Communication Specialist for Business Families
I had a defining moment when I was 8 years old where I didn’t have the experience of being heard, seen, and understood. I remember saying to myself, “when I grow up I’m going to help people talk better”. I have dedicated my life to just that - developing myself and being in a career working with people who have an appetite to be masterful in communication and alter the course of their relationships, careers and lives.
In 2009, I had another defining moment as I was listening to 3 family members, each from a different generation talk about the complexity of working together in the family business. One of them said, “our conflict is significantly higher as a result of being in succession planning”. I leaned in - my heart pounding, completely enthralled in what they were saying, and I thought to myself, “that’s what I’ve been put on the planet to do”.
Today, I am widely recognized as a communication specialist in the arena of family enterprise. I’m a champion for business families to navigate those emotional conversations for succession, transition, and continuity planning. I coach business family leaders to develop their communication competencies to talk through what really matters to them. This is foundational to business families making decisions to secure their future, address conflict, and build their capacity to manage those common tensions and complex issues that require time to resolve.
“Trudy relates with people in a way that helps us to see ourselves in a new light to improve our communication and understanding with clients, family and friends.”Allan Châtenay
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