Posted by Meg Soper, 28-04-2020

Watch the final piece of my six-part series where we sum up the Mini Mindful Break (‘MMB’) Challenge. Did you miss the fifth video? Catch up here!

One thing this Covid-19 lockdown has taught us is that now more than ever we need to dig deep to stay strong. Mini Mindful Breaks can help us build resilience and face life’s challenges head-on, even in the toughest moments. So, by building these small but powerful steps into your day…you can build the habit of mindfulness.

Strengthening our mindfulness muscle and bolstering our resilience is like a mental push up. Ask yourself the question: What Am I Doing for My Mind Today? Sure, we may still feel stressed or anxious or overwhelmed but with these tools for resilience, we can make sure we don’t stay down for so long!

I challenge you to take on the MMB for two weeks and see if you notice a difference in your mental and emotional wellbeing. If you see a positive shift, make it part of your daily routine!

Try my strategy and let me know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram if it’s working for you.

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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 thirty 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 acclaimed comics 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 the tremendous value of humor and positive energy.

Testimonials

"Meg engaged the audience even before the event, getting to know individuals and hearing their opinions, concerns, and successes, and incorporated that feedback into her presentation. Her delivery was awesome- she had the team in stitches- and I had many people tell me it was the best session of... Read More

Pete van Hezewyk,Senior Director Marketing

“Meg was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish! Her presentation was hilarious, energetic and crafted just for us - leaving our entire team feeling positive and empowered. We're still receiving positive feedback about how much people enjoyed the session! A definite hit and a... Read More

Samantha Smyth,Communications and Events Manager

“I want to thank you again for your wonderful message, energy, and humor at our event! The feedback is tremendous. Everyone really enjoyed you. You were so professional and interested in our organization. I want to thank you for giving us a memorable evening.”

Maryjo Miller,Endoscopy Nurse Educator

“Meg was a smash hit! Her energy, passion and humour is still being talked about at the conference. The extra mile Meg goes to get to know the association and delegates is unmatched.”

Meredith Slack

“Your presentation about resilience in healthcare and managing difficult personalities as we work to change healthcare connected with everyone and the laughter was perfect medicine for all who attended. We loved your presentation. Thank you for making our Fall Education Meeting a huge... Read More

Lorri Downs MS Rn CIC,Infection Preventionist

“I wanted to give you such a big thanks for the joy that you brought to the VCH Leaders and to me as well!  We can’t stop taking about how fun and yet meaningful your talk was. It is not easy to be hilariously funny AND leave behind some useful tools to help deal with life. We all loved it.... Read More

Mary Ackenhusen,President and CEO

“We absolutely loved Meg. She was engaging, informative and most importantly…funny! Her energy was contagious.  Thank you again!”

Tara Algieri

“The Home Care Conference went very well and your session provided an amazing start to this inaugural event. You received accolades from participants and they continued to speak about how amazing your session was in the days that followed. The time you took to know your audience was very evident... Read More

Mary Donovan

"Please accept my sincere appreciation for the outstanding presentation you delivered serving as a keynote speaker for the division’s All Staff Training event. When planning an event such as this for 150 employees, it is imperative to gain the participation of experts in the field who are both... Read More

Trina Mayhan-Webb,Division Director

"Meg, I can tell you that you were a real hit!  Your preparedness was evident and appreciated. Your energy was boundless. You’re a smart and fun lady – simply awesome! The team was talking about you & your techniques days following the presentation. All the topics resonated with the... Read More

Mara Old,Manager Supplier & Project Management

"Thank you for an awesome presentation! Your connection with the audience, the upbeat and humourous presentation and professional review of the different working styles resonated with everyone. It was great to see staff, faculty and residents engaged in the exercises, sharing their perspectives and... Read More

Diane Cross,Clinic Manager,Queen’s Family Health Team

"We had great feedback from participants on your session.  They enjoyed your dynamic personality and the humor!"

Tonya Vyhlidal,Safety Specialist

"On behalf of the Committee, we would like to thank you for your amazing session. It was so interactive and fun and people had a great time. As I looked around people were not on their phones and were actually paying attention. We had a lot of fun while learning about each other’s personalities.... Read More

Timothy Lee,Senior Planner,Policy Planning and Zoning Bylaw Reform

"Meg is an excellent speaker who was able to connect with and ultimately help rejuvenate our preceptors. Meg was extremely flexible when there was a last-minute change to our agenda and jumped in with amazing content that resonated with the audience. We could tell that Meg was very thoughtful and... Read More

Stacey Roseberry,Nurse Manager,Clinical Education Training and Academic Programs

"Thank you very much for sharing your incredible knowledge and enthusiasm with us. You were a pleasure to work with. We are still getting some of our conference survey results in, but so far your keynote presentation has the highest reviews. We look forward to working with you in the future."

Darren Denomme,Executive Director

"Thank you again so much for your presentation at OMTRA – your talk was the highlight of the entire conference!! We had so many positive comments back on your presentation – people absolutely loved it!"

Casey Brendon,President

"It was sort of the glue that helped the group to meld. Your course evals where nearly all 4s – Excellent on a scale of 1-4… You met the goal of setting the stage for collaboration and specifically helping to understand we are all different but can build an effective team. Thank you so much for... Read More

Janet Prust,Director,Standards and Global Business Development

Gail Ryan,

Selected quotes from OR Managers Conference 2018, Nashville Tennessee session evaluations where Meg achieved an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5.0: "Excellent speaker and so funny that so much of what she said was true!" "Great way to end the conference!" "Wonderful speaker. Great upbeat way... Read More

Feedback from OR Managers Conference 2018,Nashville,Tennessee

"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 again!"

