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Karen Jacobsen – The GPS Girl on Straight Talk Radio with Chuck Gallagher

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Karen Jacobsen speaks and conducts keynote-type concerts for organizations wanting to both entertain and inspire their people to perform in a world class fashion, and Recalculate when things do not go as planned. In fact, Karen gives directions in over 400 million GPS and smartphones worldwide.

Karen JacobsenAs a result of hearing her voice in their car or being in one of her audiences, people tend to be more productive and ultimately create a path and a plan to get more of what they want.

Karen is my guest and I’m thrilled to have the GPS Girl as my guest here on Straight Talk Radio.  Below is a transcription of our interview.

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Now, here’s your host, Chuck Gallagher.

CHUCK: And welcome. This is Chuck Gallagher with Straight Talk Radio and today is going to be so much fun. When you’re in a talk radio environment it’s typically you have the guest, we’re hearing on a conversation backward and forward and everything works out just fine and then there are times whenever you have someone on that is a multitalented guest. Considering the fact that I started off many, many, many, many years ago a Music major in college, didn’t stick with that, I might add, but considering that I started with that, to me just the idea of having someone who is a professional performer is a wonderful thing.

My guest today is a lovely young lady Karen Jacobsen and I want to say this. She’s also the GPS Girl®. Now, some of you are going to sit back and say, “What are you talking about?” So I’ve got to tell you a quick story before I get Karen to start talking with us. I’m at a chapter leadership meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, a couple of years ago and Karen happened to be at this meeting as well. So, I’m sitting across the room and I didn’t know who Karen was, but I look over and I see this stunningly beautiful lady there and I’m thinking to myself, oh, my goodness, she’s just stunningly beautiful, and then she said something and there was this just accent that melted my heart. I’m like, “Oh, my Gosh.” Talking about a great package. So, I made some comment to one of the other guys that was there. I said, “Have you heard this lady speak?” and he says, “Yes. She’s The GPS Girl®,” and I’m like, “What are you talking about?” He’s like, “Dude, she’s like The GPS Girl® from Australia. Who’s like, you know, the person that you hear on your GPS,” and I’m like, “Nooooooooooo.”

So then I had to go introduce myself. It’s kind of overcoming one of those fears and I could not have met a kinder, more pleasant person to get to know, so, Karen, thank you so much for being on the show.

KAREN: Thank you for having me on the show.

CHUCK: Now, I’m going to tell you. I’m going to enjoy the whole show just listening to you talk. I don’t need to say anything. I just need to let you talk, because it’s wonderful.

KAREN: [chuckles] That’ll be no problem.

CHUCK: I hear you. Okay, let’s start the show this way. How did you become The GPS Girl®?

KAREN: It’s certainly a completely unexpected development in my life. I am a singer and songwriter. I always wanted to pursue music as a career. In fact, when I was a little girl growing up in Australia in a town called Mackay near the Great Barrier Reef. You may have heard of one of the wonders of the world when you were in school, and I grew up right next to the Great Barrier Reef. One day I was watching television and on came Olivia Newton John.

CHUCK: Oh, yes.

KAREN: I was so inspired. I just saw this blonde Australian singer who had moved to America and everyone here embraced her and loved her. I wanted to be just like her. I wanted to be a professional singer and move to America and I became a professional singer. I pursued music and moved to the United States on my own with my suitcase and my dream and along the way I was contacted about an audition. The client was looking for a native Australian female voice over artist living in the northeast of the United States. No, I’ve done voiceover work for many years as well as being a professional musician and I went to that audition and I’ve got the job and that’s how it happened.

CHUCK: Isn’t that amazing?! So, having no real clue exactly what you’re auditioning for, you’re just doing voiceover and the next thing you know you find out that your voice is on GPS devices I guess worldwide. That’s just an amazing thing.

KAREN: One hundred million GPS units and three hundred million electronic devices around the world. I mean, who does that happen to?

