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For over 15 years, Certified Speaking Professional Michelle Cederberg has been captivating audiences across North America with her empowering and humorous messages about how to set worthwhile goals, get energized for success, and live a Carpe Freakin’ Diem life.

An in-demand speaker, author, coach and consultant, she believes that personal and professional success is directly influenced by the physical, mental and emotional capacity we each have within us to create the life and career we want. She helps people boost that capacity, so they gain clarity, build confidence, and get the discipline to do the freakin’ work.

She holds a Masters in Kinesiology, a BA in Psychology, a specialization in Health and Exercise Psychology, is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, a Certified Professional Co-Active Life Coach, and an ORSC-Trained Team Coach. She truly combines mind, body and practicality to empower change.

Yeah, You Can!

Everything Good Happens Outside Your Comfort Zone

Convention Mainstage Speaker

Michelle meets every audience with the mission to engage, entertain and enlighten. She owns the mainstage in this uplifting keynote: Energized for Excellence.

Dynamic Keynote Speaker

She’s energetic, funny, and well-researched. When you hire Michelle as your conference keynote, you’ll laugh as you learn.  

Live On Purpose. Do More Of What You Love.


When Stress is High, Pause and Try This Tactic

When Stress is High, Pause and Try This Tactic

Life is a busy and stressful, especially these days. And, when stress is high we’re more easily tempted by distractions, and motivation to get work done declines. The good news is, you have access to simple stress management techniques that only take moments to implement, but reap worthwhile benefits.

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Here’s to Guilt-free, Happy Holidays!

Here’s to Guilt-free, Happy Holidays!

I didn’t want the year to end without sending a message of thanks for coming on this journey with me. If I spoke for your organization this year, coached you, or simply engaged through these posts, just know I appreciate being able to share my messages of resilience, motivation, and success with you.

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This is our second time bringing Michelle in as the main keynote to open our conference. Michelle brings energy and humour exactly when it is needed and delivers such an important message. Her enthusiasm and approach keep you engaged throughout… everything we wanted in our keynote address. I highly recommend Michelle as a keynote speaker for any event.
Trish Kroeger, WinField United Canada
When planning our Development Summit we wanted an opening speaker that could really set the tone for the day, and Michelle did just that! Her amazing energy and thoughtful content had the entire room engaged. Every person there could resonate with her message, and her delivery kept the audience laughing. In our post-event survey, guests raved about Michelle! I cannot say enough good things, and we loved working with her!
Emily St.Pierre, Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association
Michelle delivered a blast of fun and energy as a keynote speaker at our year-end event.  Her sense of humour and easy conversational style kept the audience engaged and amused throughout the presentation.  Michelle shared valuable and practical insights on how to effectively manage stress and navigate the challenges we typically encounter on the path to achieving personal and professional success. We received a lot of positive feedback on Michelle from the audience, and would certainly recommend her as a keynote speaker for your next event.
Sharon Zaidi, Women@Enbridge, Calgary
Recreational boating was a benefactor of the pandemic and the corresponding boost to sales created waves of anxiety for our Senior Managers and owners. On top of supply chain challenges, operational cost escalation, interest rate increases and overall inflationary pressures, the continuing staffing conundrum facing many businesses also wreaked havoc for our crews. Boating Ontario brought Michelle in as our closing keynote to really pull together 3 days of education and networking and drive home the need to simply get the freakin' work done. And I am so pleased to say that Michelle absolutely exceeded our expectations. Her presentation was dynamic, energetic, relatable and hard hitting all at the same time. Thank you Michelle for exceeding our expectations!
Rick Layzell, Boating Ontario Association

As a conference organizer, you want someone who will engage the audience. The 2022 LEAP Conference for Women was a hybrid conference. Not only did Michelle engage both audiences ( in-person and virtual) with her presentation, her humour and delivery energized the room as she had attendees laughing while learning. Thank you Michelle for not only being great to work with leading up to the conference, but for lighting up the stage during the LEAP Conference!

