International Day of Listening:
Where to start
1. Fill out the IDL Planning Worksheet.
2. Perhaps create some practice sessions.
3. Check out the recordings of Mini-Course Sessions that may be of interest to you and can help you to prepare for the International Day of Listening (located on the ILA Website).
4. Try out some listen to connect techniques, such as listen for what you have in common, or explore what you might have in common but haven’t discovered yet. This is where the connections will start.
5. Practice echoing (restating) what someone has said, especially if it seems important to the person, or if it is something you disagree about. Again, this shows that you have shown enough respect and taken the time to make sure that you really understand the other person’s position. Consequently, they are generally more likely to be willing to listen to you!
6. Show others that you value them by taking the time to listen to them. This lays important groundwork for developing connections. It’s hard to connect with someone you won’t listen to or who won’t listen to you.
7. Be creative! Invent original events, design your own event, use unusual locations and venues, go to places where people don’t always have the facilities to communicate easily. If you don’t feel ready to tackle this year’s theme, have a friendly conversation to build a better relationship or a learning experience involving listening and apply the Ten Listening Tips to become a more effective listener.
8. Email us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Explore the Listening Moments tab in the Menu.
10. Create some of your own Listening Moments.
NOW THAT YOU’VE PLANNED YOUR EVENT
1. Share your plans on our Facebook page and other social media sites.
* Facebook: internationaldayoflistening/dayoflistening
* LinkedIn: International Day of Listening
* Twitter: @DayofListening
* Instagram: internationaldayoflistening
2. Share your plans on your websites, blogs, and social media sites too. Use @DayofListening #dayoflistening #internationaldayoflistening #IntListening
DURING THE EVENT
Document your event as much as you can. Take pictures and videos, make drawings, use chat, write down or record your impressions, joys, difficulties, all this while keeping the flow of the conversation and respecting good listener behaviors. Let us know where you posted it.
AFTER THE EVENT
Share your experience, share on our social media sites too and compare with others in the world.
Make a difference! Do something to promote better listening and help us become better humans by participating in the International Day of Listening. Let’s aim for over 100,000 participants. (The population now is over 7.4 billion, but let’s get started!) Get the word out through your email contacts and social media sites, and pass the website and any appropriate information on to the schools in your area, to local government, local businesses, organizations, churches, etc… In any case, like us, follow us, make comments, share and subscribe.