Do you need help interacting with your friends, co-workers, children and others?  Do you find it hard to develop a relationship or successfully communicate with them face-to-face, by phone, or e-mail?   Apparently *ahem* there’s an app for that…and it’s called Social Styles. Social Styles is a condensed version of the SOCIAL STYLE(TM) course, that […]
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Review: Social Styles for iPhone

Do you need help interacting with your friends, co-workers, children and others?  Do you find it hard to develop a relationship or successfully communicate with them face-to-face, by phone, or e-mail?   Apparently *ahem* there’s an app for that…and it’s called Social Styles.

Social Styles iPhone

Social Styles is a condensed version of the SOCIAL STYLE(TM) course, that has been formed into a practical application.  Simply, provide some ratings on the people in your life and the app will guide you on how to to interact with them.  According to this course, we can all be put into 4 styles and this handy, dandy iPhone app can improve our relationships and make us better communicators.  But wait, there’s more…

…well, not really, but read on.  While this may not be the life bible it sounds to be, I do see some practical uses.  Let’s take a closer look.

Add a contact:

Social Styles iPhone relationship type

You can either enter the first and last name or import someone from your contact list.  Then, select the type of relationship you have with that person: Significant Other, Boss, Customer, etc.  The relationship type allows the application to customize it’s feedback to the type of interaction you’re likely to have with said person.

Assertiveness & Responsiveness:

Now, you need to provide some details on the contact you’ve created, so Social Styles can use your interpretations to identify their style.  It’s fairly straightforward and only 2 pages worth of responses.  Simply slide your finger to rank each trait.

The Results:

Social Styles will show you the full results in 5 different tabs:  Style, Face to Face, Phone, Email, Relationship.

The Style tab explains which type of person you’re dealing with and provides some background on the particular “Style.”  The four styles of people are Analytical, Driving, Amiable and Expressive.

The other 4 tabs provide you with tips for dealing with this style person within the relationship you specified (i.e., Expressive Child).  Here are some of my favorite tips that were given to me:

Face to Face:  Work hard to make their life easier (Boss)

Phone:  Make sure they are feeling in control (Significant Other)

Email:  Encourage them, let them know you have their back (Friend)

Relationship:  Remember to go slower (Direct Report)

Social Styles face to face tips

Summary:

This app is full of good intentions.  I’m sure there are folks that certainly can use help in communicating with others.  However, I’m not convinced all people fall into four basic styles, nor that there’s a manual for each one.

Overall, the layout is simple and easy to use.  I’m not sure I would have the patience to add the people I interact with on a daily basis and save them in the app – in fact, I know I wouldn’t.  A feature to export the results into the notes field of a contact or multiple contacts (i.e., all of my Friends that are Amiable) would be nice.  If I learn the styles, then why not provide a synopsis page rather than having me continuously generate contacts through the app?

Now, my real concern with Social Styles is the price – an unrealistic $4.99.  That’s just too much to pay for some basic tips within a simplified app.  If I’m laying down that much, I would expect access to more detailed profiles, as well as, template scripts for the various communications (and more!).  We’ve all seen some amazing, complex apps out there that are worth $5, but this just isn’t one of them.

Social Styles is available now in the App Store for $4.99.

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