I Wrote The Worst Book EVER

What You Don’t Know About This Motivational Speaker Hello. My name is Kelly Swanson, and I have a confession.  You know me as a funny motivational speaker and story expert. Maybe you have sat in one of my audiences or coaching sessions. You have read articles about my career, my family, my travels, and my […]

Motivational Speaker Tips To Fill Back Up

Where Does The Motivational Speaker Go For Motivation? Being a motivational speaker can be an exhausting journey – from the business administrative side, to the travel side, to the speaking side, to the audience side.  We put out a lot of energy, and if we’re not careful, it can catch up to us.  As motivational […]

Ode To Dumb Ideas

The Down Side To Innovation Being the class clown in college, most of my best stories started with the words, “Wouldn’t it be funny if…”  These words were usually a good indicator of a dumb idea that we would laugh about for years.  While this made for great college stories, in business the sting is […]

How To Sell More This Year Than Last Year

The one secret to doing better this year than you did last year I think I’m finally getting it. The sage old advice that tells you not to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result. No matter how many times I’ve heard it, I find myself falling into the same trap of […]

The Power of Today

For those of you who are standing in front of your own mountain, may these words bring you peace and comfort and the motivation to keep going. A Poem by Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson The Power of Today by Kelly Swanson I stand in front of this mountain, this thing I must climb this thing […]

Six Steps To More Confidence in 2016

Struggling with low self-esteem? Lack of confidence? Scared to take risks? Burned out on life? Being a motivational speaker, my job is cheering people up, helping them see beyond their obstacles, and showing them how to change their lives.  And the biggest secret in changing your life is changing your inner script.  You can change […]

What If…Another Rambling Message from Kelly Swanson

I had binge-watched everything I could find on Hulu and Netflix, and was down to the documentaries and shows that never got off the ground in the 80s, when I took a left turn and decided to watch Titanic again. The way I figured it, what better way to spend a Friday night than munching […]

The Story You Believe Isn’t Always The Story That’s True

I was pretty wild in college. Okay, so I was really wild in college. Okay, so I don’t remember college. All of my college years have been lumped into one bubble marked “SHAME” that has been hanging over my head and messing up my hair for years. Every once in a while, just when I […]

Scabs of Honor – Another Mom Moment

Look Mom! A new scab! I’m driving in the car with my son and we’re singing songs and playing the “I Spy Game”. Okay, so we weren’t really singing. He had on his headphones (we’re going on a fourteen hour record) and the only game we were playing was let’s see how quickly Mom can lose […]

They Aren’t The Reason You Are Miserable

Being a motivational speaker feels a lot like being a therapist, only without the degree, knowledge, or credibility. But still I meet people in their places of brokenness. I hear their issues and concerns. And I try to motivate them to see their problems/issues from a different perspective. And one of the consistent things I find in […]