Posted by Meg Soper, 12-01-2015

“Ola senor! Me llama Meg Soper! Dónde este las claves para hacienda, por favor?”

Those are the words I want to say to the security guard holding the pump action shotgun and the keys to our ocean side vacation rental. The words I actually say are a random jumble of Spanish, English and French that only serve to confuse the person who represents the final hurdle in this marathon like travel day to El Salvador. After 14 grueling hours, the prospect of spending the night camped in our sub-compact with my husband and two young adult kids looms large. I curse myself for not investing a few measly dollars in a Spanish-English phrase book!

Three Simple Rules

This saga really began, oddly enough, on a freezing cold night in Edmonton, Alberta a few weeks earlier. I had presented at a conference and was given a ride to the airport by one of the event organizers, a fine gent by the name of Miguel. I proudly shared plans for our Christmas vacation to El Salvador, which as it turns out was Miguels home country. I could not believe my luck! So I started to grill him for travel tips and advice. However it was soon obvious that it was Miguel who was doing the grilling.

“What time does your flight land?” he asked, his voice conveying concern.

“1:10 p.m.” I said.

“Right then” he says “Three simple rules you need to follow in El Salvador. You listening?”

“Uh huhhhh….”

“Rule #1 – always be home by sundown. Got that?”

“Okayyyy….” I reply, meekly.

“Rule # 2: never drive at night. Got that?”

“Uh huhhhh….”

“And Rule #3” he says, pausing for effect “Rule #3: whenever in doubt refer to Rules 1 and 2.”

Let me assure you his tone of voice was enough to sear the advice onto my cerebellum. Miguel’s words served to confirm that my husbands concerns about personal safety were, perhaps, warranted. Like the fact El Salvador had a notoriously high murder rate, or that the U.S. State Department warned of dangers on roads around the international airport where tourist vehicles were often subject to being rear-ended, and victims then assaulted and robbed by guys with guns and machetes.

OK Jose, Can We Just Get the Keys?

So, I suppose we should have been thankful that we arrived at our vacation destination without major incident. Still we were in a bit of a pickle. Perhaps it was asking too much but I had hoped we would roll up, announce our name, and be granted a warm welcome to our lovely villa on the Pacific. But I guess the guard, whose name we determined to be Jose, didn’t get the memo. It seemed as though our vacation was now hanging in the balance.

At such moments it is easy to let the self talk become decidedly negative. Like why the hell are we here anyway? Had we succumbed to some cruel internet rental scam, leaving us to live like gypsies for our 10 day stay? I remember how I vowed after the travel horror story the previous Christmas (see my blog titled ‘Err Canada’ – January 2014) that I would never ever travel over the holidays again. But then my son decided to go to Central America, and I couldn’t bear the thought of not spending Christmas together. So there you have it. Blame it on maternal instincts. Still the assault on the senses experienced the previous14 hours could best be characterized as part rugby scrum, part root canal, part scavenger hunt. Let me share a few moments of our day with you.

Travel Day Timeline

4:00 a.m. Rise and shine! No need for wakeup call. Airport hotel has all the charm of a coroners office. Onto shuttle bus, barely conscious. People chatter excitedly about escaping the deep freeze. One woman boasts of sipping umbrella drinks in Florida by noon then cheerily asks my husband where he is going. “El Salvador” he mutters, in low baritone conveying a sense of dread. Bus goes quiet.

6:42 a.m. Touch down at Newark airport. Like a city within an airport within a city. Time tight for connection. Hop shuttle bus to another terminal. Kettled through multiple security checks. Feeling decidly like I am at stockyard, but sharpen skills at at removing and replacing footwear without breaking stride.

7:45 Arrive at gate for flight to San Salvador. We are the only three non Spanish speakers on flight. All around us people speak excitedly in mother tongue about pending visit to homeland. My husband looks a trifle concerned. “Don’t seem to be many tourists?” he observed as we boarded.

9:30 a.m. In our seats. Flight delayed. Surrounded by squalling infants. Over the P.A. captain says baggage system kaput – something about a “system wide failure”, then advises us that load calculations needed for flight clearance must be done manually at head office. Great! Our lives are now in the hands of some guy in Chicago learning how to use a slide rule. Bar service would be welcome about now.

