Raquel's KeyNote

Growing your listening superpower 

-Work smarter and feel better 


Shared at TEDx Nuremberg, Raquel’s experiential keynote takes you on a journey so you can grow your listening superpower and be a more effective communicator. She inspires, empowers, and motivates the audience in playful ways to practice listening so that everyone can work smarter and feel better. She engages the audience to experiment with listening and learn new skills they can apply right away at work and home. They will learn how to transform communication into connection, opening doors to creative solutions and meaningful collaboration, especially when challenges arise. 


This talk can be delivered remotely or in person. Combine with an experiential, science-based workshop during company events. 

Key topics covered are: 


  • Discovering the power of listening 
  • What science is learning about our listening power and its impact on both listener and speaker 
  • How listening helps us work smarter and feel better 
  • Transforming communication into connection 
  • Listening to yourself is the starting point 
  • High impact by listening to yourself, others, and the bigger picture 
  • Playful tips on how to listen so that your voice can be heard 
  • Enjoy partnering with listening so that you can increase your impact and wellbeing. 


About Raquel

Born and raised in Puerto Rico and Ohio, USA, and now living in Germany, Raquel has over 25 years of experience managing, coaching, facilitating, and teaching in the communication field. As founder of Listening ALCHEMY, Raquel is very curious about the conditions and capacities to hold a listening space that connects and inspires.


She has been researching and experimenting with listening beyond traditional training and has learned from and collaborated with listening scientists and professionals. She is the podcast host for, “Listen in with Raquel Ark, focused on listening in teams and organisations beyond what we typically consider.


Experience includes:


  • Communication & interpersonal effectiveness consulting, training & coaching in e.g., tech, large organizations, and NGOs 
  • Leadership positions in the health & chemical industry 
  • University instructor in both Germany and USA

1st Vice President-elect for the International Listening Association



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