The International Day of Listening (IDL) is a one-day event that is sponsored by the International Listening Association.  The International Day of Listening will be the third Thursday of September each year.  This year’s International Day of Listening will be Thursday, September 21, 2017.

The day will promote a variety of events that engage people of all ages and all around the world in listening interactions—everything from one-on-one conversations with friends and family to business or community meetings to governments and their citizens talking about mutual concerns.  The goal is to promote better listening in our conversations that will lead to better relationships and solutions to problems that will help make us more human.

We envision events all over the world focusing on the importance of listening and engaging people in listening events, and these events will have instruction and information about how to do this effectively.  See the Events tabs for ideas on how to participate.

Theme: Listening makes us better humans.

Mission:  The International Day of Listening fosters better listening in all phases of life, in all contexts, and all around the world.

Vision:  The International Day of Listening will become recognized throughout the world as the premier event for the promotion of listening.

Date:  Third Thursday in September:  September 21, 2017

Goal for International Day of Listening: Increase awareness of the value of listening and provide resources to help people develop better listening skills and strategies.

About the International Listening Association, sponsor of the International Day of Listening:

The International Listening Association (ILA) is a professional organization consisting of a network of people committed to the development of effective listening in professional and personal lives. We are involved in listening in education, business, healthcare, hospitality, music and many other fields. We promote the study of listening, exchange information and pursue research into the ways in which listening can develop understanding in our personal, political, social and working lives. The International Listening Association serves as a dialogue space, a resource network, a news source and an international community – our members are working in more than 19 countries across the globe.