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Certified Speaking Professional

Books: Hitting Our Stride: Work, Women, & What Matters!
Straight Talk: Getting Off the Curb
Extreme Excellence: Dynamic Interviews with America’s Top 10 Performance Experts

Most Requested Topics
•Straight Talk: Getting Off the Curb

•The Great and Powerful Ah…Think Forward and Get Remarkable!

•There’s No Such Thing as a One Person Tango: The Art of Communication

•Motivation through Management: Are You Proactive or Re-Active?

•Does Your Business Have ounce? Managing Your Career Path and Market Environment

•When Interests Collide: Say What You Mean and Get What You Want

About Karel Murray, CSP

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: and a blog at

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, 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 and business trainer, Karel has had the pleasure of connecting with hundreds of audiences throughout the US and abroad.


Karel Murray, CSP
2731 Ragley Drive
Waterloo, IA  50701

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