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 that we’re unable to properly 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.
In this class we tackle head on, the multiple challenges of knowing how to be with others. It delivers penetrating answers to the following questions:
- How can we talk to people we seem to have nothing in common with?
- What is charm and how do we acquire it?
- What is the relationship between vulnerability and connection?
- How can one be at ease in social situations?
- How can we have deeper, more meaningful conversations?
- 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. How to be Sociable equips us with the tools to make a greater success of our relationships with friends, colleagues and strangers.
'I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.’
– J.R.R Tolkien
Myke Bartlett is a journalist, writer and teacher. He joined the School of Life Australia as a founding faculty member in 2013. Since then, he has taught and devised a range of sessions and classes, mostly focused on the art of conversation. He has written for some of Australia's most respected cultural publications and was the arts editor at The Weekly Review for the best part of a decade. As a journalist, he has spoken to some of the world's most interesting people and does his best to find something interesting to talk about with everyone else. Despite years of intensive study, he is still baffled by small talk.
Dr. Jarrod White is a Clinical Psychologist who works with people to gain a greater sense of contentment and connection. Jarrod’s work has focused on the relationship between culture and mental health, expanded upon within his thesis, “Understanding trauma: a cross-cultural comparison”. He has written widely on the relationship between culture and mental health and the way that cultural beliefs, ideas and assumptions influence the individual. He has been published in the International Journal of Culture and Mental Health and is a consulting psychologist for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre as well as running his own clinical practice at The Mind Room.