On Sunday 20th of May 2018, I have attended an amazing event in which one of the best motivational speakers in the world made a speech: Les Brown.

He is special for me because I borrowed my personal motto from his famous quote: “Live full, die empty”.

I particularly like the “die empty” part of this quote. We are on earth for a very limited time therefore let’s make sure we share the best of ourselves to the world while we are still alive.

Let’s now discuss about the event. It was organized by Kathy Tropiano. It was sponsored by many organizations and had as a spokesperson the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Gold Medal winner in the 4X100m relay Bruny Surin.

The event happened in the Palais des Congrès, located in downtown Montreal.

The event consisted in different conferences delivered by various types of local speakers and coaches.

Les Brown was obviously the last one to come on stage.

I didn’t know any of the other coaches before coming there and I was very impressed by all of the speakers. Each of them had their own strong identity.

Sylvain Guimond

The first speaker was Sylvain Guimond. He is a PhD holder in sports psychology and is author of many books. He has worked with some of the world’s best athletes such as Tiger Woods, Marc Gagnon or Greg Norman.

Sylvain brilliantly distinguished people in three categories:

  1. 20% of leaders
  2. 60% of followers
  3. 20% of “recto-myopian”

This last category is a word that he had made up and it refers to people who can’t get their head out of their…backside. Aa result, they see problems in every opportunity and will always give you reasons why you will NOT to succeed rather than the opposite.

He also reminded us of the three main fears that people have in life:

  1. suffering
  2. death
  3. public speaking

All of his was very eloquent, brilliantly thought of and he even went on to sing a little bit.

Sylvain Guimond is a must see (if you have the chance![1]

Karine Champagne

Have you watched TVA Sports or LCN in the past 20 years or so?

If yes, her name could be familiar to you.

She was a famous journalist for 21 years for those 2 TV stations.

She self-proclaims that it is impossible to “put her in a box” as she enjoys her freedom of thought and physical movement.

Despite running a brilliant career as a TV journalist that she started in 1994, she had to battle against depression for a while and eventually decided to change of career.

With a lot of humour, she explained to the audience her transition from that conventional career to her new life.

Her attire was maybe one of her main distinctive traits: she had running shoes and sports legging.

At the end of her speech, she got the whole audience to do a “HAKA”, the traditional dance from New Zealand made famous worldwide by their rugby team!

If you want a mixture of energy and fun, she is a must see as well![2]

Martin Latulippe

Martin Latulippe is an author, speaker and coach who started very early to work towards its passion.

With a lot of humour and compassion, he started his speech with a story about how he tried to deliver the truth about the existence of Santa Claus to his son…

He started his speaking career out of university without any network and financial backing.

His story about how he got to work with famous author of the book “Major success” by Patrick Combs is hilarious and full of pearls of wisdom.

He encouraged the audience to do two things:

  1. make an inventory of your beliefs
  2. challenge those beliefs

Martin is an established speaker all over the world.[3]

Abel Maxwell

Abel Maxwell is an author, speaker, pop & jazz artist as well as a jazz pianist!

He performed a R&B song at the start of his speech.

With sheer determination, he got to know the self-help world through Brian Tracy videos.

Amazingly, he managed to write a book with one of his idols: the legendary Brian Tracy. The book’s title is “TRANSFORM your life, business and health”.

He offered me his book during the event and I am yet to read it![4]

Sebastien Louis XVI

Have you ever seen the same person, in less than an hour, brilliantly performing in the following disciplines:

  1. Humour
  2. Magic
  3. Piano
  4. Percussion
  5. Michael Jackson impersonation

This is what we, the audience, have been treated with thanks to Sebastien Louis XVI.

On top of that, he shared to us his personal story which includes owning a gym in Laval (North Shore of Montreal) and pictures that he took on a daily basis in the past months showing his progress towards reducing his body fat and staying in shape.

With his impressive array of skills, he encouraged the audience to be happy with ourselves and live our truth![5]

Nicolas Duvernois and Karolyne Auger Duvernois

“Behind every great man there is a woman”.This famous quote applies perfectly to the Duvernois.

Nicolas Duvernois is the founder of PUR Vodka, a great entrepreneur and (I did not know it) a very good entertainer on stage.

In an hilarious and emotional way, the Duvernois couple told us how they met each other, the perseverance it took to create PUR Vodka and how much they kept faith for each other in order to succeed.

I could learn that PUR Vodka won a worldwide vodka contest before selling a big number of bottles and after getting several refusals from alcohol retailers.

Today, PUR Vodka is a symbol of entrepreneurial success in Quebec

Kathy Tropiano

Kathy Tropiano is the originator and organizer of the whole event.

She started her personal development journey in 2015.

Whilst being in a depressive mood about her life, she resolved to do two things:

  1. Doing everything she can to be who she wants to be
  2. Not focus on her appearance anymore

She gave her story about how she managed to organize an event “The awareness exhibition” in early 2015 from nothing with about 100 exhibitors and 1000 visitors.

She is mainly inspired by three leaders in the motivational speaking world:

  1. Wayne Dyer
  2. Tony Robbins
  3. Les Brown.


She showed us how she managed to meet all of them!

She wrote a book called Urgence de vivre: from “one day” to “day one”.[6] 

Les Brown

Les Brown is a world leading author and motivational speaker.

He is 74 years old and has a fantastic 3 decades long career in the field.

Les has spoken to huge audiences as high as 80,000 attendees.

He provided us with a lot of wisdom and got us to change our thinking.

He was the main reason that I went to the event because he inspired me with his motto: “Live full, die empty”.

I took it from him to make it mine and it pushes me every day.

Les Brown explained to us how he got to be an on-air DJ at a radio station. He did it through resilience and smart moves that helped him to propel his career.

It was 10 years since he last went to Montreal, so needless to say, it was an exclusive speech and amazing experience.

He explained to us that we have three main types of goals in life:

  1. Personal
  2. Financial
  3. Social contribution

And whilst working towards those goals, he encouraged us to do it with “OQP”: Only Quality People.

He made us understand that our conscious mind sets the goals and the subconscious mind achieves them.

We had the chance to enjoy a lot of his personal story as well as life and business lessons that we can apply for ourselves.

I provide you here with one of his best quotes during his speech:

“If you are casual about your dreams, your dreams will become the casualty.”

Overall, the event was a big success and I hope it will come back next year.

[1] http://www.sylvainguimond.com/

[2] http://www.karinechampagne.ca/

[3] http://martinlatulippe.ca/

[4] http://www.abelmaxwell.ca/

[5] http://www.sebastienlouis16.com/

[6] http://www.kathytropiano.com/

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