+1 347 223 5128

+44 20 3744 5675

Our professional consultants are ready to guide you

Increase your productivity and profitability through winning communication strategies


Audrey Nelson

travels from USA

Internationally recognized trainer, consultant and presenter specializing in gender communication and conflict management

Request fees and availability
Non-binding request for Audrey Nelson

Send a simple request. You’ll get a quick reply with fees and availability

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
About icon

About Audrey

Lecture icon


Interviews icon


Request fees and availability
Keynote speaker Audrey Nelson is an internationally recognized trainer, presenter, and consultant. She specializes in gender communication, conflict management, dealing with difficult people, communication skills, and sexual harassment/discrimination.

Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Author

Dr. Nelson’s professional background includes 10 years teaching in the Dept. of Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder. For 30 years she has trained and consulted for a wide variety of government and Fortune 50 companies in 48 states, Australia, Great Britain, and Canada. Among them are Xcel Energy, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, American Board of Trial Attorneys , AT&T, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Upjohn Pharmaceuticals, Pentax, Lockheed Martin, d i Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Dept. of Justice.

She holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication. She conducted post-doctoral work at Warnborough College in Oxford, England. Her award-winning research is cited in such books as More Power to You and Communication Between the Sexes.

Dr. Nelson won the “Teaching Excellence” award at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was designated “Woman of the Year” by Business and Professional Women. Thirty years ago she co-founded and served as president for the Organization for the Research on Women and Communication. She was awarded a grant from the State of California “Teaching and Learning Council” for her excellence in teaching.

A manager at US Sprint described Audrey this way: She walks the walk and talks the talk.” She is dynamic, informative and will leave you with challenges you won’t soon forget!

See keynotes with Audrey Nelson

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    He Speaks, She Speaks: What Different Things They Say

    • There is a fundamental problem.
    • Men and Women are different.
    • Not better or worse, just different.
    • Sometimes both sexes feel the clash of styles.
    • During these uncertain economic times, organizations have their eyes on the bottom line, and much attention is paid to training an efficient workforce.

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    Ouch! That Hurts: Dealing with Difficult People

    • You may call them “inhuman resources.” They are difficult people.
    • Dealing with them is a challenge and often leads to feelings of hopelessness and frustration.
    • This presentation provides methods for disarming games and contentious tactics including manipulation, blame, sabotage and bullying.

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    Victors without Victims: Managing Conflict for a Positive Outcome

    • Conflict is inevitable.
    • Anger, blame, grudges are not.
    • Conflict is normal and occurs in every arena of life.
    • We can’t avoid conflict, but the way we deal with it determines whether it is a destructive or constructive force.

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    The Art of Conscious Communication: A Talent for a Technical Age

    • You cannot NOT communicate; everything you say and do sends a message.
    • Today’s technology such as email, voicemail and the Internet has made communication faster and more accessible.
    • However, telecommunication is a misnomer; we’ve lost the human moment.
    • Additionally, most of us operate on automatic pilot even in our face-to-face communication.

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    Smart Talk

    • Credibility is like beauty. It is in the eyes of the beholder.
    • Bob can’t walk into a room and say, “Hi, I am Bob and I have credibility.”
    • People must PERCEIVE you as credible. It is an attributional variable!

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    The Power of Positive Coaching : A Managers Guide to Handling Problem Employees

    • The right to criticize must be earned, even if the advice is constructive in nature.
    • Before you are entitled to tinker with another person’s self-esteem, you are obligated first to demonstrate your respect for him/her as a person.

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    The First Five Seconds: There is No Dress Rehearsal for a First Impression

    • You have heard people say, “It was just something about them I didn’t like.”
    • Fair or not, we size people up in seconds and it can often make or break a deal.
    • Learn which critical, and often, unconscious communication behaviors contribute to a better connection up front!

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    What Were They Thinking: Stop Sexual Harassment Before It Begins

    • Sexual harassment has been around for ages, just ask Samson and Delilah or Anthony and Cleopatra.
    • Each workday we encounter challenges on the job: sexual harassment should not be one of them.

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

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

    • Most of the way men and women communicate with one another on a date, at home, or in the workplace has nothing at all to do with their linguistic talents.
    • “In You Don’t Say”, Dr. Nelson explores the hidden, nonverbal meanings in our interactions with the opposite sex—a truer, more accurate indicator of our emotions than speech.

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    Code Switching

    • There are more women CEOs: 12.6 percent of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women (up from 2.4 percent in 2008).
    • Collaboration is the key for successful workplace managers.
    • Fewer workplace-related ailments arise because work stresses are a thing of the past.
    • Most people are working in careers not just jobs where they feel encouraged and welcomed; they learn, produce, and contribute more than years ago.