Sarita Parmar, Community Futures Fraser Fort George
Thank you to Michelle for the time spent with our delegates! Her straight-shooter style and humour built rapport with our attendees right out of the gate, and folks were laughing throughout while learning strategies to help refocus and deal with stress and overwhelm. Her high energy delivery, research-backed takeaways, and practical examples of ways to apply these concepts were exactly what we wanted to close out our conference. Do not hesitate to hire Michelle if you would like a speaker that interests, entertains, and inspires professionally and personally.
Ana Fuller, Local Government Management Association of British Columbia
The Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference stage has had the pleasure of presenting Michelle Cederberg for several years  - both in Calgary and Niagara Falls. She never disappoints in exuding her energy throughout the room.  Michelle brings great tips and tools to our audiences on how to deal with stress, and keep themselves revved up when day to day events get them down.  With an all woman audience, they appreciated her reminders on how to “take care of yourself first,” and make time and room for growth. Michelle is always well organized, entertaining and engaging.  She is a great presenter to open any conference.
Iris Meck, Director of Conferences
We brought Michelle to our team virtually for a Success-Energy session to help our staff get prepared for some upcoming organizational changes.  She explained goal setting and the paths and detours to success using experiences everyone can relate to.  Michelle uses humour to engage participants and maintains their focus with her relevant messages.  We received positive feedback from staff and we look forward to bringing Michelle back in person in the next five months for some additional guidance and some one-on-one coaching for our staff.  If you invite her to your next event you will not be disappointed!
Shawnee Newton, Carefree Society
Michelle Cederberg is an incredible speaker who effortlessly captures our attendees' attention.  She is hilarious, motivating, relevant, and relatable.  Our organization has had Michelle speak both virtually and in-person, with both delivery options being equally engaging and thought provoking.
Ashley Sinclair, Airdrie Chamber of Commerce
Michelle’s presentation for our Celebrating Rural Ranch Women event was both humorous and helpful. She provided practical tips to help our attendees determine their future and take care of themselves. Our event ended up being virtual, but that was no problem for Michelle. She made great use of technology to keep attendees engaged online. I would highly recommend Michelle Cederberg, and everyone that watched her session felt that it was valuable.

Cassandra Schroeder, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Michelle’s keynote to our organization helped employees identify and prioritize what was important to them professionally and personally in a pandemic world, and was able to provide simple, research-backed ideas and tips to help our team create new habits to implement in their daily lives. Presenting virtually is never easy, but Michelle was able to connect and engage our group incredibly well with her high-energy presentation.
Aasim Hashim, Real Matters
Our organization had Michelle present on tips to help move from stress to success, and she certainly delivered! Participants included farmers and agriculture professionals, and regardless of where you are at in your life, she had takeaways for everyone. Her positive energy and passion kept the audience engaged and attentive. She clearly had thought through what messages would resonate to our attendees during these challenging times and she was spot on with everything from self-care to simple tips like “Remember to breathe.”
Shawna Mathieson, Prairie Oat Growers Association
I had the pleasure of working with Michelle on our yearly event for designers and design leaders. Michelle played a huge part in the success of this year’s event. She was so incredibly easy to work with and took the time to meet with me numerous times. She wanted to understand our audience, diving deep into their struggles, dynamics and needs of this group.

While we wished we could have had Michelle speak in person, she made the virtual interaction top notch, feeling engaged and like we were right there with her! I would recommend her to anyone looking to be motivated and to inspire your group while having fun along the way. Her energy was exactly what we all needed with so many takeaways for the designers to take beyond the presentation and grow as an individual and employee.

As an added bonus, Michelle sent a personal signed copy of her wonderful book to each of our designers as a gift from our company for their continued growth and appreciation. The responses from our attendees were overwhelmingly positive, saying that Michelle’s presentation was one the best parts of the conference, and the designers appreciated us as a company investing in their mental health and well-being as individuals. I would gladly have Michelle back for any of our future events as an inspiring, fun and engaging keynote!
Trisha Harp, Steelcase
Michelle’s engaging virtual activities, dynamic virtual set up and curiosity provoking conversation provided a great opportunity for our team to reflect, listen, and enjoy 60 minutes of education and motivation. She was an energizing, grounded, knowledgeable speaker who gave real-life solutions to help us find the energy to cope with all of the demands we place on ourselves. She invoked curiosity, trust, and confidence from our varied team of dedicated health care professionals, administration, and management staff. Michelle empowered everyone to do more for ourselves so we could have more energy and enthusiasm for our patients.
Kim Belrose, Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network
Our group found Michelle to be very uplifting, engaging, energizing and empowering. Michelle was also down to earth and able to connect with our group. Attendees really enjoyed Michelle's enthusiasm, honesty, and refreshing take on energy and success. Michelle is extremely motivating and exudes passion and promise.

