Kelly Falardeau

Survivor - Resiliency, Adversity and Self-Esteem Expert

Kelly Falardeau is a burn survivor since the age of two-years-old on 75% of her body and constantly struggled with her self-worth and confidence. She found a way to go from near-death to success; from the ugly scar-faced girl to the Top 10 Most Powerful and Influential Speaker, Fierce Woman of the Year, three times Best-Selling Author, recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and most recently a YWCA Woman of Distinction. You have to ask yourself how? How did a burn survivor who constantly struggled with rejection, staring and teasing burst through all the negativity in her life to succeed? You have to hear her speak or read her books to learn the stories of how she did it.

Friends, family and those who have worked with Falardeau all say that Kelly doesn’t let fear stop her – when she wants to achieve something, she just does.  They also say that the fact that Kelly is a burn survivor since she was two-years-old is so motivating because she does not let circumstances dictate her success. At 21, she was nominated and won the position of President of the Alberta Burn Rehabilitation Society. As a kid, she also won the 4-H Most Improved Member award plus various public speaking awards and even the fastest senior typist award in high school.

Kelly Falardeau has been featured on various media in Canada, United States, Taiwan, Mexico and Africa such as Global TV Edmonton and Calgary, CTS TV, CTV TV, Breakfast TV, Access TV, CBC, A-Channel, CFRN and KenyaTV. She has also appeared as a guest on a various radio shows too. Articles have been written about her in the Edmonton Woman Magazine, Edmonton Examiner, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Pioneer Balloons Balloon Magazine and she also won the MOM Executive Officer award from the Mom Magazine.

Kelly Falardeau was chosen amongst thousands to present her business to the Dragons for the Dragons’ Den television series plus won the “Fierce Woman of the Year” award. Kelly was selected out of 1500 women to compete in the Every Woman model search competition, sponsored by Fashion Has No Borders and Ben Barry Agency. She faced her fear of being judged by her appearance and walked the runway and won the Peoples’ Choice award.

Falardeau has been involved in various burn camps and has spoken to a variety of groups including teenagers, adults, people with disabilities, Aboriginal groups and business people. She is a sought-after international speaker because of her ability to engage others. She is able to move audience’s emotions and make them see how a bad situation can become a great one. She will have you crying, laughing and dancing in your chairs as she shares her many stories about risk, rejection, resilience’ and overcoming adversity. Not only is Kelly a creator and speaker, she is also a best-selling author and wrote three books called No Risks No Rewards, Self Esteem Doesn’t Come in a Bottle and 1000 Tips for Teenagers. Two of which are best-sellers.

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Why is it that we are trained to believe that if we use that bottle of "magic" that we are going to feel better about ourselves? What is it in that bottle that is going to make us feel more beautiful and authentic to others? Why do people think that Botox is going to make people love them more? Many times Kelly was given a bottle of something that was promised to make her scars disappear and make her beautiful. She knew no matter what, it wouldn't work. She only knew one thing: “that her self-esteem and beauty had to come from her heart and soul not from the faulty magic.”

Let’s face it, in today’s society there is enormous pressure for girls and women to look a certain way and to feel bad about themselves when they compare themselves to magazine and television models. As a burn survivor since the age of two, Kelly has had to redefine her definition of beauty. As a child and as a teen, she faced all of the media and peer group pressures. It wasn’t easy, but she overcame the extra challenges feeling beautiful, esteemed and proud in spite of her facial burn scars.

Kelly Falardeau faced one of her biggest fears, walking the runway and competing in a beauty pageant. All her life she avoided the spotlight, but this time she faced it head on.

Kelly nominated herself for the Every Woman Model Search Competition for two reasons:

1) To challenge herself

2) To prove to the entire world that it is inner beauty, confidence, and self-esteem is what counts and really us makes us attractive.

You will learn how this burn survivor did not feel the need to cover up her scars in order to feel great or to succeed.

In this presentation, you will learn:

  • Kelly’s self-esteem secrets to feeling greater than great

  • How to stop depending on other people's opinions

  • How to give yourself permission to feel great

  • What action to take in order to develop your self-esteem

  • This keynote is great for teenagers, women's groups, men, charities/associations and in the workplace.

Self-Esteem Doesn’t Come in a Bottle can be presented in keynote form or in an interactive workshop.

Why are most of us so afraid to take risks? Do you often look at other people’s success and think you can’t have the same rewards?

Kelly Falardeau has a unique viewpoint on taking risks. Kelly is a burn survivor from the age of two. Growing up, just leaving the house every day was a huge risk for her. Would she be teased, picked on or ridiculed in some way?

