Profile – Karel Murray

Karel Murray

Karel Murray Karel = Real Message + Real Life + Real Laughs

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 tv appearances and she enjoys local, regional, and national publication of her articles.  In addition to her first book 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!— to nearly 5,000 subscribers. She is author of both The Profitability Blueprint Series® and the CPR for Managers Series.

Karel holds a BA in Human Resources and has earned numerous designations and certifications, including the prestigious 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. and 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 dance . . . but that’s another story.

She is a member of the National Speakers Association, Meeting Professionals International, and been a Board of Director member and officer for the National Real Estate Educators Association. As a professional speaker, Karel has had the pleasure of connecting with audiences for 250+ clients throughout the US and abroad.

When not on the road, Karel can be found in Waterloo, Iowa, with her ever wonderfully patient husband Rick and their attentive brood of (4—at last head count) cats and dogs. 

What does Karel bring to your organization and event?

The experience of a human resources executive and skilled manager.The skills and walk-the-talk of a top producing salesperson. The credibility and prestige of a published author. Karel is the author of Straight Talk: Getting Off the Curb (a book co-authored with KC Lundberg), Think Forward!® (a monthly e-newsletter with over 4,200+ subscribers), The Profitability Blueprint Series: Career Building Concepts for the Real Estate Licensee and numerous articles in local, regional, and national publications. The insights and strategies of a recognized community and business leader. Up-to-date information from an educated, knowledgeable presenter. An authentic appreciation for how day-to-day business—and the world—actually work.

“Karel is an outstanding speaker. She made us laugh, brought us to tears and back to laughter. She made us feel good about ourselves and the jobs we do.” – Vickie McVey, School Nutrition Association of Iowa Keynote topics

Straight Talk: Getting off the Curb: What lessons about life can a big ballerina, a Fabio fantasy gone awry, and a masseuse armed with hot rocks possibly convey? Find out with some Straight Talk, Karel’s most requested keynote. Laugh till it hurts and smile with recognition as Karel brings the ordinary to life in extraordinary ways. From trusting your gut reaction to ceasing to be a victim of circumstance, rediscover the intrinsic value of you and your experiences through the magic of laughter. Based on her book Straight Talk: Getting off the Curb (co­authored with K.C. Lundberg, Arnica Publishing) Karel delivers witty, straight­forward advice in stories that will captivate you and give your inner ballerina a boost!

“Karel is a great presenter with lots of compassion and very sincere in her presentation. She makes her audiences feel involved, inspired and sets an excellent role model. She has a way of bringing people together from age 20 to 75. Karel is terrific and awesome.” Janice Nielsen, Head Start

The Great and Powerful ‘Ah’:  Think Forward and Get Remarkable: Regain perspective and forego fear with Karel as your guide. Rapidly shifting attitudes, loyalties, and expectations have made clarity of purpose more important than ever.  Gather memorable insights from stories of Cowboy Bob and Anita the Waitress to the world of bagel shops, reality tv, and “living large.” It’s about finding the The Great and Powerful ‘Ah’ moment in your life and acting on it. There’s never been a better time to:

  • Feel Good about yourself and the work you do
  • Think Forward about your ability to meet new business realities
  • Laugh until your face hurts

“An enjoyable, fast paced, fun and powerful presentation filled with thought provoking ideas . . . it was remarkable! Thank you!” Melanie Hoffner“Karel gave me the motivation to stop feeling sorry and stressed about the difficulties in my life and move on and step out of my comfort zone to accomplish something remarkable!”  – Deanne Ubben, UNI

Corporate training topics

  • Effective Communication  /  Negotiation
  • Leadership and Management Skills Training
  • Strategic Planning Facilitation
  • Ethics

Contact Information

Karel Murray – Our Branch, Inc. 2731 Ragley Drive, Waterloo, IA  50701

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Toll Free Number: 866-817-2986 – Cell Number: 319-239-1464

For more information on this speaker, contact Lisa Betts at +1 402 423 3430 or email: