Another Dream Is Becoming a Reality…

….and I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

So this collaboration thing with Joshua Nobles, concert pianist, is now a reality. Two shows coming up on August 2nd and August 7th. And I’m at that stage in the middle of  “isn’t this a cool idea” and “wasn’t that a cool idea”  – I call the “oh, crap, am I sure I can pull this off?” stage.

It’s scary trying new things. There are no guarantees. Lots of things that can go wrong. There are so many variables, especially since we decided to have both of these programs filmed – for our errors to be caught on tape forever. And it’s something I haven’t seen anybody do in the speaking business. I’m pretty sure I don’t know a motivational speaker  and comedian who worked a concert pianist into her act.

So it could be the biggest mistake I ever made – or the smartest thing I ever did.

Who knows. But it’s time. I’m on the cliff and there’s no going back. And I will remember one of my favorite truths: It’s not whether I win or lose – the fact that I jumped makes it a win. And if it encourages you to go out there and take your own leap of faith – then this was a double win. Or at the very least, the opportunity for a really good comedy story.

So here goes nothing….. I’ll keep you posted.

Press Release: Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson Announces Collaboration with Concert Pianist Joshua Noble

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Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson - called one of North Carolina's funniest women by Our State Magazine. Kelly lifts the spirits of audiences from coast-to-coast using humor, storytelling, and lives of the characters from Prides Hollow - Kelly's make believe small town. This unique approach to motivational speaking allows Kelly to break through communications barriers and connect directly to the audience's imagination.
Her powerful stories and wacky wit will make you laugh, remind you that you matter, show you how to see beyond your obstacles, and teach you how to stand up and stick out in a crowded market.
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  1. And I want to come see you!!!  I even looked to see where the nearest airports were to those two cities and checked dates to see if I could come.  AND – I won’t be able to. Rats.  So I’ll just buy the video when it comes out!!!  I cannot WAIT to see it!  I LOVE that you are taking a risk and going for it.  You will learn SOOOOO much in the process!  And knowing you, you will share that learning with us!  Yay!

  2. Linda, I am sooooo super flattered that you would want to come. And I am so secretly glad you can’t. I’m really nervous as it is. Having such a dear friend in the audience would make me even MORE nervous. I do better with strangers. And I’d rather you see it when it’s a polished thing! I’m sure the tenth show will be much better than the first! But I love you for trying! I’ll definitely let you know how it goes!

    • I do get that, Kelly.  But the deal is that if I was able to come – I wasn’t going to tell you until AFTERward!  I’m so sneaky.  And the thing that REALLY stopped me – was just what you said.  We don’t want people to see our productions until AFTER all the bugs have been worked out.  I totally get that!

      • I’m glad you get it,  Linda. It’s one thing to “sing” in front of an audience – it’s another thing to sing in front of an audience where Celine Dion is sitting on the front row. You are my Celine. 

  3. I can only imagine how dynamic and wonderful this performance is going to be!!!!  Go Kelly!  

  4. Your willingness to follow your dream and risk continues to amaze, Kelly. Congrats!


  5. BRAVO Kelly! Walking your talk… as a motivational speaker you’re the real deal… and I know that you’re going to rock! Carpe diem!

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