Meg’s Vlog: Making a Positive Impact

Posted by Meg Soper, 12-10-2017

No matter what we do for a living – or what we do in our lives – we have an opportunity every day to make a positive impact on the people we encounter.

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4 Small Steps to Help Educators Achieve Better Work-Life Balance

Posted by Meg Soper, 04-10-2017

Every fall when I see all the displays at the store for back to school supplies, I reflect on all my years as a student. There’s a certain feeling in the air at this time of year, as so many gear up to return to school.

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Meg’s Vlog: Leading by Example

Posted by Meg Soper, 14-09-2017

Inspiration is everywhere. We don’t need to be the CEO or the manager to show leadership; we just need to lead by example and lift up the people around us.

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Personalities in the Workplace: The Toughest Nut to Crack

Posted by Meg Soper, 22-08-2017

Colleagues in the workplace will always have their differences – but ultimately, the best teams are made up of DIVERSE personalities!

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Lessons Learned as a Professional Motivational Speaker – Everyone Has a Story

Posted by Meg Soper, 03-08-2017

Storytelling can break down barriers. Whether it is a room of 7 or 100 people, it offers endless possibilities for discovery. As a professional motivator, I help bring stories to the surface – because that is where the magic happens.

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Lessons Learned as a Professional Motivational Speaker

Posted by Meg Soper, 13-07-2017

We all need a lift in our lives. I love being able to deliver that ‘lift.’ Like a cup of coffee with legs.

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Here’s to an AmEHzing Canada 150!

Posted by Meg Soper, 29-06-2017

As we approach our nation’s 150th birthday, it seems appropriate to reflect on what defines us as Canadians. Of course there are the usual Canadian stereotypes– you know, the polite, hockey-loving folks who wear toques, eat back bacon, swill maple syrup, and who are prone to saying ‘Eh?’

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Meg’s Vlog: Humour in Adversity

Posted by Meg Soper, 20-06-2017

Everyone faces adversity in life – but it’s how we react to adversity that makes the difference. Finding humour in your situation and looking at the positives are powerful mechanisms for keeping the stressors from getting you down.

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In the Comfort Zone? Try Stepping Out!

Posted by Meg Soper, 02-05-2017

Often it is fear of failure or lack of confidence that holds us back. So we stick with what we know and hang back in the ‘comfort zone.’

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Meg’s Vlog: The Bathroom Incident

Posted by Meg Soper, 18-04-2017

Does ‘First Come, First Served’ apply in the realm of a public washroom, or not?

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Taming Your Inner Reptile: Meg’s Tips for Controlling Brain Chatter

Posted by Meg Soper, 31-03-2017

We all live with ‘Brain Chatter’. You know, those times when your attention is held hostage by a loop of negative thoughts or emotions, sapping your energy and productivity.

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Meg in Action: Strathroy Middlesex Hospital Nurses Week Celebration [Video]

Posted by Meg Soper, 15-03-2017

Watch me in action in our latest video from Strathroy Middlesex Hospital at their Nurses Week Celebration!

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Meg’s Vlog: Simple Steps for Managing Your Health

Posted by Meg Soper, 28-02-2017

“I wish I learned what I know now about managing health 30 years ago!”

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Your Mental Mindset – Wisdom from Professional Golfer Victoria Lovelady

Posted by Meg Soper, 21-02-2017

I recently had the pleasure of meeting a woman professional golfer from Brazil by the name of Victoria Lovelady.

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Healthier, Happier, Smarter: We Choose How We Live Our Lives

Posted by Meg Soper, 07-02-2017

I recently presented to a group of event planners on the subject of “Managing Stress and Finding Work-Life Balance”.

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Meg’s Vlog: 3 Steps for Surviving the Winter

Posted by Meg Soper, 26-01-2017

How do we stay on track and stay positive for the winter season?

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What’s Nutrition Got to Do with It? Take the 21 Day Challenge!

