Kelly was a HUGE hit with our Consultants at our annual Conference this year.  She’s funny, relatable and instantly endearing.  Our field is now so much better equipped to expand their reach by implementing  her strategies.  I highly recommend Kelly to inspire any sales group.
Tara Russell
North America Leadership Development Manager
Gold Canyon



I just finished reading the second set of evaluations (week two) and just like week one, the attendees found you to be amazing and simply the highlight of the convention.  Time and time again the forms listed you or things you said as the most important take away they had from the convention.  As a speaker, one does well if they can get people to remember a few things they say.  But, if one can change a life through a message, there is no higher praise than that.  Thanks for being a part of our program.  Best wishes in all your future activities.  You have a gift!

Chairman & CEO | Auto-Owners Insurance

Thank you Kelly for a very inspirational and practical talk. You have kick started something in our organization that will make a profound difference in our culture.
Tri Tang
Carolinas Healthcare

Kelly did her research and delivered a targeted message that had us laughing (really hard!) and thinking while totally mesmerized. The “formula” she developed will provide us a guidepost for crafting our own compelling messages going forward. I keep getting stopped in the hallway by people who attended wanting to thank the team for bringing her in.  The timing was perfect.  We really needed to let loose and laugh. Kelly made a wonderful impression.
 Sue Hoff, Research and Development, Amway Corp.

Kelly is an incredible storyteller who really connected with our attendees. Our goal of the event was to encourage our participants to come together to find new innovative approaches to Healthcare Materials Management and Kelly’s inspiration to use the power of story to connect with others brought the conference together.

The consummate professional, Kelly was very accommodating to our group, working with us to adjust our schedule on the fly insuring that our program went off without a hitch. Our attendees absolutely loved her stories and laughed until they cried.

I would recommend Kelly to any group looking for an engaging speaker who truly knows the art of connection.

Allen Archer
President of the Georgia Society for Healthcare Materials ManagementTastefullySimple


 Cabarrus College Testimonial Letter

Read more testimonials from happy customers of funny motivational speaker Kelly Swanson

I had the pleasure of working with Kelly on a networking event promoting women in business. Not only did she captivate the audience with her hilarious humor, she engaged and intrigued them with an inspiring message behind each of her stories. A work function should not be this easy; Kelly was a delight to work with and exceeded our expectations. She made herself available to our guests from the moment they walked into the room until the very end when she personally signed each and every book.
We received wonderful feedback from our guests such as the note below:
Hi: Just wanted to express my appreciation for last night’s program. We thought the speaker was fabulous – and the message she gave even better. Don’t think you could have chosen a better beginning for this event. Please pass on my appreciation to all involved…..Kind regards, Mary Ellen (and Mikella)
Our sincere thanks to Kelly for an impressive and enjoyable presentation!
Gina Pitoniak, Manager, Baker Tilly

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

 Working with Kelly is totally enjoyable.  She is very professional, client-friendly, and people-pleasing. But don’t take my word for it.  Clients tell me that she is hilarious, genuine, hilarious, warm, hilarious, engaging, hilarious, personable, fun — did I mention that she’s funny?  Audiences love her womanly antics — she is oh, so relate-able.  Women go home with a spring in their step, and a smile on their lips.  As a speakers bureau, I’m only as good as each speaker I send out there, and the only thing that Kelly makes hard for me, is to find someone the next year that they will love just as much.
Barbara Christenson, Founder
The Speak Well Being Group (specializes in women’s events)

Having Kelly Swanson as our featured speaker for our Pink Power Speaking Tour  was….a true pleasure, a riot, a lot of fun and a just a hoot! Kelly personally talked with us prior to the whirlwind tour of 7 events to make sure her presentation met our needs and included the key messages and points we needed to share with our varied audience. She created video greetings and helped us promote and connect with social media prior to the events and after.  Whatever happened during our speaking tour, she adapted and just rocked with it…nothing seemed to phase her!  She immediately connected with our event attendees, our volunteers and our staff.  She made us laugh until we cried and still made us think and connect.   For myself and some of our other staff who traveled from event to event and heard her presentation 7 times in a row – we still laughed – every time.  She’s that funny!   Not only did we find an incredible speaker when we chose Kelly Swanson – we also found a friend!
Sherry Brisson-Jones / Event Coordinator
Vidant Health, Greenville, NC

