It is said that public speaking is the number one fear that people have. If you ask Karen, jumping out of an airplane without a parachute might trump the fear of speaking. Karen's theory is that it's not so much speaking in public that scares people as it is worrying about what people will think of their speaking that makes the difference. If you knew that everyone would love everything you said and thought that you did a great job, a person might not have so much fear about speaking.
Many of Karen's topics are spiritual in nature, but she also has topics that she can use for secular venues. Below are just a few:
The Audacity of Belief
Everything we think we know or believe is just that...a belief. Many years ago there was a TV show called "The Courtship of Eddie's Father." Bill Bixby played the father. In one episode, the son asked his dad about beliefs and how they can all be so different. The father said something that I have always remembered: "What a person believes...is." If you look at the world, you see there are thousands of different religions, and each of them differs either somewhat or drastically in their beliefs. Or it could be something as simple as being pro-abortion or anti-abortion, pro-capital punishment or anti-capital punishment, being Democrat or Republican, vegetarian or meat eater, and so on. So, who's right and who's wrong? Most everyone will say that they are right and everyone else is wrong. But once you understand that everything is just a belief, then people can learn to be more accepting and tolerant, and allow each other the right to their beliefs without taking it personally or making anyone right or wrong. This is a talk to open people's minds and taking their beliefs out of the box.
Journey of a Spiritual Yo-Yo
Throughout our lives, many of us search for the meaning of life. For Karen, she tried various belief systems while trying to figure out exactly what it is that she believed. She also went through periods of strong beliefs, to periods of being angry and not wanting to believe in anything, and back to having strong beliefs again. This is a talk about that journey...where she began to where she is now, and what she learned along the way. Today, she likes to encourage everyone to find their own spiritual path and that it’s okay to question your beliefs. When she speaks about my own spiritual journey, she finds that people can easily relate to her stories because they have gone through so many of the same things.
Empowering Your Inner Magnificence
Karen totally believes that when we are born, we are born as pure, unconditional, perfect love, and that we are born geniuses. We are born knowing our magnificence and our connectedness to the Universe. As we start to grow, we gradually begin to forget who we really are and are taught to be someone else. For whatever reasons, we take on low self-esteem, low self-worth, and feelings of not being good enough. The secret is in remembering. The difference between knowing and not knowing is believing that it is so. How do we release all the negative programming that we grew up with and learn to re-program our brains to know just how magnificent and wonderful we really are!
Empowering Your Inner Magnificence
In this workshop, we explore where our original feelings of low self-esteem and low self-worth originate, and how we can overcome them through becoming aware of who we really are on a cosmic level. We discover our Inner Awesomeness, or what she calls, our Inner "Godness." A lot of it is just learning to re-program those old tapes that no longer serve us, and replacing them with new and improved tapes that reveal our inner magnificence and our part in the Universe. Until you know that those old tapes are outdated, you don't know that they need replaced. The workshop is very interactive so participants can choose to participate or just sit back and listen. No one is forced to do anything they are not comfortable in doing.