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

Teaching You The Power Of Story To Connect, Influence, And Get Results.

I don’t have enough words to express my deepest and most sincere THANK YOU for all you have done.  The offsite was a wonderful success and we received many notes of thanks expressing everyone’s appreciation.  Your willingness to jump right in and become “one of us” was fabulous.  Our team really enjoyed getting to know you.  From our first contact, you were extremely easy to work with.  I was impressed with your professionalism and enthusiasm.  You would return my calls/emails immediately to answer any questions we had.  When you arrived for our event, you mingled with the entire group and they all loved you.  Your talk was entertaining, humorous, heartfelt and moving!  Your humor and connection with the attendees was remarkable and uplifting.  You have 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 you back!! Thanks again Kelly for all you do and all you are……I am a better person for knowing you. Linda Carl,  PetSmart

Motivational speaker Kelly Swanson is the author of Who Hijacked My Fairy TaleHi, I’m Kelly, a motivational speaker, and a comedian – which means I tell you that you can do anything, then I tell you I’m just kidding. I’m also an award-winning storyteller (yes, there is such a thing), and author of “Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale?” I write funny motivating one-woman shows (call them programs if that makes you feel better) that help you harness the power of your story to connect, influence, and get results. I’m also a frazzled wife and mother still trying to convince my family that chocolate is a food group. According to my New Year’s Resolution, by now I was supposed to have lost thirty pounds and have buff arms. Instead, I’m pretty sure my muffin top just had twins. I have a secret addiction to spandex, cheap jewelry, and hair pieces – which I guess now isn’t so secret.  I left perfect a long time ago – and haven’t stopped smiling since.

My Pink Zebra Philosophy.

I was tucking my son into bed after three bedtime stories, two glasses of water, a prayer that had more twists and turns than a roller coaster, another trip to the bathroom, and a last minute check in the closet for things that go bump in the night. I’m almost at the doorway when my son asks, “Mom? Why do zebras have stripes?” (He asks his most challenging questions at bedtime. It’s his gift.) Luckily, I knew the answer. “Zebras are striped so they’ll blend into the pack,” I answered. “Why do they want to blend?” he asked. “So the predator won’t find them and eat them,” I answered. “If you were a pink zebra, then the predator would find Funny motivational speaker and the pink zebrayou.”  Just like high school.  Suddenly I had this flashback of growing up as the picked-on kid, back to the days when I worked so hard for the Members Only jacket, the right tennis shoes with the right logo, and the purse that matched the ones the cool girls carried. But no matter how hard I tried, I was always the pink zebra. Back then I thought it was a bad thing. I didn’t realize that the thing that made me different would become the very thing that would make me great. Now I carry around this powerful truth in my pocket – that success doesn’t come in your ability to blend, but in your ability to stand out in a crowded market. So everything I do is designed to help you do just that, jump outside your comfort zone and embrace your pink zebra.

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Teaching You to Harness the Power of Your Story to Connect, Influence, and Get Results

Our ability to work at our highest level, set goals and achieve them, find passion and purpose in what we do, and not kill ourselves in the process, is dependent on the story line running through our head. The script we give ourselves will lead our actions and behaviors. That’s the inner script.

Our ability to sell more, deliver better customer service, lead more effectively, and be more successful, hinges on our ability to connect with those we serve. That’s the outer script.

I can help with both.

Inner Script: I have a 6-Step process for helping you create an inner script that will take you out of your comfort zone, boost your confidence, dream bigger, and set action steps that will take you from where you are to where you want to be.

Outer Script: I can show you how to sell more and have more influence and impact over others by giving you a new skill set – the story piece – that allows you to master the art of connection through story instead of information. I believe there are 3 Critical Stories that every person should be able to tell to have more influence over their customers and co-workers. I can help you create them. I deliver every program like a show, because I believe that content and entertainment and motivation can be delivered at the same time – which is why I’m so often booked as the keynote speaker – because the experience is just as important to me as the information.  All of my programs are customized to fit the group, and they are all wrapped in humor, stories, and the wacky southern characters from my town of Prides Hollow. Here is what people say over and over on evaluations:

  • My face hurts from laughing so much.
  • It was so much more than just a speech –  I’ve never seen anything like it.
  • You are so real, I could relate to everything you said.
  • The stories are so powerful, I felt like I was right there in the story.
  • You said exactly what I needed to hear.
  • You really make me believe that I can do this.
  • You changed the way I look at myself and how I sell.
  • We really needed this today – we were all stressed and unmotivated.
  • I wish I could take you home with me because I could listen to you all day.

What’s Next?

If you are here, it’s probably because you want to get to know me better. So this is my chance to do just that. Perhaps you are looking for a funny motivational speaker for your event, or you’re a speaker looking for a coach, or you are someone who needs some humor and hope right now.  Or you want to learn how to use stories to sell more. Doesn’t matter – I’m just happy you came. When you’re through reading what I’m all about, I’d love to get to know you better. So just give me a toll free call (800-303-1049) and we can pick up right where you left off.

  If Steinbeck were a speaker, he’d be Kelly Swanson. Dr. Gary D. Salyer Author of Safe to Love Again

Want to see an example of the power of story?

Watch this video of the story I wrote just for speakers, and performed at the NSA Convention Foundation Dinner 2014 in San Diego, CA:

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