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Karel Murray

Building A Better You ... One Story At A time

Karel brings meaning to mayhem with her nothing but the truth approach to business and life. An accomplished author and humorist, Karel has made radio and television appearances and she enjoys local, regional, and national publication of her articles. In addition to Hitting Our Stride: Women, Work and What Matters, she is the author of Straight Talk: Getting Off the Curb. Karel is a featured author in Extreme Excellence: Dynamic Interviews with America’s Top 10 Performance Experts, and publishes a monthly newsletter—Think Forward!® read by thousands of subscribers. She is the author of the CPR for Managers Series and has created a weekly podcast series where she interviews industry experts on various topics.

Karel holds a BA in Human Resources and has earned numerous designations and certifications, including the prestigious National Speakers Association CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) and the Real Estate Educators Association DREI (Distinguished Real Estate Instructor). Her resume includes experience as a human resources regional executive of a large commercial insurance firm, as an award-winning sales person, as a manager of a top producing real estate office, and now as owner of Our Branch, Inc., a national and international speaking and training company.

She has received several awards for her community service, including the Blue Springs Missouri Chamber of Commerce Award, and once taught a pig named Nelson to jump rope . . . but that’s another story.

She is a member of the National Speakers Association and a Board Director for the Minnesota NSA Chapter, Meeting Professionals International and has served as a Board of Director member and officer for the National Real Estate Educators Association. As a professional keynote speaker, Karel has had the pleasure of connecting with hundreds of audiences throughout the US and abroad.

When not on the road, Karel can be found in Iowa, with her ever wonderfully patient husband Rick and their attentive brood of pets.

Hitting Our Stride: Women, Work and What Matters – In this highly interactive session based upon her book, Hitting Our Stride: Women, Work and What Matters, be prepared to gain insight into your own self talk and the advice you need to stride forward in your life.

Straight Talk: Getting Off the Curb – Navigate through the fast lane world of life’s obstacles.

The Great and Powerful ‘Ah’, Think Forward and Get Remarkable – Regain perspective and forego fear with Karel as your guide.

Get a Grip! Finding Your Balance Without Losing It! – Stop pleading insanity and Get a Grip!

General Business – Industry Customized

A Manager’s Dozen: 13 Productive Culture Trends
- In this interactive session, gain solutions to correct those negative cultural and managerial trends what have been identified as a result of Karel Murray’s years of consultation work.

Character Counts . . . Doesn’t It? - Not your typical ethics course, this highly interactive program dives headfirst into pre-conceived notions regarding ethics and how it relates to the business environment

Does Your Business Have Bounce?  - Connecting and Closing in a Changing Market - A business with "bounce" is planned, branded, and marketed with your core values and profitability in mind.

Doughnuts on Fridays Aren't Enough - Take a hard look at how you can efficiently manage your direct reports.

It’s About Leadership What’s Your Style? - Employee motivation directly relates to a manager’s conduct. Where do you fit?

Market Confidence for the Wary Buyer - A course that addresses concerns of the public and provides skill building opportunities to help you focus on helping consumers and see the opportunities and reality – not threats.

Minding the Gap - Applying Generational Concepts Procedural Audits for Dramatic Results.

Motivation through Management - Fine tune employee performance and effectively manage personnel issues.

Policy Matters! Designing Your Office Policy Manual - An office policy and procedures manual can be the most dynamic document you have in your management arsenal.

Start Up and Stay Up: Strategies for New Managers - Take a look at how technology, demographics, and socio-economic changes in the marketplace have altered today’s business climate.

The Three "Cs" of Leadership: Credibility, Commitment, Common Sense - Learn what it takes to build credibility as a leader and establish a positive workplace culture.

There’s No Such Thing as a One Person Tango - Boost your ability to connect with people in a meaningful way through the understanding of body language.

Think Forward: Addressing Administrative Challenges - Explore the essential employment laws and how to avoid discriminatory employment practices.

When Interests Collide! - Understand the negotiation process through this highly interactive fun course.


"Karel is one of the most engaging and energizing speakers I've seen. She is brilliant at using humor to convey her messages. She has the ability to make everyone in the room feel like she is talking to THEM! I know that everyone I spoke to thought Karel is wonderful and relates on either a personal or professional level to the topics she presents."

Roslyn Lorenz, President, Cedar Falls Business & Professional Women

Thank you very much for your keynote presentation at the Women's Health Conference this fall. You have a unique gift in your approach, sharing life stories and reminding us all that we take life's situatons too seriously. Your message is one that participants can apply to life. You gave us the insight to value our "circumstances" rather than perceiving ourselves as victims. Great speaker, excellent presentation.""

Christie Milligan, Skiff Medical Center


Karel is an outstanding speaker. She has a great way of blending humor when giving a serious message. She was the best keynote we have ever had."

Theresa Beem, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center



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Topics: Communication, Leadership, Management, Humor, Motivation, Facilitator

Industry specialties:
Real Estate, Insurance