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Kean University 

More good news: Kean University in New Jersey, USA has become our latest ILA Organizational Member. Welcome to Kean! With a rich history in higher education that spans over 150 years, Kean University is a world-class, vibrant and diverse university offering more than 52 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs, with over 85 options for graduate study including doctoral programs in psychology and education leadership. Kean is the third largest public university in New Jersey, and the largest producer of teachers in the state. It also has New Jersey’s first comprehensive program dedicated to the development of a new generation of mathematics, science and technology teachers and researchers - the New Jersey Center for Science Technology and Mathematics (NJCSTM). Thanks to Professor Sandra Bodin-Lerner for introducing Kean University to the ILA!
    Taylor and Francis

    The ILA is proud to announce our continuing partnership with Taylor and Francis one of the world’s leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events businesses. With more than 6,500 employees globally, Taylor and Francis has a presence in all major geographies, including North America, South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

    Writing as The Listener

    Check out this moving account of a day in the life of a Children’s Nurse, working in Pediatric Accident & Emergency, by Colin Smith, writing as The Listener: helping individuals to feel heard, think better and to learn how to listen.


    A recent Harvard Business Review article on Why Listening Matters quotes Dr Rita Charon:

    I used to ask new patients questions about their health, their symptoms, their diet and exercise, their previous illnesses or surgeries. I don’t do that anymore. I find it more useful to offer my presence to patients and invite them to tell me what they think I should know about their situation.…I sit there in front of the patient, sitting on my hands so as not to write during the patient’s account, the better to grant attention to the story, probably with my mouth open in amazement at the privilege of hearing another put into words — seamlessly, freely, in whatever form is chosen — what I need to know about him or her. https://hbr.org/2017/10/making-time-to-really-listen-to-your-patientsutm_campaign=hbr&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

    International Journal of Listening, Volume 32, Issue 1, January-April 2018 is now available online.

    These are some of the great articles: 

    ‘Toward a Theory and Practice of Organizational Listening’ by Jim Macnamara
    ‘The Constitutive Relationship of Listening to Hope, Emotional Intelligence, Stress, and Life Satisfaction’ by Laura R. Umphrey & John C. Sherblom
    ‘Instructor Active Empathic Listening and Classroom Incivility’ by Harry Weger

    Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, says Listening Matters

    Nadella is evangelical about the power of Listening and empathy both for business and for life. In his new book: ‘Hit Refresh: the Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone’ he writes: “As a leader, a key part of your role is creating a culture where every person can do their best work, which requires more than tolerance for diverse perspectives.”  “Our growth mindset culture requires us to truly understand and share the feelings of another person.”   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hit-Refresh-Rediscover-Microsofts-Everyone/dp/000824765X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508179695&sr=8-1&keywords=hit+refresh+nadella

    How to Know What Someone is Feeling

    Researchers at Yale University who conducted experiments on 1,800 participants found that people can read emotion more accurately when they listen: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4963506/The-best-way-tell-feeling.html#ixzz4vaTZS9oD

    What Women Want to Change About their Spouse

    An article in The Times today says this: “According to a recent survey of things married couples would change about each other, No. 2 on the wives’ list was ‘listen when I talk’. Do we agree?  https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/men-heres-what-we-keep-secret-from-you-sorry-darling-pspqsslz7

    Check out Adam McHugh’s article ‘For Introverts, Listening Is an Act of Inward Hospitality’

    https://introvertdear.com/news/listen-introverts-inner-world/. He says: “I am not actually convinced that listening comes naturally for anyone, of any temperament. True listening is an act of selflessness, a work of ego surrender, and most humans don’t do those things instinctually” and “The best hosts are listeners, those who welcome others into their minds, hearts, and souls.”

    Wise words indeed!

    Celebrity Hairdresser Talks Listening

    “As a hairdresser over time you realize that the person sitting in front of you could be in real need of a chat. A massive part of my job is to simply listen and as a hairdresser we take the role as listeners very seriously. You go through so many things with your client’s deaths, births and marriages. And you’re there for each other every step of the way.”
    The Samaritans do great Listening work.
    The ‘The Big Listen’ campaign asked the nation to build their listening skills by using its SHUSH! Listening Tips to help a friend, relative or family member who may be going through a tough time: Show you care; Have patience, Use open questions; Say it back; Have courage! 

    "Why am I a Listener" by Adam McHugh 

    Check out this article by Adam McHugh, Why I am a Listener: “I want to be the kind of person who has the capacity to be present and attentive, and I want others to feel loved, respected, and valued by my attentiveness. I want my listening to remind people who they truly are”. http://www.adamsmchugh.com/2013/10/why-i-am-listener.html

    Video Created by Sandra Bodin-Lerner's Listening Class

    Have you seen this great rap video created by Sandra Bodin-Lerner’s Listening Class at Kean University https://www.dropbox.com/s/5cidwty6lb17qjc/Kean%20University%20Listens.mov?dl=0

    ILA Affiliate Program Welcomes PMA International

    The ILA welcomes another new ILA Affiliate organization, PMA International, led by Paul McGee also known as the Sumo Guy http://www.thesumoguy.com/. He is the author of a number of books including How to Speak so that People Really Listen: http://www.thesumoguy.com/portfolio/how-to-speak-so-people-really-listen/. If you missed Paul’s interview with Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 (his show is the most listened to radio show in Europe) then click here to check it out on YouTube. You'll discover some of his top tips, including the surprising advice he gave to Chris's ninety one year old mother who's a bit of a worrier. Happy listening!

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

    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/

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