you’re guaranteed to be the only travel agent, accountant or lawyer at the event.
Paint and sip parties provide the perfect laid-back atmosphere to tell stories about your business without dumping info in someone’s lap or making a sales pitch. Business professionals are constantly being sold to, and they’re less likely to commit to group 121s if they think it will be a giant sales pitch. They simply want to get to know more about you and your abilities.
There is a saying at Painting With a Twist, “It’s fun art, not fine art.”
Painting is a skill that takes decades to perfect, so most attendees have low expectations for final results. Being bad is something you can actually bond over. It’s a great way to break the ice and introduce discussions on challenges.
A dedicated Painting With A Twist instructor provides step-by-step instruction in a way that entertains. Paint parties typically include lots of laughter, some group games and even a little dancing.
Many group 121s are held at noisy bars, where inevitably there are a couple of BNI members who imbibe a little too much. Unfortunately, it’s common for organizers to set up group 121s at a local bar and encourage people to drink as a way of showing thanks to the property manager. However, drinking that leads to embarrassing behavior can raise legitimate concerns about a professional's ability to perform. Worse, a potential referral might wind up too embarrassed to contact you again to make those referrals.
One of the reasons Painting With a Twist stands out from the competition is their coffee and canvas parties, where guests trade java for wine and often have their meetings earlier in the day. Or consider booking a Group 121 Painting With a Purpose — a paint party that raises money for a worthy non-profit.
Alcohol isn’t the only way you can get yourself in trouble during a paint party. Follow our list of dos and donts to make the most of your night.
DO listen carefully and follow the instructions. We know, it’s a networking opportunity, but if you’re chattering while the host is giving directions, you might interfere with someone else’s good time. Paint can get messy too, so it’s important to follow the rules in order for everyone’s clothing to stay safe and tidy. There will be plenty of time to chat with your neighbors and others in the group. So, don’t worry about missing out on networking.
DON’T work a sales pitch into your art. One of the biggest complaints about BNI 121s are people who don’t understand how to share their business without a blatant sales pitch. Talk to people about your flower business, but if you’re supposed to paint an apple, please don’t replace it with a bouquet. You’ll only make yourself look pushy. DO ask people about their businesses. If you’re looking to hire someone for a job, it’s perfectly okay to ask in-depth questions. Otherwise, keep conversations somewhat superficial. DON’T use this as a chance to get professional advice. What do you think the second biggest complaint is in regard to 121 meetings? You’re supposed to be forming relationships, not getting professional consultation for free.
DO follow up with attendees by providing them with referrals. After your painting session is over, your group usually stops to get a photo that winds up on social media. That isn’t where your networking should end. Follow up with a phone call or e-mail to touch base with your new paint buddies. Remember, your attitude heading into a paint party should focus on giving. Who can you provide with contacts? Successful business owners focus on helping first and receive the benefits later. Painting With a Twist provides business owners with a fun, relaxing opportunity to get to know one another while minimizing the risks that come with a traditional get-together.
The simple act of drawing a brush around a canvas with paint invites people from around the world to express themselves, to record a special moment or to capture a feeling in time. From nurturing creativity to releasing stress, painting has the power to change your life from the inside out.
Here are ten ways Painting With A Twist helps your mental health:
Art inspires the expression of thoughts. Art ignites the imagination. And art helps maintain your overall well-being. With painting, you are physically transforming a blank canvas into a captivating image with bold colors and textures. According to a Drexel University study, just 45-minutes of art making improves self-esteem. Emotionally and mentally, you're exploring another side of your personality and attitude.
As you work on a project, your confidence also deepens as you solve problems and gain new skills. Participating in activities like paint-and-sip parties at Painting With A Twist unlock a wondrous sense of play that nurtures your creativity. Painting introduces new cultures Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate artist, you are challenging yourself to discover the vibrant history of artists that have come before you. By interacting with other aspiring artisans, you're opening yourself up to thinking about the world in a different light. Once you start painting, you'll be inspired to dive further into a world of extraordinary styles.
Painting is an experience everyone enjoys – young, old, single, married, as a family gathering and bonding experience for your business. With Painting With a Twist, you don't have to lock yourself away in a studio to be an artist. Painting With A Twist offers all types of classes — such as girl's night out, date nights, and team building — in a non-judgmental group environment where everyone relaxes and enjoys each other's company. Here, you build unique relationships.
The variety of color, shading, and texture from your painting communicates what you're going through if you're in the midst of trying to make sense of your feelings and thoughts. For people suffering from dementia or who are in recovery from trauma, art therapy helps express emotions that are difficult to put into words. Art enables a full spectrum of emotions — joy, sadness, and fear — to flow seamlessly from your mind to what you are creating with your hands. Not only are you releasing emotions that you might have built up over time, but loved ones are better able to relate and to understand what you’re trying to say.
No one is a stranger to experiencing some kind of stress in their life. But too much of it can make you frustrated, overwhelmed, and burned-out. Doing something creative releases the pressure you are facing, especially as personal challenges feel burdensome and time-consuming.
