FUNNY MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
STRATEGIC STORYTELLING EXPERT
A Personal Note From Kelly
Hi. Welcome. Glad you’re here. It means our paths were destined to cross. I’m honored that you are spending this moment with me. I know you’re busy, so let’s get right to it.
No matter what program I create for you, my goal is the same – to make you laugh A LOT. Then laugh some more. To make you feel valued, challenge you to think differently, and leave you better than I found you. My methods are a little wacky, I’ll give you that. It’s just that I like to shake things up a little. If I’m going to talk about having the courage to be different in a crowded market, then I think I should go first. So if you’re looking for a commercial corporate “package” I’m not it. If you’re looking for a Subject Matter Expert who will wrap your information in a truly unique life-changing way – and make your people feel like they’ve just made a new friend – then, bingo, I’m it. If I’m going to teach you how to connect, then I should show you how to connect. If I’m going to teach you the power of story, then by golly I’m going to show you the power of story. You know, the whole “walk your talk” thing. Sorry to ramble, but it’s important what makes me different.
People have hired me for over 20 years for a lot of different reasons. Some want the show – lots of humor, lots of motivation, the stories they love, and a message handcrafted for their audience. And, boy, do I love to bring the show. Opening and Closing Keynotes are my thing. And I’m one of those rare breeds who likes to stick around. So let’s talk about ways I can add value beyond the keynote. Some of my most life-changing work happens in the hallway after the keynote.
Some audiences want content centered around personal development and motivation – topics like self-esteem, confidence, attitude, rewriting your inner script, reaching a higher level of passion, productivity, and prosperity. I’ve been doing that for years. I’m pretty good at it. It’s the basis of my book Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale. It’s the reason I was brought on as a celebrity mentor in three episodes of the Reality TV Show The Fashion Hero – to teach the models how to love who they are on the inside and to teach them how to connect on camera and tell their story. Wow what an adventure! I’ll tell you more about that later if you’re interested.
Others come to me wanting help with their people skills. Topics like team building, leadership, patient relationships, employee engagement. Because this is what I have learned to do on a stage as a motivational speaker, I can teach you how to do it too.
Other audiences come to me because they heard I’m the go-to person on Strategic Storytelling, or because they are looking for a fresh approach to improving sales presentations, pitches, speeches, and any other platform where their words are used to persuade and convince. And, wow, do I love to talk about strategic storytelling in business. It’s why I wrote The Story Formula and created Story Impact Academy. I love to take peoples’ pitches and stories and presentations and breathe new life into them. I love showing them how easy it is to use that tool in their life and in their business. I love watching their eyes light up when they finally get my story formula and don’t need me anymore. My workshops and boot camps are crazy high-energy “Kelly off script” and people love them. I can even bring my boot camp to your company! Or you can take your adventure online in Story Impact Academy!
I know it sounds like I’m a jack of all trades – but I’m really not. I’m an obsessive rabid fan of one trade – one tool – that believe it or not, applies to ALL OF THIS – story. From the story line running through your head, to your employee story, to your customer story, to your brand story. It all fits.
I love using stories in my programs to teach. Not just because they are entertaining and engaging, but because that’s the tool I use to connect, teach, and inspire. Science has proven that our brains are wired to learn through story, not data. Information can’t move people to action. But story can. It’s my gift. It’s my secret weapon. And soon it will be yours.
And don’t forget THE LAUGHTER! It really is my cutting edge and unique selling proposition. I know you’re thinking “she wasn’t that funny in this letter” but, shoot, I had a lot to say. Can you imagine how long this would have been if I added jokes?
Thanks for visiting, and until we meet again, stay on the funny side!
Where The Art of Story Meets The Business of Persuasion
The Expertise She Brings:
Strategic Storytelling Expert
Huffington Post Contributor
Author of The Story Formula
Cast Member, Fashion Hero TV Show
Performed on Holland America Cruises
Creator of Story Impact Academy
Keynote Speaker, Toastmasters International Convention
Author, Gutsy Girls Pocket Guide to Public Speaking Series
Author of Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale
Over 20 years experience
The Experience She Brings:
Authentic, Real, Engaging
Powerfully Magical Stories
Perfect Blend of Comedy and Content
Just the Something Different You’ve Been Looking For
The Messages She Brings:
Boosting Self-Esteem and Confidence
Life Balance and Stress Management
Finding Passion and Purpose
Management, Leadership Skills
Serving Customers with Excellence
Connecting in Business to Persuade
Marketing, Branding through Story
Creating Emotional Footprints
Crafting Stories that Sell and Persuade
The Value You Take Away:
Motivated and Inspired
Laughed Yourself Silly
Feel Encouraged for Your Abilities
Valued for Your Part in the Puzzle
Mind Blown with a New Perspective
Action Steps to Use on Monday
A New Friend Who Talks Too Much And Laughs Too Loud
A Speaker They Talk About All Week
And Remember Forever
Cash's Vacuum Store: How a small business taught me to play big.
Kelly Coming to TV!
Full Length Demo Reel
Why Story Matters To Your Business
Story Impact Academy
Story Crafting Summer Camp!
Four Motivational Speakers and a Waitress Named Star
endorsement by Patricia Fripp, Past Pres. Nat'l Speakers Assoc
Thank you Kelly for a very inspirational, funny, and practical talk. You have kick started something in our organization that will make a profound difference in our culture.
Endorsement by Kevin Brown
Huge thanks for your stupendous presentation at APA's 34th Annual Congress! I had already heard you were an amazing humorist, and you exceeded my expectations. "Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale" was masterfully crafted and outrageously entertaining. In the midst of the laughter, there was a subtle yet poignant grace through your vivid characters. You are an artful storyteller! APA's members were mesmerized as you took over 2000 people on a journey, which was more relevant to our theme than I could have imagined. We look forward to having you back in the near future!
American Payroll Association
Kelly did her research and delivered a targeted message to our scientists and engineers 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.
Research and Development
Amway World Headquarters
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
Clients of Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson Include
Holland America Cruise Lines - Amway, Research & Development - Auto Owners Insurance - IAAP - GlaxoSmithKline - Boeing - SHRM
UNIVAR - City of Las Vegas - Baker Tilly - PetSmart - Tastefully Simple - Youngevity - ReMAX - National Security Agency - Novant Health - TATA Communications - Wells Fargo - International Toastmasters Convention (Keynote) - American Payroll Association Congress (Keynote) - American Association of Health Care Managers National Convention (Keynote) - National Speakers Association - Iowa State University - Apartment Association - Medical Coders Association - Charter Communications - Department of Defense - EPA - Headstart - Santa Claus Association (yes there is such a thing) Assisted Living Association - - Kentucky Farm Bureau - Brookshire Grocery - ALDI - National Guard - NC Association Healthcare Recruiters - Pediatric Nurses Association - SE Association School Business Officials