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Funny Motivational Keynote Speaker and Award-Winning Storyteller


Change Your Story, Change Your Life
Change Your Story, Change Your Business

My hilarious and motivating keynote programs are custom-designed to teach you how the power of story will help you:

  • Deal with stress, change, burnout, and disengagement
  • Get motivated and re-energized, inspired and encouraged
  • Find focus and clarity to set goals and reach them
  • Boost confidence and self-esteem
  • Expand your comfort zone and reach a new level of productivity
  • Wow your customers, bosses, and co-workers
  • Impact and influence your market to attract and sell more business
  • Give stronger more compelling presentations, pitches and speeches
  • Build stronger teams and engage employees
  • Be more impactful leaders
  • Find a new level of creativity and innovation

Who Am I…

DSC_5958Hi, 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 in your life and in your business. 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. Nice to meet you. Glad you’re here.

What Makes Me Different…

Wow. Hard to answer that one. For me, being different is my normal. Wasn’t so cool as a kid (probably why they threw things at me on the bus) but in business it became my secret weapon to standing out in a crowded market.  Here’s what my clients say over and over:

  • Kelly Serious FaceShe was hysterical. We laughed so hard we pee’d.
  • She was so real. She had this ability to connect to our group like she was one of us.
  • When she starts telling a story, nobody moves. You can hear a pin drop.
  • She’s got a message we really need to hear – on so many different levels.
  • It wasn’t the canned “rah-rah” “you can do it” motivation, it was real motivation.
  • We didn’t just get tips we can apply on Monday, we got an entirely new perspective.
  • It wasn’t just a speech, it was an experience.
  • Our people are still talking about her years later.

How I Blend Results and Action Steps Into Entertainment…

motivationalspeakersjokes4Yesterday’s speakers fell into two different categories – mostly entertainment, or mostly content (our word for what we teach and its value to you). They would ask you how much content you wanted and how much entertainment you wanted, letting you choose your portion sizes – kind of like asking if you want more vegetables, or more of the good stuff. Forcing you to think it had to be either/or. But that was yesterday’s speaker and yesterday’s audience.  Today’s audience wants both – at the same time. Today’s audience wants their content delivered in an entertaining package. I can do that. How? Through the power of story.

More About The Results You Can Expect…

Giving you an outside perspective on what you may be too close to see.

Many of us move through life as if carrying a glass jar – collecting advice and knowledge in our jar – like precious pennies.  Every speaker we hear gives us more pennies. Another article – more pennies. Two webinars – a handful of pennies.  This jar gets heavier and heavier, until we can barely carry it anymore, or we end up dropping the jar and all the pennies roll in a hundred different directions.  (Been there, done that. Took me forever to pick them all up.)   I don’t think I have served you fairly, if I just come to your event and drop more pennies into your jar, and you walk away even more weary than when you came. Especially when you could have just looked up those pennies on the internet.   I want to use the time we have, getting you to step away from the jar, so I can give you a new pair of glasses. Because a list of things to do, is never as powerful as a shift in perspective. I can give you a hundred pennies to help you serve customers better, or I can give you one pair of glasses that will change the entire way you look at customer service. And now you have a smarter way to spend those pennies.

More about content and program topics: http://www.kellyswanson.net/booking/programs/

More About The Experience….

IMAGINE………….An experience like nothing you’ve had before.

Instead of just being taught, just being entertained, you were actually transported to a magical place of wit and whimsy.  And once you got there, you realized that even though it’s your first visit, you have been here before……Because somehow even though you are in the middle of this town called Prides Hollow, suddenly you are standing in your OWN story, facing your OWN fears, experiencing your OWN victory.

IMAGINE…………A tour guide who is so genuine, so funny, so take-off-the-face-and-get-real – that you walk away with a new friend.

IMAGINE………..If this storyteller could bring your company’s story, your industry’s story, your dream story – to LIFE – helping you step into it, reclaiming your passion and purpose for your  piece in the puzzle – reaching a new height in personal responsibility and excitement.

IMAGINE……….If you leave this town changed, with a new perspective, and a new road map to get you where you want to go – to help you harness the power of your own story to connect, influence, and get results.

IMAGINE………If all of this could be done with one speaker? With one story? In one experience?


THAT is the power of STORY.

THAT is the power of PRIDES HOLLOW.

THAT is the power of KELLY SWANSON.




We just want to thank you again for your wonderful tribute to the men and women of law enforcement and corrections at our Heroes Dinner in Charlotte, NC. We were expecting a unique speaker, but what you did that evening completely blew us away. One of our heroes asked me if I told you about his life story. Why? Because he felt that the poem you wrote was custom-made for him. I couldn’t stop laughing and crying at the same time. The audience was so touched by your authenticity. You made my vision of the Telmate Heroes Program come to life. Thank you for a memorable evening. JoAnn De Jesus / Marketing Communications ManagerTelmate San Francisco, CA

An Example Of The Power Of Story

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Call me at 800-303-1049 if you want to chat about your group and whether I’m a good fit.

Or go ahead and hold a date on the calendar – doesn’t obligate you or me – just tells me you’re looking: http://www.kellyswanson.net/booking/


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