Posted by Meg Soper, 20-01-2017

You’re probably wondering why a professional motivational speaker is bothering to talk about nutrition in her blog…

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Tips over the Edge – Skiing, Family, and Tackling Hurdles in 2017

Posted by Meg Soper, 11-01-2017

Ski holidays have been a mainstay for our family for nearly 20 years. This January, we found ourselves in the mountains of BC.

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Meg’s Vlog: Being Inspired and Setting Goals for 2017

Posted by Meg Soper, 19-12-2016

Welcome to my first vlog post! These vlogs will be short videos about my thoughts and experiences as I make my way through the challenges and uplifting moments of everyday life.

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Shifting Perspectives: The Holiday Edition

Posted by Meg Soper, 13-12-2016

The holiday season is an emotional powderkeg. It is a time to gather with family – to honor tradition and give thanks.

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The Ripple Effect of Negative Energy

Posted by Meg Soper, 15-11-2016

Our daughter Mads – a millennial – is in her final year at Dalhousie University, and is working for a catering company in Halifax to help pay her way through school.

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The Corporate Thriver: Four Steps to Achieving Better Work-Life Balance

Posted by Meg Soper, 02-11-2016

Work-life balance is important in every industry – so why do so many of us in the corporate world take our own well-being for granted?

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My Parental Playbook: The Empty Nest Revisited

Posted by Meg Soper, 18-10-2016

We had just adjusted to a millennial-free home when about five months ago, my oldest kid boomeranged back after two years of “the year of Will”.

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What a Female Motivational Speaker Brings to the Table

Posted by Meg Soper, 04-10-2016

Every motivational keynote speaker brings their own unique energy and personal background to the platform.

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Head Down? Put Your Helmet On!

Posted by Meg Soper, 15-09-2016

Have you ever gotten so immersed in something that you fail to notice what is going on around you, forget an important commitment, or miss out on something more important than your immediate goal or activity?

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The Four Personality Styles Part 4

Posted by Meg Soper, 06-09-2016

Have you ever wondered why it is that some people attract us and others repel us? Now, let’s consider the final type of behavioral style – the Director.

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The Four Personality Styles Part 3

Posted by Meg Soper, 17-08-2016

Have you ever wondered what factors are at work to explain why some people attract us and others repel us? We have now come to look at the third type – the Analytical.

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The Four Personality Styles Part 2

Posted by Meg Soper, 05-08-2016

Have you ever wondered what factors are at work to explain why some people attract us and others repel us? For our second blog in this series, let’s focus on The Socializer.

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The Four Personality Styles Part 1

Posted by Meg Soper, 22-07-2016

Have you ever wondered what factors are at work to explain why some people attract us and others repel us? Let’s begin this series on Personality Styles by considering The Supporter.

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8 Strategies for Effective Conflict Management in the Workplace

Posted by Meg Soper, 07-07-2016

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

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The 30 Minute Rule: Make it Yours!

Posted by Meg Soper, 23-06-2016

How well do you take care of yourself? Really well? Kinda well? Not so well, but ready to take it up a notch?

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How to See the Humor in Stressful Situations

Posted by Meg Soper, 07-06-2016

“Humor is tragedy plus time.” - Mark Twain

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Motivational Speaking Events: Do They Improve Employee Engagement?

Posted by Meg Soper, 19-05-2016

Successful organizations aren’t built by hard numbers and cold facts – they’re built through the dedication, commitment, and effort of their people. The hard numbers and cold facts are the result, not the cause.

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The Importance of Work-Life Balance in the Healthcare Industry

Posted by Meg Soper, 04-05-2016

Work-life balance is essential in every industry – for every professional, employee, and executive.

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Why Use Humor as a Motivational Tool in the Workplace?

Posted by Meg Soper, 20-04-2016

Humor is the Swiss Army Knife of life-tools. Humor relieves stress, brings people closer together, and is persuasive.

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The Sandwich and the Cat

Posted by Meg Soper, 31-03-2016

For something that sounds like it should be delicious, being in the sandwich generation can be challenging.

