Changed by Listening

SSeveral years ago, instead of making a list of New Year’s resolutions, I started inviting a word into my life to focus on for the year. Inviting it to speak to me, to teach me, to get under my skin and into my heart.

A few years ago that word was listen. I picked it because I was pretty sure I was a crappy listener. And yet, I believed that listening held incredible power to change the world, and I wanted to get better at it.

My year listening to what listen wanted to teach me was powerful.   


  • Honors people.
  • Accelerates our learning.
  • Engages our curiosity.
  • Makes us more empathic.
  • Builds trust.
  • Fosters Connection.
  • Leads to innovative ideas and solutions.
  • Connects us to the world around us.

When was the last time you really listened to one of your donors, your boss, one of the clients your organization serves, or even that co-worker who drives you nuts?

What might they teach you?

What do they see, think, feel and believe that could expand your worldview?

How can you ask more questions and really listen to the answers?

Amy Varga

Amy Varga


Amy Varga is a beloved fundraising trainer, coach and consultant. She and her team at The Varga Group have guided over a hundred nonprofit clients to raise millions of dollars through their services in capital campaign counsel, major gifts training, leadership coaching, and board development projects.