About Karen O'Donnell


Growing up, I was rather shy and reserved, with no early indication that I would be a professional public speaker and presentation skills coach.

Having spent most of my early working life in HR, I up-skilled and worked privately as a Personal Growth Coach.  My clients would quickly develop the mindset to overcome challenges and find working solutions.   Frequently, I would be asked to give workshops or speak at events.  The thought terrified me and would have my heart racing – I would break out in a cold sweat and physically feel nauseous!

Realising that I needed to overcome this lack of confidence with speaking in public, I embarked on a journey to learn the skillset and mindset of communicating in public.    I joined Toastmasters, an international organisation for public speaking and leadership training.  In 2016, I achieved the highest award in Toastmasters, of Distinguished Toastmaster.  I thoroughly enjoyed working on the leadership team where I trained club leaders.  In 2018 I became a certified World Class Speaking Coach.  I was very fortunate to have amazing mentors who taught me proven processes and strategies, which I now share with my clients. 

Fast forward to now, I love sharing my expertise on stage with audiences.  As The Speaker Coach, I work with professionals worldwide and help them to develop their individual speaking style. 

I specialise in showing executives and entrepreneurs how to profit from powerful presentations.  Leaders and organisations can transform their speaking skills, so they can move audiences to action. 

You will learn to be more confident with your material, and captivating in your delivery.   By mastering business storytelling, you will be the most captivating speaker your company has ever seen.  You will pick up powerful tools and techniques and become an influential speaker that people will want to learn from.  You will be recognised as the expert in your field.

With these communication skills, you will learn how to deliver your message so so that it can leave a lasting impression on your audience. 

The art of communicating holds many practical benefits that go far beyond delivering a project presentation or holding a successful meeting.

With expert coaching & a dynamic approach, your teams will be communicating more effectively.  By following a proven process, you can give your audience an experience, not just a speech.

I offer tailor-made coaching on an individual basis, masterclasses for small groups and in-house training. Let’s discuss which option would work for your requirements to achieve your desired outcome.  


Karen has merged HR, Coaching & Public Speaking to assist her clients in STANDING OUT and SPEAKING UP.

Karen's Wake-up Call to Public Speaking!

More Testimonials

I am always grateful for those who trusted me in coaching them to reach their potential.

“I participated in Karen’s  6 week Group Communications Program.  Each session was brim with helpful tips and constructive feedback from Karen.   We all presented in front of video and by the end of the program, it was great to see the progress we had made.  I found Karen’s work to be absolutely relevant to being able to communicate effectively.  Karen’s advice and ability to work with you to make your communication more meaningful and ability to be heard, are excellent.”

Francis Connell

Healthcare Professional

“Karens workshop oozed enthusiasm and energy.  I loved this workshop.  Lots of ‘light bulb’ moments – thank you for that amazing breakthrough!  I’m charged with an energy I’ve never known before, and am up at dawn, eager to greet the day, head on!”

Deirdre Walsh

Healthcare Professional

“I’ve known Karen since December 2015 when I reached out to her with a request for support to help me in my goal of improving the communication skills of my team in work. From day 1 Karen has shown herself to be an extremely positive and supportive person with excellent communication and leadership skills. She exudes energy and has demonstrated that she has vast expertise in the areas of communication and team leadership. As a result, my team has gone from strength to strength. We owe a lot to Karen for all the work that she has done with us.”

Paul Thompson

HR Operations & Transformation Lead @ Google Ireland

What I can do for you...

Topics that I cover in keynote speeches:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Employee Engagement
  • Presentation Skills
  • Personal Growth

I’ve worked with many corporate and personal clients …

who wanted to become confident, persuasive and effective communicators.  Communication and public speaking is an art which can be learned.  Let me help you become a speaker of influence.

Your team can be trained in:

  • Effective Communication
  • Brand Story telling
  • Employee Engagement

Want to know more?

Let us have a chat to understand how we can work together so that you or your team become confident, persuasive and effective speaker(s) or communicator(s)