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…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 overcome your fears.

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 143

How To Get Selected For A TED Talk! 7 Strategies You NEED To Know!

The secrets are finally revealed, directly by yours truly, a TEDx talk speaker coach! We are uncovering 7 essential strategies to help you land a coveted TEDx talk. Through personal anecdotes and practical tips, I guide you on how to make your idea stand out and resonate with the TEDx community. Discover the key elements that can turn your speaking dream into reality!

Episode 142

3 Words and Phrases That Are DESTROYING Your Credibility (& What To Say Instead!)

I know it sounds crazy…but using these phrases (even by accident) can undermine your credibility, making people second-guess you and your authority! Thankfully, there is a quick fix! In this video, Karen Laos is highlighting several common expressions that can negatively impact how others perceive your confidence and authority. By providing real-life examples and suggesting alternative phrases, the aim is to help viewers communicate more effectively and assertively in various settings.

Episode 141

3 Ways to Leave a Legacy

Do you ever pause in your busy life and ask, “What am I doing? Why am I doing all of this?” Where is all your energy, attention, and time going? Every single day, you’re building your legacy – intentionally or accidentally. My challenge to you is to build yours with intention. Listen for three ways to help you craft a legacy filled with authenticity and purpose. Discover the art of creating impactful experiences, the wisdom of penning your eulogy, and how to uncover your intrinsic “why.” It’s never too late to build a legacy. Start today.

Episode 140

Coping with Kidney Failure

Navigating life with chronic pain or illness is like dancing on a tightrope, with emotional highs and lows that leave you yearning for stability. In this episode, I share my journey of living alongside my husband, Chris, who battles kidney failure, awaiting a transplant. I share my lessons of releasing control, asking for support, and discovering pockets of joy amid the pervasive pain. For those living through a similar journey, know I am with you. It’s hard. There’s no way around it. My prayer is that you can hold onto hope and joy through the pain and grief as you courageously move forward.

Episode 139

Ask For What You Want With Sarah Johnson

Sarah discovered that life-changing steps forward require only 20 seconds of courage. Through seconds at a time, Sarah shattered the confines of her shy self and became the confident, outgoing woman she is today. Listen and learn about the significance of recording one’s achievements, how to ask for what you want, and networking advice for introverts. Whether you’re an introvert struggling to step out or preparing to ask for a promotion, you’ll be inspired to take action – it just takes 20 seconds.

Episode 138

5 Tips to Be Memorable

Do you realize that you have the power to leave a lasting impression on anyone you meet? In this episode, you’ll learn five tips to make your words resonate long after the conversation ends. I share how to ask powerful questions, speak with clarity, tailor your message, and use an outline for storytelling. These techniques will make you unforgettable and boost your confidence. Listen and dive into these tips to become truly memorable.

Episode 137

Break the Rules On Purpose with Heather Whelpley

Heather Whelpley realized it was time to step out of rule-bound conformity and question the rules she’s been handed. One by one, she examined the rules that told her how to act, sound, and look and decided which ones she wanted to keep. It changed everything. Heather now helps women do the same by rediscovering their voices, taking up space, and unleashing their authentic leadership and life. Whether you’re seeking more joy, confidence, or want to take up more space in your life, listen to be inspired to break free and reclaim your true self!

Episode 136

How to Communicate with Clarity

Ever been listening to someone in a meeting or giving a presentation and you can’t figure out what their point is, so you tune out? This happens all the time. Don’t let it happen to you. Communicating clearly takes intention, and a captivated audience is no happy accident! In today’s episode, I share three ways to communicate with clarity. These techniques will make a significant difference in how your message is received. Most importantly, you’ll captivate your audience so they remember you and your message. Start your journey to becoming a more effective communicator today.

Episode 135

Spiral Up with Karen Fullerton

Karen Fullerton found herself in a boardroom presenting an idea, only to be met with crickets. A few moments later, someone else stood up, restated her idea, and was met with engagement and conversation! What was missing? This led Karen to discover that energy speaks louder than any words we say and began her own journey. She’s now an Energy Catalyst who helps women SpiralUp to a life of emotional freedom, harmony, and happiness. Listen in to discover ways you can live from an energy that helps you reach your goals and dreams.

 

Episode 134

Stop Leaving Money on the Table

Are you leaving money on the table? You could be, without even knowing it! Knowing your value, communicating it effectively, and following up are all essential skills for seizing opportunities. In this episode, I share four examples of business owners who missed opportunities and how you can avoid doing the same, whether you own a business or work for someone else. Learn how to seize every opportunity with confidence and ease!

Episode 133

Mindset for Success with Riana Milne

From being bullied in school to divorcing a man who embezzled her family over $200,000, Riana had to find her voice and change her mindset to rise from bankruptcy and create a new life for her daughters. Listen to learn how Riana helps others heal from childhood trauma and transform their mindset, moving from victims to empowered!

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