Michelle offers a fun, engaging, and realistic view of how we can take control in our lives and live to our full potential. We also enjoyed meeting with Michelle in person. She helped our team feel some joy and human connection, something we have all been missing for a very long time!
Teresa Lynn Potter, The City of Airdrie
Michelle was hired to present as Keynote Speaker at our most recent interactive leadership forum for women looking to improve their leadership skills.  Like many we had to quickly pivot from an in-person event to an all-day virtual event.  We had our concerns surrounding keeping our audience engaged throughout the day, however Michelle was quick to put us at ease.  Michelle is one of those rare speakers that captivates her audience through insight and inspiration.  She is energetic, enthusiastic, and intelligent.  Michelle has a wonderful sense of humor and has a natural ability to connect with her audience with her real and down to earth, no nonsense approach. I can only imagine her live delivery to be that much more enjoyable.  We would love the opportunity to work with her again!
Stacy Dieckman, The Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce
We had the pleasure of working with Michelle to deliver an inspiring virtual opening keynote address for our Annual General Meeting & Professional Development Institute. Michelle was able to transcend the ‘digital divide’ to create an energetic and motivating environment where delegates were engaged and felt comfortable asking questions. Her set-up was top-notch and allowed you to feel as though you were right there in the room with her. We received lots of compliments and positive responses following her presentation and we would gladly have her back to speak at future virtual or in-person events!
Jacquelyn Folville, The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario
Having seen Michelle previously in person, I was keen on bringing her to our business community in a virtual format. Her studio and AV set up was top notch, and gave her the ability to be engaged and to maintain interest and attention from the audience. She was interactive throughout the keynote, and brought humour to the conversation while still addressing the realness of the challenges being faced. Our participants appreciated the take-aways from the session and the proactive tips and tricks that are easily applied to real life. Overall, we had great feedback and would recommend Michelle for either virtual or in-person keynotes.
Dana Severson, Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce
We went into our virtual convention not knowing what to expect and worried about “Zoom fatigue," but we needn’t have worried with Michelle’s presentation on The Success-Energy Equation hitting all the right notes.  Michelle’s setup is perfect for the virtual world and she has an uncanny ability to connect with her audience.  Michelle was able to put “21st and a Quarter Century Stress” in perfect context with what we have all been experiencing through the pandemic – almost as if she had some pre-knowledge of events to come when she wrote her new book.  We would highly recommend Michelle for your virtual event and expect that she would be even more dynamic live.
Jaime Valentine, Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials
Michelle is a true pleasure to work with and brings not only her humour to her presentations but her authenticity. Listening to her makes you feel not only that you like her, but that she has somehow gotten into your head and knows what you think and do.

Michelle's virtual skills put her in a category few belong to. She transcends the space to make you feel like you are having a one-on-one conversation with her. She is comfortable, relaxed, and skilled at making the audience feel the same way. Michelle is guaranteed to make you feel confident in your speaker choice. She delivers every single time.
Rhonda Scharf, #AdminsRock Conference
With the continuation of the pandemic in 2021,our company needed to plan a virtual international women’s day (IWD) event under a very constrained budget, after the impacts of covid19 and declining oil prices had clouded our industry with uncertainty. We wanted a keynote speaker who could also engage in a panel discussion with the theme ‘IWD21: Choose to Challenge’. Out of the many recommendations provided by our employees, we chose Michelle for: her flexibility, willingness to genuinely help, her energy and responsiveness.

Michelle keynoted on stress management at work which fit with our mental health theme and then the panel together with Michelle delved into the themes of diversity & inclusion, and the challenges women face in the workplace.

Some of the comments from the employees on Michelle’s keynote presentation were: ‘Hearing Michelle say that that we don’t have to hold it together was what I needed to hear amidst a pandemic and the  challenging times I am in’, ‘you need to give yourself time to recover from stress was the key learning for me’, ‘her full body presentation made it look like she was in the room with us’, ‘it was very engaging’, ‘I have been with the organization for 10 years and this was the best IWD event I have attended in terms of the speaker’.

