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About Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson  //  Motivational speaker


One Southern Accent…A Thousand Characters
motivational speaker

Teaching you to STAND UP AND STICK OUT in a crowded market

“If you settled on riding someone else’s magic carpet – I think it’s time you jumped off. Your own carpet will catch you. I promise.”
Kelly Swanson

KELLY SWANSON is an award-winning storyteller, comedian, author, and motivational speaker. She has been described by Our State Magazine as one of North Carolina’s funniest women. She uses hilarious comedy, powerful stories, and a wacky cast of southern characters to make people laugh, remind them of their value, and show them how to stand up and stick out in their lives, businesses, and communities. Her shows have delighted audiences from coast to coast, from board rooms to cruise ships.

As Kelly says it best:

I was the kid they threw things at on the bus-the one who never fit in. I spent my childhood and most of my adulthood trying to blend in and not be noticed. I thought success came when you looked like everybody else. But it’s very tiring living according to other peoples’ expectations. And very boring. So one day I dusted off those gifts I had been given, stepped out of my comfort zone and on to a stage. And I’ve never looked back. And guess what. As it turns out, it’s not so bad being different after all. In fact-it’s EVERYTHING. I have learned that it’s not blending in that makes you successful-just the opposite. It’s those who stand out among the crowd who are remembered. So now I want to share my journey with you-to take you from blending in to flying above your comfort zone. I want to show you the behaviors and mindsets that I had to break, the new attitudes I had to adopt, and the many ways I’ve found to set myself apart in a crowded market. Are you in?  I hope so. Now get ready to STAND UP AND STICK OUT!
Kelly Swanson


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.
LeDare Windham
Spirit of Women Coordinator
Columbus Regional Healthcare System

Kelly’s Journey…
Kelly’s journey has taken her…

…from the shy kid who turned red if you looked at her, to the opening act for Loretta Lynn and the laughing roar of a sold-out audience

…from the kid who wrote stories under the covers by flashlight, to the author of three books, numerous recordings, and extensive online publications

…from writing and telling stories to sleeping relatives at family reunions, to a career as a professional storyteller landing on the stage at the National Storytelling Festival

…from the kid voted most likely to set her eyebrows on fire, to the recipient of awards from the National Parenting Publications and the Film Advisory Board of Hollywood for quality family entertainment

…from the one who was told that it was a nice dream but don’t think you can actually make a living doing that, to being the featured performer for Holland America Cruise Lines

…from being the last one chosen in dodge ball, to being a highly sought after creative coach helping people take their creativity to a higher level

…from the kid who was humiliated and laughed out of cheerleading tryouts, to a career as a motivational speaker and comedian – the ultimate cheerleading job

…from feeling like an outcast and trying to blend in, to embracing what makes her different and teaching others to embrace what makes them different

…from learning to use laughter to deal with the obstacles life threw at her, to using her laughter to heal hearts all over the world.

And now her journey has put her here – in your path – to deliver a message – an opportunity she does not take for granted. So thank you for listening. Because this experience isn’t about Kelly – it’s about YOU. Kelly is so excited to be here today to make you laugh, help you see the difference you have made in the lives of others, and to show you how to be the leader you were born to be. This is a treasured opportunity to gather together and remember our story – the story we all share – to help us form a stronger bond. To walk away refreshed and renewed and closer. Why? Because we’re always stronger together.

Kelly Swanson, Motivational Speaker