Since listening is the cornerstone of all human behavior, the impact of better listening can come in many forms, such as: living a purposeful life; strengthening families; building positive relationships; fostering meaningful work; and deepening spiritual practices. Severe personal and professional mistakes made me realize that I was a lousy listener. Out of desperation, I thought that working harder at being a better listener was all I needed to do to improve. Unfortunately, this did not work.

In 1987, I joined the International Listening Association and it opened up a whole new world for me. After being equipped with substantive listening resources, I devoted my life to developing my listening behavior. I began a journey on listening improvement that continues to this day. I believe in the saying “if you want to learn it, teach it”. In 1992, I was invited to create the Listening course at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Subsequently, I was offered an incredible opportunity to join the faculty to teach courses exclusively focused on listening and leadership. To date, several thousand students have been a part of the Listening journey at Rollins. I have also had the opportunity to work with several thousand leaders from a variety of industries on improving their listening skills.

Through my practice, teaching, research and writing, it seems that the further I go on the Listening journey, the more I realize I am just beginning. Many people have shared with me that the more they learn about listening, they too, feel the same way. It inspired me to create this non-profit organization, Listening Wisdom, as a shared space where you can come to find practical and relevant resources to strengthen your listening development.

It is my affirmation that *listening* positively changes our world.

Welcome to our Listening Wisdom community!

Rick Bommelje - Listening Activist & Coach