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 Manager
Telmate 655 Montgomery Street, 18th Floor San Francisco, CA 94111

…Everyone was energized by your presentation and our evaluations reflect that this was truly the “BEST” Healthy Woman program!… Read the full testimonial and attendee evaluations >>
Anna Mae Galbraith, RN, MSN, MBA Director,
Community Health Education/Outreach
Healthy Woman Program

Dear Kelly, Last year you were the guest speaker at a conference for WCFD in Wyoming on which I attended. I have been to many conferences and I took the most away from you. I have told numerous people about you and encourage them all to read your books, especially The land of if only. Thank you for your inspiring words! Jessica M. Without your involvement, this conference would not have been possible, and for that, we are deeply indebted to you… Read complete testimonial letter>>

Megan J. Lively Resource Victim Witness Legal Assistant Conference of District Attorneys North Carolina

I wanted to express to you my sincere appreciation for your assistance at our recent Stand Up and Stick Out event. Your contribution made it a complete success… Read complete testimonial letter>>

Robert M. Solitro Chairman & President Swiss Re

I cannot say enough about Kelly’s incredible performance. Days later at work, we are all still speaking about her laugh out loud effect that she had on us…Read complete testimonial letter>>

Susie Martini Project Coordinator Service Excellence & Organizational Development MedWest Health System

Before too much time passed after our Liberty Convention, I wanted to send you my sincere thanks. You hit the mark on every front with our group and you connected with people in a way that validated their best selves. More than that, you challenged them to embrace their inner quirk. I think a lot of people left looking at what they may have formerly perceived to be the inner oddities a little differently: as a source of strength and a part of the unique dance that life has called them to perform. And I’ve already watched people dancing that dance with a lot more gusto and fervor than ever before. Thank you again for your strong contribution.

Chet Seely
Independence Energy Co.


Dear Kelly,

2015 will not be complete until I thank you for making our District Spring Conference an absolutely memorable experience.

District 62 Toastmasters met in Jackson, Michigan for the District 62 Spring Conference the weekend of May 1-3, 2015.  Participants of this conference came from as far away as Dubai UAE, from Canada and from all over Michigan.  Everyone LOVED YOU and are still talking about this event seven months later!

You were personable, real and worked to help us accomplish our conference goals. We laughed till we cried! You demonstrated in a powerful way that we can be most effective when we embrace who we are and not try to be like anyone else.  You helped us learn how to tell our stories and reinforced what we were learning throughout the conference.   We might have stretched you thin with our scheduling, but no one could tell because you were a great sport.

I felt like I’ve known you my whole life even though we only talked by phone and emailed prior to the conference.  You were easy to get to know and easy to work with.  Thank you for making our conference a very memorable event and for shaping our life stories in a powerful way.

With kindest regards,
Susan Franck, DTM
D62 Spring Conference Chair, May 2015
Jackson, Michigan


Kelly, The entire staff overwhelmingly, loved your motivational and inspirational stories. Thanks for everything. You were exactly what we needed at our staff event. You were really fantastic!

Bob Boderman Career Technical Institute, DC


It was wonderful having you as our speaker at the IL Statewide APA Conference this week. I heard so many positive comments from the attendees of how you really motivated them to make a change for the better in their jobs and in their personal lives.   There was laughter and good tears in the audience!   It was so amazing to see the impact that you made within our payroll community in just a matter of minutes!  After your morning half hour session,  the attendees were so eager to hear you speak again at lunch.  They also appreciated that you took the time to meet with them afterwards too.  I wish you the very best as you touch the people’s hearts one conference at a time! Silvia Reven American Payroll Association – IL Chapter


Back in 2012 we had a keynote speaker Kelly Swanson who spoke at Virginia AAHAM Chapter Regional meeting. She spoke on Laughing your way to Excellence and she was exceptional. Her reviews were the highest of any speaker. On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest she received all fives. We had 90 people to attend this seminar. We are bringing her back to speak again this year. Her topic is centered around the power of story to connect, influence, and get results. It’s all about the art of connection with co-workers, bosses, employees, customers, etc. through the power of story.  I strongly believe it will be worth your time and effort to obtain her as a keynote speaker.