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Change? Bring it on … I can take it!

Posted by Meg Soper, 12-01-2016

Change can be subtle or change can be sudden. But one thing is sure...change never sleeps, as some recent happenings in Meg's life make clear.

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Generations & the Workplace: “Now Let’s All Just Get Along!”

Posted by Meg Soper, 18-11-2015

The changing nature of work in the Information Age - and its implications for how the different generations choose to interact as they vie for rewarding and productive careers.

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Do Less, Live More!

Posted by Meg Soper, 19-10-2015

A book review that considers how taking a more minimalist approach to possessions can liberate our souls!

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My Favorite Season?

Posted by Meg Soper, 01-09-2015

Meg wades in to debate why summertime may be her favorite season...or not?

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Making Your Event a Success: Five Key Ingredients

Posted by Meg Soper, 14-08-2015

As a professional speaker who has delivered hundreds of keynote presentations and workshops over the years, I have had many opportunities to listen to audience feedback about what contributed to the success of an event.

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Reflections On Hitting The Big Two Five

Posted by Meg Soper, 09-06-2015

"Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open." George Bernard Shaw

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Want To Be a Better Problem Solver?

Posted by Meg Soper, 04-04-2015

While some debate whether Einstein actually said this, there is little doubt that he was a brilliant problem solver, who took the time to get absolutely clear about the nature of any problem he set out to solve.

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What Is Your Problem Solving Style?

Posted by Meg Soper, 13-04-2015

Many of the client organizations I work with today are faced with complex challenges that call for teamwork and collaboration to solve. This blog will delve into the dynamics of problem solving from the standpoint of individual problem solving styles.

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Racing With The Sun

Posted by Meg Soper, 12-01-2015

Vacations shouldn’t feel like a race against the clock. But for a few hours this one sure did. To read about Meg and her family’s exciting escape to El Salvador click on the link…

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Doing Nothing Well

Posted by Meg Soper, 12-06-2015

Those who know me know I don’t do ‘nothing’ well. As in sitting around, doing nothing.

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Spring Cleaning

Posted by Meg Soper, 18-04-2015

After months of being cooped inside, many Canadians embrace a trip to the dump as one of those classic springtime rituals. This year we seized upon the opportunity to rid ourselves of monumental amounts of obsolete electronics: computers, keyboards, cables, outdated cell phones, malfunctioning VCRs, a mass tangle of assorted cables and a 12 year old big screen TV that weighed about as much as a Smart car.

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Err Canada (or How Our National Airline Nearly Stole Christmas)

Posted by Meg Soper, 14-02-2015

Vacations should reduce stress, right? That was our aim when we plunked down a small fortune for a fun in the sun holiday last Christmas. Day 1: Departure.

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When Life Dares You to Complain

Posted by Meg Soper, 20-11-2014

Our amazing profession bonds together wide-eyed new graduates and wily veterans alike because the work we do touches people in every community across this country.

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Strap on the Seatbelt…

Posted by Meg Soper, 02-11-2014

Have you ever initiated a conversation and then watched it stray off course? You blurt out something and then wish a suction device could kick in and hoover back the offending words … let you start all over?

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Follow the Sun (And Daughter)

Posted by Meg Soper, 08-09-2014

We have been climbing hard for over three hours and find ourselves perched upon the Dragon’s Back, a slender ledge of rock on the upper slopes of Mount Rundle in Banff National Park.

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Sometimes Intuition Ain’t Worth Beans

Posted by Meg Soper, 27-05-2014

In my last blog I urged you to ‘Strap on the Seatbelt and Have the Conversation.’ But what happens when the going gets really tough? As in when the person on the other end of the conversation isn’t quite playing by your set of rules?

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More News from the Empty Nest

Posted by Meg Soper, 22-04-2014

Almost exactly a year before the above noted exchange with my daughter, Maddy, I was experiencing my first taste of empty nester’s syndrome as we sent her off to university in Halifax. Now it seemed I had a different kind of nest to worry about.

