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February 2018 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 -  303.448.1802 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

HR Considerations of the Perils of the ‘Bro’ Culture: How #metoo and #timesup is Changing Workplace Culture (Part 1)

For the last several months, we have been bombarded with accusations of sexual harassment across all professions from the strawberry picker, waitress, US Marine and Academy Award actresses. The American workplace is at a crossroads. Many women feel vindicated and men feel wary of the revelations. Time magazine featured their “Person of the Year” for the 91st time- The Silence Breakers. The hash tag movements, #metoo and #timesup has jump started a cultural revolution that will not go away. There is a sea change and it will impact HR policy and workplace conduct.

The EEOC defines sexual harassment as this:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature can be verbal (jokes, innuendos, suggestive comments) or nonverbal (inappropriate touching, ogling, posters, e-mails, stares at body parts, leering, whistles, brushes against another’s body, and behaviors up to and including sexual assault or rape).

Remember harassment applies across all gender lines. Men can harass men and women; women can harass women and men. In my 30 year experience serving as an expert witness and trainer in the prevention of sexual harassment cases for both the private and public sector, there are concrete guidelines that will help any organization attain a zero tolerance. First, acknowledge not everyone plays by the same rulebook of respect and how we treat people.

For more clarification on what is and what isn’t sexual harassment, it is important to understand that a legally defined hostile environment based on sexual harassment is not an environment in which the boss is mad, angry, or mean toward you. I often get questions during training discussions asking, if an employee doesn’t get along with the boss or other coworkers, wouldn’t that be a hostile environment? Yes, it may be hostile or difficult and unfriendly, but unless the unwelcome behaviors are repeated and of a sexual nature, it is not legally considered a hostile environment based on sexual harassment

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Have you checked out
Audrey’s blog?

The Nonverbal Communication Gender Gap

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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:

7 Days: 3,955

30 Days: 17,430

90 Days::57,625

All Time: 939,735

Audrey LIVE!

Audrey’s guest editorial, How to Combat Sexual Harassment ,was featured in the Boulder Daily Camera. She lists steps to take when confronted with SH and offers explanations on common reactions like “go along to get along.”Click here for article


Audrey’s program, A Woman’s Guide to Leadership: Power, Communication and Credibility was competitively selected for the annual Mile High Society of Human Resource Management’s conference.


Audrey presented her competitively selected program,
A Women’s Guide to Leadership,  to the Northern Colorado Human Resource Association January 2018 meeting. The program drew the largest number of attendees in the organization’s history!

CuratingAudrey was asked to join Curating Connections. Curating Connections  focuses on the development of women leaders through life-long learning, creating valuable connections, and curating impactful, thoughtful discussions with women and men to enhance workplace cultures.
What People are saying about Audrey

Audrey provided a fascinating keynote on A Women’s Guide to Leadership. The statistics and perspective were from her years of experience and expertise. I look forward to reading her books and learning more.

Julia Jackson MBA

Audrey’s presentation was interactive and supported by in depth research and analysis. I would recommend her material to anyone interested in improving communication between the sexes in both personal and professional relationships.

Laura Mersich

In an effort to not offend, I would preface potentially inflammatory statements with disclaimers (Audrey identified these forms of speech) until coworker pointed it out and how it diminishes what I am saying. Thanks for a great session.

Elena Winter
HR Business Partner
Meadow Gold

Audrey’s presentation, A Women’s Guide to Leadership was eye opening. Lots of examples. I loved it. Every woman of every age should hear her talk. I hope to pass this on to my daughters.

Linda Bennett
Northern Water

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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