Latest ILA News & Announcements

TED Talk by Tim Hast

Have you seen this TED talk? ILA member, Tim Hast examines how one simple trait, the ability to listen, can separate success from failure. In fact, according to Hast, “Engaging in deep, skillful listening is a powerful solution to many of the problems people experience in relationships, at work, and in the world,” When people begin to listen skillfully, it has a profound impact on others around them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45f4or8UsgE

Are You Hearing Me? 

ILA member Prof Carol Benton recommends this link which asks these questions: Have you ever tried to have a conversation with somebody who wasn’t listening to you? Could you tell? Have you ever seen yourself nodding and smiling during a conversation while in your mind you were landing the space shuttle? Expertly, you might add. And do you think it was obvious you were in orbit? https://www.mindful.org/are-you-hearing-me/

The Power of Listening in Silence

ILA member, Professor Carol Benton, drew our attention to this article about the power of listening in silence: http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170718-the-subtle-power-of-uncomfortable-silences Our perceptions of listening in silence differ dramatically across cultures – a crucial detail if you’re doing business internationally.

Jean Francois Mathieu Discusses Listening as you would Listen to a Concert

Have you seen this video of ILA member Jean Francois Mathieu discussing how to listen to a person the way you would listen to a musical concert? Fascinating!


Tim Hast’s Ted Talk: “Change the World, Create a Culture of Listeners"

Have you seen ILA member, Tim Hast’s Ted Talk: “Change the World, Create a Culture of Listeners” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45f4or8UsgE. An ideal resource for those wanting to learn more about the power of Listening.

Check Out This Video 

Have you seen this video about a doctor listening to his patient? He clearly understands about Listening - not surprising - he is the nephew of an ILA Past President! Guess which one??  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzd9QcTAjdY

Successful Convention

We had a great time at the 38th Annual International Listening Association Convention in Omaha, USA.  Convention dates are June 20-23, 2018with an optional pre-convention program on June 19.  Both options are open to non-members and members alikeWe will be meeting in Dublin, Ireland.  Save the dates! 

Dr Andrew Wolvin writing in the Omaha World Herald

Congratulations to Dr Andrew Wolvin, a founding member of the International Listening Association on his article in the Omaha World Herald: “It’s going to take a culture shift to get back to civil listening as a complex communication act” http://www.omaha.com/opinion/andrew-wolvin-we-need-to-refresh-listening-skills/article_d1f49d28-9d7e-521c-994d-f145bcf67a62.html

International Day of Listening 2017 – September 21, 2017

We are excited about our next International Day of Listening. Last year, thousands of people across the world participated in listening activities. Let’s do more this year! Let’s Listen to build relationships, solve a problem and learn. www.internationaldayoflistening.com

The Temptation to Rescue Rather Than Listen

This short video (1:47) demonstrates how strong is the urge to rescue rather than listen  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4EDhdAHrOg

New Article by Corine Jansen

ILA member Corine Jansen has written an article for our Dutch readers http://corinejansen.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Artikel_B2_Jansen.pdf Within the medical consultation room, listening to patients, taking them seriously, and showing empathy have proven to be of universal value. To what extent are these behaviors taught and practised in medical schools?

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Wolvin

ILA member Dr Andrew Wolvin has received the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute School of Language Studies 2016 Presentation of the Year Award for a seminar on Listening:  Implications for Foreign Language Training’. Many congratulations.

ILA Webinar Series

We run an international webinar four times each year. Previous topics have included Technology’s Connecting Power, Listening in Mediation and Listening Makes us More Human. The next one is scheduled for September 2017. Watch this space for more details.

Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education Award for ILA member

Congratulations to ILA member Dr. Melissa Beall, recipient of the 2016 Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education from the National Communication Association.

Listening across Lives

Check out the new listening textbook Listening across Lives with chapters by ILA members Andrew Wolvin, Laura Janusik, Margarete Imhof,  Chris Bond, Rick Bommelje and Kay Lindahl. It is co-edited by another ILA Member Molly Stoltz.

Increase Listening at Conferences

Check out this blog post Listen: Don’t just hear by International Listening Association member, Jennie Grau, who  explains how to make conferences places where listening happens. People rarely design conferences with quality listening in mind. If they do, they often mistake listening for hearing and so they focus on audio quality. Yet, the listening experiences you foster make your event memorable and enjoyable and provide lasting value to your participants.

The World Needs More Listening by Michael Z Murphy

Listening experts have found a 40% decline in empathy among college students over the past 30 years with most of the decline taking place since 2000.  Could more effective listening improve your life?  Could it improve the world?

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