Karen Jacobsen, Recalculating the Route to Success: Embracing Life’s Detours – Innova.buzz 611


Karen Jacobsen, The GPS Girl.

Our guest in this episode is Karen Jacobsen, the Australian voice behind GPS navigation systems and a motivational speaker. Karen shares her journey of recalibrating life when faced with unexpected turns, using her experiences to inspire others to navigate through challenges with grace and resilience. Her conversation with Jürgen Strauss is a deep dive into the importance of adapting to change and finding one’s true path.

Key points discussed include:

  • Embracing Change: Karen’s philosophy on life transitions and the importance of flexibility.
  • The Power of Voice: How Karen’s narrative as the GPS voice translates to guiding others in life.
  • Navigating Personal Growth: Practical strategies for recalculating one’s course towards personal and professional fulfilment.

Henry DeVries from Indie Books International introduced us to Karen.

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Show Notes from this episode with Karen Jacobsen, The GPS Girl

In a world that often feels like it’s moving at breakneck speed, it’s easy to feel lost or uncertain about the direction we’re heading. Enter Karen Jacobsen, the guiding voice not just in our cars but, as it turns out, for our lives too. In a heartfelt conversation with Jürgen Strauss, Karen unfolds the narrative of her journey, not only as the GPS voice that has directed millions but as a beacon of inspiration for those looking to recalibrate their life’s path.

Karen Jacobsen: The Voice That Guides

Karen, with her calming and assured voice, has been more than just a navigator for travellers; she’s a reminder of the power of direction in our lives. The conversation begins with Karen sharing her story, from the unexpected turns that led her to become “the GPS voice” to her evolution into a motivational speaker. Karen introduces the concept of “recalculating” as a powerful metaphor for personal growth and adaptability, setting the tone for our discussion rich in insights and inspiration.

The Significance of Voice in Life’s Journey

Karen believes in the power of one’s inner voice to navigate through life’s challenges. She shares personal anecdotes where recalculating her path led to opportunities that were both unexpected and transformative. It’s a testament to the idea that when one door closes, another opens—if only we’re willing to see it.

Adapting to Change: Karen’s Life Philosophy

Change is a constant, and Karen’s approach to life transitions embodies flexibility and optimism. She offers listeners valuable advice on maintaining positivity and resilience, even when the future seems uncertain. It’s a reminder that embracing change is not just about surviving but thriving.

Navigating Personal Growth with Karen’s Strategies

Karen outlines practical strategies for personal development, emphasizing the importance of setting clear goals and being open to new directions. This section is a call to action for self-reflection and the pursuit of continuous learning, underscoring the journey of growth as an ongoing process rather than a destination.

Beyond the Voice: Karen’s Broader Impact

Karen’s influence extends far beyond her GPS voice; through her motivational speaking, she has touched the lives of many, encouraging them to navigate their own journeys with confidence and hope. This part of the conversation highlights the profound impact of Karen’s message on individuals worldwide.

Practical Tips for Everyday Navigation

Drawing from Karen’s insights, this part of the conversation offers actionable advice for readers looking to apply her philosophy to their lives. It underscores the significance of mindset, perseverance, and the courage to explore uncharted territories.


The conversation with Karen Jacobsen is more than just a dialogue; it’s a roadmap for anyone looking to recalibrate their life’s journey. As we conclude, we’re reminded of the power of guidance—both from the GPS and from within ourselves. Karen’s story is an invitation to embrace the concept of recalculating, not as a sign of failure but as an opportunity for growth and new beginnings.

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The Buzz – Our Innovation Round

Here are Karen’s answers to the questions of our innovation round. Listen to the conversation to get the full scoop.

  1. No. 1 thing to be more innovative – Meditate every day.
  2. Best thing for new ideas – Listen to that inner GPS.
  3. Favourite resource – The piano, as it is integral to her songwriting and creativity.
  4. Keep project/client on track – Tell the truth, even if it might not feel convenient.
  5. Differentiate – Incorporate what you absolutely love into your personal brand.


Karen encourages listeners, if they haven’t already explored mindfulness or meditation, to start with at least two minutes a day of meditation. She reassures there’s no such thing as not being good at it, emphasizing the importance of consistency in this practice.

Reach Out

You can reach out and thank Karen on LinkedIn, or visit her websites. She loves connecting with others and is also active on other social platforms.



Cool Things About Karen

  • Well, did we mention, she’s the Australian voice of the GPS systems in most cars and the Australian voice of Siri! But wait, there’s more…..
  • Her songs have been on soundtracks for Dawson’s Creek and the NBC show Passions and she has shared the stage with Christopher Cross, Neil Sedaka, Norah Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Spyro Gyra, Deborah Cox and Rachael Sage.
  • Karen has written or recorded with Grammy Award winner Andy Zulla, Tony Award winner David Zippel, ARIA Award winner Sean O’Boyle, Emmy Award nominee Amy Powers and Grammy Award nominee Nicole Zuraitis. She has released ten albums on her independent label Kurly Queen.
  • To commemorate the 10th anniversary of former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s iconic misogyny speech, Karen set the speech to music word for word. The ‘Misogyny Opus’ is a one hour pop orchestral work, with the first section released in October 2022 with a music video including 70 equality advocates from around the world.
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Jürgen Strauss

Dr. Jürgen Strauss is The World's Best Human-Centred Podcasting Coach and the only Podcast Innovator with the signature bright yellow headphones, who masterfully crafts human connection for high-impact achievers in a vibrant community. You can find Jürgen on LinkedIn, The InnovaBuzz Podcast, The Flywheel Nation Community as well as on Innovabiz' InstagramTwitter, Facebook pages and his personal Photography website.  

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