A study published by the Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association revealed that participating in a creative activity for 45 minutes can reduce hormone levels and cortisol. Even just one session of painting alleviates stress and heals your body towards feeling better.
When you visit an art museum, the exhibits you're observing expand your empathy and tolerance, because you're naturally encouraged to put yourself in the artist's shoes. The power to transform others also exists when you paint because you are communicating your sense of self to the outside world. Taking a concept and learning how to craft it into a tangible creation takes patience and stamina. It also has the ability to improve your mood by creating harmony between your heart and mind. You are taking yourself out of the realm of moving from one schedule to another and offering yourself the gift of truly being in touch with your mind and body.
Your emotions and creativity aren't the only part of you that grows while painting. Your cognitive skills also improve. By bringing an object or landscape to life on canvas, your concentration deepens as you intend on making the right gestures and following an instructor's directions. Your hand-eye coordination also improves as your hand dips a brush back into the paint and onto the canvas to generate highlights and shadows. After you leave Painting With A Twist, you can adopt these cognitive tools into your everyday life and even participate in another class.
Smartphones allow us to stay connected with the rest of the world, but what happens when you can't stop scrolling through social media or the internet? If the thought of turning off your phone makes you cringe, you are not alone. For the past several years, neurologists have been documenting that an addiction to technology effectively shifts our mindset to think about what we are missing out on.
Painting reconnects you to the present moment by putting you into the flow of enjoying an experience as it unfolds. By unplugging from the rest of the world at a paint and sip class, you are focusing on the task at hand and not letting your attention split into a thousand different directions.
Did you know social media can generate feelings of self-doubt, envy, and anxiety? Psychology Today points out that comparing yourself to other people is a natural part of wiring in your brain; however, too much of it can lead to over-valuing other people's careers, personalities, looks, etc. more than your own. Painting allows you to turn off the strain of self-judgment. Giving yourself time to cultivate a beautiful piece of artwork helps silence your inner critic and renew your sense of self. Painting enhances your day-to-day life Busy is the new black. Everyone has an endless to-do list to accomplish.
When you're finished with one task, it seems like several more pop up. Every so often you need to take a break from your hectic lifestyle and just do something fun. Painting provides an invaluable opportunity to acquire a new passion, look at your life differently, and gain helpful skills.
At Painting With A Twist, everyone has a great time – socializing, learning something new, and feeling passionate about what they create. Whether you paint and sip with family, your spouse or team members, life is bound to feel more colorful, imaginative and fun with Painting With a Twist.
If art is the world’s universal language, why aren’t more businesses using creative exercises for team building?
Creative arts programs are a great place to start. They build and strengthen your team while bringing everyone closer together for a more harmonious workplace.
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Creative activities such as painting relieve stress, aid communication and help stymie cognitive decline, according to Harvard. Studies have shown that expressing themselves through art can help people with depression, anxiety, or cancer, too.
Small to midsize companies with several staff members face inevitable challenges of conflicting personalities. Team building ultimately transforms groups into a focused, cohesive team that learn to achieve certain goals.
When the intentions and energies of a group are joined to attain a common objective, companies can more easily satisfy the needs of their clients and customers because the entire staff learns to work together. Structured team building activities teach people how to cooperate on a daily basis, how to complete job requirements and how to work together to perform tasks. Goals can be reached more quickly and directly, without conflict or misunderstandings.
By designing a set of team procedures and norms, group members experience better interaction by rediscovering what’s in the best interests of the team.
Small to midsize businesses, large institutions or even small organizations could benefit from teambuilding exercises. In places where a variety of personalities and work habits converge on short-term projects and long-term programs, team building can be a valuable tool to establish trust, to develop good communication, and to tap into creativity that helps teams reach and sustain high performance.
Here’s who benefits:
• Group Leadership Team: Whether this team is made up of individual employees, department heads, division coordinators or senior managers, your leadership team members have the major task of creating a goal-focused, cohesive and well-motivated team that can lead your enterprise toward high levels of positive cooperation and productivity. This team must be responsible for the strategic and unique direction of your company or entity and its continuing path to success. Your leadership team must create plans, determine goals, offer guidance and oversee all that your department, business or larger group aspires to achieve.
• Staff Morale and Incentive Team: This vital team is created to brainstorm, form ideas and structure plans to help ensure a positive attitude and cooperative spirit among all employees or members of your organization. The members of this team may collaborate on fundraising projects for charities, coming to the aid of an ill employee, planning company social events or hosting lunchtime staff incentive meetings. This team plans celebrations for heralding employee contributions and attainments, company milestones, staff member birthdays, newborn babies and more.
• Eco-Friendly and Worker Safety Team: This important group works as a team to help ensure a healthy and safe working environment for all employees and company leaders. Environmentally safe work habits, regular fire drills, workplace safety seminars or discussions and safe, tidy housekeeping checklists can all help create and maintain a secure, health-enhancing work environment.
• Worker Health and Wellness Team: This group is centered on promoting health and wellness practices, incentives and activities for all in the workplace. Free health-promoting and protective screenings for common health issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart health are also very valuable team projects. This team can also sponsor forums concerning healthy diets, good budgeting habits or attractive employee investment opportunities and products.
