Sociability the power of connecting

What is Sociability?

Sociability is a word with a very wide range of meanings and interpretations. Everybody has their own conception of sociability, but if we were to define it with just one phrase it would be “the ability of being fond of the company of others”. Sociable people seek interaction with their surroundings, and each individual has their own way of carrying this out. However, there are three characteristics that we consider essential to socialize efficiently: Active listening, empathy, social skills.

Active Listening

This term appears many times when people talk about communication, which is one of the most influential pillars of socializing. Social relations are built when you show concern and give full attention to what the person in front of you has to say. This is the core of active listening, which is considered as fully concentrating on what is being said rather than just passively ‘hearing’ the message of the speaker. There are two characteristics of well-developed active listening skills: attention (shown by eye contact, gestures, body language) and reflection (make sure the speaker knows you’ve heard him by mirroring his mood, making questions or summarizing what he has said).

Empathy

Everybody knows what empathy is: the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective, placing yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. But it has more to it, because if you aren’t aware of what others are feeling and you don’t try to understand them social relations get impeded. It’s also a very important characteristic for the law profession, as viewing a case from the client’s perspective can facilitate the process and improve the overall performance of the lawyer. When lawyers become more person-centered, and not exclusively problem-centered, the attorney-client relationship can blossom and improve.

Can we apply empathy in our daily life? Let us check...

Social skills

Social skills facilitate the interaction and communication with others. It englobes many different abilities, from verbal to non-verbal, that people develop through life and experiences. Each person has their own tools that help them socialize, but not being good at them doesn’t mean you can’t train them. These are especially important for lawyers, as clients hire lawyers because they have a rapport with them. They need honesty and all the knowledge and help that you can, as well as reasons to trust you.

Do we all know how to put this skills into practice? We wanted to test it doing a little experiment...

As you can see, we all have different ways to connect with other people. As shown at the end of the video, for each member of the team, a different style.

The Team

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Created with images by richard evea - "Friendship" • theleticiabertin - "It's about time to help others..." • isakarakus - "old man old men elders"

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