Paying Your Dues, Or Rather Paving Your Dues

I wrote a post on that I wanted to share with you on this blog too. It's about paying your dues – or rather paving your dues. And I'm sure my motivational speaker friends on this site can relate!


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. What a GREAT post, Kelly! Thank you SO much! And this is not just fantastic informations for motivational speakers, but for every person – in every area of life. There. Are. No. Short. Cuts. And personally "speaking" I've been in this business for over 20 years and my Yellow Brick Road still lies out far ahead of me. Oh I have definitely come a long way – and there is much more to learn and many skills to improve. Thanks for this spot-on post, Kelly.

  2. Linda is right – GREAT post and it really does ring true.  Isn't it funny that after a speech there is usually someone who comes up to you and asks, "How do I become a motivational speaker? I'd really like to do what you do!" I think it's a testament to the really good speakers out there that connect with their audience and make it look easy.  What they don't see, is the years and years of doing the things you mentioned in your post.  With all the hard work, pain, sweat, joy, tears….still there is nothing I would rather be doing.

  3. Reality check.  Check!  Being the relatively new motivational speaker on the block I can get frustrated with slow (but steady) progress of this career path.  Your spot-on blog gives me back my patience and tenacity to build and craft this business one brick at a time.  And as Linda said, this is a message for everyone going towards a goal.  

  4. You said it, Kelly! Whether you're a motivational speaker, the owner of a thriving business or an individual who wants to get better at (fill in the blank), it requires hard work and dedication. There is no shortcut to success. But as we all know, if you're moving towards your joy, the endless hours are worth it all!

  5. It's interesting to see that the successful speakers like you Kelly Swanson are the ones who do not know how to give up. No matter what, there's always something better on the horizon. It's such a healthy attitude and it must transfer to your audiences, too.

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