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September 2016 Newsletter

Who is Audrey?

Audrey's Blog

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

Audrey is co-chair of the Diversity and Employee Relations PDG for Mile High SHRM.

SHRMSHRM is a preeminent and globally recognized HR professional society whose leadership, perspective, resources and expertise are sought and utilized to address the most pressing, current and emerging human resource management issues. Mile High SHRM is a Mega Chapter with a 1,000 membership.

Smart Talk

Women-led Start Ups Outperform Men-led Start Ups:
It’s Complicated

Therese Huston is a cognitive scientist at Seattle University and the author of How Women Decide: What’s true, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices. She recently published an article in the Los Angeles Times about startups led by women. First Round capital looked at 300 companies it seeded from 2005 to 2015 and revealed that companies let by women performed 63% better than ones led by men.  Additionally, the Kauffman Foundation reported that female tech entrepreneurs generated, on average, 35% higher return on investment than male counterparts. A study conducted by Babson College found that during a two-year period, companies with a female chief executive received 1.5 billion in venture capital compared to companies led by men who received 49.3 billion; for every $1 invested in women-led companies, approximately $33 went to companies led by men. Finally, Harvard School Business professor, Alison Wood Brooks, led a research study in 2014 which revealed that when men and women pitched the same idea, investors were 60% more likely to invest when a man proposed it.

Combined, these are powerful statistics that lead us to ask why? Maybe something more complicated than the garden variety sexism may be at work. Investors think men are better risk-takers; going out on a limb for the right thing at the right time. However, research shows men take recreational risks (skydiving or driving over the speed limit) but women are shown to take the same number of risks as men when proposing projects.

Investors can counter this unconscious bias and make decisions to fund a startup based on criteria such as if it fits their values, or because it fits their portfolio, not the gender of the startup lead.

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WOW! Did you know Audrey is the gender communication blogger for Psychology Today? Check out her monthly blog postings. Take a look at her statistics:

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Audrey's Travels
NaviAudrey recently presented He Speaks, She Speaks: What Different Things They Say to HAVI Global Solutions Chicago, IL- an international company that provides packaging expertise, marketing and business analytics, supply chain services, promotions management, and recycling and waste solutions.

Audrey presented Victors without Victims: Managing Conflict for a Positive Outcome for the Federation of Defense and Corporate Council in Atlanta.

FDCCThe Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), is composed of recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction, is dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship, and professionalism of its members as they pursue the course of a balanced justice system and represent those in need of a defense in civil lawsuits. 



Audrey for IMS Denver with 50 women for A Women’s Guide to Leadership: Power, Communication and Credibility.

Sound Bites

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Lakoff (1990) coined the term tag question. A brief examination of the anatomy of a question is warranted by examining how a statement, question, and tag question compare. Here is an example of the distinction between the 3 forms of speech:.. .

What People are saying about Audrey

Audrey –

You did a fantastic job this morning.  Our ERG Leads have been hearing positive feedback from all over the world today.  I am happy to write a testimonial for you.  To hold you over, here are comments from today’s audience.  We had roughly 375 attendees, however the reach of your message extends far beyond them.  I’ve had many people ask me when we will send the replay out! 

“Great Presentation”
“Awesome session!”
“I hope this is being recorded and made mandatory for our leaders”
“Thank you so much for having Audrey as a speaker.  She identified so many key points I studied in Sociology a long time ago.  It’s wonderful to have this difficult topic within a business environment”

There is a thirst for this insight and a deep appetite for applying communication techniques throughout our business.  You’ve given us knowledge and direction, and our panelists re-enforced their support of getting us there.  On behalf of the Level 3 Women and our extended audience, we sincerely thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.  I will look through your leadership workbook and provide feedback and next steps.

Thank you.
Kari Tewalt
Level 3

He Speaks, She Speaks: What Different Things They Say
National Association of Pension Advisors

Loved your presentation. You are an inspiration!

Barbara Delaney
National Association of Pension Advisors

Audrey –
You were terrific.  I loved your energy and presentation. 

Amy Glynn
Managing Partner
GRP Advisor Alliance

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'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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