Listening Celebrations around the World

One of my favorite quotes is by Larry King. “I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do so by listening.”

While we take our wonderful gift of listening for granted, we need to remember that it is the gateway skill to learning – at all ages. I Love to Listen Day is a day to remember how much this gift has provided us. For the past 16 years, I Love to Listen Day has been a global beacon and reminder that not only do we learn by listening, we manage our businesses through listening, and we can heal the soul of others by simply spending time and providing an ear willing to compassionately listen.

On the 16th Anniversary of I Love to Listen Day, I want to congratulate Marva Shan Mcintosh on creating a living vehicle to this most important life-skill.

Alan Ehrlich
Past President, International Listening Association
Chair, Listening Disorders Section, Global Listening Centre
Independent Educator, Listening and Listening Disorders


I Love to Listen Day always brings back special memories of my first connection with the founder, Marva Shand-McIntosh. It was the phone conversation that started our “listening” connection and 16 years of collaboration to change the world, one listener at a time. As a fellow educator, I wholeheartedly embrace the principle that listening matters and must be intentionally taught for it to be caught.

“My dear brothers and sisters, everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19

Evelyn P. Savory, PhD
Principal, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School


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