10 40 am – Flight departs 2 hours late. ETA for landing now after 3PM. Miguel’s Rule #1 in jeopardy. We have less than 3 hours to clear customs, rent car, buy food, locate son and navigate 75 k of twisty coastal road. Husband is doing mental math re: sundown. Complexion very pale.  Checks watch about every 30 seconds. He is the driver.

3:10 pm. Bienvenudos El Salvador! the sign at the airport exclaims. Collect bags and get cleared through customs. Tickety boo!

3:45 pm Arrive Hertz counter. Hand over rental contract. Right above big bold letters on contract saying “No price increases permitted’ lady adds $162 to our ‘confirmed’ price and pushes it back for approval. Like no big deal, lets play ‘Gouge the Gringo.’ Not happy. Stand off. Crowd gathers. What ensues could be likened to tennis match where each side insists playing by their own rules, but can’t explain what rules are. Meanwhile I notice the sun diving towards the horizon. We are given a choice: “Pagar extra o hasta luego’ (Pay up or take a hike). Game set match. Score: Team Hertz wins 162 to Nil.

4:17 pm. Rattled. Drive out of airport. Roadside is a riot of pedestrians, melon stands, livestock, and feral dogs.Husband holds the steering wheel in death grip. Daughter Maddy in back seat, ear buds in taking in sights, an oasis of calm. Feeling in front more akin to desert storm. After a few minutes daughter says “Hey shoulda hung a left back by Hotel Quality.” She’s right. It wont be the last time parents miss a turn.

4:45 Arrive La Libertad. Only place for groceries within 50 km of our rental. Enter Super Mercado. Crowded, noisy. Shotgun toting security guard watches closely. Yikes! Wild sprint thru ailses like episode of Supermarket Sweep. Hurl items frantically into the cart providing novel form of entertainment to locals.

5:15 Toss provisions hastily in trunk. Drive frantically towards El Tunco to pick up prodigal son. Locate him curb side, cool as can be, hardly looking like kid I know: bleach blond hair, beard, bulked up surfer dude body. Strap board to car and careen up rough cobble road and onto Route 2A. It is now 5:45. Sun is diving below the horizon.

6:15 Darkness descends like a steel curtain. We are in violation of Miguel’s 1st Rule. I get it now! The road is all hills and hairpins, hard by the pacific. Street lights are a rare commodity. Our car has all the power of a Singer sewing machine. Passing is perilous.We encounter huge trucks loaded to hilt with long wood sticks that fly off in steady streams as they careen past us on the downhill sections. Safety first in El Salvador I conclude. We  negotiate a series of tunnels so dark that, once in, time enters a new dimension. We collectively hold our breath hoping to emerge the other side without a dog, horse or human affixed to our grill.

6:48 Arrive at the gate at Bahia Dorada, paradise by the sea. Or so we hope.

All’s Well That End’s Well

Ultimately our young son was able to employ some of his new found skills in Spanish to glean that the door to our villa had been left open and we were welcome to proceed. Whew! And so we made our way along cobbled lanes to our villa, high on the hill overlooking the Pacific. It was an oasis. And thus our marathon day came to a happy conclusion.

When you are in a foreign country, on your own, and not conversant in the native tongue, you hunker down and experience family on a new level. We were pretty much full on in each other’s company for those 10 days, falling into a seamless rhythm – up at daybreak for morning sun at a nearby surf spot, then back to our bit of paradise for lunch and afternoon by the pool, followed by magnificent sunsets at the beach, cards, dinner and movies to end the day.

Sure Florida would have been convenient, easy and perhaps less stressful. But it seems lasting memories are made when you depart your comfort zone. We will never forget our adventure to El Salvador and the lessons learned from its gracious and welcoming people who despite their limited means seemed very genuinely content with life, and living in the moment.

Thank you El Salvador!

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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.


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Anne Huizingh, Director of Human Resources

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Susan Taylor, Director

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Kelly Calhoun, Assistant VP Communications

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Angela Halseth, Vice President

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Sue Vovchuk, Executive Director

Thank you so much for speaking at the Office, Clerical and Technical Union PD Day Event. Our members were so uplifted and entertained by your presentation. So many folks thanked me for bringing you to the day! Your personalization was hugely impactful and we had a wonderful laugh thanks to you!

