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People are Dying to be Heard - How to Listen to Others and Have Them Listen to You

  • 12 Apr 2011
  • 7:45 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Cambria Suites - Appleton, WI


  • Special price for members

People are Dying to be Heard:  How to Listen to Others and Have Them Listen to You

radio graphicDo you multi-task?

Are you a good listener?

If you answered yes to both questions, you are fooling yourself according to Ben Merens, host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s At Issue.  After 25 years as a journalist and 20 as talk show host, Ben believes that people are dying to be heard.

“Multi-tasking is a one way street to mediocrity and stress.  It allegedly is an acceptable way to read a book and watch television at the same time.  You can do both but you can’t do both well.  Our minds are the ultimate natural computers.  But we are designed for focus, especially when it comes to listening.  A little uni-tasking can go a long way.”

Ben also believes that multi-tasking is actually harmful to people, fracturing their attention and focus while simultaneously decreasing their awareness of people and events around them.

Join the members of NEW ASTD at this unique event and hear Ben’s engaging and inspiring message. You will receive Ben’s 2 audiobook CDs:  Uni-tasking - 25 Tips for Better Listening and People are Dying to be Heard.  These audiobooks are valued at $40

You will also be able to meet new people in training and development and expand your network of professionals who can be helpful to you.

About Ben Merens

photo of Ben MerensBen Merens is the host of At Issue - a current events call-in program which airs statewide on the Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio.

As a speaker to business, civic and educational groups, his message that people are dying to be heard has improved personal productivity, inspired people and changed their lives for the better.

Merens has worked in print and broadcast journalism for 25 years in New York, Chicago and Milwaukee.  He also has taught at Hofstra University, Columbia College and Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin.

He holds a Masters of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  His hobbies include stand-up comedy and acoustic guitar playing.


8:00 - 8:15 am

Registration and Networking
Hot & Healthy Breakfast Buffet

8:15 - 8:30 am Announcements and Introduction of Ben Merens
8:30 - 10:30 am

Ben Merens.  Participants will learn to:

  • Listen to Yourself:  Re-learn how to hear what you are saying.
  • Listen to Those You Know:  Discover how to focus solely on a co-worker, employer/employee and/or prospective client.
  • Listen to Strangers:  Explore the wonderful possibilities of hearing someone for the first time and seeing where this willingness can take you.


Click here to register

  Through April 10:
Register Online*
After April 10:
Register Onsite
Members  $50 $55
Non-Members    $60 $65




Our sponsor is Cambria Suites.

* Cancellation Policy:  Registrants may cancel and receive a full refund prior to two working days before a program.  Registrants who cancel within the two-day period will be charged.  No-shows will be charged.

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