Kelly Swanson 2012 RESA Convention Speaker

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 four 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 successful career as a motivational speaker and comedian – in her eyes, 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. Because this event isn’t about Kelly – it’s about YOU. Kelly is so excited to be a part of your conference – 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 success you were born to be. Conferences are a treasured opportunity to gather together and remember your common story – the story you all share – to help you form a stronger bond – to walk away refreshed and renewed. Why? Because we are always stronger together.

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

Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale? Hanging on to humor when life doesn’t go the way you planned.

Somewhere along the way, as we skip down that yellow brick road of life, when we least expect it, we hit a pothole – that place where our ideal life meets our real life. And it ain’t a pretty first date! It’s never the pothole that takes us down, but how we react to it. Are you stuck in a pothole? Not getting enough business? Having trouble closing sales? Life suddenly gone off balance? Stuck in as comfort zone? Burned out? Fairy tale not going the way you planned? Join us as Kelly Swanson, award-winning storyteller, comedian, and motivational speaker takes us on her hilarious and powerfully motivating twisted journey to happily-ever-after. She’ll make you laugh, make you cry, help you tap back into your power and purpose, and teach you how to get out of the pothole so that you can Stand Up and Stick Out in a crowded market. Kelly will show you the three areas where we tend to get stuck and help you See, Believe, and Do your way to a happily ever after. See where you need to go – Believe that you can get there – and actually Do it! You don’t want to miss this unforgettable one-woman show that will change the way you see yourself, your life, and your business. For more about motivational speaker Kelly Swanson, see Kelly Swanson.

Dear new friends at RESA,

I am still flying on all the warm fuzzy memories I made at your conference. I had an AWESOME time and made many many new friends. Thank you for making me feel like a queen, and for being such a warm receiving audience. I could only take you so far…..from here on out, the motivation is up to you. I need for you to see where you want to go, face where you are stuck, believe that you will get there, believe in you, take action, and then trust your cape. Laughing the whole way! I’d love to stay in touch with you on Facebook (Funny Motivational Speaker) if you want me to pop into your life from time to time with humor, encouragement, and articles on how to stand up and stick out in life and in business. If you want a copy of my manual that I mentioned in my program(When Fairy Tale Meets Reality: How to combine the life you envisioned with the life you got) or to sign up for my new online TV show that will be airing soon – just head over to Kelly Swanson’s Free Stuff and sign up. You’ll also be notified when other free things become available. Until then, keep your chin up.

Kisses and hugs,

Kelly Swanson

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