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Kelly Swanson is an award-winning storyteller, comedian, motivational 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 Gutsy Girls Pocket Guide to Public Speaking.

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.

Kelly’s wacky wit and powerful stories have charmed hearts and tickled funny bones for over 15 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.

No matter what program she can create for you, her 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 she found you.

Her methods are a little wacky, I’ll give you that. It’s just that she likes to shake things up a little.

So if you’re looking for a commercial corporate “package” Kelly is 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, Kelly is it.

Motivational Speaker and Expert Storyteller being Applauded where clients have hired her 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, does Kelly love to bring the show.

Opening and Closing Keynotes are her thing. And she is one of those rare breeds who likes to stick around.

So let’s talk about ways she can add value beyond the keynote.

Some of her 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.

It’s the basis of her book Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale.

It’s the reason Kelly Swanson 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.

If you are looking for a Funny Motivational Speaker, here is what clients have said about Kelly Swanson and her storytelling and motivational speaking performances.

Ask Kelly Swanson about how she can bookend your conference, by creating an opening AND a closing keynote that fit together like – yep – bookends.

Open with a bang that leaves the audience clamoring for more – and staying until the very end of the conference to see her again and watch Part 2.

And save money on having to hire two speakers. Yep. Pretty Cool.

All of Kelly’s shows are custom written to fit your group, your theme, your industry, and your objectives. Call us today and let’s start planning something amazing.

  • Had a day filled with breakout sessions?
  • Need to inject a lot of energy and FUN into your conference?
  • Looking for just the right speaker to open or close with a bang?
  • Look no further. Kelly will make your audience laugh until their sides ache – charm them with her powerful stories – connect with her authentic style – and leave them with a message they never forget.

20 Years of Charming Hearts and Tickling Funny Bones from Coast to Coast.

There are lots of speakers claiming to be funny, but few who really deliver.

Kelly delivers.

Watch the videos.

Read the reviews.

Check out her social media fan club.

Bring in a speaker with a proven track record of happy clients.

You’ll be glad you did.

Your conference is too important to bring in someone who can’t deliver.


Read Kelly’s latest article on How Leaders need to be good Storytellers

Keynote # 1

The Story-driven LEADER

The Story-driven LEADER program will help establish that our role in leadership is to serve as the conductor – setting the tempo and tone – making sure everybody is playing nicely together. But too many of us focus on processes and procedures – forgetting that people need more.

According to the latest Gallup poll, 73% of employees are disengaged at work. And if nothing changes, that number is predicted to rise to 86%. Can you imagine a world where 86% of your people have checked out, they just haven’t left yet?

Leadership is not about telling people what to do, but inspiring them to want to do it. True leaders create fans, and Kelly will teach you how to create employees who buy-in to your vision. In this high-energy program, Kelly teaches you how to maximize the value of your leadership platform by going from manipulating to motivating – from communication effectively to connecting deeply – from telling people what to do, to making them want to do it.

Be the leader people want to follow.

  • The importance of Emotional Connection
  • Six ways to connect with those you serve
  • How to use Story to create buy-in
  • What is Story and how does it work
Keynote # 2


The Story-driven CUSTOMER SERVICE Program will help you discover the six secrets to connecting with people on a deeper level – to go from customers to raving fans – by connecting through your story to theirs.

There’s no question about it, excellent customer service isn’t just about delivering a quality product with a smile.  It’s not really about the product at all. It’s about the experience you give your customer the moment they have contact with your brand, and long after they leave your building. That’s how you turn a customer into a raving fan.

So how do we create an experience they never forget?

By focusing not just on what you do, but how you make them FEEL.

Kelly Swanson has spent 20 years as a motivational speaker studying this very thing – how to create an experience for strangers so that they remember her brand for years. And now she will share those secrets with you.

In this high-energy, laugh-filled, story driven program, you will shift your perspective in how you see yourself, your service, and the people you serve. You will learn the art of Story Driven Customer Service. And it WILL make a difference.

