How to Listen Effectively

Here are some good listening tips from listening expert and Rollins College Professor Rick Bommelje.

Deep Listening: Impact Beyond Words


The world is a noisy place where you fight to be heard every day. Despite the fact that we have been taught at home and at school how to speak, none of us have had any training in how to listen. We feel frustrated,isolated and confused because we aren’t heard. As a speaker, it takes absolutely no training to notice when someone isn’t listening – they’re distracted, they interrupt or drift away as you talk. Yet the opposite is also true, without any training in how to listen we struggle to stay connected with the speaker and the discussion. This results in unproductive workplaces where people fight to be heard and need to repeat themselves constantly, send emails to confirm what they said and then have follow-up meetings to ensure what was said was actually heard by those in the meeting. It’s a downward spiral that drains energy from every conversation and reduces the productivity of organisations. This podcast is about creating practical tips and techniques to improve your daily listening.

Silence and the Presence of Everything

On Being with Krista Tippetts

Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton collects sounds from around the world. He’s recorded inside Sitka spruce logs in the Pacific Northwest, thunder in the Kalahari Desert, and dawn breaking across six continents. An attentive listener, he says silence is an endangered species on the verge of extinction. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound but an absence of noise. We take in the world through his ears.

Listening: A Prescription for Excellent Patient Care


Joan Lowery, MEd, discusses the three components of effective listening skills, teachback tips, the relationship between listening skills and empathy, how listening leads to shorter appointments with patients, four barriers for active listening, the characteristics of good listeners and the joy that listening brings to the clinician.

National Day of Listening

Oxford University Press

In 2008, StoryCorps created National Day of Listening for citizens of all beliefs and backgrounds to record, preserve, and share the stories of their lives. This year, we invite you to celebrate by listening to our podcast, The Oxford Comment. During 2018, we’ve tackled issues from freedom of the press, to the rise of narrative non-fiction, consent on college campuses, and the global plastic problem.

ILA Webinar Series Listening

Beyond Boundaries: Bridging Demographic Differences through Listening.

Presented by Communication Coach, the Founder and Managing Director of Red Shoe Communications, Kathy O’Brien, this ILA webinar will focus on how to overcome the “listening filters” which we apply based on our own experiences. Learn how to break out of ‘habitual listening’. Register at for this FREE ILA webinar, broadcast live from Singapore