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ILA members who are authors can have their book information posted here. Contact info@listen.org for details.

Books by ILA Authors

 Leadership in Listening, by Victor Pierau. The hardest thing about listening is to be really silent, to eliminate all distortion in the form of convictions, fear, lack of energy etc. Listening requires much more from you than you think and takes place largely on an unconscious level. 

  Saying It Right: Tools for Deft Leadership, by Michael Gilbert. Saying it Right deals with the techniques and processes necessary to transmit and understand messages from people inside and outside of organizations. It looks at problems that can impede communication and outlines methods for understanding others, how people perceive the world, what they need to motivate them, what channels they prefer, and the predictable patterns of distress.

  That is Not What I Said by Laura S. Hargraves. What we hear is not always what is meant. Children, and sometimes even adults, often misconstrue the real meaning of what is being said. This misinterpretation can lead to poor understanding and hurt feelings. Explore the art of listening with your child and discover the magic and fun of communicating with clarity!

  The Ethics of Listening by Elizabeth Parks.  In this book, Parks responds to gaps in scholarship related to listening in communication research and difference in ethics scholarship.

  Surviving Adolescence by Michael B. GilbertThe most trying times in a child’s life are during pre-teen and teen years. Most parents and teachers may be ill equipped to deal effectively with adolescents.  While the book is designed for a broad audience, each chapter concludes with educational considerations.

  Listening Across Lives by Molly Stoltz, Karen Sodowsky, Carl M. Cates. A listening textbook with chapters by Andrew Wolvin, Laura Janusik, Margarete Imhof, Chris Bond, Rick Bommelje and Kay Lindahl.

  Beyond Post-Communication: Challenging Disinformation, Deception, and Manipulation by Jim Macnamara Based on case studies and interviews, looking at many forms from trolls to deceptive advertising, PR, and political campaigning, Professor Macnamara identifies a range of strategies for communication professionals, industry associations, media organizations and platforms, educators, legislators, regulators, and citizens to challenge post-communication and post-truth

  21 Days to Smarter Listening By Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D. and Larry L. Barker, Ph.D.  Based on the premise that it takes 21 days to change a habit, this book is used by educators, consultants, coaches supervisors, managers, and executives who want to improve their listening skills.

  Listen Up (2nd Edition) by Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D. and Larry L. Barker, Ph.D.     Anyone who wants to be more successful at work or at home will find important, practical advice in Listen Up. This book is research-based and written in a readable, engaging style.

  The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself by Susan Bell and Jason West.  The Artful Edit explores the many-faceted and often misunderstood―or simply overlooked―art of editing. The book brims with examples, quotes, and case studies, including an illuminating discussion of Max Perkins's editorial collaboration with F. Scott Fitzgerald on The Great Gatsby. Susan Bell, a veteran book editor, also offers strategic tips and exercises for self-editing and a series of remarkable interviews.

  Beyond Infinity: A MatheMattical Adventure by Charles Fischer.  ILA member, Charles Fischer, Chair of our Education Group, has published his first novel about mathematics, entitled Beyond Infinity: A MatheMattical Adventure. It has won a Bronze Medal in Young Adult Fiction at the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Look out for his new book coming soon about Socratic Seminar. 

  The Listening Space: A New Path to Personal Discovery by Tamsin Hartley.   This is the first work to combine the art of mindfulness with metaphor and David Grove's Clean Language questions. It shows how paying mindful attention to yourself and others results in more awareness, more acceptance, less judgement and more choice. 

  The Beauty of Listening by Linda Eve Diamond  This listening-themed poetry collection explores and honors the ever-challenging art and skill of listening. Poems explore listening (both inner and interpersonal), awareness, connections, humor, folly, and the gentle reminder that listening is not as simple as it may seem. The book has been endorsed by many ILA friends. 

  Listening Leaders: The Ten Golden Rules to Listen, Lead and Succeed by Dr Lyman K. Steil and Dr Richard K. Bommelje. This book is based on interviews with leaders from around the globe including CEOs, entrepreneurs, educators, military officers, celebrities, homemakers and pilots. The authors answer questions such as Why is listening the most important skill for leaders? How can you build a Listening Organization? If we do not listen, we cannot learn. Listening is a vital skill. 

 Thank You for Listening: Gain Influence & Improve Relationships, Better Listening in 8 Steps by Marc Wong.  In this book, Marc Wong addresses the real challenges that lead to poor listening. Discover how to set effective goals for listening. See how movies, poker and women's shoes can reveal the sophistication and artistry as well as problems and pitfalls of listening techniques. Learn how to be a good audience, how to contribute to a conversation, and how to provide support and encouragement. Improve your listening skills in 8 practical steps. 

  Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening by Kay Lindahl. This workshop-in-a-book examines the varied ways we are called to deep listening with practical, easy-to-follow advice and exercises to enhance your capacity to listen in a spirit-filled way. You will be inspired to discover how different your conversations will be when you stop just talking and start really listening.

  How Does God Listen? by Kay Lindahl  This lively book helps children use all of their senses to explore how God is always present in their everyday lives, and is always listening.  Using simple, everyday examples to which children can relate helps children develop a direct and personal understanding of God. This book helps children come to know the God who hears them even when they are silent.

  The Sacred Art of Listening by Kay Lindahl Combining meditation, art, reflection, and self-discovery as ways to uncover and develop the ability to truly listen, this powerful book is an invaluable resource for everyone who seeks wholeness in their lives.  You will learn the three essential qualities of deep listening - silence, reflection and presence. This elegantly profound book will help lead us to a more enlightened time when the listening ear, not the penetrating eye, will be our primary symbol of understanding.

