Karel Murray (bio)

Dynamic motivational humorist and author known for her "Straight Talk".

Contact: Karel Murray
Mailing Address: 2731 Ragley Drive, Waterloo, Iowa, United States of America 50701
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“Having witnessed some of the best speakers in the business, I can honestly say … your comedic talent and instincts are very advanced. You are Carol Burnette funny. She was a master of facial expression, physical exaggeration and self-mockery. You are hilarious and touching at the same time. That’s a rare combination. I can honestly say that after having coached over 500 people, you are one of the top two comediennes I’ve worked with. Any client who hires you is sure to get more than their money’s worth.” Doug Stevenson, Doug Stevenson Unlimited, Colorado Springs, CO
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Our Branch, Inc.

Fields of Interest:

Real Estate, Communication, Customer Service, Empowerment, Humor, Leadership, Management, Motivation/Inspiration, Personal Development, Sales, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Teambuilding, Time/Self Management, Training, Goal Setting, Interpersonal Communication, Marketing and Communication

Most Requested Topics/Programs:

  • Straight Talk
  • The Reality of Remarkable
  • All The Squirrels Aren

Recent Engagements:

  • GMAC Global Relocation Services Customer Service Training Detroit August 2003
  • Iowa Association of REALTORS sales training Clive Iowa July 2003
  • Cedar Falls Schools Food Service Motivational Ethics training August 2003
  • Heartland Midwest Management Motivational and Support training Waterloo July 2003.
Speaker 's Fees:$2500 or less
Length of presentation:Varies by program selected. Minimum length 30 minutes to full day sessions.
Travels From:Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Travel Limits:Will drive up to 7 hours, then will request a flight reservation.
Target Audience:Any
AV Requirements:Karel will provide her own LCD. However, a cordless lapel microphone if the group is over 50 people, a screen for the Power Point projection.
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As an accomplished humorist, speaker and author (Straight Talk, Getting Off The Curb…co-authored with K.C. Lundberg), Karel Murray established Our Branch, Inc., a public speaking and training company.

Her background encompasses regional human resource and administrative management in the commercial insurance and real estate fields. Exposure to the stress of corporation mergers, employee supervision, organizational politics, and regional attitudes taught Karel the value of balancing reality with opportunity.

In 2002, Karel was awarded the coveted Distinguished Real Estate Instructor designation from the Real Estate Educators Association (REEA) recognizing her superior presentation style. She holds a Real Estate Broker’s license and has earned four additional real estate designations. In her past roles as a Broker/Manager of a seventy-five million dollar branch of a RE/MAX company and as the Blue Springs Missouri Chamber of Commerce Chairperson, Karel emphasized the importance of community commitment and encouraged city leaders and business professionals to strive towards the goal of positive, future oriented urban growth. As a result of her efforts, she was honored with the 1999 Chamber Ambassador’s Award, one of 6 recipients in 35 years.

Karel conducts national motivational, sales, and business marketing programs in many formats: keynote, general or concurrent sessions, trainer, facilitator, moderator and continuing education real estate training.

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