Getting your Message Out as a Public Speaker

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Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson is an award-winning storyteller, author, and comedian who teaches you how to harness the power of your story to connect, engage, and get results. In this blog, Kelly focuses on the business of professional speaking. Kelly’s post day is Friday. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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How Keynote Speakers Can Make Money Off Stage by Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson

Motivational speakers don’t just make money speaking – we create other avenues for sharing our message with the world – and one of those avenues is product. Books, CDs, DVDs, manuals, workbooks, journals, cookbooks – you name it.

There are many opportunities to get your message out to the world. Dreams can be bigger than you might first picture them.

Don’t know how to get your story in print, and in the hands of those who need your message? I highly recommend that you check out – a self-publishing resource.

You will have to do all the marketing, but your costs will very  minimal and you won’t have to stock your basement with books.

And it’s owned by Amazon, which makes your book immediately available for purchase on

Like many professional motivational speakers, one of my goals is to help others see the value in what they do. As a consequence, I often write tributes to the different people out there who serve – nurses, teachers, the military, social workers, those who feed the hungry – the countless unseen faces who make this world a better place.

I decided to turn my latest tribute into a children’s book. My brother-in-law is busy drawing the pictures to go with it. I’d like to share it with you in the hopes that it will encourage you to get your story out to the world.

You have no excuse!
I am a Whisper Catcher

The Whisper Catchers

Legend has it that before the world began

When the creator was forming all of his people out of clay

Though he made them to be strong

He knew that there would be moments

When they would be weak

When they would need help

When they would cry out to the heavens

And they would whisper to the stars

And so he made a special group of people

To hear them

A group of people that he set aside

For a very special purpose

With a very special gift

Who would look like all the others

Laugh and cry like all the others

Walk the same streets

But they would hear what others could not – or would not

For they were made to hear the whispers

Of those who called out to the stars

And so he called them

The Whisper Catchers

And he sent them to the ends of the earth

And to all the tiny dark places

Where they would be needed most

And made them to listen for the whispers floating past

Like tiny bells on the wind

That neither you nor I can hear

But the whisper catchers hear

And they show up at just the right moment

With a smile, or a song

A helping hand

Just the very thing you need

At just the very time you need it

To remind you that you matter

That you are here for a reason

That the world is better because of you

And that your whisper has been heard

And sometimes a whisper catcher

Catches thousands of whispers

Before he knows his calling

Before she understands her quest

Before they understand their purpose

Before they see the treasure

In their reflection

And sometimes they just forget

Or focus on the ones they could not help

And the whisper catchers need to be reminded

By someone standing right in front of them

At the perfect moment

Who may not even know

That she’s a whisper catcher too

Who will look them in the eyes

And remind them

That you matter

That you are here for a reason

That the world is better because you are in it

And now the whisper catcher has new life

And can go out with great purpose

And with great calling

For there’s a whisper waiting

And they might be the only one to hear it.

To all those Whisper Catchers out there:

Thank you. The world is a better place because you’re in it.

Please share this with other Whisper Catchers you may know.

Kelly Swanson
You. Your story. Make an impact.

  • How beautiful. It reminds me of one of my favorite children’s books, “Old Turtle.” You are truly gifted.


  • Lovely story Kelly and I can’t wait to see it in print! Thank you for the resource – I’ll be checking that out soon!