SHE has one of the most recognisable voices on the planet, and now Karen Jacobsen is giving directions for life, not just driving.

Returning to Ipswich yesterday, Ms Jacobsen was at the Ipswich Library for the launch of her new book, 'Directions for Driving Performance and Success'.

Ms Jacobsen was selected as the voice of 'Australian Karen' and is used by Apple Inc for its Siri voice activated software, as well as featuring in GPS devices around the world.

With a theme of learning how to navigate change, Ms Jacobsen said the modern world is constantly changing, and the book helps people navigate those changes on a daily basis.

"These are tools I use in my life every day, I told someone about it, and they said that should be my new book," Ms Jacobsen said.

A regular around Ipswich, Ms Jacobsen was introduced by Mayor Paul Pisasale to an enthusiastic crowd at the book launch.

Ms Jacobsen, also a successful singer and songwriter, recently sang the National Anthem at Suncorp Stadium ahead of Game 2 of the State of Origin Series, performing for 52,000 football fans.

As she reprised this performance at the launch, Cr Pisasale joined in, saying he could now claim performing with the 'Voice of Siri' as another of his achievements.

"When you are driving, Karen can bring you back on course, but it is not always that easy in life, but this book is away to do that," Cr Pisasale said.

Ms Jacobsen said the book was about 'keeping on going', regardless of the challenges in a person's life.

"This book is about keeping on going no matter what, even if things don't go the way they were planned," she said.

Ms Jacobsen's book is available from her website www.thegpsgirl.com



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