Will The REAL You Please Stand Up

motivational speaker kelly swansonYou are just so real.

You're authenticity on steroids.

I really connected with you. You're one of us.

It's something I hear from EVERY audience – a comment about how real I am. And they mean it as a compliment. And I think it's one of the reasons I get booked. And sometimes they say that only from what they've seen on my website. Why are so many people amazed at my authenticity? Is everyone else on a stage perceived as fake? What makes me real, and what makes that stand up and stick out in my crowded industry? And can we all benefit, not just speakers but people in general, by looking at how the world perceives us – fake or genuine? And how can we show our "market" that we are genuine? And where does being real get us in life and in business? Is that an advantage or a disadvantage?

No answers yet. But I think these are darn good questions.


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. Very good questions, Kelly.  And since my little searching motivational speaker brain always runs to find the answers, I'll answer one of them for sure. It CAN be an advantage. I've never known an incident where it wasn't an advantage – but just to be safe…  

  2. And what does it look like Linda to NOT be real? Hhhmmm.

  3. What does it look like to NOT be real? I've seen it!  I was traveling back to the west coast on the same flight with another speaker who was the opening keynote speaker and I was the closing. She insisted on boarding first because she had not checked her bags and wanted to take advantage of all the overhead compartment space. No, she was not in first class and no it wasn't her time to board yet.  But, for some reason, she felt like she didn't have to follow any of the rules of the other passengers, and she caused a scene! When the gate agent told her to consolidate her bags and wait in line, she used offensive language and even made a comment about his anatomy!  I was shocked at who this person became – not the same person that was on stage. Unfortunately, I think that was her genuine self and she just put on an act for her speech.  This is something you my dear friend Kelly, would NEVER do.  In fact none of our bloggers here would act like that. But, she's out there.  Maybe that's why speakers get a bad name and meeting planners are surprised when we show up and we're actually nice!

  4. Interesting how you can go from real to fake in a couple of days in this country. >>>>> Chris Christie.

  5. Really, really important questions to ask ourselves as motivational speakers who get up on stage in front of impressionable audiences. I agree with Marilyn that at least our league of motivational speaker bloggers are aurthentic and real.   

  6. Well, you know where I stand on this topic. Be real. As you stated earlier, Kelly, it's why people connect with you.

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