  Why Can’t We Talk by John Backman. Think of an issue that makes your blood boil.   Now imagine lunch with a friend who is just as passionate about it - on the other side. How can the two of you even broach the issue, let alone hear each other with curiosity and compassion? ILA author John Backman’s demonstrates how to restore dialogue with curiosity, civility and compassion. 

  Listening Pays: Achieve Significance Through the Power of Listening by Dr Rick Bommelje. Sales Director Stu Preston has just six months to improve his performance or find another job. Despite his boss’s comment that he is not listening enough, Stu has no idea how to change his performance until he finds an unlikely sage. He learns how to listen better at work and in life, and realizes just how important listening can be; it’s the cornerstone of all human behavior.

  Be Quick to Listen: Practice the Spiritual Discipline of Christian-Listening  by Dr Rick Bommelje and Christine T Wethman.  There are over 2000 scripture verses that include the words listen, listening, hear, and hearing -- depending on Bible translation. Let there be no doubt that God's Word is sending a strong message - BE QUICK TO LISTEN! This book offers you practical wisdom on how to listen better to God, yourself, and to others in ways that will enrich your life and strengthen your faith. 

  Someone To Tell It To: Sharing Life's Journey by Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden. The authors believe that we are created for deep, meaningful, and emotionally intimate relationships. They encourage others to find safe people in their lives to foster relationships that provide true support, unconditional love, and grace. Someone To Tell It To may remind us that we are not alone in our fears, or in our feelings of inadequacy and uncertainty. Readers may be motivated to create more vital connections in their lives, connections that can be life-giving and soul-enriching, that can bring peace in the dark seasons of our lives 

  Listening: Processes, Functions and Competency by Worthington, D. L., & Fitch-Hauser, M. explores the process and role of listening in human communication as a cognitive process, as a social function, and as a critical professional competency. While introducing students to the theory and research of listening scholarship, Worthington and Fitch-Hauser also help students to build practical skills and achieve the desired outcomes of effective listening.

  Curriculum Designing in the Arena of Effective Communication: A Paradigm Shift from Teacher Centered to Learner Centered Approach by  Dr Shalini Chakranarayan and Zainab Saeed Khurshid. This study addresses the pivotal shift from teacher-centered to learner centered methodologies. The authors develop a cognitive and pragmatic approach that can easily be adapted in any learning setting and environment 

  The Art of Listening:  Communicating Effectively with a Patient in Pain by Dr Andrew Wolvin is the opening chapter in a new clinical manual entitled Diagnosing Dental and Orofacial Pain: A Clinical Manual. This text offers advice on ways to observe and communicate effectively with patients in pain, how to analyze a patient’s pain descriptions, and how to provide a proper diagnosis of orofacial pain problems that can arise from sources anywhere from teeth, joint and muscle pain, and paranasal sinuses to cluster headaches, neuralgias, neuropathic pain and viral infections.

 Purdy book cover.jpg Listening in Everyday Life by Michael Purdy and Deborah Borisoff This book covers listening in the business, educational and healthcare environments as well as gender and intercultural factors including summaries and exercises that can be used by one person or by groups. There are chapters on listening and team conflict and on initiating a listening training program.   

Brownell book cover.jpg  Listening: Attitudes, Principles and Skills by Judi Brownell. A textbook for communications courses on Listening. Chapters are written around the HURIER Model of Listening: hearing, understanding, remembering, interpreting, evaluating and responding.

Wolvin book cover.jpg  Listening by Andrew Wolvin and Carolyn Gwynn Coakley. If you are trying to become a better listener or are interested in the subject for any reason the information is here!

 Listening and Human Communication in the 21st Century by Andrew Wolvin.  Bringing together top listening scholars from a range of disciplines and real world perspectives, Listening and Human Communication in the 21st Century offers a state-of-the-art overview of what we know and think about listening behavior in the 21st century.

 The Handbook of Listening by Debra Worthington and Graham D. Bodie. The Handbook of Listening is the first cross-disciplinary academic reference on the subject, gathering the current body of scholarship on listening in one comprehensive volume. This landmark work brings together current and emerging research from across disciples to provide a broad overview of foundational concepts, methods, and theoretical issues central to the study of listening. The Handbook offers diverse perspectives on listening from researchers and practitioners in fields including architecture, linguistics, philosophy, audiology, psychology, and interpersonal communication.

 The Sourcebook of Listening Research: Methodology and Measures by Debra Worthington and Graham D. Bodie. Winner of the 2018 Distinguished Book Award from the Communication and Social Cognition Division of the National Communication Association. Essential reading for listening researchers across a range of disciplines, The Sourcebook of Listening Research: Methodology and Measures is a landmark publication that defines the field of listening research and its best practices.

  Listening: Processes, Functions, and Competency, Second Edition by Debra Worthington and Margaret Fitch-Hauser.  This book explores the role of listening as an essential element in human communication. The book addresses listening as a cognitive process, as a social function, and as a critical professional competency. Blending theory with practical application, Listening builds knowledge, insight, and skill to help the reader achieve the desired outcome of effective listening. This second edition introduces listening as a goal-directed activity and has been expanded to include a new chapter addressing listening in mediated contexts. Theory and research throughout the text have been updated, and the final chapter covers new research methodologies and contexts, including fMRI, aural architecture, and music.

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