Kelly Swanson

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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 OnlyThe 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 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.


Speaking Topics 


Who Hijacked My FairytaleHow to Create a Winning Mindset by Living a Story-Driven Life


In a world where self-doubt and external pressures often dictate our narrative, many of us are held captive by stories that diminish our true potential. These limiting beliefs create barriers to personal growth, leading to feelings of stagnation and unfulfillment. Kelly Swanson believes if you want to change your life, you must start by changing your story.


In this hysterically funny, motivational program, Kelly draws from her own journey of overcoming challenges and reshaping her narrative, blending humor with profound insights to inspire a shift in perspective.


Participants are guided to rewrite their own stories, cultivating a winning mindset that unlocks passion, purpose, and confidence. With Kelly’s unique storytelling approach, individuals are empowered to not only envision a brighter future but to actively pursue it.


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn four steps to rewriting your fairytale
  • Recognize that your story directly influences the life you lead.
  • Give yourself permission to dream and allow joy into your life
  • Master six strategies to reshape a winning mindset
  • Write a new story goals and achieve through intentional action


Story-Driven Impact: Where the Art of Story Meets the Business of Persuasion


No matter what industry you are in, or what job title you hold, at some point you will find yourself in a position of influence – wanting or needing to convince someone else to do something. The goal is clear: to connect, engage, persuade, and leave a lasting impact. Yet, many professionals find themselves falling short, often missing that crucial emotional connection that drives action and loyalty. 


Enter the transformative power of storytelling.


By the end of this highly interactive program, participants will not only understand the mechanics of effective storytelling but will also be equipped to harness its power in their professional roles. 


Whether you’re pitching a product, leading a team, or serving a customer, storytelling is the key to forging deeper connections and achieving desired outcomes. Under Kelly Swanson’s expert guidance, you’ll master the art of crafting compelling stories that hit the mark every time.


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to find and craft stories that relate to a specific audience
  • Master how to tap into your listener’s story
  • Build trust to become a more authentic communicator
  • Explore ways to talk about yourself without talking about yourself
  • Discover six ways to connect with those you serve
  • Weave Story into your presentations and use them to create buy-in

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“Working with Kelly was an absolute pleasure this last year! As the Event Manager of 15+ events that Kelly spoke at in 2019, I always looked forward to seeing her smiling face. Not only was she incredibly kind and easy to work with from a logistics standpoint, our audience truly related and enjoyed her keynote presentation!”


“I wanted to reach out to you to thank you for being our Keynote Speaker for Day 1 of the CASBO Annual Conference. I appreciate your message and how well you incorporated your story to our members in their various roles in School Business/Operations and our theme of Mentor, Vision and Purpose. You were extremely engaging and did a great job for your live presentation without having an audience present. Thank you again!”


“Kelly Swanson was a huge hit as the keynote speaker in our 2019 conference line-up – over 30 in all. 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 appreciated that Kelly adapted her presentation to include extra audience interaction, which required a great deal of improvisation to engage our attendees and deepen understanding. She excelled! Kelly is a complete professional in every way. My team loves working with her and she is now a lifelong friend. I highly recommend Kelly without hesitation for any type of event in which you want your audience to be motivated, educated, enlightened and entertained. “


“I just finished reading the second set of evaluations (week two) and just like week one, the attendees found you to be amazing and simply the highlight of the convention. Time and time again the forms listed you or things you said as the most important take away they had from the convention. As a speaker, one does well if they can get people to remember a few things they say. But, if one can change a life through a message, there is no higher praise than that. Thanks for being part of our program. Best wishes in all your future activities. You have a gift!”


“Kelly did her research and delivered a targeted message that had us laughing (really hard) and thinking while totally mesmerized. The “formula” she developed will provide us a guidepost for crafting our own compelling messages going forward. I keep getting stopped in the hallway by people who attended, wanting to thank the team for bringing her in. The timing was perfect. We really needed to let loose and laugh. Kelly made a wonderful impression.”


“Our recent Medina County Women’s Conference was a great success, and that success was due, in part, to our outstanding speaker line-up! Thank you so much for accepting our invitation to be an integral part of our program. Describing you and what you brought to all in attendance is not an easy task, but at this moment, two words come to mind: PURE JOY! We could not have asked for a more perfect keynote address. Kelly, you are one of the best we have ever heard! We all left that day with smiles on our faces…thinking of your stories and life experiences, and we will remember you and your message for…well…forever.”


“Kelly Swanson isn’t just one of the best storytellers in the National Speakers Association, she is an artistic genius; a story-crafter par excellence. She understands how to take apart a story and put it back together so that when you deliver it your audience is with you every step of the way. She is generous of spirit, authentic, funny, and a delight to work with.”