About Us

Called ‘life-changing’ by graduate after graduate, this three-day communication skills course will enrich your relationships by making you more aware of your own communication profile as well as the core behavioral tendencies of others.  Through a unique combination of classroom instruction, experiential activity, and group discussion you will:

  • Explore how the Communication Cycle forms the foundation of all interpersonal communication
  • Appreciate the impact our non-verbal behavior has on our verbal communication
  • Learn how the skill of LISTENING can be the most important thing a person can do for another
  • Recognize a more effective way to confront another when needing behavior change to occur.

Our Community LISTENS is funded by Phillips LISTENS, Inc., a 501(c) 3 private operating foundation, that allows us the opportunity to share our message with the world.

Originating within Barry-Wehmiller University and available only to employees of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc., the idea for extending this course began with Cynthia Chapman, wife of owner and CEO Bob Chapman.  Accompanying Bob on his visits to several of the Barry-Wehmiller divisions and engaging with some of the graduates of our Communication Skills Training course, she was intrigued by the notion that a vast majority of graduates remarked on the impact the class has had on their home life with their spouses and children; many of which said the class has changed my life!”  Cynthia challenged us to find a way to bring this class outside the doors of Barry-Wehmiller so that we would have the opportunity to touch even more lives.


The Non-Profit Foundation, PhillipsLISTENS, Inc. is a 501(c)3 corporation established by Robert and Cynthia Chapman. The Foundation was established as an avenue to take our powerful and proven communication skills training class used in the business setting to our communities for the sole purpose of improving the fabric of our society.  When asked why they want to do this, the Chapman’s will tell you that nothing means more to them than to be able to strengthen family bonds through improved communication channels.

Bob Chapman, CEO Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. & wife Cynthia Chapman
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