Julia Panzo,President

"Thank you for your valuable contribution and helping to make this year's annual conference a great success! You worked hard to circulate with as many members as possible to get a 'pulse' and as a result, you made it very relevant to them, and you left our delegates feeling happy and inspired!... Read More

Krista Klesch,Manager Learning & Development

"Thank you for such a wonderful, uplifting and entertaining presentation! I have heard many positive comments from staff today – many commented that this was the best session they had ever attended – you made us laugh, reflect on our background, and think positively about our awesome work team.... Read More

Diane Cross,Queen’s Family Health Team

"The conference was a HUGE success and I can’t tell you how many positive comments were shared about Meg’s keynote address. We would love to get to see Meg again! I am so appreciative of the time Meg spent to prepare for our audience – it kept the conversation personal which is so meaningful!"

Carrie Davison,RN BSN CPN,Clinical Manager,Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

"Thanks Meg - we are still getting rave reviews from those in attendance…We will be sure to pass along your details to anyone looking for a great speaker!"

Andrew Warman,Associate General Counsel

“I wanted to reach out and personally thank you again for your session. The staff really seemed to respond well to your workshop and as a management team we chalk it up as a great success!”

Dave Penny,VP Operations

"Thank you to the PD day planning committee!! My wish came true, to have Meg Soper back to speak, inspire, motivate, make us think, but even more importantly…make us laugh!!! Thank you so much!"

Connie Higgins,Education Assistant

"Your presentation was absolutely fabulous and was truly enjoyed by all. Your content on conflict management and how to deal with different personalities was very engaging and extremely humorous. The feedback we received from our session participants was exceptional! We truly appreciate all the... Read More

Jackie Roberts,Business Development Assistant

Meg presented three workshop sessions at the Symposium and received a 4 out of 4 rating for Presenter Effectiveness on 106 of the 110 evaluations (96%) submitted. Some selected quotes from attendee’s evaluation forms: "Absolutely superb, I really needed to hear her – empowering words... Read More

"Thank you for your part in the great success we had at the Inaugural Canadian Women in Medicine Wellness Conference. It was such a pleasure to have you present. You were the perfect person to have at our event, to a full house, with standing room only. Thank you for your presence, your support,... Read More

Setareh Ziai MD,Conference Chair

“Your presentation was truly a wonderful contribution to the 2018 OR Manager Conference and PACU Manager Summit. I’m really looking forward to working with you in the future!”

Taylor McCarthy,Conference Program Manager

"The feedback we have received in the days following this event has been immensely positive and centered around you! Your energy, spark, ability to relate, and personal-touch with very accurate references, left everyone empowered and feeling connected to something larger than... Read More

Paula Wagner,Advisor - Agency Communications

"Thank you Meg Soper for sharing your energy with #EQAO. You provided a personalized opportunity to explore change and productivity through a lens of well-being and humour."

Dr. Steven Reid,Chief Assessment Officer

“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 so very much for the time and passion that went into your presentation to our group. There were so many “we have GOT to have Meg back…”, “she was the best thing we have EVER done at Winter Training”, and so on. You are a big hit here at OE3; people are still talking about... Read More

Jim D. Foord,Manager,HR & Staff Development

"Thanks a ton for your outstanding presentation. We loved it! Fun, informative, and your customization for TD was a huge value add! #MillennialsRock #Bringiton"

Scott Belton,Senior Vice President

"We were thrilled with the event and have had great feedback. I would like to thank you for the work you put into your keynote speech. I have sat on planning committees that have engaged speakers before and attended many conferences with keynotes. I have never experienced a speaker that does the... Read More

Janet Rose,Engagement and Education Coordinator

“From our SUNY College of Optometry team and myself, we want to give you a very big thank you for coming to our faculty retreat and giving us such an amazing presentation. You were hilarious, brilliant, and moving on many levels. We hope you can join us again in the future for retreats or... Read More

Focrun Nahar,Academic Program Coordinator

“Thank you very much for your outstanding facilitation of our all-staff day. Your humor, 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

“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

"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. I would love to have you... Read More

Madeline Finegan

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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, 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

"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

"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

“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

The feedback and evaluations from both of the events hosted by Meg were overwhelming. She brings an uncommon blend of humor, 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

“Wow! You were absolutely the best! Words cannot express how we feel about your contributions to the 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

"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 Conference,... 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... 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... 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

Feedback from the Ontario Brain Injury Association Annual Conference: “Incredibly inspirational and engaging. Practical, relevant information provided in a fun, humorous way.” “Best speaker I have heard in a long time. So engaging, inspiring, positive, and hilarious.” “Great... Read More

Selected quotes from Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates 2018 Annual Conference: “This was by far my favorite speaker. She was informative, entertaining and knew how to keep the crowd engaged the entire time during her presentation. I really enjoyed that this speech was kept for... Read More

Feedback from the 2018 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Conference: “Great way to end the conference on such an upbeat note. She appealed to all of the delegates.” “My favourite closing keynote speaker since attending CAMA. Meg was fabulous and her message very... Read More

“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... Read More

Barb Lutterman DH BS,Quality Assurance

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