How would she face the risks to rise above them and become a confident child and woman? Here are two clues:

1) You risk nothing, you get nothing

2) It’s far easier to face your fear than to face the fact that you didn’t even try something.

In this inspiring keynote, Kelly shares how she made the choice to take the risks because her desire for the rewards outweighed the risks. She will share her secrets on how she measures and takes risks and how you can succeed if you do it too.

In this keynote, you will learn:

  • How to train your brain to think in a different way so that you are more willing to take the risks you need to succeed

  • How to ‘just walk out the door’ no matter what you think others might say, think or do to you

  • How to decide what you really want so that the rewards are far bigger than any of the risks

  • Create a ‘big reward’ plan with ways to follow through on the risks

  • This keynote is especially pertinent for teen groups, women’s groups, sales groups and business association groups.

Everybody has scars, some are visible and others are invisible. Kelly Falardeau's scars are very visible because she got burnt when she was only two-years-old to most of her body. Not only that, but her invisible scars include dealing with pre-cancer, death of her stillborn baby and dad, divorce from 24-yr marriage and so much more.

But have you ever wondered how your scars could be considered a gift in life? In this presentation, Kelly shares her stories of her visible and invisible scars; how she struggled through life with all her scars to persevere, overcome adversity and go from the ugly scar-faced girl to the beautiful medal-earning Woman of Distinction.

You will learn:

  • Being too attached to your scars will hold you back from your dreams

  • Three ways to release your scars

  • Your scars are your gifts in life

Have you ever said any of these statements to yourself: I’m not successful enough, I’m not smart enough or I’m not good enough? Likely you have, in Kelly’s presentation she will show you that you don’t have to be a perfect person in order to be more than enough.

She went from the ugly scar-faced girl to being honoured by the Queen with a medal and more recently, the producers of the Dr Oz show have contacted her about being an expert on their show.

You will learn:

  • Your value is not determined by how much money you make or don’t make

  • Your imperfect body makes you perfect enough

  • Your head drama can harm you or empower you

  • And how to change your thoughts so you can feel “more than enough.”

In today's world, it's so easy to quit and not even try to succeed, or we're faced with an obstacle and instead of trying to see it as an opportunity to change directions and move forward, people find it easier to just give up and say they it didn't work.

This presentation goes deep into Kelly's life story about how she had her near-death experience when she was only two-years-old and was given her first opportunity to quit life.

She also talks about options she was given in her personal and business lives and how if she would have quit the million times she could have, she never would have become the success she is today.

She shows you how quitting just isn't an option and if the two-year-old didn't quit, neither should you.

Audiences: This interactive keynote is great for women's groups, men's groups, charities/associations and in the corporate workplace.

In this half-day workshop Kelly goes through the seven steps it takes to self-publish your first book. You will learn how to get your cover designed, your ISBN number, content written (even if you don’t like to type), and so much more. At the end of this workshop you will have your book planned and a strategy designed to sell it on Amazon. You will even see a sample book uploaded to Amazon and ready to sell.

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Self Esteem Doesn't Come in a Bottle

Why is it that we are trained to believe that if we use that bottle of "magic" that we're going to feel better about ourselves? What is in that bottle that is going to make us feel more beautiful and authentic to others? Why is it that people think that Botox is going to make people love them more? Many times Kelly was given a bottle of something that was promised to make her scars disappear and make her beautiful. She knew no matter what, it wouldn't work, she knew that her self esteem and beauty had to come from her heart and soul not from the faulty magic. You will learn how this burn survivor went from near death to success and didn't feel the need to cover up her scars in order to feel beautiful and greater than great. In this book, Kelly shares her secrets to her self esteem and how you can use her secrets to feel greater than great.

No Risk No Rewards: A Burn Survivor's Journey from Near Death to Success.

Kelly was only two years old when she had a tragic accident and suffered burns to 75% of her body. This story is all about her struggles from trying to find her beauty to finally accepting her beauty from within and becoming a successful business woman. This book is about Kelly Falardeau's journey from near death to success.

7 Ways to Embrace the Real You

Do you feel like every time you say or think something good about yourself, you're bragging? You are not bragging! You are embracing what's great about you, you're recognizing your gifts and you're acknowledging and embracing the real you! In order to embrace the real you, you have to start shifting your life from hating it to loving it in all ways. This book is the latest work of Kelly Falardeau whereby she shares her strategies to going from hating the ugly scar-faced girl to loving the beautiful woman she is and how you can transform your own life.

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