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motivational speaker Kelly SwansonFunny Motivational Speaker Shares A Funny Life Lesson

Today I want to share with you another lesson learned in the life of a motivational speaker.



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. Oh my gosh, Kelly, FANTASTIC!!!!~! You don't have to be a mom (or even a motivational speaker) to want to protect your child or save them pain by fixing things for them. But, as you say, it's part of the process. Thank you very very much for this fantastic reminder!!!! 

  2. All true Kelly!! That sting of defeat STILL hurts when it happens but the turn around time to seeing it as something that makes us stronger is a little faster at this stage of life.  When your 9 that perspective is way off.  Oh by the way, you ARE an author and the best cheerleader a friend could ever have!  And it's best for all of us to stay away from velour :)

  3. Kelly, your hubby was right all right! I can still remember winning the poster contest in 4th grade, but I wasn't feeling like a winner. No, inside this motivational speaker felt like an imposter. You see, my mother, an artist at heart, had decided to inject her opinion and talent. She won the poster contest, not me, which is why I buried the ribbon in the bottom of my drawer and later threw away.

  4. Oooooh, dead on reminded for this helicopter mom… Thanks Kelly – I needed to hear this as soccer season is ramping up and the certainty of hear-breaking losses are imminent.


  5. Even though I'm not a mom, I can relate 100% to rejection, loss, failure, people not believing in you, and wearing a velour bathing suit cover up to the beach (bright orange mind you) and realizing afterwards that It was a bathrobe and not a bathing suit cover up.  Ah, the sting of failure and humiliation is the salve that when applied with an open heart, strengthens our muscles of character building.  Of course it takes a long time to apply said salve!!!!!  

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