Leanna Marshall
AAHAM – American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management


Thank you for your presentation at the Ohio Assisted Living Association’s Fall Conference. Your presentation was very well received, with mostly all fives on your session evaluations (with five as the highest rating). Participants commented that you were “Excellent!”, “Very motivational” and your presentation was a “Great start to the day!”

Sarah L. Kaminski Associate Director, Ohio Assisted Living Association


Kelly Swanson provided an uplifting, motivating and humorous keynote for our statewide Conference that was exceptionally well received.

Jean Thompson Executive Director Ohio Assisted Living Association


I want to thank you for the most wonderful job that you did for Columbus Regional at Spirit Girls Night Out. From beginning to end, you flat out delivered! Your willingness to work before the event (even en route to our city) with our media partners was awesome, and your media segments generated excitement about our event. What is truly noteworthy about you is that you not only commanded the stage during your performance, but you personally appeared and interacted with our audience during the event. Many of the women who attended the event commented on your wonderfully witty and personable manner. You warmed their hearts and inspired them before the performance even began! Your presentation of “Who Hijacked My Fairytale” had a truly raw and honest quality that was endearing and motivating. It was when the hands of many of the audience were raised and swaying, that I knew you had pulled on some heartstrings and touched some lives. The occasional “amens” after your “bless your hearts” and “I’m just sayings” only added to the inspirational and revival like atmosphere you created. Thank you again for sharing your stories with our audience and giving our event a fairy-tale ending.

LeDare Windham Spirit of Women Coordinator Columbus Regional Healthcare System

Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson was our guest speaker for Women’s Equality Day at Fort Jackson, SC, on August 13, 2012. Everybody loved her! She is very funny and entertaining, and has such a positive message to share with people. The audience consisted of military soldiers, men and women, and civilian employees of Fort Jackson. She is a “perfect fit” for any event. If anyone needs a testimonial about Ms. Swanson, please contact me at laura.freeman@amedd.army.mil.

Respectfully, Laura Freeman

We truly enjoyed having Kelly speak at our Power of the Purse event! There was never a dull moment, and everyone enjoyed the show! It is difficult to find a speaker that everyone will enjoy when you have hundreds of people gathered together, but everyone had only positive comments about Kelly and truly loved her! Thanks again Kelly! We appreciate it!

Power Of Purse Event Committee Arkansas

Kelly Swanson enjoys being a girl. She is a God-anointed spiritual tonic that delights women’s souls. Her dose of joy lightens every woman’s load. A lover of God’s word, Kelly shares His heart well by encouraging us to laugh at our present and smile at our future.

Denise Tolton Director, Women’s Ministries Westover Church Greensboro, NC

“Funny,” “fantastic,” “truly unforgettable”: these are only a few of the many rave reviews conference attendees shared about Kelly Swanson, a session and closing speaker at our 2009 Bakersfield Women’s Conference. Kelly quickly endeared herself to everyone with her hilarious storytelling, down-to-earth delivery, and caring attitude. Attendees couldn’t get enough of her…A versatile performer capable of adapting to small and large crowds, Kelly easily engaged her audience from her first words…If you are looking for a speaker who is approachable, energetic, and a quirky combination of folk wisdom and southern charm, Kelly is your girl…I highly recommend Kelly for your next function; you’ll leave the event ready to take on the world!

Colleen Bauer 2009 Chairwoman Bakersfield Women’s Conference

“It was such a pleasure working with you for our recent Focus on You! Event. It was a huge success with our largest attendance ever! We had an enormous response to your program, with 490 ladies attending. We had to turn away 100 more due to capacity restraints. You were delightful with your southern charm, stories and characters. Our comment cards included so many positive comments about you and your wonderful program. It is truly a fun, hilarious program with a very positive message…something we all need! I want to thank you for being so nice to work with. You made everything so easy.”

Linda Skillman Center for Women’s Health Shelbyville, Indiana

“What a pleasure it was to have you with us for our Chamber Banquet. Your unique presentation style and vivid portrayal of characters was incredible.”

Ginnie Currin Executive Director Granville Chamber of Commerce

WOW!! Kelly was an amazing speaker and left everyone gasping for more. She has an uncanny ability to draw you into her stories as if you were there. She personalized her content so that her speech/performance not only related to our audience but our industry as a whole. Kelly leaves you with more than just a message, but with a renewed sense of energy. I would highly recommend Kelly Swanson to any group that is looking to learn, laugh, get energized and ready to take on the world!

