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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Standing Media, LLC (January 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985274506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985274504
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,529,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kelly STANDING ... has been ... hit by a car ... struck by lightning ... and hanged from a tree. She survived a mass murder. ... In an unrelated incident, she had a major organ removed. Contrary to medical precedent, it grew back! ... With 48 hours to live, at age 29, doctors told her to say good-bye to her three-year-old daughter ... forever. Kelly Standing went into the Bright Light,came back out and lived to tell ... still Standing ... still smiling.

Life knocked her off her heels more than once, but she landed on her feet. You may not want to stand too close to Kelly Standing, but you will want to read this veteran speechwriter's inspiring story in her own words. Sometimes startling. Frequently funny. Totally true.

Kelly Standing is an award-winning speaker, speechwriter and coach. She lives in Chicago, a childhood dream come true. When she doesn't have a microphone under her chin, she often has a bicycle under her bum or a theater ticket in her hand and almost always ... a smile on her face.

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Great lessons in how to live your life.
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Her unique writing style and personality are compelling and convincing.
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It's a fun read and inspirational at the same time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roger on January 3, 2012
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Read it and then read it (or listen to it) again....If this story doesn't move you, then you can't be moved. a Story of Perseverance, a message of coping with adversity, a success story, a story of eternal optimism and a story of faith all rolled into one lady's life.

I can't wait to send copies to my friends who will love this message as much as I do.

Once the unique literary style grabs you (about chapter two) you will love it. The Introduction prepares you for one great reading experience, so like the book tells you on the intro page "Don't skip this!! IT'S IMPORTANT!"

I am a book junkie, and I am sure glad my instincts lead me to this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary on January 17, 2012
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Great lessons in how to live your life. I laughed out loud, I cried out loud, I had so many memories flash by and I knew that this book touched me on so many levels. Kelly Standing has a great way of making one be at peace with adversity by her example of the way she has lead her life......... always smiling! What a joyous,inspirational,yet fun read! Loved every minute of it. To all my friends dealing with life problems........you are reading the review of your next gift from me! It will be your best gift yet!!!!
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By Roger E. Breisch on February 29, 2012
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In the spirit of full disclosure, I know Kelly Standing...at least in small measure. She and I were cohorts at Speaker University, a wonderful series produced by the Illinois Chapter of the National Speakers Association. For that, the keen observer will note my name in Kelly's acknowledgement of "Supportive Colleagues" near the end of the book. I was surprised and humbled by the undeserved citation.

Having said that, I am often biased against books written by people I know. The reasons for that vary, but I had no difficulty overcoming my negative tendencies the moment I opened Kelly's work and entered her world. Her writing is engaging and playful, her stories are well-told and extraordinary, and her wisdom is deep and thought-provoking. I cannot imagine what more I might demand from such a work of love.

The phrase "consider the source" comes to mind as I contemplate ways to describe this volume. We often use that phrase to dismiss insights and wisdom that make us uncomfortable, or those with which we disagree. But, because our worldviews emerge so intimately from whence we have come, I often long for deeper insight into an author than a few cryptic sentences crammed on the back flap of a book's cover.

While any autobiography should offer such an "inside-out" view, I thought -- or rather felt -- that Kelly let us into her world in as unblemished a way as any author could. She is funny and self-deprecating. She is loving towards those in her life when they are deserving and brutally honest in those moments her relationships fell short. She accepts responsibility for her shortfalls and gently requests others in her life to examine theirs.

As for insights and wisdom...they are embedded in every page, paragraph and sentence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A Walters on January 11, 2012
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Easy to read. Very few of us have experienced the hurdles Kelly has had in her life BUT she has gotten over them by leaps and bounds. Wonderful book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on January 13, 2012
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I loved this book. Kelly is a gifted writer - witty, funny and she knows how to tell a story. It's a fun read and inspirational at the same time.
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I can only wonder what people who live "half empty" lives would feel about this book for it is the epitome of not just half full but full to the brim. Kelly Standing makes you believe that you can overcome life's obstacles and (one of her favorite words) "persevere" and she points the way to happiness with humor and joy. It is written with CAPITAL LETTERS, lots of italics and pauses - written as though it were being spoken. You can hear Kelly as well as read her words on the page. You also come to know Kelly - and that she can go on and on and on - sometimes longer than necessary as she tries to make a point. But it is easy to gloss over those parts, jump a page ahead to the next super short chapter and move forward with her life. This is a great book to read and an even better one to give to a friend whose brushes with life's realities bring them down. Kelly values each and every day and reminded this reader to do the same.
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The energy and enthusiasm of the author comes across on every page. I wanted to hurry through to find out what happens next, but also to go slowly, and reread parts to be sure not to miss anything -- to get everything I could from what was there for me. The whole book felt very personal, almost like an in depth conversation with a good friend. A friend you respect and can learn from.

Her family is amazing and it brought home the fact that no matter how much you love your children, you cannot always protect them and give them the life you want for them. You can't help them if they don't let you know they need help. But you can give them the background and support to enable them to make a good life for themselves. And the author has surely made a great life for herself even if she had to face death head on to achieve it.

I will heartily recommend this book to family and friends.
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By BobC on October 30, 2012
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Kelly Standing tells her life story through several smaller stories. Each smaller story is told with transparency, vulnerability, honesty, openness, wisdom, humor, and most importantly purpose. Kelly's style allows anyone to easily relate to not only her trials and struggles, but also to the principles that she employs to overcome these trials and issues in her life. These principles are only discovered, learned and mastered through experience, and this book allows you to grow, learn and thrive by employing these principles from Kelly's experiences. You will be encouraged, empowered, inspired and enlightened through Kelly's genuine and thoughtful sharing of her life, and you will want to share her book with people you care about! I had the privilege of hearing Kelly speak in person, and she is a gifted, dynamic and engaging speaker in addition to a talented writer.
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More About the Author

KELLY STANDING
Author, Motivational Speaker and Executive Coach

You might not want to stand too close to Kelly.

Kelly Standing has been hit by a car, struck by lightning, and hanged from a tree. Completely unrelated, she had a major organ removed. ... It grew back! With 48 hours to live, at the age of 29, doctors told her to say goodbye to her three-year-old daughter. Kelly went into the light, came back out and lived to tell about it. And tell about it she does in her new book, along with the stories of her many brushes with death and what those experiences have taught her about life and living.

"I'm Still Standing: How One Woman's Brushes with Death Taught Her How To Live" is a funny, honest, moving memoir of growing up in a stable, loving family but still finding herself oddly living on the edge of danger in the 60s and 70s (available on Amazon.com and imstillstandingbook.com).

When she hasn't been facing down death and disaster, Kelly has spent her time as a speechwriter and presentation coach helping America's top executives and even a few celebrities make great impressions when giving speeches or even making small talk. In addition, Kelly has enjoyed extraordinary success as a speaker herself, earning standing ovations from corporate, association and nonprofit audiences and ranking among the top nine speakers in the world out of 25,000 contestants and 180,000 Toastmasters in the 2001 World Championship of Public Speaking.

Kelly has helped executives find their authentic voices in a broad range of industries: healthcare, financial services, agriculture, oil & gas refining and marketing, restaurants, consumer foods, real estate and retail. Kelly helps individuals and organizations go deeper, to consider and craft the legacies they hope to leave.

Kelly grew up in St. Louis and is based in Chicago, where she runs her company STANDING Media. She travels the country for speaking engagements and book-signings. Standing Media works with organizations that want their people to rally around change and adversity, so they can blow the doors off every goal they set.

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