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Michael Wigge

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Writer, Challenge Seeker, Motivational Speaker

Award-winning motivational speaker, Michael Wigge, specializes in documenting incredible stories about achieving victory over challenges. How to Travel the World for Free, How to Barter for Paradise (where he turned an apple into a Hawaiian dream home through his skills in bartering for bigger, better things), and How to Travel Europe Blindfolded are just three of his seven travel shows. He recently shared his amazing success stories on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (alongside co-guest Katy Perry) and also on the Today show. His TV programs and books have been broadcast and published internationally.

Based on his incredible experiences overcoming challenges, Wigge began performing humorous motivational speaking engagements and started CMW Coaching & Speaking. His most successful corporate keynotes are Challenge-4-Change Leadership Success and Challenge-4-Change Sales Success. He currently delivers presentations in the corporate arena, on college campuses, and for private clients. Wigge’s corporate seminars support employees and leadership toward improving their motivation, stress management, time management, change management and resilience.

Brief History:

As a German native, Wigge worked as a TV comedian on MTV Germany from 2002 to 2006. Angelina Jolie called him “a strange but fantastic man”.

In 2009, Wigge received the ZDF VJ Award in the category Best Newcomer Video Journalist.

In 2010, How to Travel the World for Free became his first collaboration with German public television and was published as a book. The documentary series received the Accolade Award of Merit for Best Feature Documentary and was nominated for Germany’s number one journalist honor: the Grimme Award.

In 2011, Wigge produced the TV series How to Barter for Paradise, which was broadcast as six 45-minute documentaries and was published as a book in several countries.

In 2012, his series How to Travel the World for Free was broadcast on numerous PBS channels in the U.S. and published as a book in several languages. Wigge appeared on The Tonight Show and later his story was featured in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and on the Today show.

In 2013, Wigge crossed Germany on a razor scooter—2,500 kilometers in 80 days—and published this project as a TV series and a book. In the same year, he traveled through Switzerland for free as featured on German and Swiss television. How to Travel the World for Free and How to Barter for Paradise were published in the winter of 2013/2014 by Skyhorse Publishing. How to Travel the World for Free ran for a second year on PBS in several U.S. markets. At the end of 2013, Wigge was awarded the Silver Columbus Award by the Association of German Travel Journalists.

In 2014, Wigge received the Houston Award at WorldFest Houston, along with the Accolade Award of Merit as an on-camera talent, for his pursuits traveling across Germany on a scooter.

In 2015, Wigge produced the TV segments for How to Travel Europe Blindfolded.

In 2016, Wigge published a new book and TV documentary entitled 50 States of Wigge.

Michael has delivered more than 250 keynotes and seminars in the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Switzerland since 2017. He’s currently helping businesses and private individuals embrace the necessary change they are striving for.