About Dr. Keller

Dr. Karen Keller, and the Art of Influence

“Being influential is so much better – and easier – than just making people do what you want.” ~ Dr. Keller

What makes people influential? And more importantly, can people actually increase their level of influence?

Dr. Karen Keller, a clinical psychologist and Master Certified Coach specializing in human behavior, has spent her entire career studying, researching, and developing the Art of Influence. She is CEO and Founder of Karen Keller International, Inc. focusing on influence training; corporate, executive and small business coaching; and inspiring and informative keynote addresses.

Based in Michigan, Dr. Keller has traveled around the United States speaking and facilitating workshops on Influence Mastery for companies of all sizes from startups to Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 corporations. Her long list of clients includes PepsiCo, American Express, Pizza Hut, Paragon Medical, Purdue University, and the Michigan Section of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA). Dr. Keller has worked in the legal, medical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, banking, sales, retail, and the food & beverage industries.

But that’s just the beginning. During this time, Dr. Keller has conducted what has essentially been a 20-year research project studying hundreds of people in positions of power to find out what makes them so influential. She identified almost 40 different traits, but eventually narrowed those down to the Seven Influence Traits™, all key to measuring influence. The Seven Influence Traits™ are:  Confidence, Commitment, Courage, Empowering, Likeability, Passion, and Trustworthiness.

What she found was that influence isn’t a yes/no proposition. Everyone in the world possesses these Seven Influence Traits™ to varying degrees. It is these variances that determine your overall level of influence. What’s more, you can improve your score in each of these Seven Influence Traits™ to become more influential. 

Before you can move forward though, you have to know where you are right now.  Dr. Keller spent several years developing the Keller Influence Indicator® or KII® (“Kay-Two”) assessment to accurately measure the Seven Influence Traits™ in each person. Once you take the Keller Influence Indicator® (KII®) you receive an overall score or “K-Factor®” – the higher a person’s K-Factor®, the higher their potential to be influential. Clients receive a full customized 40+ page report explaining what the scores in each of the Seven Influence Traits™ mean, and how they can improve their scores and maximize their influence. Dr. Keller has also developed a workbook for each trait to help people committed to raising their Influence Potential, and offers additional influence programs for leaders, sales people, coaches, as well as group and one-on-one coaching. 

Today, Dr. Keller is well-respected as an expert in Influence Mastery, inspired by the work of Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar (“Better Than Good”), and Dale Carnegie (“How to Win Friends and Influence People”). She continues to coach clients either one-on-one or in groups, guiding them through the intricacies of building a strong “influence presence” to become successful in business, and happier in life.

Like Dale Carnegie before her, Dr. Keller sees building Influence Potential as a never-ending process. Her mission is to help anyone who wants to increase their Influence Potential to help them reach (and exceed!) their goals in business and in life.

Find out more about the Keller Influence Indicator® (KII®) or learn about the Seven Influence Traits™.

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"Karen is simply someone who understands people and business.  She is someone I consider the very best in her field of expertise.  She anticipates the objective and listens well....truly wants to bring significant value to the game"
~Tobias Buck - Founder, Chairman, President, CEO, Paragon Medical Inc.
"Using Karen's strategies and materials helped my transition to a new company as a department manager then securing a VP position in an international company with annual sales of 1.3 billion."
~ Steve Miller - Global VP Supply Chain Management Wabash National Inc.
"Karen is an enthusiastic, insightful speaker who delivers thought-provoking and relevant material that is certain to successfully influence both your personal and professional relationships."
~ Charles J. Vandenberg - PGA Master Professional, Two-time National PGA Teacher of the Year Finalist
"There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it's the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson."
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage."