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May 2015 Newsletter

Who is Audrey?

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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.

You can reach Audrey at
or at 303.448.1800 O -  303-448-1801 F - 303.448.1802 C

Smart Talk

Generation Z: What to Expect

Alexandra Levit, in his article, Make Way for Generation Z (New York Times, March 29, 2015) presented an excellent over view of what's next in the generations and its potential impact in the workplace.

Now the oldest millennials, also known as Generation Y, are 35. They made it clear they wanted to change the status quo and since they are 80 million strong, they had the numbers to do it! They are not children anymore and many are leaders with decision-making power and direct reports.

Welcome Generation Z. Born mid-90s to early 00s (depending on what "expert" you ask), Generation Z will soon be graduating from college representing our next wave to enter the workplace. According to Lenit, they are going to be different from Generation Y. Here are some of the comparisons and differences:

  • Gen Z seem to be more independent (a third of Gen Y still live with their parents).
  • Gen Z are growing up in a stronger economy and appear to cut loose from their parents sooner.
  • Gen Z is already out in the world, curious and driven.
  • Gen Z seem to prefer in-person to online interaction.
  • Gen z is being schooled in emotional intelligence.
  • Gen Z utilizes social media engaging with a global community of friends.
  • Gen Z is also diverse, a mix of ethnicities.
  • Gen Z wants an active role in their community.

HR officers would do well to get into high schools and offer mentoring programs and educational opportunities to help shape this eager generation. They are mature and learn fast.

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Audrey's Travels

Audrey Nelson - Colorado Mines

Audrey recently presented Smart Talk:
Women and Credibility to Newmont Mining, one of the world's largest gold producers.

Audrey presented Victors without Victims to a group at Seagate Technology.

Society of Human Resource Management State Conference
Wednesday, September 30 2015
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Keystone Resort

Audrey's program,
What Organizations Need to Know About Women Leaning In: Women and Leadership
was competitively selected for SHRM-CO conference.
More information and register:

leadershiAudrey will be traveling to six countries presenting her new topic Women in Leadership: Communication, Credibility and Power

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Audrey 's Blog

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Do with their Hands

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Did You Know Audrey began her training career with the largest seminar company in the US?

Twenty eight years ago Audrey was making dinner and received a call at home from Fred Pryor, the founder of Fred Pryor Seminars. He had sent out "talent scouts" to various conferences for the purpose of recruiting speakers and Audrey was discovered when she was a speaker for a Denver women's conference. Fred hired Audrey to design, train other speakers and present two women's seminars. One was titled, "Taking Charge." Today Fred Pryor is the largest public seminar company in the US.

Sound Bites

sound bitesCode Switching: Balancing Masculine and Feminine Styles

Does it ever seem that men are speaking in code and you're on the outside?
Do they shut you down or ignore you when you speak? Perhaps you're speaking in
code, too—a different code. Men and women DO have unique communication styles that don't always mesh well.

What People are saying about Audrey

Hi Audrey,

I wish my wife could have been at your talk yesterday; I told her all about it last night.  She is an assertive woman and an excellent communicator, and maybe has been called that word that we referred to yesterday.  Another thing that hit home yesterday was your mention of the dumbing down of women, and it was where my daughter is concerned.  She is now 23, but when she was in junior high school it was brought to our attention by her science teacher, who was male.  It almost floored me really, but I didn’t give it much attention at the time.  But how could my daughter, whom had been raised by progressive thinking parents put on this submissive act?  Oh well, water under the bridge, and I didn’t confront her about it.  I do remember that my wife and I were confused about it.  I hope to see you again also.  I think one of your books might make a nice birthday present for my wife and/or daughter.

John Huddle
Senior Technician
Newmont Metallurgical Services

Hi Audrey
“I’m looking forward to using some of your suggestions in the future as I deal with difficult employees.  The group interaction was outstanding.”
Thanks again, and have a great weekend!

Dee Dee Dunstan, MAI
Regional Appraisal Manager

Audrey - thank you for a wonderful presentation on Smart Talk: Credibility, Power, and Communication. Your message really transcends gender, race etc…
I appreciate your professional delivery, presentation, and the opportunity for class room discussion. My only regret is that we didn’t have more time

!A. M. Gavrisheff, PE
Deputy Director Forest Service
Technology and Development Centers


It was a pleasure to host you in “da burgh”. Your scores were 6.78 on your effectiveness as a speaker and 6.52 for the value of the content. (on a 7 point scale) Below is what i wrote on the IMS evaluation site.
"Audrey is very professional, demonstrates a thorough knowledge on the topic, and most of all really engages everyone in the room. If I had to pick a comment to push it would be that a number of people wanted the seminar to last two days.”                                                  

Mark Spear
The Institute for Management Studies - Pittsburgh

Hi Audrey,
I thoroughly enjoyed your talk today, and yes I am male.  Part of my story is being raised partly by a single mother during the 1970’s, so maybe I am more sensitive to women’s issues than the average Joe.  Thank you for adding more meaning to the term Androgyny than just the physical attributes of a person’s appearance for me; and the positive spin.  One of my hobbies is the practice of Tai chi, and we speak of yin and yang.  Yin is usually thought of as feminine and Yang masculine.  I have learned to think of both as strengths, just different kinds.  I have NEVER thought of women as the “weaker” sex because of the examples that I grew up with, namely my mother and grandmother, who are stories in themselves. Thank you for broadening my perspective a little today. I hope to read at least one of your books someday, and look forward to reading your newsletter or blog that I put my email on the list for.
Take care,                                 

John Huddle
Senior Technician
Newmont Metallurgical Services

Hi Dr. Nelson,
I really enjoyed your presentation yesterday at the Fairlane Club.  So many things I knew; so many things I did not know.  Also, I exited without leaving my Session Feedback Form - it is attached.  I also failed to ask if you would be providing any CE for yesterday's most valuable session. Thank you again.  I will definitely update my skills.  I especially appreciated your comments about e-mail.


Audrey's Books

The Gender Communication Handbook –
Conquering Conversational Collisions Between Men and Women


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. More

Code Switching –
How to Talk so Men will Listen

Code Switching

Code Switching  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. - More

You Don’t Say – Navigating Nonverbal Communication Between the Sexes


You Don't Say is the first book to explore the misunderstandings that often arise between the sexes due to nonverbal communication — and to show readers how to say what they mean and get what they want. More than words, it's nonverbal cues that have the power to improve — or impair — our interactions with the opposite sex at home and in the workplace.

"Audrey's Top 4 CD Communication Hits"


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