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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 ‘fit in’ than to self-market. This basically didn’t give me what I needed for a successful job as a motivational keynote speaker. But somehow I made it, even without learning how to speak to crowds at an early age. So, it’s great if you’re well experienced on stage, but if not – don’t worry – you can always learn it. Each time you are on stage, you leave your comfort zone one more time, and you may experience some stage fright, feel anxious, and push your boundaries or 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 was able to develop from an anxious child in the 1980s to a grown-up who feels great on stage. This happened by practice, practice and and even more practice.  In 2013, I was invited on both The Tonight Show and on The Today Show, which has been one of the biggest moments in my life so far! I am one of the few Germans who has ever made it to these shows  – and I was flirting with Katy Perry next to me live on air while my self-published no-money book was simultaneously being promoted. Was I nervous? Did stage fright have a grip on me? No, not all. If you leave your comfort zone over and over again, you will completely overcome the fear, and – in this context – become a successful motivational keynote speaker way faster and way more successful than you ever could have imagined. (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 definitely be 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 myself, and we started a really funny three-way conversation about cheap dates and dudes without money. It is the same on stage: You can definitely train yourself to include 5-10 good and 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 of my speeches, to ensure brief interactive communication with my audience. This helps a lot to avoid 100 people sitting there, thinking ‘when is this guy going to finally be finished? I need to check my emails’. Inter-activeness and humor combined give you the right atmosphere that every event planner wants you to create at his or her conference.

Would I recommend you to become a motivational keynote speaker? Yes, I would, because it’s an incredibly fulfilling profession. You have fun on stage; you are helpful to others, encouraging them to embrace change; you have the chance to work as a team with your clients; and you have an awesome opportunity to travel across the entire country and even travel across the world. I’ve been speaking all over Germany, Switzerland, and Austria for years, and I have also presented on stage to many of the US cities listed below. I can’t wait to continue traveling! What about 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’ really supports me with this
  3. Go to top events and team-up with other bureaus (BigSpeak, Gigmasters and Gigsalad), clients, leaders, executives, audiences, and authors
  4. Team-up with other speakers from whom you can learn from
  5. Practice and perform fun and comedic elements on stage at every type of event
  6. Continuously develop your inspirational speeches and always get audience feedback
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 background so well. Let me go back in time a bit to help you better understand my path as a motivational keynote speaker, which led me to move and live overseas. Yes, I was born and 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 in 1997, 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”. So, 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 was several books and TV docu-series broadcast in Germany on how I traveled the world for free; on how I traveled Europe blindfolded; and 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, and I was invited on The Tonight Show and things became pretty big after that.

I knew it was the right time to establish the next step in my career 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 do I actually 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 favorable 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 share my own inspirations to the conference and 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?

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

  1. The beautiful nature of Colorado with its Rocky Mountains and national parks
  2. Fantastic 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 connection which allows me to easily travel for motivational speaking gigs around the United States and to Europe
  5. There are perfect trails in the Rocky Mountains for me as a trail runner
  6. The economy is good for me as a keynote speaker, life- and business coach, and seminar trainer in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Summit County (I love Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs for regular visits) and in Colorado Springs
  7. The United States is an inspiring place with its immigration history and diversity
  8. The United States is inspiring with its cultural focus on motivation, goal setting, out-of-the-box thinking, and change management
  9. There are incredible job opportunities as a motivational speaker with awesome audiences
  10. It is a personal goal of mine 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 a:

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

Denver and Colorado inspire me 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 corporate 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