Linn Maund, President

The event went great and everyone loved Meg's presentation! She was professional, knowledgeable, inspirational and funny. Meg's performance was an excellent start to our day and we all enjoyed it a lot.  We extend our gratitude to Meg - she made our event exceptional and... Read More

Magda Wojewodka, Administrative Coordinator

I was at the TBA Women in Banking last week, and I wanted to connect with you to say Thank You!  Your presentation was beyond hilarious.  I laughed harder than I have in years.  I was rolling and crying and even bawling at times.  I told my husband and children all about you - for days I kept... Read More

Nicole Robben - Director

“As always, that was truly incredible. I hope we…have you back every year! Thank you for inspiring, motivating, and bringing laughter to my team and the amazing people we work with across the state. THANK YOU!”

Allison Granata - Assistant Director

We can’t thank you enough for your amazing presentation today!  It was so thoughtful, refreshing, and fun!! Your energy and positivity are infectious, and while these times are difficult for all of us, we appreciate your adaptability and the fact that you continue to speak to teams, inspire with... Read More

Amanda Laird - Team Lead for Practice Quality

Meg’s keynote was amazing – she should be a stand up comedienne – lucky for us she’s pivoted to delivering important messages with humour to the masses...I Laughed Out Loud literally so many times. Please tell Meg I really appreciated the shout outs, the tailored message, the references to... Read More

Anne Babej - Executive Director

What a night!...You were absolutely wonderful to work with and you shared such fun and helpful tips, some I have already started to put to use! I can’t tell you how many times I literally laughed out loud! I think there were even some tears. In the current times we’re in, laughter and joy like... Read More

Nathania Millette - Director of Operations

THANK YOU! YOU WERE SOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME TODAY! We have been getting amazing feedback all afternoon!

Cynthia Kelly - Human Resources Manager

She was incredible!!!

Gurinder Sandhu - Owner & President

Meg, that was WONDERFUL!  I couldn’t be happier with this first “Conversation!” Thank you for helping Lead and Inspire!

Natasha Ozybko - Co-Founder

What a spectacular presentation!  Thank you so much for you message and contagious positive energy.  My inbox and workplace chat has been blowing up with positive feedback. It hit the mark 100%!

Taryl Kramp - Regional Vice-President

Throughout the day I heard many comments about how much people enjoyed your keynote. You struck just the right tone of acknowledging the frustrations and stresses we are facing and providing practical approaches to being more resilient. There were many laughs throughout, and that alone was... Read More

Barb Omland - Chair

Thank you Meg! As always you were a big hit both this afternoon and this evening!  Your ability to connect everyone through your story telling and humor is like no other! We are truly appreciative of you making the time to be with us. I cant wait to work with you... Read More

LeighAnne Voll - Chief Operating Officer

“First of all I want to thank you for your wonderful presentation. I received nothing but great feedback. I will definitely keep you in mind for future events.”

Clarissa Ogando - International Market Coordinator

“We absolutely loved having Meg! We cannot say enough wonderful things about her. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

Jenna Saunders - People Operations Specialist

“Thank you so much for bringing your energy and wisdom to our leadership team today. You are such a pro. I was so impressed how you were able to have such an engaging presence over Zoom…Thanks again for a memorable presentation and bringing energy to our team – so much appreciation here for... Read More

Alex Munter - President & CEO

“Thank you for the wonderful presentation...As I mentioned earlier, you are a real joy and your joyful sprint shone through beautifully today. It’s exactly what we as a Board need at this moment. On a personal level, it was just what the doctor... Read More

Charles Criminisi - Chairman of the Board

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Gene Roberts - Director Student & Legal Mediation Services

“Extreme thanks!  This was fantastic and the energy we all needed right now! Here are a few quotes, some of them were sent to everyone at the end of the meeting, some came directly to me: "Thank you!!! SOOOO needed this!!!" "Really fun break in the stress." "Excellent choice of... Read More

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Ayana Mortley,Workshop Training Coordinator,New York City Elder Abuse Center

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Lorri Downs MS Rn CIC,Infection Preventionist

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Janet Prust,Director,Standards and Global Business Development

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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

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Pete van Hezewyk,Senior Director Marketing

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Meredith Slack

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Tara Algieri

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Mary Donovan

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Trina Mayhan-Webb,Division Director

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Mara Old,Manager Supplier & Project Management

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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

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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

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"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

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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

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Jackie Roberts,Business Development Assistant

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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

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Paula Wagner,Advisor - Agency Communications

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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... She kept us engaged and laughing the entire time. I can’t say... 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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