• Company Culture, Communication and Action Team: This team group is focused on identifying and defining the company culture of your business that will energize and motivate it toward ultimate success. Team members also work together to nurture and support healthy worker input in the daily lifestyle and activity of the business. Good communications are essential for your company to thrive and succeed.
As the first and largest, innovative paint-and-sip franchise, Painting with a Twist in Savannah puts a new twist on corporate team building success with its original team-building program. This unique plan and activity enables companies of all types and sizes in a variety of industries to inspire and motivate their employees while creating unique, engaging and highly enjoyable artworks as a cohesive group.
As a team, they combine their vision, focus and talents to create a company image, logo, mural or floor painting that exhibits a major business objective, strategy or goal. This enterprise presents a new perspective and fresh understanding of corporate team building by focusing on individual and group-minded creativity. Painting parties combine this collective talent, insight and output for the overall benefit of the whole company community and active purpose.
Group mural painting, for instance, involves a variety of people working together to create a cohesive piece. This particular class fosters good communication, creative problem solving and learning how to work together. Other programs include group portrait creations or motivational color painting — which enhance and empower morale and productivity of your team.
PWAT’s fun-filled artistic enterprise provides venues to build teams through collective art involving individuals and groups of all types and ages. This outstanding franchise has held the No. 1 ranking in the paint-and-sip category for the past two years as part of Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500 edition. This leading ranking is due to the franchise's top caliber corporate support team and its creative innovations in technologies, processes and techniques.
Your business team will thrive and grow in multiple ways through its involvement in PWAT team-building exercises and events. Painting sessions offer ideal bonding opportunities for the members of your company team. Each session is led by experienced artists who love sharing the joys and fulfillment of producing artworks in a relaxed, comfortable, encouraging and completely enjoyable atmosphere.
PWAT’s casual, fun and inviting environment enable company employees to realize the true value and importance each and every team member offers for the overall productivity and success of the business. Staff members learn how to collaborate patiently and positively with growing support and trust for one another while engaged in the creative, free and enthralling activity of producing a work of art together.
When employees create an attractive and meaningful mural, series of wall paintings or floor art that can be displayed and enjoyed on a daily basis in their employee lounge, cafe or conference room, they gain a sense of belonging to an important group as successfully collaborating individuals.
Employees learn to appreciate and trust their artistic talents as a valuable means of expressing, communicating and realizing their greatest visions together. This sense of oneness and of making vital company contributions as a cooperative group enable your staff members at all levels to realize their highest potential. When your entire staff is joined in unison as a dynamic, dauntless, high-achieving and fun-loving group of company team professionals, success will have no limits.
What do you give the woman who claims she has everything she already wants?
This Mother’s Day, consider the gift of experience. Ask any mom what she wants, the answer will likely be, "I just want to spend time with my children." The gift of time — of memories! — is the best gift of all.
It’s no secret that moms are superheroes. They often give so much of themselves that self-care is put on the backburner. This Mother's Day, book a fun paint-and-sip party from Painting with A Twist in Savannah GA.
There are a full-day of paint parties planned — from all-ages events appropriate for the whole family to a ladies night out paint-and-sip party:
Not sold on it yet?
Here are five reasons why a painting party at PWAT will put a smile on mom’s face.
What do your favorite memories involve? Time spent with loved ones! Memories are intangible, but PWAT painting classes help you capture special memories in tangible ways. At the end of the night, you have a masterpiece to take home as a beloved keepsake.
Don’t forget the photos from your painting party! Create a scrapbook or a photo album that your mom can share for years to come.
Precious moments spent with mom are invaluable — unlike the latest gadget. Get the family together for Mother’s Day for a paint-and-sip experience. PWAT classes unleash creative energy, where family members can learn together, relax together and laugh together. These are great experience gifts for Mom. She will have a fun painting to take home and remind her of the great time you had together.
It can be incredibly difficult to come up with a good gift for Mother's Day. After all, if it's something she truly wants, she will probably buy it herself, right?
What do you get the mom who can either purchase what she wants or who doesn’t care about gifts? Consider getting the entire family together for the gift of a paint party experience. This time allows her to sit back, relax and experience all of her family in one place — a rarity in today’s busy culture.
It might be Mother's Day, but why can’t the entire family enjoy a PWAT painting class?
These BYOB art classes are a fun family experience that everyone can enjoy, not just Mom! Don’t forget to take lots of photos and videos of the paint and sip class that mom can show off to her friends.
Not going to be in town for Mother’s Day? No problem. Put the idea of a full family get together on the back burner for now.
Consider a PWAT gift certificate for your mom and a couple of her friends. PWAT painting classes are experiences that you can have more than once. Each class includes step-by-step instruction of a one-of-a-kind creation. It's a colorful, casual party atmosphere where mom will leave her cares behind and go home!
When it comes to Mother’s Day, a bouquet of flowers is nice gesture. But the gift of experience creates memories that last a lifetime. Why not give Mom an experience that you can enjoy together — or that the whole family can enjoy with her?