Press Release

May 16, 2015 marks the 10th international observance of I Love to Listen Day. For 10 years, people on five continents have celebrated the power of listening on May 16th.

I love to listen Day is not a day of silence, said Marva Shand McIntosh, founder of intentional listening day. She explains that it is a day to create awareness of the importance of listening, to learn about listening and to share listening as a gift to others and ourselves. It is the day to be a proactive listening. It is a day to deepen and develop this vital intelligence. The theme for 2015 I love to listen Day is “Yes Listening Matters.”

On May 16th, people are invited to join the international celebration of the joy and power of listening.

In an age of multiplying distractions, teaching our children and being good models of listening is becoming a critical skill to impart. For example our ears and eyes are engaged with our smartphones with such increasing frequency that the protocols of social graces are rapidly disappearing. Reestablishing these boundaries of civility will involve certain intentionality. Some of the components of this listening renewal involve: Placing headphones and other peripherals in an appropriate place to indicate to the person they have your full attention. Maintaining appropriate eye contact with the other person to eliminate distractions. Nodding of head to indicate understanding. Listening patiently until speaker is complete in sharing instead of interrupting. Using your eyes to ascertain body language clues that are being communicated to get a comprehensive meaning.

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Asking appropriate questions for clarification.

The best news is that I love to listen Day activities are free! You can actually receive a listening coupon to share with a friend, partner, or child to practice your intention.

Go to to get a listening coupon.

You can also send an email to for suggested activities for your listen day celebration.

You are also invited to share your ideas or experiences that made this day of listening extra special. The hashtag #YesListeningMatters is another medium designed to allow practice and participation to be a shared experience.

The I love to Listen Day gives us an opportunity to deepen respect, enhance understanding, affirm and express value with this most important skill. We can become better spouses, parents and workers by enhancing our listening skills.


Marva Shand McIntosh
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I Love To Listen Day – May 16, 2014

For Immediate Release Contact: Marva Shand-McIntosh


Founder, I Love To Listen Day

Washington, DC – May 10, 2012 — On May 16th scores of people all over the world will discover how important it is to listen and perhaps experience the joy of being heard.


May 16 is I Love to Listen Day. In all 50 US states and 50 countries, individuals and families will lay the groundwork for what is hoped to become an enduring family listening tradition, make a commitment to improve their listening skills, send a “thank you” card to a good listener, compile a list of positive listening habits, visit with an elderly person and just listen.

The importance of being a good listener takes on added significance when placed against the frenetic pace of most people’s daily lives. There is less time to stop and listen and even with a dizzying array of new and glitzy communications devices, people often don’t hear what the other person is saying.

Many years of work as a certified speech language pathologist have convinced

Marva Shand-McIntosh that if people want to succeed, they must be effective listeners.

“Listening is the foundation of all communication skills, and it also sends a powerful message of respect and understanding,” said McIntosh, founder of I Love to Listen Day.

“I Love to Listen Day is a special day that encourages people from all over the world to join a community of listeners and listen on purpose.”

On I Love to Listen Day, people are encouraged to deliberately listen. McIntosh emphasized that, “this day is not a day of silence but provides and opportunity for citizens of the world to become proactive listeners.”


I Love to Listen Day is FREE. To be included in the official count, and learn about more listening activities, people are encouraged to stop by the Website or email and register. The goal this year is to have listening celebrations in 50 states and 50 countries. Help spread the word about I Love to Listen Day in your community.

For additional information, contact Marva Shand-McIntosh at


“ Hearing is a function of the ear but listening is a function of the will.” John Maxwell




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