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Kelly Swanson, CSP, CPAE

Where the Art of Story Meets the Business of Persuasion.

Award-Winning Master Storyteller and Hall of Fame Speaker, Kelly Swanson shares the secrets to crafting captivating narratives that motivate,  connect, and persuade.

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Tap into Storytelling Magic to Motivate, Connect, and Persuade.

In today’s fast-paced, ever-changing workplace, many leaders, teams, and organizations struggle to build authentic connections leading to missed opportunities, decreased sales, and teams that lack motivation.

The key to impactful communication lies in the stories you tell.

Through her speaking programs, coaching, and consulting, Hall of Fame Motivational Speaker and Award-Winning, Kelly Swanson gives you the tools you need to craft and convey powerful stories that bridge the gap, creating deep connections that drive action and results.

Let Kelly help you master the art of impact and become a story-driven influencer. Becuase your information tells, but it’s the story that sells.

Elevate Your Brand with Stories that Resonate and Influence

The one thing that separates great brands, great leaders, and great sales people from everybody else is their ability to tell a story — and deliver it with passion and power.

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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.

Funny Keynote Speaker - Kelly Swanson, humorous motivational speaker

Speaking Programs

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Funny Speaker Kelly Swanson's Theater Shows

Theater Shows

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Humorous Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson's Coaching, Consulting and Training Programs

Coaching & Consulting

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Audiences Love Kelly Swanson

Jack Mortimer, SVP Events, e.Republic

“Kelly has the perfect blend of talent, energy, insight and humor to inspire audiences. Her message of the power of storytelling is desperately needed in our field (government IT officials).  I highly recommend Kelly without hesitation for any type of event in which you want your audience to be motivated, educated, enlightened and entertained”

Jack Mortimer
SVP Events, e.Republic
Sherry Brisson-Jones, Event Coordinator, Vidant Health

“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! Whatever happened during, she adapted and just rocked with it…nothing seemed to phase her! She immediately connected with our event attendees, our volunteers and our staff and made us laugh til we cried – and still made us think and connect.”

Sherry Brisson-Jones
Event Coordinator, Vidant Health
Dan Maddux, Executive Director, American Payroll Association Maddux
“I had already heard Kelly was an amazing humorist, and she exceeded my expectations. Her program was masterfully crafted and outrageously entertaining. Kelly is an artful storyteller! APA’s members were mesmerized as she took over 2000 people on a journey, which was more relevant to our theme than I could have imagined. We look forward to having Kelly back in the near future!”
Dan Maddux
Executive Director, American Payroll Association
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Does Your Message Need a Makeover? When we stand inside our own message, it can be hard to see it clearly. This Assessment helps you detect blind spots so you can create a powerful a message sure to build authentic connections.