Other panel speakers said ‘Michelle was well versed in the topic, engaging and very easy to work with as a panel member’ We hope to have Michelle again hopefully face-to-face post pandemic.
Wilhelmina Ashun-Codjiw, AECOM – Energy, Operations & Maintenance group
We had booked Michelle for one of our annual Chamber Luncheons in March of 2020 which we promptly cancelled due to COVID-19.  In the beginning, we were optimistic that we would be able to reschedule an in-person event later that calendar year.  However, we opted to schedule a Virtual Chamber Christmas Celebration with Michelle presenting her Success-Energy Equation and simply “give it a go!”  Well… we are sure glad we did!  Our team here at the Chamber (including the Board of Directors) and our membership were thrilled with her inspiring message.  Her presentation was a glimmer of light during a time of uncertainty.  She captivated our guests effortlessly with her charisma and charm.  Her anecdotes are relatable, and her visuals are the perfect complement to her presentation.  We 100% recommend Michelle Cederberg as an inspirational speaker and found her to be quite hilarious and full of positive energy.
Ashley Sinclair, Airdrie Chamber of Commerce
With 2020 being a “virtual” year, we needed someone to spark everyone’s interest, get our audience sitting up in their seats and hanging on for a great presentation, and Michelle did all of that. Michelle was a great opening speaker and set the tone for our conference. Her passion and energy is contagious in person, and she is a force to be reckoned with on the virtual platform as well. Just as with her in-person presentations, there are many take-aways that attendees talk about long after her session is over. I know we will work together in the future again!
Iris Meck, Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference
With the shift to a virtual platform this year, we were nervous how the annual FVCPAA conference would be received and were blown away by Michelle’s ability to capture our audience and hold their attention during the entire session.  Our decision to choose Michelle as our opening keynote turned out to be a fantastic decision as she really set the mood and tone for the event.  I appreciated Michelle's quick responses throughout the planning process and attention to detail to ensure her presentation was focused towards our target market.  I hope to work with her again soon.
Patricia Driessen, Fraser Valley Chartered Professional Accountants Association
ARPA was excited to be able to include Michelle as a speaker at our 2020 ARPA Conference and Energize Workshop. The COVID-19 pandemic changed our plans for our Annual Conference and forced us to host a virtual Conference. Michelle was great to work with and provided customizable options including a full live presentation as well as some shorter, focused recorded presentations for our delegates that focused on topics of self care and wellness.
Steve Allan, Alberta Recreation and Parks Association
We hired Michelle to provide a virtual motivational “lunch & learn” for our staff in May of 2020 as we were struggling with the challenges of working remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual presentation with Michelle is like being in the same room with her, and her presentation was well received!  She keeps her audience engaged through her humour, thought provoking comments, questions, and energy.  I have attended in-person sessions with her as well as virtual, and we will be engaging her again!
Shawna Argue, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
I have experienced several keynotes and motivational talks with Michelle over the last 15 years and I am always pleased with her delivery.  She is funny, witty and insightful.  She often causes me to sit back, process and take a breath!  During Covid in March of 2020, I was tasked with organizing a Virtual Speaker Series for our Glencoe Club members.  I immediately thought of Michelle.  The timing of her message was perfect and really resonated with our members.  I highly recommend Michelle for your next event!
Jessica Power Cyr, The Glencoe Club
Michelle presented at our virtual all staff speaker series with a focus on stress management and self care management. Michelle is a dynamic speaker that engages the audience, even when the event is virtual. You can feel Michelle’s energy right thru the computer! She reminded us of the importance of watching for trigger signs of stress and how it expresses itself physically, mentally and emotionally. Michelle shared her fantastic tools with us and provided us with opportunities to connect with her after the event.

I have also had the honour of seeing Michelle present in person at an all day professional development workshop and her humour and enthusiasm shines brightly! I highly recommend Michelle Cederberg for your next event!
Camille Barry, College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
Michelle was an excellent speaker full of enthusiasm and energy. Her presentation was both fun and educational, reminding everyone how important it is to just take a moment for themselves. In the world we live in today, everything is go- go- go.  Michelle however was able to remind us that we need to take a moment to just breathe, focus, stay positive, and make time for ourselves. Her message gave the team a new perspective and I feel they came away with great ideas to make life a more positive journey going forward.
Jenn Cavanagh, Clique Hotels & Resorts
Michelle was an excellent presenter.  She kept in touch leading to the days of the presentation and worked to personalize the message to our employees.  Many of our employees felt it was the best PD day that we had put on and felt a real connectedness to the message she gave out.  We had her present Energized for Excellence as the keynote in the morning and Think, Talk and Act your way to a Better Day as an afternoon breakout.  She kept everyone’s attention and had many laughs throughout the day. I definitely recommend Michelle for any audience.
Crystal Gordey, Peace River School Division No. 10
The executive director of a chamber of commerce is a key representative and advocate for business owners and employers in a community.  Chamber directors plan, organize and oversee a wide range of services and events for members, which can often leave them stretched to the max.  Michelle's message and practical advice on balancing the success-energy equation was bang on and what our audience of Chamber executives needed to hear.  Thank you Michelle for presenting our keynote during our 2019 ACE Summit and professional development.
Linda Sallstrom, Alberta Chamber Executives
Michelle was wonderful to work with and really took the time to collaborate with us to customize her message and focus on topics that were relevant to our group.

