Kelly Swanson

Funny Motivational Speaker, Award-Winning Storyteller, Comedian, and Motivational Speaker

KELLY SWANSON is an award-winning storyteller, comedian, author, motivational speaker. She has been described by Our State Magazine as one of North Carolina's funniest women. She uses hilarious comedy, powerful stories, and a wacky cast of southern characters to make people laugh, remind them of their value, and show them how to stand up and stick out in their lives, businesses, and communities. Her shows have delighted audiences from coast to coast, from board rooms to cruise ships.

In school, if you stick out you're dead...
In business, if you don't stick out you're dead...

WHO IS KELLY?

I was the kid they threw things at on the bus-the one who never fit in. I spent my childhood and most of my adulthood trying to blend in and not be noticed. I thought success came when you looked like everybody else. But it's very tiring living according to other peoples' expectations. And very boring. So one day I dusted off those gifts I had been given, stepped out of my comfort zone and on to a stage. And I've never looked back. And guess what. As it turns out, it's not so bad being different after all. In fact-it's EVERYTHING. I have learned that it's not blending in that makes you successful-just the opposite. It's those who stand out among the crowd who are remembered. So now I want to share my journey with you-to take you from blending in to flying above your comfort zone. I want to show you the behaviors and mindsets that I had to break, the new attitudes I had to adopt, and the many ways I've found to set myself apart in a crowded market. Are you in?  I hope so. Now get ready to STAND UP AND STICK OUT!  Kelly Swanson

KELLY'S JOURNEY has taken her...

...from the shy kid who turned red if you looked at her, to the opening act for Loretta Lynn and the laughing roar of a sold-out audience  

...from the kid who wrote stories under the covers by flashlight, to the author of three books, numerous recordings, and extensive online publications

...from writing and telling stories to sleeping relatives at family reunions, to a career as a professional storyteller landing on the stage at the National Storytelling Festival

...from the kid voted most likely to set her eyebrows on fire, to the recipient of awards from the National Parenting Publications and the Film Advisory Board of Hollywood for quality family entertainment

...from the one who was told that it was a nice dream but don't think you can actually make a living doing that, to being the featured performer for Holland America Cruise Lines

...from being the last one chosen in dodge ball, to being a highly sought after creative coach helping people take their creativity to a higher level

...from the kid who was humiliated and laughed out of cheerleading tryouts, to a successful career as a motivational speaker and comedian - in her eyes: the ultimate cheerleading job

...from feeling like an outcast and trying to blend in, to embracing what makes her different and teaching others to embrace what makes them different

...from learning to use laughter to deal with the obstacles life threw at her, to using her laughter to heal hearts all over the world.

And now her journey has put her here - in your path - to deliver a message - an opportunity she does not take for granted. So thank you for listening. Because this event isn't about Kelly - it's about YOU. Kelly is so excited to be here today to make you laugh, help you see the difference you have made in the lives of others, and to show you how to be the leader you were born to be. Conferences are a treasured opportunity to gather together and remember your common story - the story you all share - to help you form a stronger bond. To walk away refreshed and renewed and closer. Why? Because we're always stronger together.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Attitude, Comedian, Humor, Overcoming Adversity, Personal Growth

  • Travels From:

    North Carolina

  • Price:

    $5,000 - $7,500

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KELLY SWANSON is an award-winning storyteller, comedian, author, motivational speaker. She has been described by Our State Magazine as one of North Carolina's funniest women. She uses hilarious comedy, powerful stories, and a wacky cast of southern characters to make people laugh, remind them of their value, and show them how to stand up and stick out in their lives, businesses, and communities. Her shows have delighted audiences from coast to coast, from board rooms to cruise ships.

In school, if you stick out you're dead...
In business, if you don't stick out you're dead...

WHO IS KELLY?

