…walking into a room feeling so confident that nothing could shake you.

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That’s what the Ignite Your Confidence podcast is all about.

It’s for women in leadership who want to speak up and stand out. You’ll find both solo episodes and candid conversations with real people sharing vulnerable stories to inspire you with simple communication tips to step into your confidence.


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Are you a leader holding back? What is that costing you? Learn how to channel your fear and self-doubt. It’s possible.

I know, because that’s my story.

I’m Karen Laos, keynote speaker and communication coach with 25+ years serving clients at Google, Facebook, Netflix, Sony, and more. After years of holding back for fear of saying the wrong thing, being judged, and not being “good enough,” I finally recognized my value and owned it.

I got to where I was confident speaking up even when I knew it would be unpopular. I don’t care about people’s approval like I used to. It. Is. Liberating.

That’s where you come in. You can harness your doubt and be free! That’s my ultimate wish for you. I did it and you can, too.

Listen to my recent podcast episodes

Episode 65

Sentence Prompts + Questions for Better Communication

Who doesn’t like a good formula? We all want to know what to say for an effective outcome. This episode offers sentence prompts and questions that you can say in a variety of situations.

Episode 64

Trust Your Own Voice

As I prepare for the release of my book, “Trust Your Own Voice” on June 3rd, I wanted to share the first chapter with you. I wrote this book so you can be free of self-doubt and step into your confidence. You’ll learn about the mixed messages from my family dynamics and how I found my voice. This is a vulnerable episode as I share my story so we can all be free.

Episode 63

Stand your Ground with a Difficult Manager with Kristen Geez

Kristen Geez’s story started with a bad manager and months of silence. She’s now an ambassador for women of all ages to grow in confidence and grow in leadership. Kristen shares how she found her voice and how she transformed into the powerhouse she is now. Surprising twist? She used to be a bully, and she shares how that impacts her to this day.

Episode 62

Refuse to be Bulldozed with Mary Snyder

Mary Snyder talks about surviving a male-dominated industry and finding her voice. She shares stories about her experience in the corporate world and how she caught herself constantly conceding to others’ opinions. Listen to how she combated this and how she continues to use her strengths to impact the world.

Episode 61

3D’s to Reaching Your Vision

Truth be told I’ve always been full of dreams! It’s never been difficult to have a fire in my soul to do something great, but a clear vision of what that could look like? That took some time. In today’s episode I’ll share my 3 D’s to reaching your vision that I’ve used in my own journey. These 3 steps have transformed my life, and can transform yours too!

Episode 60

I Thought I was Over This with Kimber Del Valle

It is possible to be outwardly confident and successful, yet inside have an entirely different reality. Kimber Del Valle shares her story of being depressed and suicidal in the midst of huge success, plus the journey of her internal confidence becoming congruent with her external confidence. Kimber talks about silencing the internal judge, default patterns, and how she makes room for others to show up at the table.

Episode 59

3 Lessons Learned from Being on TV

I had the amazing opportunity to fly to Las Vegas and be on a new TV show: Brunch with Courtney Perna! When coaching clients, I record them, review their video and provide feedback. In this instance, I was in the hot seat. Listen and discover three things I learned from being on TV that apply to everyday life.

Episode 58

Hot Flash to Hot Idea with Michelle Newman

Michelle shows that good things can come from a hot flash: she coaches women in their midlife journey to live with abundance and intentionality, making a difference in this world. She’s made it her mission to teach women to put themselves first in this season of their lives. 

In this episode, Michelle explains how surviving a brain hemorrhage gave her the reset she needed. She also explains how mistakes provide amazing opportunities to thrive in the “after” and what it means to “own it”.

Episode 57

Shyest Girl to Confident Woman – Esther Littlefield

Even the most shy and insecure person can transform into a woman with confidence, and Esther Littlefield’s story proves it! Esther is a marketing strategist and business coach for multi-passionate Christian women who are growing a business online. She shares her journey of growing her business, tragic loss, and how she found confidence one small step at a time.

Episode 56

Put Down your Bag of Rocks with Ryann Dowdy

When you feel overwhelmed the solution is not to try harder. It’s to put down your bag of rocks and do something fun. It feels counterintuitive, but it yields the biggest growth. In today’s episode, you’ll be reminded that we’re not designed to do this life alone. We talk about women teaming up, banding together, and taking the business world by storm.

Episode 55

From Appearing Confident to Becoming Confident with Stacy Mayer

What does it look like to transform from appearing confident to becoming confident? Stacy will tell you! She challenges us to get curious and shares the wonderful unexpected outcomes of publishing her new book, “Promotions Made Easy”.

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