We conducted a survey after the event and the results showed that >90% of the team were very satisfied or satisfied by the presentation made by Michelle. It was very impressive, and Michelle really exceeded all the previous guest speakers we used in the past.

Everyone in the room left motivated and re-engaged. Shell Retail would highly endorse Michelle for any audience. She did a fantastic job at getting the attention of the group with her lively and energized presentation.
Michelle Watt & Anne-Sophie Branjon, Shell Retail Canada
Michelle provided a thought-provoking half-day program at our Developing Leadership Workshop for Public Service Employees. Her session was very well-received and included ideas and insights for work-life betterment that everyone could implement right away. She provided simple solutions to often difficult workplace issues and her ‘Do the Work’ message was universally well received! I have received both positive feedback and requests for further sessions with Michelle from many attendees who felt she truly inspired them. I highly recommend Michelle as a keynote speaker for any company or agency seeking to improve employee wellness and live a better life.
S/Sgt. William G LAIDLAW, “K” Division Training Branch, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Michelle got our conference off to a positive and focused start with her keynote speech about work/life balance. Within the first minute of her presentation she had our conference delegates laughing and fully engaged in her message. She was wonderful to work with and really took the time to understand her audience to make sure her message focused on topics that were relevant to our group. I have seen a lot of keynote speakers over the years and Michelle is absolutely one of the best.
Mike Rosson, Nova Scotia International Student Program
I have heard Michelle speak twice before, and would jump at an opportunity to hear her again. She will gauge your group and customize her presentation, keeping your interest with her heartwarming stories and enthusiastic energy that she brings to the room. I remember and live by her quotes on living life to the fullest.
Barry Bynoe, Regional Municipality of Durham
Michelle Cederberg recently came to Canada Diagnostic Centres as a guest speaker for our X-ray and Ultrasound Technologists. She has a wonderful ability to connect with the audience, and immediately brought everyone's spirit up. I have heard nothing but great things from all of the technologists about Michelle's presentation. Her tips and tricks to stay energized at work are already being used at CDC. I highly recommend Michelle as a keynote speaker for any industry. Everyone left the conference energized for excellence!
Jess Kraneveldt, Canada Diagnostic Centres
We recently hired Michelle to be our keynote speaker for our Annual Spring Education Day/AGM. She is an extremely engaging speaker, and I wish we could have heard her speak for the entire day. She brought a lot of laughter and energy into the room and provided simple take-aways for us to use on a daily basis. Michelle used her personal stories to engage the whole audience, and tailored her self-care presentation to meet our specific needs. This topic is especially important for all, and I would highly recommend Michelle to any group. Michelle really connects with her audience and keeps the group engaged.
Natasha Brandt, Saskatchewan Society of Nutrition Management
Rocky View Foundation has had the pleasure of working with Michelle Cederberg on three different occasions. Most recently she presented her Work Life Energy session to our management team in Crossfield. Her material was interesting, relatable and thought provoking. We had lots of laughter, a few tears and plenty of inspiration to think about the areas we would like to change in our lives, plus the motivation to get started. Thank you Michelle!
Gail Nowlan, Rockyview Foundation
Michelle presented at our staff wellness event and shared ways to incorporate positive thinking into our often-challenging jobs. The feedback received from our staff was nothing but positive. We loved her upbeat, quirky and fun approach. She made the very important, but often uninspiring topic of staff well-being very engaging, funny and practical. We would definitely love to experience the additional modules that we did not have time to cover, and look forward to welcoming her back in the near future. Keep up the great work!
Matthew Cheng, The Alex: Pathways to Housing
Michelle was our Keynote Speaker at a Leadership Event our organization hosted. She was upbeat, knowledgeable, fun and funny! Michelle’s practical approach to taking small steps resonated so well with the audience. Our guests left feeling invigorated, energized, and learned some great tips about embracing a healthier lifestyle. We had continuous positive feedback for weeks following her presentation.
Meredith Bongers, Excel Society
Michelle was our guest speaker as part of our staff health and wellness initiative. Her down to earth suggestions on creating more energy for yourself in a busy life are simple and easy for anyone to achieve. Michelle delivers her message in a fun and creative way, and gives her audience helpful tips. You can’t help but feel energized after hearing this lady speak!
Laura Morden, Lethbridge College
Michelle was the kick-off speaker for our new women’s initiative – WISE (Women in Support of Excellence.) Her presentation, Energized for Excellence, was fun, informative and witty. Michelle had our group laughing right from the beginning. The women took away some fabulous advice to begin the process of making themselves and their careers better and more focused.
Lorraine Walker, BDO Canada LLP

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