[Karen and Chuck laugh]

CHUCK: Well, obviously you were right place, right time. There’s something that you said as we begin this interview and I think it’s important from a Straight Talk Radio perspective to talk about how do things happen, and I’m not going to sit there and say, some people would say, “Just by accident. It was the right place, right time.” Well, there was some intention behind what was taking place because you saw what you wanted. You pursued your career in music. You became a professional musician. You wanted to be in the United States. You moved here. You used your voice. So it wasn’t as if you just fell into this. There was a lot of intention behind what was taking place. It’s just intention with opportunity met.

KAREN: I love that you are focused on intention. I believe all success is intentional and it was completely unexpected that my speaking voice would end up in all of those devices. When I was a little girl, GPS wasn’t invented.

CHUCK: Right.

KAREN: And it’s my singing voice and my songs I’ve dreamed of coming out of a car radio and on television and in concerts that I dreamed of, but I did dream long and hard every moment of my upbringing that my voice would be everywhere.

Now, apparently I need to be more specific, but you and I enjoy the company of many incredible colleagues who are professional speakers and authors and thought leaders around the world and I’ve watched and learned from those people. They’re the most success people. It is no accident. They are on the phones. They are taking intentional actions day in, day out with a team behind them. It isn’t just, “Oh, I booked a big gig.” They are intentionally creating that success and so have I. Even though I feel like I’m only just getting started. I know that. The results that I have achieved so far are as a result of intentionally deciding what is that I I’m up to? What impact do I want to make? What kind of environment am I going to put myself into to give myself the best chance for success? Whether it shows up in a way that I expect or not, and I think we can all take something away from that and see to it that we are putting ourselves in the best position to have success arise.

CHUCK: Yes, that’s a very true statement and something that’s critically important. I know you do and, certainly, I hear lots of people around the county, especially in the business world– Let’s put it this way; when you’re on an airplane traveling around, you certainly can hear enough people complaining about what the circumstance is, what’s taking place and it’s like there’s a lot of power in what we say, in what we intend and how we want to see or create success for ourselves.

Now, sometimes success comes in ways that we didn’t perhaps anticipate or expect. I’ll say this, which you may agree or disagree, but I think we all come into this life with something that we’re bringing to the world and you can’t hold it back. It’s going to find its way out somehow whether we’re completely focused on how’s that supposed to happen, probably as focused as you, or whether sometimes you stumble into it, maybe two entirely different things, but it’s incredibly powerful to hear the fact that you said as of young age, “This is what I want to do and here’s how I am.” But, yet, I will say to you, Karen, I’m going to suggest that you have an equally powerful impact in, maybe more in some cases, than Olivia Newton John. Wonderful singer, but think about it. You’re actually able to speak to people and to help them transform their lives with you and your story and understanding how to create that intentional roadmap for your future.

KAREN: Um-hm. Right. Well, thank you for saying something so– Gosh, I mean, that’s a big statement and I certainly know for myself if I am doing what I’m here to do, and I loved hearing you say that whatever our gift is for the world, it’s going to come out in spite of ourselves in some cases and–

CHUCK: Right.

KAREN: And this is not what I’ve set out to accomplish initially. I did think at some point I’m going to write books and I will share my story and I dreamed and dream of having a talk show, a talk variety show. So, some of those aspects are not completely foreign and they’re certainly completely related to a career in entertainment business, but it has shown up in a way I did not expect and I am having the time of my life. It feels like a bigger purpose or a bigger gain than I could even envisage for myself initially. So, I’m grateful and I’m enjoying the fact that I can, still, integrate and enjoy giving musically as well with my songs, my performances, I’m performing as a concert performer as well as music in my keynotes and concerts, keynote presentations. It’s just become a bigger picture than I initially expected.

