OUR WAY FORWARD OUT OF
a dynamic talk Experience
"Giving audience members a sense of uplift." — Pasadena Weekly
"A one-of-a-kind visionary with an unforgettably effective approach." — Bradley College
"Licity wrapped us in her authentic embrace." — University of Illinois
"Courageous." —NPR's Here & Now
We are in a communication breakdown
is our way forward
"When we practice fearless listening we create the conditions that safely allow what we hear to impact and evolve us." —Licity
Fearless Listening is a conscious practice of listening and awareness. We can use it to shift habitual communication dynamics. It creates a safe environment by eliminating competition, cultivating curiosity, and enhancing choice. We cherish our vulnerability and seek our shared humanity. Fearless Listening calms our nervous system through an increased understanding of our inner fears. We learn to listen to ourselves, listen to others—and listen to ourselves and others at the same time.
Fear—The Great Interrupter
Are your ears scaring you? You are not the only one. Fear is a natural part of being human. Our ears are a part of our nervous system. When we are even the slightest bit nervous or afraid, it is our ears’ job to listen for danger. This focus on danger breaks down the listening process we need to communicate across human differences. Fear interrupts relentlessly in an effort to protect you. Fearless Listening helps you develop a conscious awareness of this reaction. This awareness changes everything.
There are five types of inner listeners that drive our reactions. Which listener are you? Fearless Listening teaches us to befriend our fearful inner listeners. It shows how to cultivate the curious listener in all of us. Curiosity is a wonderful antidote to fear. We come to understand that our fear is only one perspective inside of us, even when it tries to be the loudest. When we choose to dialogue with our fears instead of being unconsciously ruled by them, we feel stronger and safer. More parts of ourselves become available (the curious part, the compassionate part, the funny part, the loving part). We have more choices—which is both empowering to the self and calming to the nervous system. Choice creates safety. When we feel safe, we can listen. We can allow what we hear to impact us without terrifying us.
A Future Together—Beyond Right and Wrong
Fearless Listening moves us beyond right and wrong by eliminating the concepts of winning and losing. Competition kills communication. Fearless Listening teaches that communication is an infinite and enriching life experience that benefits all involved. It turns "us/them" into "we," by making the communication itself the priority. We seek to cooperate, not dominate. This opens a space for moment-by-moment discovery. In each moment, Fearless Listening teaches us to make choices that encourage communication to continue. With our new found sense of safety and shared purpose, competition is set aside. Everyone wins.
"Our members saw themselves in Licity's stories.
So much connection." — Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
If you are
a school, student support center, community agency,
conscious business, non-profit, or conference—your community will benefit .
Fearless Listening can shift the dynamics of any communication—within a group, inter-group dynamics, organizational structure, even your relationship with yourself.
"Licity inspires me to be a better me." — VT, Non-Profit Board Chair
"A bright light we desperately need." — BC, Mindfulness Instructor
Licity Collins is
a one-of-a-kind speaker
Licity is a specialist in perspectives—helping us see what is hard to see, and hear what is uncomfortable to hear. She brings this to you with love and courage. There's a reason her fans call her "fearless."
"There is power in both Fear and Love. It's not a matter of wrong or right. It's a matter of honest awareness. We are all scared. We all want to be loved. Emotion is our most powerful tool of change."— Licity
"She’ll make you feel like you belong." —Olympic College
"I was glowing and talking about it for weeks after."—Colgate University
"Licity has a natural presence that touches all."— Ojai Valley Museum
"Licity is a communicator. Her voice is captivating. She put words to feelings I could not express."— EZ, designer, small business owner
Licity was profiled by both NPR and FoxNews.com
—evidence of her unique ability to bridge audiences and speak to a wide-range of perspectives with genuine empathy.
"Courageous, writing and singing full-frontal." —NPR's Here & Now
"Intimate and relatable." — FoxNews.com
"Deeply moving. Extremely powerful." —Grief Out Loud
"Perfectly delicious." — VC Reporter