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My Parental Playbook: The Final Chapter

Posted by Meg Soper, 20-04-2014

We have just driven a rusted, decrepit minivan across eastern North America to deliver our daughter to University.

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Black Holes, Chainsaws & Other Life Lessons From North of Superior

Posted by Meg Soper, 27-03-2014

For a true city girl, taking the road less travelled can be a little daunting, particularly in the dead of winter, North of Superior. But one of the joys of my profession is travelling across this amazing country, meeting people of all walks, and hearing their unique stories. As an added benefit, for someone who doesn’t know the difference between what is due north and what is a dew worm, my vocation offers a firsthand opportunity to make up for a lack of proficiency in the subject of Canadian geography.

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Looking After What is Important?

Posted by Meg Soper, 12-05-2012

Spring has arrived. And as I peer out the living room window, I see stark reminders of the things that need tending. The lawn, for one, is already a mass of weeds.

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Humour Helps us Kick the Covers off in the Morning

Posted by Meg Soper, 24-03-2012

Whether you are a wide eyed graduate or wily veteran, this amazing profession bonds us together because our work touches people everywhere across this vast nation. You may have to travel a desolate logging road to a remote First Nation community or brave the mayhem of a 16 lane highway in your daily commute to work, but once there we are bonded by a single powerful thread: the work we each do makes a big difference in the lives of our patients, clients, colleagues and residents.

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About Meg

Meg Soper has developed into a leading motivational humorist by combining the insights and experiences gained over the last twenty years pursuing dual careers as a registered nurse and stand up comedian.

A veteran stand-up performer, she got her start at various comedy clubs across Canada, and over the years performed with many leading comedy acts including Ray Romano and Ellen Degeneres. Her diverse content has been shaped by her experiences as a staff nurse and later as an operating room nurse in major urban teaching hospitals and regional health care facilities. As a health care professional she recognized that there was a place for humour.

Testimonials

“Thank you very much for your outstanding facilitation of our all-staff day. Your humour, insight, leadership, and knowledge are true gifts and we were grateful beneficiaries on that day. The evaluations back have been superb, with you as the unquestioned highlight.”

Barbara Grantham, President and CEO

Your presentations were such a hit. I’m still receiving compliments on what a great session it was and how the staff are still laughing about it, and how much they needed that. I’ve even heard comments that it was the best Nurse’s Week they’ve ever had.
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Madeline Finegan

“We have received so many compliments on your presentation. You were magnificent. Thank you so much for doing so much work on the front end and personalizing your work. We really enjoyed your presentation!”

Lisa Canada

“Thank you for all the work you put into the presentation for us. We loved it and the participants are raving about it! It was the perfect way to end our day and I am so pleased that we were able to have you join us and inspire us. We will certainly recommend you to anyone who is looking for a... Read More

Melanie Isber

“Your Keynote was fabulous – just what we needed to end the conference - Laughter truly is the best medicine.  You certainly did inspire, motivate and entertain the group.  It has been a sincere pleasure working with you. Thank you!”

Deb Toland, Victim/Witness Assistance Program

“Meg Soper spoke to a group of municipal employees from across Canada and her ‘Bring it on’ presentation was fabulous and worth its weight in gold. Tackling generational differences can be a difficult topic. Meg handled it with ease. With her knowledge, delivery and interactive approach, Meg... Read More

Connie Wheeler, Manager

“Thank you for being part of our successful conference. Having you as a keynote to end it was amazing. You scored a 705/708 rating – which is 99.6% … almost a perfect rating! Thank you for your great, inspirational, funny and motivating performance.”

Gil Laflamme

“The feedback from your presentation was excellent. I had people tell me that your presentation alone was worth the cost of the conference. Thank you for getting us started with a bang! It truly set the tone for the conference and people are still talking about you!”