CHUCK: A lot of times in life we find that bigger picture has its own way of coming out, sort to speak. Before we go to break, I’ll say that I mentioned that I’ve started off as a Music major in college and I’ll never forget starting that. I was Voice major and they said, “You should get a teaching degree or you should go into church music,” and I said, “I don’t want to do either. I want to be a Performance major,” and we had this ongoing battle, sort to speak, what kind of degree one should get and so I finally gave up and said, “Okay, look, I’m not going to be, and I don’t mean this in a negative way at all, but I’m not going to be poor,” and I knew that teachers were not necessarily the highest paid. Wonderful profession, but not particularly highly paid, underpaid in fact, and so, consequently, I went into accounting. Which had like nothing to do with it, but I found out, as time went on, that accounting turned into doing presentations vocally about tax law. Not exciting, but I was using my voice and here today in my late fifties I am now using my voice as a performer. I just happen not to sing as much as I perhaps would like and I applaud you for the fact that you had been able to combine both.

My guest is Karen Jacobsen. This is Chuck Gallagher with Straight Talk Radio. We’re going to be back and when we come back we’re going to talk about your new book, Karen, The GPS Girl’s Road Map for Your Future and if that’s not a great title for you have brought to the table, there’s nothing better. So, stick with us. We’ll be right back on Straight Talk Radio.

[Commercial break]

CHUCK: And this is Chuck Gallagher with Straight Talk Radio. We are back with my guest Karen Jacobsen. In the last segment– First thing, let’s go back just in case you’re joining us on the show. Karen happens to be The GPS Girl®. Yes! She is the voice, the Australian voice that you hear soothingly coming through the GPS device which makes life much better. Karen, I’ve got to say, whenever you tell me to make a U-turn or whatever the things that you are that you say, it’s like, you know what, I can take that from you.

KAREN: Awwww. I’m so happy that you don’t get upset.

CHUCK: I do not get upset. Although, I have to say, the only thing I wish on a GPS device is that it was fully programmable so that when I get in a car in the morning, the GPS device comes on and there’s your voice saying, “Good morning, Chuck, you handsome devil you.” I could program some things to get some really good motivation going and that might be an extra little gizmo that you can add to this.

KAREN: I have thought about that very seriously.

CHUCK: Mmmmm. There’s something there. Look, you said in the last segment that one of your dreams was to have a TV show where you’re able to combine music and interview guests and so forth. We talked about that just a little bit on the break and I think it is so powerful for people to hear what it sounds like to talk about intention. So, speak your perfection.

KAREN: Speak my perfection?

CHUCK: Yes. Tell the audience if you could wave the magic wand, what does this show look like? Where do you see that going and what are you– oh, there we go. You’ve got one.

KAREN: I don’t just have one. I have three.

CHUCK: Oh, my goodness.

KAREN: I love the magic wand.

CHUCK: Oh, my goodness.

KAREN: If I had a magic wand, the word ‘recalculating’ would be the Oxford word of the year and that would symbolize that the word recalculating is not only known as a term for directions but as the term used for self-empowerment and everybody would know in language that recalculating to recalculate is the ability to let go of what did or didn’t happen on a moment-to-moment basis and that we ourselves have the power to let go of what did or didn’t happen and keep moving forward in a positive way and not dragging with us disappointment and upset and frustration as we do. I mean, it’s the human condition, but I love the message of recalculating because for me it’s possibility thinking. It is remembering that we are the ones who have the control and the power to keep going no matter what when things don’t go as planned.

CHUCK: You wrote a song called “Melting Moments”. Tell me, Karen, what’s the album that that is on?

KAREN: That’s actually from the album Kissing Someone Else and “Melting Moments” is a song I wrote, goodness, after one of the largest professional disappointments I’ve ever had. On September 10th of 2001, I had been working with incredible writers, producers. These were Grammy-, Oscar-, Tony-nominated and award-winning people. We were in conversations with a major record label. We had the final mix of a song we were all really excited about. We’re all out at dinner after this music industry event celebrating and excited about what was to come. Of course, the very next day, for New Yorkers and for many people the world fell apart.

CHUCK: Right.

KAREN: And so did that deal. I was devastated, because it was as if I was on the cast of everything happening that I’d worked toward for my whole life and that I’d moved to America for. The song is about dusting yourself off and trusting that you do have the answers for yourself going forward after a major disappointment and if I was going to live this life that I was going to be the person responsible for creating wonderful moment after wonderful moment. I was going to create a life filled with melting moments and that is what the song’s about.

