Award-winning top business motivational speaker, Michael Wigge, has an incredible background of adventure-challenge projects broadcast in the U.S., Germany, and in the Australian media. He published four challenge travel books and television programs, like How to Travel the World for Free, Trade Up around the World, and 2000 Miles on a Kick Scooter in 80 Days. This top business motivational speaker was crowned by the L.A. Times as ‘The Ultimate Budget Traveler‘ after traveling the world for free. Outside Magazine covered Wigge’s adventure challenges and pointed out his comfort zone-leaving challenge style as ‘outstanding‘ in the world of travelers and adventurers after Wigge bartered an apple for bigger and better things to get a house in Hawaii (Trade Up Around the World).
Michael’s Qualities as a Business Motivational Speaker:
Highly experienced entrepreneur and speaker
Unique experiences include global challenges, adventures, features on TV shows including The Tonight Show
Keynotes, seminars, training, coaching, and breakout sessions
Unique and self-ironic humor
Event members get one of Michael’s books signed and for free
The business speaker recently took up another travel adventure throughout all 50 U.S. States in 50 days, while he faced 50 state-related challenges. Michael describes his lifestyle as a comfort zone-leaving exercise, where he constantly grows on a personal and professional level while embracing change. This mindset led him to start a successful career as a top business motivational speaker on stage. Feel free to view his TEDx talk on overcoming fear. This TEDx talk presents a great overview of motivational speaker Wigge’s entire life as related to the challenges he has pursued. Thirty years after his first self-imposed challenge as a child, Wigge was able to share his adventure and travel challenges on the Tonight Show and on the Today show.
‘Business motivational speaker Michael Wigge perfectly combines his humor with interesting motivational aspects!’ Peter Grosca – Mercedes Benz
Michael Wigge on Stage
Business Motivational Speaker: His Background
The Author's Challenge Stories
As a professional traveler and top business motivational speaker, Michael Wigge received invitations to present his amazing challenge experiences on both The Tonight Show and the Today show as well having his work presented in USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. Wigge’s documentaries have won numerous awards and been broadcast in several countries around the world. His travel books have been translated into German and Korean, and his current motivational keynotes and workshops combine entertainment with motivation and information. His challenge adventures of the last two decades build the background of these keynotes.
This top business motivational speaker combines his challenge background of ‘traveling the world without money‘ and ‘bartering a bitten apple to get a house in Hawaii‘ with several corporate messages. His keynotes focus on leadership success, change management, sales, motivation, stress management, and time/self-management. The top business motivational speaker has dealt with all these aspects by facing his outstanding adventure challenges. These have enabled him to deliver highly authentic, thrilling, and entertaining keynotes to the corporate world and associations. About 100 clients in the US and around the globe have been highly satisfied with Michael’s keynotes, workshops, and one-on-one coaching. The latest reviews on top business motivational speaker Wigge’s keynotes have been described by ACA International as ‘outstanding’ and ‘very satisfying’ for all meeting participants. The Land Title Association of Colorado characterized the top business motivational speaker and his work delivered as ‘very enjoyable’. Don’t hesitate to contact Michael for more information and a free quote.
Keynotes and Workshops for your Event
The top business motivational speaker started his coaching and speaking company CMW just shortly after he moved from Germany to the U.S. in 2013. Some of his most outstanding corporate keynotes focus on leadership and sales based upon his adventure stories titled How to Travel the World for Free and Trade Up Around the World. The first challenge taught Michael how to become a great leader by constantly embracing change. Trade Up around the World taught him to become a great salesman via bartering a bitten apple in 42 trades eventually leading to a house in Hawaii. Feel free to view the Challenge-4-Change Leadership keynote and Challenge-4-Change Sales keynote on this site for more information.
Michael currently shares his expertise via corporate keynotes and seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Serving all U.S. cities nationwide, his home base is beautiful Denver, Colorado. His specialty lies in combining cross-cultural adventures with corporate goals, which he explores in a very entertaining and inspirational fashion. His corporate lectures, fun keynotes, and top motivational seminars are based on the six major challenges he has faced since 2009. His latest keynote is called The Challenger Mindset.
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Michael has been traveling throughout about 90 countries and publishing books and shows on his travels for more than fifteen years. The German native has created the term ‘challenge seeker’ as a profession. TV networks—both private and public—have broadcast Wigge’s work in the U.S. and Germany because his unique mixture of journalism, self-imposed challenges, and fun entertainment characterize his projects. Wigge serves as a speaker nationwide and internationally. The top business motivational speaker and TV adventurer has delivered keynotes all over the United States. In his motivational keynotes, Michael entertainingly convinces and motivates people to act! He belongs to the best and most entertaining professional speaker bureaus in Germany and the United States. You can book Michael Wigge through BigSpeak for your business event or just contact Michael Wigge here directly.
