High school motivational speaker Michael Wigge serves as an outstanding high school speaker around the United States. The German-native and Denver-based speaker has had outstanding media appearances on The Tonight Show and on The Today Show due to his self-imposed adventures.
How to Travel the World for Free (PBS reality show)
Trade Up Around the World (from an apple to a house by bartering
50 States of Wigge (50 States of Wigge)
Germany by Razor Scooter (2000 miles in 80 days)
6 Cities, 12 Days, One Sleeping Mask (Europe blindfolded)
The high school motivational speaker uses his comedic adventure background to deliver important messages for students all over the United States. His most popular high school keynotes are
The Traveling Mindset – Get Out an Go!
How to Travel for Free and See the World
Leaving Your Comfort Zone — Life & Career without Fear
The Challenger Mindset
High schools have the choice to focus on one of high school motivational speaker Wigge’s challenges, combined with one of the keynote angles from above. You find more information on his five challenges below the following videos.
‘High School motivational speaker Michael Wigge motivated with his incredible energy our grad students, and he was funny, too!’ Peter Claren, Mauritius High School in Bueren
Michael on High School Stages
High School Motivational Speaker – Humor, and Motivation!
High Shool Speaker: Challenge 1
High school motivational speaker Wigge’s most popular adventure challenge is ‘How to Travel the World for Free’. Wigge traveled 25,000 miles without any money for food, accommodation, and travel from Germany to Antarctica. He used the barter system to get all these things for free. Sometimes here bartered a joke for food, or worked as a British butler to get a plane ticket financed. Wigge even made it for free to the famous Inka site of Machu Picchu in Peru by working as a porter for tourists.
The high school motivational speaker was invited on The Tonight Show and Today Show later on to present his book of the same title to the American audience. The TV show of the same title was aired on PBS nationwide, which was picked up by Jay Leno, who invited him on The Tonight Show shortly after.
The high school keynote based upon this adventure challenge is highly popular with high school students due to the fact they can relate to the fact of not having that much money, and often wanting to have an adventure like a world travel, too.
High School Motivational: Challenge 3
Wigge’s second challenge ‘Trade Up Around the World – bartering from an apple to a house in Hawaii’ inspires high school crowds due to ‘Sky’s the limit’ message. The speaker traveled around the world for almost a year. This time he used money for travel, but he started with a bitten apple to barter it for bigger and better in the hope of having a Hawaiian home a year later. This amazing travel was filmed by a camera crew of ZDF German national television.
After 14 countries and 42 artful barter deals around the world, Wigge managed to achieve his incredible goals and calls himself the proud owner of a quarter of an acre piece of land on Big Island, Hawaii. A house is part of the beautiful jungle property, all achieved by incredible barter deals.
This stunt was broadcast on national television in Germany as a 6 x 45 minutes shows. The book was published in several countries. It came out in the US under the title ‘How to Barter for Paradise’, and was reviewed by major newspapers like the Hawaiian Star Advertiser.
High School Motivational Speaker: Challenge 3
Wigge wanted to get to know his new home country – the United States.
50 States, 50 States, 50 Challenges is the theme of his incredible third story ’50 States of Wigge’. Is it possible to explore all 50 US states in 50 days and face a state-related challenge in each of its 50 states?
Wigge drove almost 15,000 miles through 48 out of the fifty states, slept in the back of his truck, and basically jumped out each day in another state to face the next challenge. This incredible road trip offers a unique inside into America with a view from the German motivational high school speaker.
The high school audience is been taken on a wild ride across America with Michael. They become part of a keynote full of amazing images and videos showing how Wigge faces state-related challenge on a daily basis. Students see him jumping out of his truck to run down into the Grand Canyon with a time limit to be back up on the rim. They also see him caught in a sand storm in North Dakota and learn about cultural, political, and geographical facts of the United States.
This challenge was broadcast as a two part documentary and published as a book in Germany.
Motivational High School Speaker: Challenge 4
‘6 Cities, 12 Days, 1 Sleeping Mask’ is another of Wigge’s incredible challenges – this time to travel blindfolded. Wigge explores how we would feel and get around without eyesight. He relies on his ability to communication with others, asks for their help, and focuses on sounds and smells. 12 days in 6 European metropolises is an incredible self-experiment that brought Wigge to his ultimate limits!
This challenge usually inspires students because it gives them the opportunity to tap in the world of people who may not have eyesight. It helps for a better understanding of others, especially minorities. Wigge usually supports a diversity understanding with this keynote. Additionally to that, this high school keynote is highly entertaining and gives all students the opportunity to see Wigge trying to find the Eifel Tower in Paris wearing a sleeping mask – clumsy and hilarious bits and pieces are part of the outrages travel challenge.
Feel free to reach out to Wigge’s office at anytime. The motivational speaker for high schools and colleges speaks for main graduation events, in class rooms, gives classes on different subject matters like travel, comfort zone, motivation, change, and diversity. You may have a look at his speaking and coaching testimonials for a better impression, and view his amazing video material in the ‘book & TV’ section. Wigge’s office is happy to deliver a free quote for you next event around the United States.
The youth and teen audiences usually get an amazing inspiration out of Michael’s keynotes in terms of topics like life goals, personal development, mental health, and travel. Several teachers entitled the high school speaker ‘funniest speaker for teenagers and the youth in 2019’.
Last but not least a few quotes from celebrities who met Michael:
Angelina Jolie: ‘Michael is a strange but fantastic man!’
Katy Perry: ‘Michael, you must be such a cheap date!’
Los Angeles Times: ‘Wigge is the ultimate budget traveler’