Motivational Speakers Take a Hit From Forbes

motivationalspeakerkellyswansonPOkay, I'm on my soap box again. Time to vent. Forbes is taking another dig at motivational speakers. Once again I am having to defend my value to people who don't even hire motivational speakers.  Sorry to make you jump to another site, but I wrote this post on my personal website blog.  Hope you enjoy and put in your two cents!

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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. Kelly,

    That Forbes writer obviously never saw you!! You provide incredible value everytime you are in front of a crowd. I'm proud to be a motivaitonal speaker.

  2. Thank you, Colette. Motivational speakers get a bad rap – but look at every leader and CEO and person of great esteem, and ask how they got there, and Attitude will be in their top five. And motivational is all about attitude, not skills.

  3. You are spot on Kelly. Motivational speakers do so much more than get a crowd excited and leave. Your argument was well reasoned. I hope this guy reads what you wrote! Thank you for saying what we, and many many people know to be true. We do bring value to the conference.  In fact, in some larger conferences, it was pointed out to me that what the planners pay for the coffee service is greater than what they were paying the general session speakers.  Wow. I'm pretty sure I can fire people up better than caffene.  

  4. Thanks for posting this Kelly.  I wish the writer of that article came to one of my recent events.  Senior leaders all spoke before me and I would recommend all but one actually take a speech class.  The content was so important but the delivery was not inspiring. In fact, as soon as they got behind the mic, their leadship style was more like a scared puppy.  When I got up to deliver a motivational message, the group came alive and they were then inspired to do what their directors offered up.  I invite the Forbes writer to come on the road with any one of us for a week, and then re-write that article!  Thanks for speaking up for us so well Kelly!

  5. Stay on that soapbox, Kelly because every point you make is right on!  I just did the opening keynote speech for a Women's Health Conference and was pleased to see the audience all jazzed about my message of food, fitness and fun but I was ecstatic to sit in on a breakout session later and hear the speaker refer back to my message that aligned with hers!  Talk about helping the message stick for the attendees.  Now that's value!

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