When Dreams Get Scary!

It's not the absence of fear that takes us to our dream – but the courage to jump anyway, even though we're scared to death.



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 wise idea to read your post seconds before taking a stab at putting together new content for a particular client. Even as a motivational speaker who knows I'll learn and grow through the experience, it can still freak me out while writing. Will the audience connect with this information? Is the information solid and well-researched (group of left-brains)? How can I bring levity to a serious subject? Thanks for the truth, Kelly. I can push myself past my comfort zone and survive!

  2. Oh yes oh yes oh yes. And while motivational speakers encounter this all the time (watch me quake in my boots right before speaking to a group of all men…) I think truly everyone can benefit from asking that question. Really good stuff, Kelly. 

  3. Help! I can't follow the link! I know it's going to be an excellent post, Kelly, so I'm taking a leap and copying and pasting to my url. :)  I'll report back soon.

  4. Did it!  I was right, fabulous post as always, Kelly. I recently experienced facing new fears when I spoke in front of a retiree group right here in my home town.  Not only did I need to write new script to fit the audience but a really well known motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, was going to be in the audience with her Weathermuffin husband video taping the whole thing AND friends were also going to be there to see me speak for the first time! Was it perfect? No. But I did it anyway and it was so worth it because I'm finally getting great new video clips for my website!!  LEAP!

  5. Sorry about the link folks. For some reason on my back end, I couldn't enter a link. Sigh.  Sorry to make you jump through hoops. I'll try to get it worked out next time. But thanks for reading! Sounds like we all face new fears every day and push through anyway. It's what makes us who we are. This job is nothing but one fear after another. And here's the cool part, there's never as much riding on that fear as we think.  I'm trying out some new comedy on stage and getting lots of jokes that are falling flat. And instead of walking off stage beating myself up, for some reason, I'm more excited that I tried something new. And if that didn't laugh at that one – or that one – so what? It didn't affect the whole experience. No big deal.  Glad we're all jumping together though! Makes it so much easier!

  6. I think this is truly what makes us all better as motivational speakers, touching lives in a powerful way. We are asking our audiences to take a risk on us, we owe it to them to take risks ourselves to better our performance, to better our story. And, yes, it makes it so much easier when we have our blogging buddies to help us through!!!

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