CHUCK: Okay. So, for all of us on the radio let’s take a listen to Karen Jacobsen’s, spelled: J -A-C-O-B-S-E-N, Karen Jacobsen’s Melting Moments.

I had a plan

But again I let it go

I’m not afraid of making choice

I need to know the truth

Can you help me to find what is lost inside?

My life is a tomb

Of endless broken dreams

Why am I back

At the very beginning

I thought I had it all

Am I losing the reason I started?


If it’s not for the love of being here

Not for the passion every day

If it’s not for the joy of melting moments

I’m not gonna stay


Would you stop with the talk?

There are many simple ways

But somehow despite all the obvious roads

I have managed to wind up

In some peculiar maze of thoughts

Leading me somewhere silent


If it’s not for the love of being here

Not for the passion every day

If it’s not for the joy of melting moments

I’m not gonna stay


Gotta get my head around

Being so badly let down

Oh, when will I see the sun


Time is a curse

It’s supposed to make it pass

Me, I can wait

Though my patience is thin

I refuse to lose my faith

I have made it this far

No, I will not falter


If it’s not for the love of being here

Not for the passion every day

If it’s not for the joy of melting moments

I’m not gonna stay

I’m not gonna stay


CHUCK: Karen, that was impactful. It powerful to be able to, well, number one, what an awesome artist! What an awesome artist you are. Again, I’ll never forget back in Phoenix when we first met, when I first was introduced to you, Stacy Tetschner said, “Karen Jacobsen’s here,” and you sat down and played the piano and began to sing and I was like, “Good golly! Man, I’m telling you. Now I’m seeing the whole whole package. That’s great.” So that was such a beautiful song and I assume, let me make sure that I’m correct with this, I assume that song and other work that you’ve have is available on iTunes.

KAREN: Oh, yes. Everything is available on iTunes and if you’re somebody who supports independent music, it’s all available on, which is an amazing home for independent artists.

CHUCK: Wonderful. So, Karen, help me now understand in the next two minutes before we go to our next segment. Help me understand. After that disappointment, what happened? How did you recalculate?

KAREN: Ha! And I did. I did recalculate. I decided that I would record my own music and I had already recorded three independent records, but I did come here to get a record deal and play in the big leagues and not having that experience in 2001 go the way I had thought it was going to go was such a letdown. I just felt like I needed to have the ability to have some control over the way my music career was going forward. I was still open to working with labels and certainly still had a lot of interaction with recording executives over the coming years, but I just set out there to record my next album on my own independent label and now I have eight albums on my own independent label and for me it just made me feel a sense of control. I find it when I give my power to another entity and decide, okay, well, somebody else is going to find me, discover me, make me a star, make me a success, I spend a long time in a space of thinking someone or some entity was going to come along and bright my career wide open and I needed to take charge and be in the driver’s seat and be the person driving my own business and success to feel a sense of accomplishment and to keep that momentum going forward.

CHUCK: This is Chuck Gallagher with Straight Talk Radio. My guest it Karen Jacobsen. We have been talking about your career, your incredible talent and the fact that as The GPS Girl® you have mapped your roadmap for the future and recalculated. We’ll be back after this break with our next segment and some more music from Karen Jacobsen.

[Commercial break]

CHUCK: And this is Chuck Gallagher with Straight Talk Radio. My guest is Karen Jacobsen. She is a multitalented individual. Eight CDs, I think you said in the last segment, in your music segment of your career on CD Baby or available on iTunes and, Karen, we were talking about you recalculating, so to speak, your career after September 11th and I guess, refocusing a bit on maintaining your power. I think that was a really interesting, kind of, ending to that segment and maybe something that we can pick up on because I say this, and I say it very respectfully, but the world has changed dramatically. Going back to what motivated you, Olivia Newton John, in all honesty, if she didn’t have a major record deal and somebody hadn’t discovered her, we wouldn’t have any clue who that person is, but today people like yourself and other artists who have incredible talent and can bring things to the table aren’t restricted by someone else saying, “I’m going to be the one calling the shots,” and that has to be incredibly empowering.

