From Self-Doubt to Self-Belief: Karen Laos Reveals How to Cultivate Confidence and Achieve Your Dreams

In this episode of the Legacy Podcast, host Paul Dio interviews Karen Laos, a communication expert and confidence cultivator, who shares her journey of overcoming self-doubt and achieving her dreams. Laos recounts a childhood experience that taught her the value of negotiation and asking for what you want, leading to her passion for helping others in this area. She introduces the concept of the three Ds: Decide, Declare, and Do, and encourages individuals to take ownership of their desires and take action. Laos provides practical exercises to combat self-doubt, such as the Broadway musical exercise and the fear script. By eradicating self-doubt, individuals can unlock their true potential and achieve their dreams. 


Topics covered in this Episode:

  • Discover techniques to overcome self-doubt and build unshakable confidence.
  • Gain insights about the vital role self-awareness plays in receiving and applying feedback effectively.
  • Learn about practical exercises that can serve as your arsenal against self-doubt.
  • Understand how to find and define your own essence for a prominent legacy in life.

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About Karen Laos:

Karen Laos is a keynote speaker and leadership coach equipping women to stand out with confidence. She champions female business leaders to own their value and find their voice so they can be seen and heard. She also works with teams to create cultures of trust and function at their best.

She has coached leaders at Facebook, Google, Netflix, Yahoo!, Sony, Microsoft, Fidelity, Charles Schwab, Trip Advisor, Bacardi, Levi, and more. Karen was HR Director for Gensler Architecture, trained teams at Gap Inc, Wells Fargo, and taught Organizational Development at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

She was the Senior Advisor to Program Delivery for Decker Communications, where she managed and mentored a team of facilitators delivering programs around the world. Karen coached executives on how to influence and speak more effectively. Her passion lies in developing others and she has done this throughout her career of nearly three decades.

Timestamped summary of this episode:

00:00:20 – Introduction,
Paul Dio introduces Karen Laos, a communication expert and confidence cultivator, and sets the stage for the interview.

00:01:20 – Overcoming Self-Doubt,
Karen shares a turning point in her career when she experienced self-doubt in the boardroom. This led her to question why she felt the need to ask for permission and sparked her journey to help others overcome similar challenges.

00:05:30 – Pursuing a More Meaningful Path,
Karen talks about her decision to leave her corporate job and pursue a more meaningful career. She shares how investing in a course to help women get on more stages set her on this new path.

00:07:07 – Exercises to Build Confidence,
Karen provides two exercises to help build confidence. The Broadway musical exercise involves singing negative self-talk like a Broadway musical to change the neural pathways in the brain. The fear script exercise involves writing down a fear and then creating a dialogue with it as your highest self.

00:09:58 – Seeking Feedback,
Karen suggests the Five and Five exercise, where you ask five people you trust to give you five positive qualities or strengths they see in you. This exercise can help shift your perception of yourself and inform your personal brand.

00:15:59 – Finding Your Passion,
Karen advises writing down activities that brought joy throughout different phases of life to discover one’s passion and purpose.

00:16:28 – Expanding Perspectives,
Leaving her job made Karen realize the vast opportunities available. Talking to others and exploring different paths can help uncover new possibilities.

00:17:08 – Leaving a Legacy,
Karen’s legacy is to equip people with effective communication tools. She aims to eradicate self-doubt and empower individuals to confidently express themselves and build better relationships.

00:17:51 – Practical Application,
Karen’s goal is to provide practical guidance on everyday communication challenges. From writing effective emails to having difficult conversations, she wants to help people navigate various communication scenarios successfully.

00:18:28 – Betting on Yourself,
Karen’s proudest achievement is taking a chance on herself and her abilities. She encourages others to have the courage to bet on themselves and use their strengths to serve the world.

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