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Listening is the process of receiving, constructing meaning from and responding to spoken and/or nonverbal messages (ILA, 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

37th ILA Annual Convention

Please visit our Events page for all of the information you will need for the upcoming 37th Annual Convention Listening: A Labor of Love being held in Tucson, Arizona from March 10th - 12th, 2016.

Registration is now open.  Register by February 1st to receive discounted rates (registration is below).

Upcoming events

March 10, 2016 • Tucson, AZ

Calling all ILA Members!

If you have not heard, there is an expanded International Listening Association (ILA) Membership Drive this year. Here are the details:

Any current ILA Member who solicits any new regular member from 7/1/15 through 2/1/16 will receive a promotional item at the 2016 Convention. The new member must include the current member’s referral name at the time of registration. No renewal or lapsed memberships will be eligible.

Any current ILA Member who solicits any new student member from 7/1/15 through 2/1/16 will receive a promotional item at the 2016 Convention. The new student member must include the current member’s referral name at the time of registration. No renewal or lapsed memberships will be eligible.

The current ILA Member who solicits the most new memberships from 7/1/15 through 2/1/16 will receive a special promotional gift at the 2016 Convention.

(See exceptions above.)

If you have any questions, please contact Kent Zimmerman, 1st VP Elect, listeningprof@gmail.com or the Executive Director of the ILA at info@listen.org.


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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