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Listening is the process of receiving, constructing meaning from and responding to spoken and/or nonverbal messages (International Listening Association, 1996).

What is ILA

The International Listening Association promotes the study, development, and teaching of listening and the practice of effective listening skills and techniques. ILA promotes effective listening by establishing a network of professionals exchanging information including teaching methods, training experiences and materials, and pursuing research as listening affects humanity in business, education, and intercultural/international relations.

ILA Mission and Vision

The Mission of the Association is to advance the practice, teaching, and research of listening throughout the world. This is accomplished by:
  • Establishing a network of professionals committed to promoting the study and development of effective listening
  • Exchanging information with others interested in promoting effective listening
  • Conducting listening research on multiple levels of economic, educational, racial, cultural, and international relations.
  • Pursuing management strategies and efforts promoting effective listening in government and business
The Vision of the Association is to be the international leader of listening practices, teaching, and research.

Become a member

Be connected to an entire network of professionals from diverse career fields. Access cutting-edge research you can use professionally and personally to give you a better understanding of how listening affects all areas in your life. 

Join us

Yes! Listening Matters
International Listening Association Webinar Series

Please join Marva Shand-McIntosh, the founder of both # The Listening First Foundation and # I Love to Listen Day, in a live virtual conversation as she shares insights into promoting the vital skill of listening in society. Marva is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and an international communication consultant.

The International Listening Association Webinar will last about an hour, with a 40 minute presentation and 20 minutes for discussion. Entry is free.

Register for this free webinar at ilawebinars2016@gmail.com by noon USA Eastern Daylight Time on May 13th. Seats are limited, so register early. You will then receive a link to enable you to access the webinar. On Sunday, May 15th at 2 pm USA Eastern Daylight Time, just click on the link and you will be able to see the presentation, the presenters and other attendees as if you were in the same room. During the program, all microphones will be muted to avoid background noise. We will open your microphones during the Q&A period so that a lively and fruitful discussion can ensue. It is recommended that you use a headset, but not required.

If you cannot make it, we will be posting a copy of the webinar to the International Listening Association’s YouTube page. Future webinars in this series will be at various hours so that we can serve all of our international listeners!

Spread the word! Use the Twitter hashtag for our series - # ILA4listeningadvantage.

Upcoming events

May 15, 2016 (CDT) • Online
June 07, 2017 (CDT) • Omaha, NE USA

International Listening Association
C/O Dr. Nanette Johnson-Curiskis, Executive Director
943 Park Drive, Belle Plaine MN 56011 USA
Phone and TEXT: 1.952.594.5697 

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