Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson Testimonials
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 til 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!
Event Coordinator, Vidant Health
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.
Independence Energy Co.
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.
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!”
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.
Columbus Regional Healthcare
Kelly Swanson is a dynamic speaker who blends humor with a strong message on how to be the best you can be. Kelly spoke at this Administrative Professionals Conference a few years ago and the evaluation comments asked for us to bring her back again very soon. For the 2015 Conference, we asked Kelly back and the audience loved her just as much this time! This audience connects with Kelly immediately. In my role as the event planner for this conference, Kelly is a pleasure to work with on the details and making sure we meet the needs of the audience. She is focused on the best experience for the participants.Here are some of the great comments we received about Kelly from our 2015 Administrative Professionals Conference: She is wonderful – so uplifting and down to earth. I loved Kelly Swanson! She has mastered merging comedy with motivational speaking. Kelly is an incredible speaker.
Program Director I Creative Careers and Personal Enrichment
Midlands Technical College
Corporate and Continuing Education
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.
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!
American Payroll Association/Chicago
Thank you for conducting your sessions entitled “Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale” and “Stand Up and Stick Out in a Crowded Market” at the Community Bankers Association of Illinois seventh annual Women in
Community Banking Conference. The Women in Community Banking Conference was a success as evidenced by comments from bankers.
Some of the comments related to your session included:
“Kelly was wonderful! Great motivation for women.”
“Kelly was amazing. Absolutely loved her.”
“Kelly was phenomenal! So interesting and passionate.”
“I loved Kelly Swanson – very inspirational! This is one seminar that I looked forward to the last speaker instead of thinking of reasons to leave early.”
“Kelly was wonderful! Very engaging. I could have listened to her all day
“I loved Kelly’s presentations – educational and fun. Her presentations hit home with me.
“I love the energy of Kelly Swanson.”
A total of 49 bankers attended the meeting, with 81 % of those completing the evaluation form rating your session as “Excellent,” and 100% rating it as “Excellent” or ”Very Good.”
Your enlightening presentations not only jump-started our conference, but kept the enthusiasm of the participants going throughout the day. I can’t thank you enough. Kelly, I really enjoyed working with you and look forward to working with you in the future. Again, my appreciation on a job well done and best of luck with all of your future endeavors.
Valerie Johnston, Vice President
Education & Special Events
Community Bankers Association/IL
I had the pleasure to hear Kelly as our keynote speaker at our Toastmaster spring conference over three days. She gave three different keynote speeches during the conference;
1.)’The Glory’s in Your Story: How to use find, craft, and tell stories that impact your audience.’
2. )’Who Hijacked My Fairytale? How to hang onto humor when life
doesn’t go the way you planned.”
3.) “”How to Stand Up and Stick Out in a Crowded Market: Because nobody notices normal.’
Each speech was unique and offered a different message and perspective. She took us a on ride with her stories that was filled with humor, emotion, teaching moments and a positive message. She always ended on a strong note making everyone feel better and joyful.
I would strongly recommend her as a keynote speaker or for speech coaching and how to create big impact with the use of stories and other creative ideas. She would be an incredibly strong addition to any program and you will not be disappointed.
President, Owner and Entrepreneur
Team 1 Plastics, Inc.
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. —
Founder, The Speak Well Being Group
Kelly Swanson brought a thoughtful, heartfelt keynote address to our 13th Annual Moms@Work
luncheon. Her ability to weave stories that are thought provoking throughout her talk is artistry in
motion. Our more than 500 guests laughed until their sides hurt, but they also had moments where
tears welled up in their eyes. Her message of following your dream and staying true to yourself rang
true with our audience of primary women, but the men who were there enjoyed her as well. In fact,
one even said that in the 13 years of holding this event, Kelly was our best speaker ever. Kelly’s
ability to customize her message for our audience and the time allocated was greatly appreciated.
She’s easy to work with and accommodating. I would definitely utilize her again, regardless of the
size of the audience.
VP, Business Development and Marketing
Charlotte Parent & Piedmont Parent magazines
Kelly Swanson was a real treat at our Convention. She had the audience belly-rolling with laugher.
She has a way to connect with people – not just with humor but also sympathy and encouragement.
Kelly really learned about our industry and the people she was addressing. She even wrote us a
poem that had everyone on their feet requesting a copy. There has been such bad news spread to
so many industries this past year, but it was a delight to have Kelly at our conference to give them a
boost. Honestly, the best speaker we ever had.
NC Association of Long Term Care Facilities
The presentation for military professionals was second to NONE! Kelly wrote a tribute especially for
the military audience and they loved it! There were laughs, giggles, tears, and lots of applause! Kelly
connected with our audience immediately, and they with her because they knew what she was talking
about! Everyone recognized one of Kelly’s characters whether it be family or friend! Finding humor in
everyday life is sometimes challenging, but thinking back on some of the things Kelly said, laughter
makes the challenge bearable! Finding that positive, new perspective on issues was a breath of fresh
air. Kelly bestowed a great honor to our Service Providers who serve our military families – a great
boost to a much deserving audience! Kelly – thank you again for a fabulous presentation! You made a
lasting impact on my life, and am sure many others as well.
