EP123 – Speaker, Peace Activist and Author, Andrew Forsthoefel: Listening Starts With You

Listening starts with you. In the privacy of your own little moment that no one else is going to see.” – Andrew Forsthoefel

Have you ever had one of those deep, cherished conversations that went on for hours and made you feel so connected with the other person? Have you ever had one with yourself? All too often we’d rather watch something, pick up a book, or start talking to someone else than actually sit and talk with ourselves. Why is that? Andrew Forsthoefel, speaker, peace activist and author, shares the secrets and benefits to owning your solitude.

After college, Andrew embarked on an 11-month, 4,000-mile journey he called Walking to Listen in which he walked across America with a sign on his backpack that read, “Walking To Listen,” recording interviews with the people he met along the way. The stories and experiences will surprise you! Since completing his journey, Andrew co-produced a radio documentary and wrote a book called Walking to Listen about the project. His narrative work has appeared on This American Life, The Moth, The TEDx stage and he teaches walking and listening in his practices in connective presence, personal transformation, and conflict resolution.

Be awakened and encouraged to join this collective project of learning how to be human together with love, while sharing your inherent vulnerability of being alive.

Key Takeaways:

A moment to isolate. Take a moment and sit in silence, in the solitude of your own company. How long can you sit there and be okay with being alone – without any form of distraction? Give it a try, but before you hit the panic button and throw in the towel, remember THIS…[05:52].

A moment to listen. When you drop all of your expectations and ask questions without guessing in advance what the answer could be, incredible things can unfold. Andrew shares some eye-opening tips on how and why you should become a better listener. The TWO major benefits of bumping up your listening skills are…[18:29].

A moment to reflect. You’ve made it! You’ve taken the self-discovery journey, a once impossible mission, battled the demons within… and now what? The truth is it’s not about arriving at the finish line “perfect,” but something else entirely. Your personal intention is now something completely different. Discover it HERE…[32:53].

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. You’re never more than One Idea Away from a whole, new reality.

All you really need to know is this: Luke Iorio is a dad, a spouse, an entrepreneur, a conscious growth strategist, coach, blogger, podcaster, a wide-angled observer, and enthusiastic participant in the game of life who seeks to ask and answer, “What’s truly possible?”
So where does that all come from? Well, for that we need to answer this: How does a shy kid from the suburbs of New Jersey grow up to become a conscious strategist, sought-after coach and speaker, and disrupter of life’s “good enough” status quo?
In a nutshell, Luke intentionally pushed through some of his most palpable moments, or what he calls inflection points. These moments included standing on stage, gripping a microphone, and getting totally out of his comfort zone. This repeated intention to “choose different” has catapulted Luke toward stellar success.
So, what happens AFTER you choose… when you start to take meaningful action? That’s when an inflection point becomes an open road — a pathway to living your intended purpose.
Luke’s path looks something like this…he became President of The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching at age 32, and has since graduated more than 11,000 coaches, leaders, athletes, and professionals across 44 countries, all of whom share his vision and desire for expanding our human potential and creating lasting, conscious change.
You could say Luke’s manifesto reads something like an everyday philosopher and spirited entrepreneur having been inspired early on by the likes of Napoleon Hill and Og Mandino. Nowadays, his intrinsic curiosity and wisdom is paying off as a media personality quoted on The Huffington Post, Fox Business, and Next Avenue, and most recently taking to the airwaves to entertain life’s pivotal questions with the help of celebrated thought leaders, mentors, and everyday unsung heroes.


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