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2. Joy of Speaking to Crowds

I was born and raised in Germany, and our culture in terms of presenting stories on stage seems to be way more discrete than the American approach.  I know so many Americans who already spoke in public and performed on stage at school age! I was mainly taught to rather fit in than to self-market. This basically didn’t give me what it needs for a successful job as a motivational keynote speaker. But somehow I made here, even without learning to speak to crowds at an early stage. So, it’s great if you’re well experienced on stage, but if not – don’t worry – you will learn it. Each time you stay on stage, you leave your comfort zone one more time, and you may experience some stage fright, feel anxious, and push your boundaries of your comfort zone a bit further.

Just imagine, as a child, I was not able to present my homework in front of my class due to my anxiety, stuttering, and the cultural influences in Germany. Nowadays, I speak to crowds in the hundreds and once I even spoke to thousands. The most interesting part of this is, that I do not feel any stage fright at all anymore. Luckily, I could develop from an anxious child in the 1980s to a grown up who feels pretty well on stage. This happened by practicing, more practice, and even much more.  In 2013, I was invited on The Tonight Show and on The Today Show, what a huge day in my life with such an event! I was one of the few Germans who probably ever made it to that show  – and I was flirting with Katy Perry next to me live on air while my self-published no-money book got pretty well marketed. Was I nervous? Did stage fright got a grip on me? No, not all. If you leave your comfort zone over and over again, you’ll completely overcome the fear, and – in this context – become a successful motivational keynote speaker way faster and way more successful than you can ever imagine. (Part 3 on humor below the videos)

3. Humor As a Speaker

Many people may think that humor cannot be learned. Fair enough, a funny person is only funny if things come across naturally. But your humor as a successful motivational keynote speaker can be way improved by hard work. I remember the day I went on The Tonight Show. The producer talked me through the questions Jay Leno was about to ask. She listened to my answers and encouraged me to add certain jokes and fun answers. I learned through her support how to turn a straight forward interview answer into a pretty funny answer. Live on air, Katy Perry got encouraged to get involved in that pretty humorous interview between Jay Leno and me, and we started a really funny three-people-talk on cheap dates and dudes without money. Same on stage: You can definitely train yourself to add five to ten good an funny comments to your speech. If you manage to make your crowd laugh a few times, you’ve already won!

A good second step is to be interactive. I always ask the crowd something at the beginning, middle and at the End to have a brief interactive communication. This helps a lot to avoid 100 people sitting there, thinking ‘when is the guy finally done? I need to check my mails’. Inter-activeness and humor combined give you the right atmosphere every meeting planner wants you to create on his or her conference.

Would I recommend you to become a motivational keynote speaker? Yes, I would, because it’s an incredibly fulfilling profession: Fun on stage, helpful to others to help them to embrace change, the chance to work as a team with your clients, and an awesome opportunity to see the entire country or even the world. I’ve been speaking all over Germany, Switzerland, and Austria for years, and also made it on stage to many of those US cities below. I can’t wait to continue traveling! Can you?

My Advice for Upcoming Speakers:

  1. Check out speaking bureaus with a decent roster of speakers to get better business like BigSpeak, All American Speakers, etc.
  2. Get press, and social media exposure. My speaking bureau ‘BigSpeak’ does support me in that matter
  3. Team-up with other speakers to learn from
  4. Practice and perform fun and comedic elements on stage at any kind of event
  5. Get audience feedback by showing them your inspirational speeches
  6. Go to top events and team-up with other speakers, bureaus (BigSpeak, Gigmasters and Gigsalad), clients, leaders, executives, audiences, and authors

Motivational Keynote Speaker Michael Wigge
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‘Top Motivational speaker Michael Wigge perfectly combines comedy & content with his challenge background!’
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Interview with Motivational Keynote Speaker Michael Wigge making Denver, CO his Home!

Michael, you moved from Germany to Denver, CO years ago.

Why did you leave your home country for Colorado? Was it the career as a motivational keynote speaker?

Wigge: Thanks for knowing my history so well. Let me go back in time a bit to make you better understand my path as a motivational keynote speaker to move and live overseas. Yes, I was born raised in Germany in 1976, and I actually lived there for about 30 years. I came to the United States for the first time in 1996 and 1997, and I lived in Santa Barbara, CA. This was such an inspiring year for me that really changed my life. During that year, it was the very first time that I was influenced by people telling me that I could anything I wanted if I would just follow my dreams and passions and work hard for my dreams. This was so amazing to hear that rules and education would not be the most important influence on my future.

After returning to Europe at the age of 20, I started following those words, and I followed my dream to become something I would entitle “challenge traveler”. But what is that? I basically started traveling to about 90 countries within 15 years, and created certain challenges I had to face on these trips. The outcome were several books and TV docu-series broadcast in Germany on how I traveled the world for free, on how I traveled Europe blindfolded, on how I traveled Germany on a razor scooter, and many more. My trip around the world for free was picked up by the American market, broadcast on PBS, I was invited on The Tonight Show and things became pretty big.

I knew it was the right time to establish my next career step in Germany and at the same time in the United States as a motivational keynote speaker! I moved to Denver, CO to make this plan real! But one question remained: How to Become a Motivational keynote speaker?

This sounds so inspiring, but why did you move to Denver, CO, and not to LA or NYC?

Wigge: I researched the most beautiful places in the US, and I came across Colorado, an incredible state with its natural beauty, friendly people and very friendly weather. After a few years in Boulder, I found my place in Denver, but I often speak in Colorado Springs, in Summit County like in Keystone, Aspen, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, or in Fort Collins as well. Denver, CO inspires me every day to be good on stage as a motivational keynote speaker, and to forward my own inspiration to the conference or college crowds. I probably travel back to Germany every second month for a week to appear there as a motivational speaker, coach, and seminar trainer over there, too. I feel so blessed to be able to do this, and to call Denver, CO my home town.

What exactly is it in Colorado that makes you feel home and a permanent resident?

Let me combine local, regional and national aspects with cultural, natural, and economic reasons to give you the entire big picture why a German motivational speaker is a permanent resident in Denver, CO.

  1. Nature of Colorado with its Rocky Mountains and national parks
  2. Climate with 300 days of sunshine (and best snow in the winter)
  3. Friendly local atmosphere
  4. Centrally located in the US with a major airport connecting me for motivational speaking gigs around the United States and to Europe
  5. Perfect trails in the Rocky Mountains for me as a trail runner
  6. Good economy in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Summit County (I love Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs for regular visits) and in Colorado Springs for me as a keynote speaker, life- and business coach, and seminar trainer
  7. United States in general as an inspiring place with its immigration history and diversity
  8. United States in general with its cultural focus on inspiration, motivation, goal setting, out-of-the-box thinking, and great change management
  9. Incredible job opportunities as a motivational speaker with great audiences
  10. My personal challenge to become one of the best speakers in the US with English as my second language.

This sounds like a major strategy plan for your own life’s happiness, right?

Well, yes. I want to live a very happy life, and that’s the only way to be successful in my three professions as

  1. Motivational speaker
  2. Seminar trainer
  3. Business- Life Coach

Denver and Colorado inspire so much to be a happy person, that’s true. And that’s how I’m able to forward my inspiration and motivation to all my conference, association, and corporation clients. Just imagine a speaker who goes home to a place that just doesn’t fit well. I guess, he would just not be the perfect fit to inspire huge crowds to achieve their goals, embrace necessary change, and to self-motivate them in terms of great leadership, great sales, or professional and personal development. I am glad to be here, and to have learned how to become a motivational keynote speaker!

Thanks so much for the interview. Michael Wigge