I was the kid they threw things at on the bus-the one who never fit in. I spent my childhood and most of my adulthood trying to blend in and not be noticed. I thought success came when you looked like everybody else. But it's very tiring living according to other peoples' expectations. And very boring. So one day I dusted off those gifts I had been given, stepped out of my comfort zone and on to a stage. And I've never looked back. And guess what. As it turns out, it's not so bad being different after all. In fact-it's EVERYTHING. I have learned that it's not blending in that makes you successful-just the opposite. It's those who stand out among the crowd who are remembered. So now I want to share my journey with you-to take you from blending in to flying above your comfort zone. I want to show you the behaviors and mindsets that I had to break, the new attitudes I had to adopt, and the many ways I've found to set myself apart in a crowded market. Are you in?  I hope so. Now get ready to STAND UP AND STICK OUT!  Kelly Swanson

KELLY'S JOURNEY has taken her...

...from the shy kid who turned red if you looked at her, to the opening act for Loretta Lynn and the laughing roar of a sold-out audience  

...from the kid who wrote stories under the covers by flashlight, to the author of three books, numerous recordings, and extensive online publications

...from writing and telling stories to sleeping relatives at family reunions, to a career as a professional storyteller landing on the stage at the National Storytelling Festival

...from the kid voted most likely to set her eyebrows on fire, to the recipient of awards from the National Parenting Publications and the Film Advisory Board of Hollywood for quality family entertainment

...from the one who was told that it was a nice dream but don't think you can actually make a living doing that, to being the featured performer for Holland America Cruise Lines

...from being the last one chosen in dodge ball, to being a highly sought after creative coach helping people take their creativity to a higher level

...from the kid who was humiliated and laughed out of cheerleading tryouts, to a successful career as a motivational speaker and comedian - in her eyes: the ultimate cheerleading job

...from feeling like an outcast and trying to blend in, to embracing what makes her different and teaching others to embrace what makes them different

...from learning to use laughter to deal with the obstacles life threw at her, to using her laughter to heal hearts all over the world.

And now her journey has put her here - in your path - to deliver a message - an opportunity she does not take for granted. So thank you for listening. Because this event isn't about Kelly - it's about YOU. Kelly is so excited to be here today to make you laugh, help you see the difference you have made in the lives of others, and to show you how to be the leader you were born to be. Conferences are a treasured opportunity to gather together and remember your common story - the story you all share - to help you form a stronger bond. To walk away refreshed and renewed and closer. Why? Because we're always stronger together.

To book Kelly Swanson call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404,

Motivational and Entertaining - Hilarious and Heartwarming
Keynotes, Breakouts, and More

All of motivational speaker Kelly Swanson's shows are customized to fit your audience.  No matter what program you choose, Kelly will create something filled with laughter start to finish, powerful stories that make you sit on the edge of your seat, and the perfect amount of content and message to fit the event, audience, and time frame. Being a motivational speaker and entertainer, Kelly's shows are best suited for opening and closing keynotes, as well as general sessions. Kelly will offer breakout sessions, workshops, and other ways to fit what she does to what you need. Her goal is to help you make your event unforgettable.

Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale?
Finding the balance between the life you envisioned, and the life you got

We all reach potholes in the yellow brick road of life - where we get stuck between our vision and our reality. It's not the obstacle that brings us down, but how we choose to react to it. This hilarious and powerfully moving program follows motivational speaker Kelly Swanson's twisted journey to happier ever after. You'll laugh, get a renewed sense of purpose for who you are and what you do, and learn Kelly's See/Believe/Do approach to getting from where you are stuck to where you are going - laughing the whole way. Attendees will learn to:

  • Assess problem areas
  • Define goals and objectives
  • Review negative mindsets and behaviors
  • Learn to think more creatively
  • Learn to motivate themselves to deal with stress and change
  • Learn to motivate others to form stronger teams

