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
Sophi Bruce is a learning designer, facilitator, coach and social researcher. She joined TSOL Sydney as a core faculty member in 2015 and teaches across the public and business curriculums. Sophi currently holds senior roles with the University of Technology Sydney and Adaptive Leadership Australia working with a range of people and contexts that focus on thinking differently, leadership impact and adapting to change. She has enjoyed a varied life and career across two sides of the globe and has a First Class Honours degree and Masters in Communication. Sophi is inspired by the wisdom and progress that comes from purposeful and stimulating interactions. She teaches ethics to primary school children, sings in a local community choir and has a penchant for travel and music festivals. She has authored a range of research reports on leadership, social impact and digital futures and regularly contributes to articles and forums on resilience, self-care and purpose. She remains proud of her teenage-self coming first in a short story competition judged by Roald Dahl.
Dr. Sumant Badami (or Monty as he is known to most) is an Anthropologist and Honorary Associate at Macquarie University. Apart from being a passionate educator at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, he is a celebrant, jazz singer, martial arts instructor and currently training to become an officer in the Australian Army Reserves. He is fascinated by the experiences and habits of real people all over the world. He is driven to understand our humanity in all its shapes and forms; from how we physically evolved to become this completely weird and flawed species, to how we survived in spite of these flaws to populate nearly every square inch of the planet and live successfully in so many different ways. He is excited about human evolution, religion and ritual, identity, human agency, gender, power, politics and the state.