KAREN: It is. I mean, I perform regularly at private events and at public events and I have a concert series in a really gorgeous off-Broadway theater in New York City, The stage 72 at the Triad and about once a quarter I’m performing live. I film most performances. I take those different, individual versions of live of those songs and post the onto my YouTube channel so I’m able to share those with my listeners and fans and community around the world. It’s extraordinary, isn’t it? That in real time people can share in that kind of live experience and in our daily lives and I absolutely love that we are able to be, especially being an international person, being able to be connected with my loved ones around the world and also being able to share my music, or my articles, or my materials in real time. It’s extraordinary.

CHUCK: It is a different environment that we’re in and I would want to say, go to Hopefully, my southern accent is not going to throw people off. is Karen’s website and when you go there, there’s some really cool things. Number one, you can sign up to receive her “Top 10 Directions for Life”, a newsletter that’s going to be sent out on a regular basis. You can also join her Facebook group and follow her on Twitter. I say those things, Karen, because in the world that we live in today being able to quickly communicate and to be able to share that talent is something that, well, let’s put it this way, for those of us that are baby boomers, we’re going through that experience as compared to many younger folk who are living in the experience and my grandkids who won’t know anything other than that.

KAREN: That’s right. That’s right. It’s something I take very seriously that I have the ability to connect with my community or a community and share something uplifting. Share something about how I’ve recalculated because we are all dealing with ourselves on a daily basis. We’ve heard it described as the battlefield of the mind and it really is. Adults are very, very good at pretending, pretending that everything is fine, pretending that a circumstance is no problem when they’re silently suffering inside and to be able to be somebody who says, “I am dealing with the same things every day even if it doesn’t look like it. I’m dealing with myself and my negative thought patterns and my self-worth issues on a daily basis just like everybody else.” If I can be transparent about that and share what is working for me and what I’m discovering along this journey or along this road, then perhaps that can be helpful to somebody else.

CHUCK: Karen, I want to go to another song that you wrote and it’s called “I Am Who I Am Because Of You”. Tell us a little bit about what caused this song to exist and then let’s take a listen.

KAREN: I wanted to write a song for my dad’s 70th birthday and his birthday was coming up. I wasn’t sure what to get him as a gift. What do you buy somebody who’s given you such a start in life and been that kind of presence in your life and I thought, well, one thing I can give him that is really unique is to write a song. So, I wrote that song to acknowledge my dad.

CHUCK: Let’s take a listen to Karen Jacobsen, “I Am Who I Am Because Of You”.

I am weary

I have tried as hard as I can try

Through the darkness

Your voice is telling me to fly

There are plenty of clouds to climb

To reach for my star

And to make it mine


I am who I am because of you

I stand where I stand behind the truth

Because you showed me how to live my dream

You gave me everything I’d ever need

Oh, I am who I am because of you


All I wanted

Was to make you prouder than before

Please forgive me

When you were, I only wanted more

You’re the reason I loved to live

And how grateful my heart is

Because you’re my greatest gift


I am who I am because of you

I stand where I stand behind the truth

Because you showed me how to live my dream

You gave me everything I’d ever need

Oh, I am who I am because of you


You showed me how

To live my dream

Make it mine


I am who I am because of you

I stand where I stand behind the truth

Because you showed me how to live my dream

You gave me everything I’d ever need

Oh, I am who I am because of you


CHUCK: Karen, I have to say I could only hope that I would receive a gift like that. As a father, I don’t expect my two sons to do that. Neither one of them would fall into quite the category that you’re in musically, but what an incredible experience that must have been. How did your father respond to hearing that birthday gift on his 70th birthday?

KAREN: He cried. [chuckles]

CHUCK: I can understand that.

