National Day of Listening

Once again, I’ve forgotten to plan a conversation for the Story Corps National Day of Listening. This is a program that should have been impressed in my memory by now—it’s been around since 2008. Here’s how Story Corps introduces the Day of Listening:

What is the National Day of Listening?

The National Day of Listening is a new national holiday started by StoryCorps in 2008. On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks everyone to take a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one. You can use recording equipment that is readily available in most homes, such as computers, iPhones, and digital recorders, along with StoryCorps’ free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide.

Who should I interview?

The National Day of Listening is a time to honor a loved one through listening. Interview your grandfather, your aunt, a neighbor, a community member, a mentor, a veteran, or an old friend.

This year you can post your story for the first time to an interactive Wall of Listening.

Talking as a way to promote understanding—that seems like a natural for Toastmasters, and I’ve put a note in my calendar to remind you all of this initiative in time to plan a more active part next year. And, just for consideration, I’ve just caught wind of #GivingTuesday, an initiative for the “digital community…to make the world a better place.” How could Toastmasters tap into their inner geeks and plan some action to help communication build a better community?


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