Stand Up and Stick Out In a Crowded Market
Because Nobody Notices Normal

It's not about being better that gets you the business - it's about being different. In a crazy crowded world of noise and confusion - where the customer has a lot more choices - you had better find a way to stand up and stick out among the competition. Join Kelly Swanson as she takes you on another one of her hilarious and powerfully moving journeys to a happier ever after - by helping you find out what makes you unique, and helping you jump outside your comfort zone. Whether you are in sales, in marketing, in customer service, on the front lines or the back, own a business, want to write a book, or simply want to start living by your own list instead of someone else's - this is the program for you. Attendees will:

  • Learn how to believe in themselves again
  • Find the qualities that make them different, and set them apart from their competition
  • Learn how to control their fears instead of letting their fears control them
  • Learn how to ask for what they want
  • Find the many hidden opportunities to be different
  • Learn Kelly's Six Secrets that motivational speakers know about influencing others  

The Glory's In Your Story
Using Story To Create An Emotional Connection

Research tells us that facts tell, emotions sell. So your ability to make an emotional connection will directly affect the outcome of your success. No matter what your job, you will have far more impact and power of influence if you know how to create an emotional connection with your listener. One of your greatest tools is the story. Join us as motivational speaker Kelly Swanson takes us on another one of her hilarious and motivating journeys through the path of the story. Sit mesmerized as you meet the characters in her town, and experience for yourself what stories do that information can not. And, once again, laughing the whole way. Attendees will:

  • Learn the power of stories
  • Study the connection between the story and the listener as opposed to the connection between the information and the listener
  • Learn how to find stories from real life
  • Learn how to craft stories
  • Learn how to tell stories
  • Learn how to use the right stories to achieve the effect you want

The Money's In The Funny
Laughing Your Way To Success

There is no question that laughing feels good. And there is no question that laughing is good for your health. But did you know it can actually make you money? And not just if you're a comedian or a motivational speaker. Research has proven that facts tell, emotions sell. So if you want to reach people emotionally - to help you sell better, influence better, lead better, connect better, manage better, and just be more fun to be around - then you don't want to miss Kelly's program on humor. Not only will you laugh, you will learn how to bring more humor into your life and into your line of work - not just as a tool to make you happy, but as a tool to get more business! Attendees will:

  • Learn the value of humor
  • Learn how to write and deliver humor
  • Learn how to bring humor into your line of work
  • See the opportunities where humor can impact your life and your business

Laughing Your Way To A Healthier You
Learn to love the body you have, while working for the one you want

For many of us, it's not in knowing what to do where we fail - it's in actually DOING it! All the knowledge in the world will not help us reach a healthier state of being without being motivated to do it.We need to learn to love ourselves at every stage - because when we love ourselves we make better choices. So join us as Kelly Swanson takes us on another hilarious and powerfully motivating journey to a happier healthier self. Kelly will make you laugh a LOT (which burns calories by the way), cry a little, learn to love ourselves again (bulges and all), and cultivate a  healthy attitude and a fresh perspective on how good health can make us happy. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Motivate themselves to set realistic goals and reach them
  • Love the body they have while working for the body they want
  • Review the negative atttitudes that are holding them back
  • Develop a fresh perspective
  • Understand the connection between good health and living the life they want
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From our first contact, Kelly was extremely easy to work with. I was impressed with her professionalism and enthusiasm. She would return my calls/emails immediately to answer any questions we had. When she arrived for our event, she mingled with the entire group and they all loved her. Her talk was entertaining, humorous, heartfelt and moving! Her humor and connection with the attendees was remarkable and uplifting. She had a wonderful way of balancing the seriousness of the corporate environment with the humor and joy we need to incorporate into our daily interactions. We received many rave reviews and would love to have her back!!

Business Growth Expert Speaker, Author

Working with Kelly completely changed how I look, write and deliver both my keynotes and my workshops. Her ability to help me redesign my content to include powerful stories, strong points, and humor, has literally turned my work from good to memorable. And memorable gets me booked. In addition, I worked with Kelly on my presentation skills, and her talent for teaching the art of delivery, I believe has contributed significantly to increasing my bookings and my audiences. Working with Kelly is one of the best decisions I have ever made, and one I plan on repeating – often!
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