Candace Kenyon

“We have had nothing but positive comments from all of our groups. Everyone enjoyed your lighthearted, down to earth humor and also got some valuable messages to take home with them. I am still hearing people talk about how much they enjoyed the session. Thank you very much Meg Soper for leaving... Read More

Sue Kuchinka

“Your presentation was incredible. I don’t know if I have ever witnessed that kind of energy from that crowd. You were able to balance humor with new learning and a healthy dose of tolerance building.”

Alison Jacobs

“Not only were you amazing but you allowed us to finish our conference with a bang! What an incredible way to end two great days! Our guests loved you AND couldn’t say enough great things about how they felt as they walked out of the room. Thank you so much Meg”

Kim Luther, Regional Director

"It was an awesome day. You really brought everything to the stage! The feedback has been excellent...raving about this being "the best department meeting ever." There will be no way to top it. Thank you!"

“Thank you Meg… you did a fantastic job. It was great having everyone participate. It is hard for some in the crowd to be social and you succeeded in getting the group involved. It was a great evening and I don’t know how we can top it for next year!”

Maureen Fraser, Department of Applied Mathematics

"We have had Meg Soper with us at the Pacific Dental Conference for the past 5 years. She is excellent! She packs the room and consistently receives standing ovations in each of her sessions. She tailors her presentation to dental professionals and each year has been approved for CE Credits. Meg is... Read More

Shannon Brown

“YOU are awesome. Thank you so much for making our evening so fun. I was so impressed with how you worked in the material you were given. We received so many comments from people about how they enjoyed your presentation. It was a highlight and by far the best entertainment we have had at our... Read More

Andrea Magee

“Meg was an absolute star and everyone loved her. I appreciated the time she spent with everyone and how she got to know people before the conference. Just some of the feedback that we received was ‘very applicable…lots of info … but made learning it fun’ and ‘she is the best … keep... Read More

Moyra Kern

“You left me in a state of awe…and surpassed my expectations twelvefold. Thank you Meg for bringing in some fun and fresh air into the event and our day to day lives! It was truly an honor having your present to the team!”

Shelley Edwards, Human Resources Manager

“Meg did a fantastic job and really tied into our theme and vision for the evening. She was very professional, personable, friendly, approachable and motivational. She took the time to get to know our audience and include their stories/families in her presentation. She was extremely engaging the... Read More

Terri Manning, Vice President

“Meg, thank you again for a great opening keynote. You were truly amazing and hilarious! The feedback has been great. I really appreciate the time you took to get to know our conference and audience so that you could tailor your messaging … your dedication showed. I hope we have the... Read More

Kim Keating

“They absolutely loved you Meg. I had so many of the folks you had spoken with the night before come to me and tell me how much they enjoyed connecting with you. After your presentation, I was mobbed by individuals wanting to share their thoughts about how much they enjoyed you. You ended our... Read More

Bev J. Leavitt, President/CEO

“Thank you so much for being such a fantastic part of our conference. I can’t begin to tell you how many positive comments we received from the audience. Everyone simply loved it!  You really made our conference a huge success and I can’t thank you enough for that. Thank you... Read More

“Thank you for your terrific presentation at our 14th Annual HealthCare Service Excellence Conference. Your session received a perfect rating of 5 out of 5 - the highest a general session has ever received on our stage. There were so many moments of laughter, learning, inspiration, engagement,... Read More

Pat Goodberry-Dyck, Conference Chair

"You spoke at our meeting this past April and received RAVE reviews!! Everyone loved you and we want you back!"

