…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 70

How to Start a Presentation

How you start a presentation can make or break your talk. The beginning determines whether your audience will engage or tune out (no pressure!). Listen for how to start powerfully and lead a presentation that will set you apart from the rest.

Episode 69

Investing in Your Dreams with Elyse Kaye

What do you do with a dream you can’t shake and a problem you want to solve? For Elyse Kaye it meant charging full force into creating Bloom Bras that are beautifully engineered and actually work (for women in ALL sizes). Elyse shares the ups and downs of running her business, and how she kept pushing forward through the hard times.

Episode 68

You Are Enough

If you find yourself wondering if you’ll ever be enough, this episode is for you. Feeling as if you have to do more or be more to be accepted, and then spending way too much time trying to prove yourself. You’ll get four practices to apply today that’ll remind you that you are enough: right here, right now.

Episode 67

Claim Your Worth with Amy Valdivia & Rica Ruiz

Amy Valdivia and Rica Ruiz are two powerhouses who both share their experiences of claiming their worth in the real estate industry. They explain that in order to show up and claim your worth, you must have a solid foundation of who you are. Listen to this episode and be encouraged to dream big and do the work!

Episode 66

How to Ask for What You Want

The answer on how to ask for what you want comes in a very simple package: ask! Yet I know for many of us it’s not that simple. Too often our requests are passive (even when they feel direct!) and ultimately fall to the sidelines. In this episode I share how you can confidently ask for what you want

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!

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