Military Client (Confidential)
We certainly had a fun time with you yesterday, and we appreciate all you did to make our event
REMARKABLE. Everyone was very awed and inspired by your presentation and information. You kept it lively for 75
minutes which is an unbelievable task.The top educator of Novant saw me afterwards and was very
complimentary of your information relating to Novant’s core values.She said you had them exactly.
We did tell her we met with you beforehand and shared them. So THANKS for bringing them out.In
the surveys I reviewed, you were the tops by far.
Beth C. Wilson
I have to tell you about my experience watching Kelly Swanson. She was completely amazing and
one of the funniest and motivating speakers I have ever seen. I have been to many seminars and the
fact that she was down to earth, brought real life experiences and the creativeness of her style of
learning into her program made the experience stick with me in a way I could understand and I could
use. I could take her technique into other places besides work, I could use them in life itself. She
made me laugh, she made me cry and she made me want to tell others all about her and to stay on
the funny side of life. Thank you Kelly for ‘deciding to dance’ and become a professional storyteller
and bringing us into your world.
Pat and I were in the audience last Friday when a marvelous storyteller and speaker captivated a
crowd of 350 HR professionals. She was so real, relative, relaxed, and vulnerable. And REAL Funny
with a message! Kelly Swanson is her name. Looking for a speaker? You can’t go wrong here.
Kelly Swanson will make every professional storyteller want to go back to their
workbench and work a little harder!!
Executive Learning Systems
Kelly Swanson provided the perfect closing to our event. Her ability to use storytelling to motivate
and encourage a group of business professionals is remarkable. We laughed until we cried and left
the event ready to take on the next project. We look forward to using her again and again.
VA Bankers Association
“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!
Bakersfield Women’s Conference
Thank you so much for all the information you sent our way. I truly enjoyed hearing you – you were by
far my favorite from the meeting. I plan to share many of your words of wisdom with folks I know. We
all need inspiration every now and then and your delivery makes it that much better. Best wishes in all
your endeavors and I hope to hear you along the way again soon.
Director, Client Relations & Relocation
Prudential Carolinas Realty
“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.”
Center for Women’s Health
“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.”
Granville Chamber of Commerce
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!
Laura Smith, Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers – Pitt County
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.
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
Thank you so much for your entertainment. Between myself, my mother-in-law, and my 23 yr old
daughter, you had 3 generations in stitches all of the evening. Your message was wonderful! It was
unanimously decided by the committee that we want you back again next year for an encore.
Cindy McManus – Rehobeth United Methodist Church
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. 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
You are a wonderful writer and an excellent presenter. You kept everyone on the edge of their seats
wondering what was coming next.
Carolyn Huggins, Furniture Capital Chapter American Business Women’s Association
Kelly Swanson’s presentation at the National Speakers Association Annual Conference, 2009, was a
highlight of the convention for me! Her sincerity and quick wit, balanced with an in-depth message,
made this speaker unforgettable. As a professional humorist/motivational speaker myself, I fully
appreciate Kelly’s talent. This woman is outstanding!
Kelly’s smile, humor, sensitivity, and genuine nature allowed our audience to connect with her as
soon as she spoke. Her message of connecting with others through our hearts empowered us to “get
close” to those we serve in healthcare everyday. As caregivers, sometimes our routines and the need
to get the job done, overpower the tenderness and caring, Kelly reminded us it’s the caring, the
tender touch, the listening ear, and the warmth that comes from within as we give to others – that
really matters. Kelly Swanson has a message for everyone.
Sherrie Byrd, RN, Clinical Development Specialist, Rex Healthcare, Raleigh, NC
Thank you once again for an exceptional Keynote Address at our 7th Healthy Woman Anniversary celebration on Wednesday May 7th at RiverCrest Golf Club. Your upbeat presentation with many opportunities for laughter was what everyone needed after a dreadful winter! You encouraged everyone through your story telling to relook and redesign their “Fairy Tale” to include surviving the “potholes” of life! Everyone was energized by your presentation and our evaluations reflect that this was truly the “BEST” Healthy Woman program! This year’s Anniversary celebration again far surpassed other health promotion programs for women in our community in other ways as well. There were over 300 women attending the Health Expo and/or the Dinner. Our Health Expo was also a great success with more than 50 groups participating in the Expo, a great example of many people and community groups working together to assure this event was exceptional. Healthy Woman members and guests enjoyed a relaxing evening along with multiple opportunities during this program to expand their knowledge on health/illness issues. I thank you on behalf of our Healthy Woman members, our Healthy Woman Advisory Council and our hospital for participating in our 7th Anniversary celebration and for contributing to the great success of this event. I am hopeful there will be future opportunities for you to return and meet with your Healthy Woman friends from Phoenixville Hospital. Your willingness to support our Healthy Woman program is valued and appreciated by all involved in this important health promotion program for women in our community! Best wishes for continued success with your great work inspiring women (and men)!
Healthy Woman Program
Her “Down Home” style is warm and reminiscent of a female Mark Twain.
Terri Rollins, 2002-03 President, North Carolina Storytelling Guild
I laughed so hard I had trouble pouring the water.