Michael, why would you describe yourself as a great speaker?
Michael: I think clients should decide if I am the right fit for them. My testimonials on this site do help in making this decision. I think that associations and corporations looking for messages regarding leadership, sales, change, and motivation find great support through my work. Usually, they tend to book and re-book my services when they like having a speaker who combines entertainment with corporate messages. My adventure and challenge background keeps audiences captivated by my stories on stage. Long days of conferences usually need a fun and lighthearted element, which can easily be me. My keynotes show how I have faced extreme challenges in over 90 countries, how I failed forward, embraced change to basically survive, and turned myself into a true salesman to turn a bitten apple into a real house (How to Barter for Paradise). My shows are supported by great video and handout material. Breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and signed books of mine for all meeting participants do round up a highly motivating and inspiring experience.
Interview with Business Motivational Speaker Michael Wigge
Michael, you’ve faced these incredible adventure challenges, but how do they connect to your clients’ needs?
Wigge: Most corporations and associations that book me as a business motivational speaker seem to have five major needs they want fulfilled by a speaker:
They want their staff to leave the keynote session refreshed and motivated to strive for certain company goals (for example, better sales, advanced change management, or stronger leadership).
They want their staff to have a memorable experience, which leaves a lasting impression. Something they still talk about weeks later.
They prefer all conference participants to be highly entertained in between learning sessions.
They want their staff or clients to learn simple strategies to develop their leadership, sales, self-motivation, or change management skills.
They want their target audience to get an out-of-the-box perspective through the incredible experiences of a business motivational speaker.
I do my very best to satisfy all five major needs of my clients.
But how are you doing that? All five aspects at once seem to be a lot within a one-hour session for example?
Wigge: Well, professional keynote speaking is far more than just one hour on stage. Preparation, intense client contact, speaking, and post-conference support is what is required for a motivational business speaker to be at the top level in the United States.
Let’s start with the first aspect. My clients’ employees usually leave my keynotes highly motivated because I connect to the crowd emotionally during the session by:
Interactive elements including questions to audience members
Personal stories they can relate to
My change management presentation is based on my adventure story traveling around the world with no money. People find this very impressive, but the personal connection starts when I break down my change management experiences to a level where everyone has experienced something similar. I talk about how I had a hard time adopting change being on the road, how hard it was to constantly change plans, and how stressful it was to get used to new people over and over again. When I explain these little things and demonstrate that I am not a natural born expert on change management, I usually see many people in the crowd agreeing with what I’m saying with a big smile. I create the audience connection by sharing that I find change management as hard as they do.
Next comes the second aspect: humor. I often talk about myself in a rather ironic way, and I don’t take myself too seriously. A typical start to my stress management keynote would be, ‘Hey everyone, today you are meeting the number one stress management patient (me).’ People start by having a laugh, and they realize I don’t want to be the hero or the expert but rather the guy who had to learn stress management the hard way, after experiencing serious stress symptoms during a few of my projects. Basically, I present myself as someone who has had to learn over and over again. People find my style relatable, funny, and a great way to learn.
The small stories don’t seem to be the big memorable stories the audience is still talking about weeks after, right?
Wigge: Well, that’s somewhat true. I have traveled the world for free, bartered a bitten apple which turned into a house in Hawaii, traveled Europe blindfolded, and so on. The outcome of all successful adventure stories is so huge that people often see them as unforgettable. On top of that, I have published my books and TV shows worldwide and been featured on The Tonight Show alongside Katy Perry. I presented my travel docu-series on PBS, ZDF, DW-TV, and many other networks.
How do you include simple strategies on corporate messages as a business motivational speaker?
Most of my programs contain six different aspects of certain subjects, like ‘successful leadership’. I usually go through one of my travel challenges step by step and connect with one leadership aspect after another. At the end of each keynote, the audience receives a detailed handout that covers these six leadership aspects. All audience members have a chance for additional free e-mail communication with me to discuss what they’ve learned in the session and through the handout.
Which of your adventures counts as the most out-of-the-box experience for you as a business motivational speaker?
Well, How to Travel the World for Free is big for many clients because they might have seen the TV show or my book presentation on The Tonight Show. But How to Barter for Paradise seems to be the most impressive because not many people have managed yet to turn a small item like an apple into a real house in Hawaii by trading. This sounds so out-of-the-box that many of my keynotes dealing with this challenge get re-booked by clients just to hear this story one more time. In fact, all meeting participants get a free book of mine after a session to keep them motivated for the long term bringing high benefit to their company.