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About Kelly Swanson, CSP, CPAE

Meet Kelly Swanson

Kelly Swanson is an award-winning storyteller and motivational speaker, renowned for her unique blend of humor and heart. With a passion for the transformative power of storytelling, she guides individuals and businesses in crafting narratives that connect, inspire, and leave a lasting impact.

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Motivational Speaker & Master Storyteller

Kelly Swanson is an award-winning storyteller, comedian, hall-of-fame inspirational speaker, Huffington Post Contributor, and cast member of The Fashion Hero television show airing on Amazon Prime. She is also author of Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale, The Land of If Only, The Story Formula, and The Affirmation Journal for Positive Thinking.

She was a featured entertainer for Holland America Cruise Lines, keynote speaker for the International Toastmasters Convention, and has keynoted major conferences and corporate events from coast to coast. She recently launched her one-woman show Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale in theaters and it is being booked all over the country. In July of 2022 she was inducted into the National Speakers Association Speaker Hall of Fame. In early 2024 Kelly will be launching  launching her second theater show, A Tribute to Prides Hollow.

Kelly’s wacky wit and powerful stories have charmed hearts and tickled funny bones for over 20 years. In addition to her role as a funny motivational speaker, Kelly teaches people how she does it by sharing what she has learned about connecting and engaging to have more influence in business, through the use of one tool – strategic storytelling.

Sharing her own powerful journey through story and the formula she discovered, you come to that magical place where the art of story meets the business of persuasion.

Kelly on The Fashion Hero

Kelly Swanson’s role as a celebrity mentor on Season 1 of Amazon Prime’s TV series “The Fashion Hero,” highlights her unique blend of humor and storytelling.

In the show, she empowers aspiring models, focusing on inner beauty and the power of personal narrative.

Kelly’s approach goes beyond conventional fashion norms, emphasizing self-esteem, confidence, and authenticity. 

Her participation in the show aligns with her expertise as a motivational speaker and storytelling expert, making her a standout figure in promoting diversity and challenging traditional beauty standards.

The Fashion Hero TV Show Contestants Learn Storytelling & How To Tell A Story Well | Kelly Swanson

Kelly Swanson, Funny Motivational Speaker May 27, 2019 10:00 pm

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Funny Moments with Kelly

Hi There, I'm Kelly Swanson

In today’s world, we’re often overwhelmed with information, making genuine connections rare. Many struggle to stand out, resonate, and leave a lasting impact.

I’ve seen it firsthand – professionals trying to persuade with data alone, missing that emotional touch. 

But here’s the thing: our brains are wired for stories, not just facts. 

If you’re feeling that your message isn’t breaking through, it’s likely because it lacks a compelling narrative.

I believe there’s a better way — where humor meets heart, and where storytelling is the key to unlocking deeper connections. 

For over 20 years, I’ve been helping individuals and businesses harness the transformative power of stories. Whether it’s personal development, team building, leadership, or strategic storytelling in business, I’ve got you covered. My methods might be unconventional, but they’re effective. Through my programs, workshops, and the Story Impact Academy, I aim to equip you with the skills to craft compelling narratives that captivate and persuade. And yes, there will be plenty of laughter along the way – it’s my signature touch! So, let’s embark on this journey together, and discover the magic of storytelling.

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