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    GO FISH: Power, Purpose and Responsibility

    • Learn ways to create an environment in which employees and customers can have fun together.
    • Explore the benefits of a creative, playful work setting?
    • Identify ways to make a difference with “making someone’s day.”
    • Understand the importance of being present at work.
    • Learn how attitude impacts your work life.

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    Your Generation or Mine? Managing the Generation Mix

    • This course identifies the primary four-generation mixes that compose the workforce: Silent, Baby-boomer, Generation X and Generation Y.
    • Learn their key characteristics, what matters to them and how to work with them.

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    The Twelve A’s to Axe: A Prescription for Women’s Success

    • There are ways women are conditioned to behave and think because of how they are socialized.
    • This program will identify the 12 A‘s that govern and influence women and how it impacts their daily lives both at work and home.

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    The Sky’s the Limit: A Woman’s Guide to Advancement 

    • To understand women’s advantage in the workplace.
    • What women want men to change and what men want women to change?
    • How power operates and when normal rules don’t apply.
    • The hazards of “female speak.”
    • To understand how to handle disruptive interruptions.
    • It is what she doesn’t say that means a lot: How Nonverbal Messages can Undermine a Women’s Credibility.

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    Juggling Act: Keeping All the Home and Work Balls in the Air

    • In today’s world of work, you have to confront a vast array of new pressures and challenges.
    • But even while stressful and demanding, this is a time of expanding horizons and limitless opportunities.
    • Realizing the promise of the new world, however, calls for a new approach – new habits, new plans, and new attitudes.

    Keynote by Speaker Audrey Nelson 

    Nice Girls Don’t Do Conflict

    • Generally speaking, women don’t rock the boat.
    • Traditionally, our role, both at work and home, is to serve as the peace maker, smoother and master negotiator.
    • It is not feminine for women to engage in conflict.
    • However, conflict is a normal part of life that can’t be avoided.

Interview with Audrey Nelson

What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?

My focus is on enhancing face-to-face communication. I provide hands on skills and my aim is to promote self-management and an increased self awareness. I believe there is a direct correlation between a person’s ability to communication well and their over-all success in life. And I don’t mean just making money. I think communication skills is where success begins and ends.

Do you have a favorite experience from your speaking career?

I have several. Some of the highlights in my 30 year career include an invitation by the State Department to represent the US Embassy in South Korea. I offered training on gender issues in the workplace including communication between the sexes and the status of women to Koreans and the embassy staff.

Other notable training includes when I combine consulting. I worked with a semi conductor company that was a joint venture between Lucent and Cirrus Logic. For two years I worked with the management team to create change in their working environment as well as conducting training. It provided the opportunity for me to witness firsthand the difference training can create.

Who or what inspires you?

I am a natural “teacher.” I taught in three universities and won teaching awards in all of them. At the University of Colorado I won the most competitive award, The Teaching Excellence Award. At San Diego State I was awarded a grant from the State of California for my excellence in teaching (I received the highest teaching evaluations in the Communication department).

I have a love of learning and find my research, writing, consulting and training all complement each other. Thirty years ago when I left the university system and started training and conducted keynotes, I carried those skills to a new opportunity. Simply, I like working with people and have a love of learning. I am also a published author.

My first book, You Don’t Say: Navigating Nonverbal Communication Between the Sexes (Prentice Hall 2004) was published in six languages. Code Switching: How to Talk so Men will Listen(Alpha Books-Penguin 2009) was my second book and received world wide acclaim. The Gender Communication Handbook: Conquering Conversational Collisions between Men and Women (Pfeiffer) will be released in 2012. This is a professional book intended for HR professionals and trainers.

What are your top 3 tips for dealing with difficult people?

  • Rise one level above them.
  • Don’t provide the payoff.
  • Watch out for reactive responses.

What is the most positive feedback you have gotten?

I was told that my training session created a shift in thinking and behaviors.

What are some of the necessary elements for successful communication?

  • Shut up and listen.
  • Be “other” oriented.
  • The ability to self manage and adjust your communication.
  • Go from automatic to conscious communication.

How are your keynote presentations unique?

The most consistent feedback I receive are my presentations  combine both “entertainment” and “knowledge.” Not just, “fluff” and some laughs, but people walk away with nuggets for change and improvement.

What should event planners keep in mind when booking you for their event?

I am dynamic and my office is very organized. I have conducted keynotes across many industries for both the private and public sector. My largest group (2,500) was a national Jazzercise convention. I adapt my message and individualize my topic content to the group. I have also presented keynotes in 49 states and internationally.

See keynotes with Audrey Nelson
Non-binding request for Audrey Nelson

Send a simple request. You’ll get a quick reply with fees and availability

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Keynote topics with Audrey Nelson