The International Listening Association is committed to advance the practice, teaching and research of listening throughout the world.


The International Listening Association

The International Listening Association (ILA) was formed in 1979. Since then, we have grown into an international community working in more than 22 countries. We are involved in listening in education, business, healthcare, hospitality, spirituality, 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 a worldwide community.

"The most basic of human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them."  

Dr. Ralph G. Nichols

Upcoming International Listening Association Events

ILA Exchange Online events that provide fun, interactive, fresh perspectives on Listening. 

ILA Meet Up An online opportunity for members to get together for a casual conversation. 

ILA Mini Course An online series of listening related topics.

ILA 42nd Annual Convention, Bloomington, Minnesota, USAMarch 16-20, 2021. Good News--The 2021 Convention we will be a 4-day convention.  This will allow inclusion of programs scheduled for 2020 at the 42nd Annual ILA Convention.  Watch for details soon.

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Registration for Upcoming Events--Open approximately 2 weeks before each event

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