KAREN: It was at the time when my husband and my son and were here in New York City and my dad was in Australia and this was in the earlier days of us speaking regularly speaking on Skype and so my husband set the laptop up on the piano and I played and sang it live and he listened to it. He and my mom listened to it on Skype. So that really was a very special moment for me and I know for them, too.

CHUCK: Wow. That is absolutely powerful and incredible. My guest here on Straight Talk Radio is Karen Jacobsen. That’s spelled J-A-C-O-B-S-E-N, but you can find all about Karen on her website and when we come back from this break, Karen, we’re going to talk about your book “The GPS’s Girl Road Map”. I keep messing the title up. The GPS Girl’s Road Map for Your Future: Putting Yourself in the Driver’s Seat. I’d like to talk a little bit about that direction and the multitalented options that you bring in, especially in your speaking career. We’ll be back in just a moment.

[Commercial break]

CHUCK: We’re back here on Straight Talk Radio with my guest Karen Jacobsen, The GPS Girl®. The website is and look, I want you to go to the website. I know this is a radio show, but of course, you can also see this on YouTube and once we get it transcribed, it will be on my blog and it’ll be links to those things. But look, if you go to the, you’re going to find out about the multitalented Karen Jacobsen. Prolific singer, songwriter. I mean, we have just heard some incredible music that Karen has brought and if you go to her website, there are places where you can buy her CDs, and she has multiple CDs. And by the way, I’ve just found out during the break, she has a Christmas album coming out in October. That is a must-buy.

But, Karen, wrote a book and I want to talk a little bit about the book and kind of what you bring to the table because I think that’s probably a new venture for you. You are a keynote speaker. You’re a prolific musician. You do voiceover work. But now you’re a published author. Tell us a little bit about the process of the book and where you see that going.

KAREN: I’ve always been somebody who loves to write and as a songwriter I’ve written my whole life, but to actually put my thoughts together and some helpful exercises in my books has been really a very exciting new chapter for me and I began by writing The GPS Girl’s Road Map for Your Future and this a journal-style book with sentences to finish, lists to write, questions to answer, to create a roadmap for the future. In my travels I will ask people what it is they would do if they had a magic wand. What is it that they would love to do if they could anything, and the most common answer is, “I don’t know.”

CHUCK: Hmm, okay.

KAREN: I really believe we all know. A few more questions after the “I don’t know”, I don’t know is like a default and I think that’s tragic because we all really do know even if your listeners are hearing me right now going, “I really don’t know.” How committed are you to knowing? Are you committed to not knowing? Because if you can continue to insist that you don’t know, to me there’s an attachment to not wanting–

CHUCK: Right.

KAREN: To actually know.

CHUCK: Right.

KAREN: Because of few additional questions after the “I don’t know” answer and I have heard some really tremendous answers and I think people can be sometimes very scared of what the people around them might think if they allow themselves to want what they really want with their futures.

CHUCK: That’s an interesting thing to say. I guess that would be to some a scary thing. If in fact I really allowed myself the freedom to say, “Here’s what I want my future to be,” that might be very scary, because for most of us will move us out of a comfort level that we find ourselves in.

KAREN: Well, that’s right. I even had one instance where somebody went for, somebody I came across had really gone for what they wanted, accomplished it and then came to, “Well, I’m still not happy.”


KAREN: So that made me wonder, well, is that a barrier also? If I go for what I really want and I’m still not happy, then what? At least I know I’m not going for what I really want. [laughs] So, we’re complex characters and I really love to work with people and help people to identify what it is that they really want to accomplish in life and that changes over time and at different seasons, at different times of our lives. We can want different things, but for me to actually have goals, to create a list of what it is I want, write it down, which is what this book is all about – being able to write down what it is you want to have happen – is a really powerful thing and you actually have a 90% greater chance of something happening just by writing it down.

CHUCK: I think that’s brilliant. I’m serious with this statement. I think it’s brilliant to write a book that forces people to complete the book, because you obviously can’t tell somebody what their objective is, what their goal is, what their vision of their future is, but to help guide them, which all about what GPS is anyway, but to help guide them to where they want to be and to kinesthetically connect with the physicality of having to write it in the book is just brilliant.

