How to Be Sociable
Knowing how to get the most out of the people we meet, live with and work around is fundamental to our chances of a fulfilled life. Too often we feel we’re unable properly to convey our real selves and cannot relate naturally to others. Conversations can get stuck, or be sterile or routine. We’re unable to charm. We struggle to enjoy the company of others, or effectively convey who we are to them.
How to be Sociable tackles, head on, the multiple challenges of knowing how to be with others. It delivers penetrating answers to the following questions:
- What should our friendships be for?
- What is charm and how do we acquire it?
- How can one be at ease in social situations?
- What makes a good conversationalist?
- What makes a good listener?
Far from being obvious or trivial, these questions take us to the heart of how we conduct ourselves among others. The class equips us with the tools to make a greater success of our relationships with friends, colleagues and strangers.
Francesco Dimitri is an Italian author, business facilitator and executive consultant. He has worked with some of the largest Italian and European firms to increase their levels of emotional intelligence and insight. He developed a wonder-based approach to creative thinking and engagement.
Raul Aparici is the Faculty Lead at The School of Life. He also works as a coach, consultant and facilitator and teaches on the Postgraduate Coaching Programme at Birkbeck, University of London . With a diverse background which includes a career in the fitness industry, a BA in English Literature and an MA in Critical Theory, he likes to match academic insights with real life wisdom. He has a particular interest in psychoanalytic concepts and is generally curious about the human condition.
How to Be Sociable is one of the twelve classes that comprise our core curriculum. Our classes tackle the core themes of emotional life, from relationships and the workplace, to understanding the self and exploring our relationship with culture. You can explore the full curriculum here.
This class is in a sequence with How to Develop Self Knowledge and How to Be Serene which together cover The School of Life's ideas on self and others.
Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.
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These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity.
Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers less than 10 days before the event.
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