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August 2019 Newsletter

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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
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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

Do You Ever Feel Like an Imposter?

Have you ever asked yourself the following questions? :

Why was I selected to be a part of this team of experts?
I really don’t know what I am doing on this project!
I hope I can live up to my manager’s expectations?
Do I really have the qualifications?

There are many ways the imposter syndrome can be played out. You won the award for top performer but think it was just luck. You feel like a fraud and you will be discovered any moment. You can also devalue your worth by not asking enough for your work or doing it for free. You may undermine your expertise. You were recruited for a position but think you are not qualified.

All of us suffer from self-doubt and it is easy to think you are the only one that feels that way. False! Some people are better at covering it up. They know to fake it and act self-confident when you are falling apart inside. Tina Fey has said, “The beauty of the imposter syndrome is you vacillate between extreme egomania and a complete feeling of I am a fraud! Oh God, they’re on to me!”

What to do to save yourself? Try giving yourself a pep talk. There is research that says you can actually change yourself increasing confidence. Begin by making a list that demonstrates you are just as qualified as anyone else. Next, own your accomplishments. Write them down. Seek counsel from one of your admirers who are familiar with your achievements and ability. Finally, jump in and do it. There is a saying fake it until you become it.

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Have you checked out Audrey’s new blog postings?

Is There Such a Thing as a Power Touch?

Gender Rules for Appropriate Workplace Touching

Reach Out and Touch Someone: Is It a Gender Thing?

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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: 3,935
30 Days: 21,246
90 Days: 66,332
All Time: 1,419,469
Over 1 million views!!

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One-on-One Coaching for Prevention of Sexual Harassment
Audrey conducts one-on-one coaching for prevention of sexual harassment.
This coaching has been successful in eliminating “repeat” offenses and involves exercises, critical discussion of past incidents and case studies. Clients employ Audrey for first time “offenders” and high value employees.

Audrey LIVE!

Audrey is presenting A Women’s Guide to Leadership: Power, Communication and Credibility 3-part course for the Denver Metro Chamber.

Audrey is presenting additional segments to the DMC on August 13th Tuesday and September 17th Tuesday. Contact Rob Rose to register.

Coming soon! Audrey just interviewed with Jean Chatzky's, where topics around career, life, money, parenting, and more are discussed. Jean is the Financial Editor of NBC's Today Show. Click here to view articleAudrey was just interviewed for

Audrey conducted an interview with the top Swiss newspaper publication, Le Temps, about appropriate and inappropriate touching and personal space.

What People are saying about Audrey

Good morning Audrey,

Thank you for teaching the Women’s Guide to Leadership class yesterday and for your time afterwards. It has got me thinking about and noticing my own behaviors especially around the value of my time vs. the value of others time and how to take responsibility without apologizing.

Lori Liepold
Small Business Support Officer


I was on the webinar last week for Managing Unconscious Bias for COSHRM.  I also hired you to speak for an organization I used to work with in Eagle Vail, Destination Services Corporation or (DSC) so it was great to hear you present again.
We would like to see if you have a in person training on this topic that you could provide a quote for, more than an hour but probably not more than 3 hours. 

Lynette Horan, SPHR-SCP 
Human Resources 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"