KAREN: Well, that’s the kind of book that I wanted to be able to buy and I’m often writing down goals, creating vision boards or vision maps and really looking at what it is I want to accomplish an experience and that brings tremendous joy to me. That makes life fun. That makes it possible to create those melting moments I was talking about earlier in my song. I want a lot out of life and I’m prepared to give a lot to life as well. It’s just, Gosh, if I’m going to live this life, then I want to really enjoy it.

CHUCK: Well, you do give a lot and I want to say I think, Karen, in a lot of ways– People will say in many cases, “This is what I want,” but aren’t necessarily prepared to give.


CHUCK: You have demonstrated for the short time that I have known you, for the several years that we’ve have been connected through NSA, I have seen you giving a lot and I think that’s incredibly powerful for the folks that are listening on the show to recognize we receive in proportion to what we give, but we have to be willing to give first.

KAREN: Yeah. I was at an event at High Point University with Dr. Nido Qubein, National Speakers Association event and something he said impacted me. Well, many things he said impacted me greatly, but this particular one I remember. He is somebody who came to this country with very little in the way of education or resources and has built an incredible, goodness, a business and a masterful legacy. And he said, “You know, it’s easy to make it in America,” and I thought, what is he talking about? He said, “Well, it’s easy because most people are not willing to do the things that it takes on a daily basis to make it, so there’s really not a lot of competition.”

[Chuck laughs]

KAREN: And that was striking to hear that. I wasn’t sure about it when I first heard it and then the more I thought about it, I realized he is so spot on. There are many basic things which sometimes I struggle with myself, like being on time and making sure that every detail is approached with excellence and not everyone approaches life or business that way.

CHUCK: Right. It’s fascinating as we start to wind down this segment of the show. It’s fascinating, Karen, to hear you and to see you and Nido Qubein and others who have said, “I’m coming to America.” I’m not trying to be funny with this, but, “I’m coming to America to follow my dream,” and yet how many of us, who are born and raised here, look and see that vast potential that’s there. It really is incredible.

I do want to say this, Karen, is your website and for those that are listening to the show, I have the opportunity to speak to, Karen like you do, to many organizations, but most organizations do not have the opportunity to have someone to come, be an outstanding keynote speaker for their event who also is accomplished musician that can intertwine both of those together and leave people with a book that folks can buy that will help them put their vision on the appropriate roadmap for their future. So, I have to encourage people that are listening; pick up the telephone or go to Pick up the telephone, call Karen because the reality is you bring so much to the table and I don’t say this in a negative way toward any of those of us who are keynote speakers, but don’t happen to perform music. I mean, you just bring a lot to the table and I have heard you in both settings and it’s been absolutely outstanding.

KAREN: Thank you, Chuck. I really appreciate that. It’s just where I really shine is being able to be on stage. I’m a showgirl at heart [chuckles], but being able to be on stage sharing my stories, sharing the message of recalculating, sharing music, entertaining and educating, it’s an absolute joy.

CHUCK: Well, if you want recalculate your life you need to think about as we’re in our cars driving where ever it happens to be, no longer is it the triple A roadmap that we’re glancing off to, we’re hearing the beautiful voice of Karen Jacobsen, The GPS Girl®, who can help you recalculate your roadmap to success.

This is Chuck Gallagher with Straight Talk Radio. It’s been my honor, Karen, to have you as a guest. Thank you so much and I want to encourage again those that are listening, go to Look at the vast array of music that Karen has. Buy her CDs. You will not regret it. It’s some of the most beautiful music you’ll ever hear in your life. Thank you.

KAREN: You have reached your destination.

CHUCK: [laughs] There we go. Remember, ladies and gentleman, here on Straight Talk Radio, every choice we make in life has a consequence so make incredibly empowering choices for your life. This is Chuck Gallagher. Tune in next week.

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