ILA Authors

Beyond Post-Communication: Challenging Disinformation, Deception, and Manipulation by Jim Macnamara is out now. 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 https://lnkd.in/gQ4FFiF

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. This 60-page booklet is specifically designed for busy people and features field-tested, easy-to-understand tips that readers can put into practice immediately. Each 21 brief learning segments that can be read in 60 seconds or less and includes: a practical listening concept, examples and illustrations, specific topics and suggestions, a listening KEY and a “Try this Today” activity. It serves as a:

  • quick reference guide to help improve listening personally and professionally.
  • reinforcement tool after listening workshops and training.
  •  take-away to accompany listening and communication skills training.
  • tool to support better listening for coaching clients.


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. Originally published by St. Martin’s Press and translated in 8 languages, it was rated as the top listening book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for several years. Research-based and in a readable, engaging style, this book explains:

  • How to use the power of listening to gain attention and interest
  • Dangerous assumptions often made about listening
  • Two secrets for listening more strategically
  • The four basic listening preferences and how to adapt to those who listen differently than you
  • How to listen more effectively across genders and generations
  • How to avoid misunderstandings and increase productivity by better listening  



The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself by Susan Bell  ILA member, Susan Bell is the author of The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself (W.W. Norton & Co., August, 2007), and co-author with Jason West of Dare to Hope: Saving American Democracy, a collection of essays on political activism (Miramax, 2005). She has written for several venues, including Tin HouseVogueThe London Sunday Telegraph, and National Public Radio. Bell is the writer and co-creator, with Mitch Epstein, of "What is American Power?", a not-for-profit billboard and website project to encourage responsible energy production and consumption (launch: Ohio, April 22, 2010). A former editor at Random House and Conjunctions magazine, she created a seminar on self-editing for the New School's Graduate Writing Program in New York City, and continues to teach there. Bell lectures at the Tin House Writer's Workshop in Portland, Oregon. Born in Massachusetts, she has lived in New York City since 1984, when she attended graduate school at Columbia University and earned a Master's degree in French Literature.

Beyond Infinity: A MatheMattical Adventure by 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. We can buy the eBook at Amazon or the paperback here. Look out for his new book coming soon about Socratic Seminar. Charles is a Socratic Seminar and Close Reading expert, a nationally certified Time To Teach! trainer, and has been a coach for Great Books Foundation. He offers consulting, professional development for teachers and administrators, teaching, and special programs and events.

The Listening Space: A New Path to Personal Discovery by Tamsin Hartley 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. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Listening-Space-Path-Personal-Discovery/dp/0995785406/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530705660&sr=8-1&keywords=listening+space+hartley

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. (Find endorsements here: https://www.lindaevediamond.com/the-beauty-of-listening) Find The Beauty of Listening on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beauty-Listening-Linda-Eve-Diamond-ebook/dp/B00HPZ05RG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515243079&sr=8-1&keywords=beauty+of+listening+diamond .

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. It is especially important in view of the amount of information and misinformation that is exchanged in today’s world https://www.amazon.co.uk/Listening-Leaders-Golden-Listen-Succeed/dp/1592980732

Thank You for Listening: Gain Influence & Improve Relationships, Better Listening in 8 Steps by Marc Wong. Good listening is thoughtful and deliberate, not contrived or self-serving. It allows you to build trust, earn respect and gain influence in all your interpersonal relationships. 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. The Midwest Book Review calls it "... an invaluable self-improvement guide, highly recommended especially for any reader striving to make friends, enhance the quality of their current professional and personal relationships, and network."

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. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Practicing-Sacred-Art-Listening-Relationships-ebook/dp/B01HT6DB1C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478953320&sr=1-1&keywords=Practicing+the+Sacred+Art+of+Listening%3A+A+Guide+to+Enrich+your+Relationships+and+Kindle+Your+Spiritual+Life 

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.https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Does-God-Listen-Lindahl/dp/1594730849/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478953408&sr=1-1&keywords=Lindahl+How+does+God+listen

The Sacred Art of Listening by Kay Lindahl https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Sacred-Art-Listening-Reflections-Cultivating-Spiritual-Practice/145967992X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478953623&sr=11&keywords=Lindahl+The+Sacred+Art+of+Listening%3A+40+Reflections+for+Cultivating+a+Spiritual+Practice 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. https://www.amazon.com/Why-Cant-We-Talk-Christian/dp/1594734437

 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. https://www.amazon.com/Listening-Pays-Achieve-Significance-Through-ebook/dp/B00ARJGDN2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474666201&sr=1-1&keywords=listening+pays

 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. https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Listen-Spiritual-Discipline-Christian-Listening/dp/1548109819/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1597324516&sr=8-1

 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 https://www.amazon.com/Someone-Tell-Sharing-Lifes-Journey/dp/1490839038

 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. https://www.amazon.com/Listening-Processes-Competency-Debra-Worthington/dp/0132288540

 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 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Curriculum-Designing-Arena-Effective-Communication/dp/3659819697a-Effective-Communication/dp/3659819697

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.http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118925009.html 

 Purdy book cover.jpgListening 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.   

https://smile.amazon.com/Listening-Everyday-Life-Personal Professional/dp/0761804617/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488039925&sr=8-1&keywords=Listening+in+Everyday+Life+by+Michael+Purdy+and+Deborah+Borisoff

Brownell book cover.jpgListening: 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. Also included is material on intercultural communication.


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


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