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From the Playground to the Boardroom: Men, Women and Conflict

We know conflict is inevitable. It is a natural, normal part of life. Where there are relationships, there will be conflict. A critical component of successful male-female relationships is the ability of the couple or coworkers to handle conflict, whether it is in the boardroom or the bedroom. In fact, handling conflict or not handling conflict is often considered one of the explanations for the fifty-fifty survival rate of marriages. The workplace is equally riddled with poorly managed conflicts affecting the bottom line.

This is a self-assessment that identifies childhood gender differences in handling conflict. Next month I will provide the "debrief" to these questions.

Answer "true" or "false."

1. ___ I played cooperatively and wanted to make sure everyone was included.
2. ___ I played with others by teasing, shoving, pushing, and bantering.
3. ___ I took care of others.
4. ___ I liked taking classmates on and challenging their ideas.
5. ___ I worked for everyone to get along.
6. ___ I ignored and excluded classmates when they hurt my feelings.
7. ___ I told classmates when I was mad at them.
8. ___ I would take a backseat to others.
9. ___ I wanted to be heard when I did not like something.
10.___ List a way that you handled conflict with your classmates. Do you think it was gender linked?

Source: Copyright © 2012 by Audrey Nelson and Claire Damken Brown.

Taken from Audrey's (co-author) new book, The Gender Communication Handbook: Conquering Conversational Collisions Between Men and Women (Pfeiffer 2012).

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Audrey Nelson PhD. is an international trainer, key-note speaker, consultant and author who works with organizations to increase their productivity and profitability through winning communication strategies.

Audrey is a member of the American Society of Training and Development and the Colorado Human Resource Association.

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September 18, 2012 Tuesday - 9:00-10:30 am
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September 26 Wednesday - 12:00-1:00 pm
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Have you checked out Audrey’s blog?

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Look for Audrey in the September issue of Best Life magazine, a high-end, life style men's magazine. The article, 24-Hour Stress Release , features Audrey as an expert on gender communication and discusses how men can enhance interactions with their spouse or girlfriend.

Audrey had an article in the Colorado Human Resource Association newsletter based on her new book (co-author), The Gender Communication Handbook: Conquering Conversational Collisions Between Men and Women
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Audrey has been asked to be the guest expert on communication and Code Switching for FOX 31 Denver
June 25, 2012
Mr. Mom is Back!
Everyday Talk Show Fox 31
KDVR-TV, Denver
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Audrey was interviewed for the
May 2012 issue of Men’s Health Magazine
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wiley pfeiffer
Gender Communication

The Gender Communication Handbook
Conquering Conversational Collisions Between Men and Women
Audrey Nelson, Ph.D. and
Claire Damken Brown, Ph.D.

Pfeiffer-An Imprint of Wiley
ISBN 978-1-118-12879-4

The Gender Communication Handbook is for anyone who works with the opposite sex. If you are a part of a management team, in HR, or develop corporate training, this book is a comprehensive guide filled with smart advice, extensive research, self-assessments, and compelling true-to-life case studies. This was written to clarify some of the many questions about gender, how the rules have changed and will help individuals thrive in a more increasingly diverse workplace and find a common language. Successful gender communication is a business mandate.
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What People are saying about Audrey

Audrey Nelson is an engaging and knowledgeable presenter!
Her techniques for dealing with difficult people are new, simple, and can be implemented right away! What more could you ask for?

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Code Switching: How to Talk so Men will Listen
Claire Brown Ph.D. and Audrey Nelson Ph.D.
Penguin Group-Alpha Books
ISBN 978-1-59257-926-6

Code Switching: How to Talk so Men will Listen is a hands-on tool for everyday use at the office. It is a practical resource with how-to steps to help businesswomen conquer the communication nuances between men and women in the workplace. This book explores the gender impact on business talk. It teaches using true stories and case studies, while providing valuable “code-switching” tips to help women gain and strengthen credibility and make a greater impact on the job

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