Jill Settle Univar USA

We had so much fun with Kelly. Her storytelling and sense of humor are definitely gifts from God. It felt so good to laugh, and the message that she brought about pleasing God instead of pleasing the world is still in my thoughts. I would highly recommend her services. We can’t wait to have her back.

Heidi Newman Rockingham MOPS


In planning for our event, we have to be very careful as to who we bring in to be our guest speaker because they are representing our organization as well as themselves when speaking on our behalf. We try to bring in speakers who will appeal to a broad audience and not offend anyone. Kelly Swanson more than delivered! Read full testimonial

Laura Smith,
Executive Director,
Literacy Volunteers
Pitt County Greenville, NC


I absolutely enjoyed every moment of the seminar and brunch yesterday. Your talk on adding humor to our workplace was very timely and I will incorporate more of it at my place of work. You are an excellent story teller and humorist. I hope you will honor us with your presence again. Thank you for a very enjoyable day.

Margaret Streeter

LV Board of Directors – Directory of IT Security East Carolina University Kelly is definitely one of my favorite people to work with. I will always remember when I started out in radio my second show I had Kelly on, her contribution that day put me on the map. I learned so much from her in just twenty minutes. She is witty funny sweet and insightful, she knows how to help people communicate more effectively thorough helping them understand how to install humor and story into their conversations. She has a special gift that benefits all that are exposed to her work. The world would be a better place if there were more Kelly’s.

Joseph F. Price
The Reaching Peak Radio Show Tampa, Florida


There I was, getting ready for one of the most important speeches of my career a talk that in many ways could change my life forever. I had all the material needed to create a wonderful talk, but something was missing. I was spending too much time telling my points, rather than sharing my stories. I use to think that stories were for storytellers. Now I know that all great speakers ARE storytellers. Kelly has the ability to help you turn your points into magical story moments that not only send a message, but captures your audience’s heart. Kelly Swanson is my secret weapon, and I wouldn’t leave home without her!

Francine Ward -Attorney, speaker

After seeing your performance at the Ashe Arts Center last night, I have found myself remembering and chuckling throughout the day. Your performance looked seamless and flawless to me. I admired the way you engaged your audience and carried all of us to the height of hilarity, and then down to the poignancy of living, and then back to hilarity. Throughout the show, your authenticity and sincerity came through. Seeing you was a life-changing experience for me.

Sherry Winebarger-Houck


I would highly recommend Kelly for a very unique, side-slapping yet meaningful presentation. She will have your audience sitting on the ends of their seats hanging on her every word.

Robin Phillips-Hauser
Wilkes Community College


The Film Advisory Board is pleased to announce that Aunt Vyrnetta…and other stories from Cedar Grove CD has received our Award of Excellence tribute. Kelly, to denote your phrase “southern stories of humor and grace” most certainly describes your thoroughly down home humor that exudes joyful chuckles in all of us. The magical way stories of Cedar Grove are spun captures your attention. Aunt Vyrnetta is storytelling entertainment at its best.

Janet Stokes
Executive Director Film Advisory Board
Hollywood, CA


Kelly Swanson is a gem among storytellers. Her unique style, her wonderful effervescence, and her skill in bringing memorable characters to life provide a storytelling experience that is like no other. She has charmed and enlightened myself and my college students with her sensitive and skillful storytelling and her substantive, informative workshops. Her enthusiasm is contagious. I defy anyone to come away from a session with Kelly and not feel transformed by the experience. We highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn more about the art of storytelling by hearing her talk about it and by seeing her embody it.

Dr. Carole Tallant
Professor of Communication and Performance Studies UNCW

Kelly is great! She opened the Pink Ribbon Luncheon for High Point Regional with a laugh and kept us in stitches throughout the performance. Kelly closed with a laugh and a good message to warm the heart. Her message really rings out that you can touch the hearts of so many, even the ones you don’t know with a laugh or with a smile.

Julie Samuels, High Point Regional Health System


After seven years of producing The Best of Our State, it becomes increasingly difficult to find funny, unique and original storytellers. Kelly Swanson fit all three, and delighted attendees with her bright spirit and high energy.

Amy Jo Wood
Marketing Director Our State Magazine


I laughed so hard I had trouble pouring the water.

Banquet Waiter

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