ABOUT KAREN HOLLENBACH

I’m a corporate escapee and company director who’s learnt most of my lessons from the school of life. My formal qualifications include a Graduate Diploma Education, Bachelor of Business Marketing and a Diploma of Management.

A passionate advocate for living a simpler and more meaningful life in the digital age, I enjoy the therapy of writing as a ritual to help navigate my roles as an educator, mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and entrepreneur.

As an individual with ambivert tendencies you’ll find me pottering in my garden, or reading a book, writing, spending time with my family or walking in nature with a kindred spirit.

You can read my musings and follow me on LinkedIn.  I also write regularly on Think Bespoke’s blog and am the host of The 5 Minute LinkedIn Marketer and The Inner Curious podcasts.

For many years I’ve mentored professionals who run businesses, manage or lead teams and deal with demanding stakeholders. I help my clients get more comfortable and confident with the inherent discomfort that comes with leading from the heart.

I share insights based on rituals I’ve developed to effectively manage my own ambivert tendencies, and draw on my extensive experience in business leadership, strategic marketing, stakeholder management and navigating life in the digital age.

I provide practical strategies and help individuals draw insights from both their successful and challenging experiences so they can:

  • better understand and trust themselves and their own natural tendencies
  • nurture and create work patterns that ultimately improve their productivity
  • re-think how they navigate demanding workloads
  • re-imagine how they communicate with stakeholders
  • strengthen their leadership skills

I ask thought provoking questions, listen, provide frameworks and decision criteria to help my clients achieve high greater satisfaction in their work and life.  Using a variety of tools and resources, my approach is based on my client’s learning style and preferences.  Some people prefer putting pen to paper while some prefer Apps and software. I also recommend good books and podcasts.

I do my best work with quiet and more thoughtful folk who tend to be deep thinkers and methodical in their approach. My clients are often subject matter experts who want to make the world an even better place.

If you’re after specific LinkedIn training, please explore my LinkedIn Marketing Mentoring.

Living the professional life you imagined takes hard work and perseverance.

Conversations with Karen will help you unlock your potential.

This is my Journey

Chose a Redundancy

In 2008 I left a corporate Strategic Marketing role with Diageo Australia after an 11 year tenure and became a full time Mum and student.

Became an Educator

In 2009 I completed my Graduate Diploma of Education, Certificate IV Training & Assessment and received Recognition of Prior Learning for Diploma of Management.

Started a Business

In 2010 I established Think Bespoke to help people use LinkedIn better to achieve their professional goals.

Became a Company Director

In 2015, in recognition of our growth and increased service offerings for individuals and organisations across Australia, Think Bespoke became a company.

Recognised as a Top LinkedIn Expert

In 2019 I was recognised as one of Asia Pacific’s top 10 LinkedIn experts by Social Media Marketing Institute.

Awarded Mentor of the Year

In 2021 I was awarded Mentor of the Year by She Mentors.

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