  • Learn Kelly’s Six Secrets to Creating An Emotional Connection
  • Learn simple networking skills that focus on creating common ground between you and your buyer
  • Learn how to be a storyteller of your brand – tell the story of your product – and tap into the story of your buyer – even when you don’t have time to tell a story.
Keynote # 3

The Story-driven COMMUNICATOR

My Story-driven Communicator Program will help you learn how to conquer the fear of speaking in public or in front of a group, and some simple story crafting and delivery techniques that are much more persuasive and authentic and easier to deliver than a crafted speech.

This program is not for the person who speaks as a profession, but must speak in their profession.


Wish you were a better public speaker?

If you’re here, it’s probably because you don’t speak as a job, but have to speak FOR your job. And it terrifies you.

If you’re here, it might be because you lack confidence feel stupid in front of peopleare afraid of boring people – aren’t sure how to craft your words – or simply need some encouragement.

Whatever the reason, I am glad you came. It is my job to help you find your voice, share your story, wow your audience, and have a great time doing it.

You might be thinking, “But you don’t have any idea what it’s like for me. You’re a professional speaker. You do this for a living. I don’t.” Well it might surprise you to know that in the beginning, I was terrified. I wasn’t a good public speaker. I felt like an idiot giving talks. I didn’t know what to say or how to say it. I WAS A MESS.

I wasn’t born a natural speaker. I had to learn how to be. I had to learn how to have confidence – how to memorize words – how to be comfortable in front of people – how to persuade and convince – and how to keep the attention span of people who don’t have one. SO I GET IT.

But I did it. Not only did I do it myself (unlike many coaches out there) I actually created a successful speaking business, which isn’t easy. A speaking business driven by word-of-mouth.

What makes me different?

Let’s face it, there are a LOT of public speaking coaches out there. Tons of articles. Books. Training. Companies, Associations and Clubs that claim to make you better at public speaking. Lots of websites filled with fancy stock photos of people holding their arms out to a standing ovation.


Yet with all this access to all this information, most presentations still suck.

Why is that?

Because they’re all being taught the same basic communication and presentation skills that people were teaching fifty years ago.

This isn’t the 50s anymore. In fact, the way we communicate isn’t the same as it was even five years ago.

Now MORE THAN EVER we are living in a crowded noisy world where everybody is shouting to be heard about the noise.

No matter what platform you have – what message you bring – what end result you desire – you had better do more than just communicate effectively.

You had better CONNECT and provide an EXPERIENCE they don’t forget.

This isn’t about delivering a polished presentation. Yuck.

This is about influencing and persuading people in a real emotional way that has lasting impact.

That goes WAY beyond basic presentation skills.

That’s about connecting.

And that’s where I’m different than most people you meet teaching the same thing. I have spent fifteen years learning how to entertain and engage an audience – encourage and motivate them – get them to take action – and get them to buy what I’m selling.

I bring skills in both CRAFTING and DELIVERING a presentation that truly stands out from the rest.

I know how to give your words more power – and make you more authentic on the platform.

And it’s actually easier than you think.

  • How to communicate with authenticity
  • How to use story to be more powerful
  • Basic delivery tips
  • Basic presentation skills
  • How to get over fear and build confidence
  • How to stand out among other presenters

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Contact Kelly Swanson, Speaker & Storyteller!

If you made it to this page, it means you are ready to talk. I would love to talk too. No matter how hard I try to explain who I am, and what I do on a computer screen, it isn’t really complete until I hear about who you are and what YOU do. The biggest gift I have is the ability to craft my words to tell your story. I can’t do that until I know what it is. My programs are customized and handwritten to be the perfect blend of entertainment, motivation, comedy, content, and message. No two shows or training programs are alike. It all starts with you in mind.

Many people come to me wanting a “quick keynote” and we walk away with this amazing cool idea of how to wrap me throughout the conference, offer coffee concert chats, or take a sleepy format and rearrange it to something refreshing and different. I don’t see my job as a “keynote”. I see it as a project.

My goal is to give you everything I can to add value and WOW factor to your event.

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  • 2 December 2021 10:48 pm local time

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December 2021
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All fees exclude travel and accommodation where required.

$7,500- $12,500 within the US
International and Virtual please Call for quote outside the US.

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        • Duncan Hesketh
          Duncan Hesketh
          11 June 2020 at 4:38 pm

          “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!”
          DAN MADDUX
          Executive Director
          American Payroll Association

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