2019 Theme “Be bold! Listen for common ground”


The concept of this year’s IDL theme is based on listening first for similarities—what we have in common, that’s what we mean by listen for common ground. Once two people have found common vital ground and priorities (and are surprised by the number of them), it is far easier to discuss differences, points of disagreement or conflict in a mature and respectful way. We’ll help you to achieve this goal.

That’s where “be bold” enters the scene!

It takes courage to listen to completely different points of view. We may perceive the vision of others illogical, stupid or even dangerous. All this blocks our comprehension.

One other aspect of courage is to be mature and confident enough to not be afraid to confront with different views. The idea is to not fall by the first phrase or slogan we hear (rolling eyes); It takes critical listening to understand what is being said (and what is not), to discern the facts from the propaganda.

We may decide to be influenced on certain aspects by others’ discourse, but only after having listened carefully and having made sure that what we understand is exactly what the other wants to say.

We won’t let you down on this “wild” path!

The International Day of Listening is an International Listening Association event. That means that from now on to that special day, we’ll guide you with unique material based on the experience of ILA’s exceptional pool of researchers, writers, teachers, professional communicators and passionate listeners. You’re in good hands!

Visit the IDL website (the site you’re on) to see how you can participate and how we will help you.
Visit also the ILA website to have an idea of the huge work that has been done by this Association since 1979.

Become an ILA member and dig into the enormous documentation available. Meet friendly and very knowledgeable people online and at various events, the next one being the Annual Convention in Vancouver Canada on March 21-23 “Listening to Conflict”.

Be part of the listening movement that includes more and more associations and organizations around the world.

Save the date in your agenda 9/19/2019.

2018 theme “Listen – even when you disagree”


Discussing Issues by Michael Purdy

Listening to Opposing Viewpoints by Sheila Bentley

Listening to Differing Opinions by Harvey Weiss


You can find here some 2017 versions.

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