Lois F. Duerst, Chair Scientific Session Committee

“Well where do I begin?  Everyone was raving about you!  You truly are the first person anyone can remember getting a standing ovation!  We heard so many compliments … (lots of “best ever”) and have received many emails.  That is really on you!  Thank you for being so great to work... Read More

Carol Hauser, Right at Home, Community Relations Director

“Thank you so much for being such a fantastic part of our conference. Your presentation was outstanding. I can’t begin to tell you how many positive comments we received from the audience. Everyone simply loved it! It was by far the best motivational experience we have had! You made our... Read More

Julia Panzo

“Wow! You were absolutely the best! Words cannot express how we feel about your contributions to the 2016 Exelon-Baltimore Diversity and Inclusion Week. You shared your expertise and presented an amazing, unforgettable session on strategies to create a diverse and inclusive workplace! The buzz is... Read More

Vanessa Morris, Product Manager

"Thank you very much for your most amazing, inspiring, passionate, energetic, captivating and hilarious (in a most wonderful way) presentation! It is so evident that you put your heart and soul into your presentations - even the questions you asked beforehand are indicative of the commendable level... Read More

Kristin Courtney

Well your ears must be buzzing as the saying goes, so many in our group have reached out to me saying "best seminar ever" and they all say how much they enjoyed your presentation. People are quoting you in the hallways and laughing. I have had multiple requests to have you back again. You really... Read More

The feedback and evaluations from both of the events hosted by Meg were overwhelming. She brings an uncommon blend of humour, professionalism and energy to the platform that keeps the audience completely engaged. She was an absolutely integral ingredient of the event’s success. I highly recommend... Read More

We have received such amazing feedback from your presentation … you were absolutely fabulous. I have hired a lot of comedians and professional speakers in my career and I would easily put you at the top of my list.

So many participants took the time to tell me how much they enjoyed your hour of tips and laughs. We had a tremendous amount of positive feedback. It was great. You really set the tone for the rest of the day. Thank you for being such a great spirit and a fantastic entertainer!

Meg does her homework well and tailored her session to our audience. She grasped and played upon the nuances of the profession and interwove her message of fun, passion and balance into an energetic presentation that came across as one that was unique and developed just for us. Meg as a keynote... Read More

Meg’s professionalism and dedication to making her presentation the best it could be was impressive. Meg proactively took the time to understand our organization and the objectives for the session and this resulted in a relevant, informative and exceptionally entertaining event. Meg is a highly... Read More

The audience was engaged, entertained and educated in such a way as to draw on all of our emotions from pensive reflection to uncontrollable laughter – yours is truly a remarkable and unique talent. Equally as amazing is the high level of energy that never lets up. You left a lasting impression... Read More

All the seminar attendees had a big laugh and were left with an important life message. There was standing room only because you were such a huge success. As your sponsor, Tri – Core Projects, a first time attendee to the Western Canadian Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association... Read More

Meg was our keynote speaker at our E*Value Healthcare Education Conference. She entertained, inspired, made us think and certainly made us all laugh. She got people up out of their seats, engaging with peers and energized us all for the three day conference. Her perspectives and strategies are... Read More

The delegation consisting of such a wide generation spectrum could totally relate…Meg’s presentation was engaging and heartfelt…a remarkable different translation to the workplace and home balance…what a burst of energy she is. A total hit!

Your presentation was one of the highlights of our event and people will be talking about it for some time. You came highly recommended and I can truly see why.

We LOVED Meg Soper! She was funny, inspirational and very in-tuned with the audience. She got the audience involved and was ‘right on’ with some of her comments. She gave the audience some things to think about, laugh about, and made them feel appreciated, which is so important in our line of... Read More

Meg was absolutely fabulous! She arrived the evening before, mingled with us, asking questions about our different work positions and then incorporated this into her presentation … it was fantastic. Most of the feedback forms rated her 10 out of 5 and the comments were all just great. Meg was an... Read More

It was evident that you did your homework and planned your presentation to ensure success. You effortlessly weaved our interests, achievements, and challenges into the material, to touch us personally…You have a real gift! Thank you for the inspiration and more importantly; allowing us to let go,... Read More

The message that Meg brings to her audience is fantastic, but even more impressive is how she makes each presentation unique. I have yet to come across another speaker who puts in the thought, the effort and the integrity into getting to know her audience so that her work has more meaning. She is a... Read More

“Meg, I can’t thank you enough! You nailed it with your presentation. Our members had a great time and your keynote was the perfect start for our convention!”

Sandra Mulken, 2nd Vice President

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