Thank you for taking the Pledge to Listen First! Here are 3 steps to take to live out your pledge:

1. SHARE LISTEN FIRST: Share your pledge online and invite others to join you!

We can all use reminders to Listen First. We encourage you to share the pledge online and ask your friends to join you. We also encourage you to highlight examples of listening first, as well as calling out examples of incivility, by using the #ListenFirst hashtag.

Infuse all of your conversations with the practice and reminder to #ListenFirst. We also encourage you to connect with us by following and liking us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2. SUPPORT LISTEN FIRST: Make any donation towards our work promoting Listen First conversations, and receive a FREE LFP bumper sticker!

At LFP, we're dependent on your grassroots actions and donations to help us take this conversation where it's needed most. That takes significant financial resources, and we need your financial partnership to make that happen.

With any donation, we'll even send you a FREE LFP sticker to help get the conversation started. We've send thousands of bumper stickers all over the country and would love to see you join the movement to multiply the reach of our message. Want to do even more? LFP will pay for you to get a LISTN1ST license plate!

3. JOIN LISTEN FIRST CONVERSATIONS: Join and participate in your first Listen First Project conversation and event!

Our Listen First pledges would be meaningless unless we actually went out and started listening. Listening isn't passive. It's something we do.

At the Listen First Project, we have two ways to help you live out your pledge with your neighbors:

Listen First Conversation Guidelines

Your pledge first starts with you and your circle of friends and family. Think of someone right now who you may disagree with, and commit to having a Listen First conversation with them this week. We've even created 10 guidelines to help you out:

  1. Come with an open mind, ready to learn and grow
  2. Listen as you want to be listened to
  3. Fully listen to and consider the other’s views before sharing your own
  4. One person speaks at a time
  5. Be fully present and curious rather than thinking of how to respond
  6. Physically engage free of distractions with eye contact and a relaxed posture
  7. Maintain a calm and respectful tone
  8. Restate what you heard said to clarify understanding
  9. Ask thoughtful and respectful questions
  10. Seek to discover common interests and areas of agreement

Click here to read more about our Listen First Conversation Guidelines.

Listen First Conversation Events

The Listen First Project is also committed to creating Listen First Conversation opportunities where they are needed most. We've got an amazing team dedicated to having Listen First Conversation Events all over the United States. These Listen First Events may take the form of a Facebook live-stream conversation among ideologically and demographically diverse people on important topics, or round tables in cities impacted by major headline-grabbing events, or simply informal gatherings of individuals who want to better understand different perspectives.