Harness the Power of Storytelling to Win Over Any Audience – with Kelly Swanson

Harness the Power of Storytelling to Win Over Any Audience - with Kelly Swanson

Motivational speaker Kelly Swanson shares how to harness the power of storytelling to win over any audience, and why changing your story can change your life.

Kelly is an award-winning comedian, storyteller and author of the Kindle book series, The Gutsy Girl’s Pocket Guide to Public Speaking. Kelly is on a mission to teach leaders around the globe to harness the power of storytelling to craft keynote speeches, deliver presentations and tell stories that have impact.

Episode Highlights

• 1:47 – Kelly’s long, windy path to discovering storytelling as her superpower
• 5:17 – The science behind basing story characters on real people
• 7:04 – Why storytelling is key to winning over any audience
• 9:25 – Kelly invents her alter ego Pink Zebra as a reminder being different is not only okay, it’s what makes you great
• 19:05 – Harness the power of your “inner script” to be more productive, peaceful and passionate
• 26:15 – Why Kelly says being a chameleon was her biggest career mistake
• 36:50 – On finding the right man: Kelly says her husband gives her room to fly and also “yanks her back” to reality when she needs it
• 47:00 – Kelly’s lessons on how to successfully partner with your spouse in romance, business and family
• 51:50 – Why Kelly is still afraid right before she steps on stage,and the mantra she tells herself to get through it
• Related: Get my free 22-page e-book: Natural Attraction: 9 Rules to Attract the Right Man by Being Yourself with No Games or Gimmicks

1. Favorite book for women?

2. Favorite self-care hack?

  • Chocolate, Chardonnay and campy sitcoms

3. Best piece of advice and who gave it to you?

4. Female CEO or thought leader you’re into right now?

  • Herself, “It’s time for me to trust my own thoughts. This is the year of me coming up with my own original ideas.”

5. One piece of advice you’d give your 5 years younger self?

  • “You are better than you think you are”

Resources and People Mentioned

• Kelly’s website, LinkedIn, Facebook

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  • Kristy Mandigo

    September 22, 2016


    I am listen to your podcast, and I like it!

    I started my open motivational speaking company. I have multiple disabilities. Your Podcasts are great, and I hope to be appear of one in the future!

    Thank you for touching women!


    • Taylor Jacobson

      October 24, 2016

      Kristy – thanks so much. I’m delighted to hear that you’re enjoying the show and up to big things in the world :)