Posted by Meg Soper, 03-08-2017

Everyone Has a Story.

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.

One of my favorite exercises is ‘Two Truths and a Tale’ where each audience member writes down two things about themselves that are true, and one thing that is fictitious. The more outrageous, the better!

I encourage the audience to use the right side of their brains to get creative and I offer examples of “truths” that have stumped people from Gander, Newfoundland to Victoria, B.C., to San Diego, California. Audience members then circulate about the room revealing what they have written to see how many people are able to identify their “tale”.

At a recent event, a woman in the audience shared the following ‘Two Truths and a Tale’:

  1. I threw up on the Maid of the Mist.
  2. My car was hit by a flying mattress.
  3. I was married by Elvis.

Can you spot the tale?

This woman had in fact been married by Elvis. And her car HAD been struck by a flying mattress. She had never been on the Maid of the Mist for fear of getting motion sickness – but it was on her ‘Bucket List’ (quite literally). 

You never know what you will find out. And the results are often hilarious!

Another one that stood out for me came from a senior executive of a leading Retirement and Long Term Care Organization. His truth: ‘I was grounded for 2 weeks by my parents for selling cigarettes to my grade 5 classmates’. He remembered it as one of the most formative entrepreneurial experiences in his distinguished career.

What this exercise points out is that people who work together often know very little about their colleagues or their leadership team outside of the workplace. I believe knowing a little bit more about the people we work with helps bring people together as a team and strengthens relationships.

Lesson Learned:

Everyone has a story and I am always amazed at how sharing stories creates so much positive energy. Stories bring meaning and understanding to our lives. They can also help teams within organizations break down barriers, improve communication, and foster a more positive workplace environment.

I look forward to sharing more stories in future instalments of “Lessons Learned as a Professional Motivational Speaker”!


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About Meg Soper

Meg Soper is a leading motivational humorist for organizations in North America. Her unique perspective combines the insights and experiences of her last thirty years spent as a Registered Nurse, stand-up comedian, and ultimately a motivational speaker. Meg has co-authored two books and appeared on the CBC Television network, Women’s Television network, and Prime TV as well as on radio and at comedy festivals.

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.

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