Tonight Show Guest - Traveler & Buronut Prevention Coach
‘CMW’s mindfulness seminars & employee burnout prevention has helped us handle a long term change process!’ Steve Francovic, CMP at ILGF
Interview with Michael on mindfulness seminars & employee burnout prevention
Stress Management and Burnout Prevention
Michael, how important is personal development in your mindfulness seminars for employees?
-Wigge: I actually got into different development aspects because of my personal interest at a very early stage of my life. How to grow personally and professionally was one of my interests already at an early age of eight, way before my career as a mindfulness coach started. I deliver these experiences in our programs to the workforce with an actual real life connection of my own experience. Feel free to watch my TEDx Talk or read my motivational keynote speaker blog on these experiences to help you better understand my background.
What were the personal coaching aspects you’ve worked on?
-Wigge: I had a variety of personal obstacles and I already wanted to overcome them as a child and adolescent. I am glad that I could work on all of them with a successful result. Here is my list of personal & professional development aspects that I dealt with:
Overcoming fear of speaking to crowds
Living a mindful life
Improving my health and personal stress management
Learning lessons from burnout in my first career as a television anchor
Learning to set boundaries for myself and others
Becoming a positive thinker
Developing a great relationship with myself
There might be many more aspects, but this work has definitely changed and shaped my current life. I would currently see my lifestyle as inspirational, which is the absolute ground work to offer mindfulness seminars & employee burnout prevention programs.
How did this influence you on how you deliver those burnout prevention training programs?
-Wigge: In my first career as a travel TV adventurer, I often had to lead teams to produce my travel docu-series for the international TV market. My adventures required a team of people who would support me in research, video editing, camera work, and many aspects of a TV production. These 15 years taught me a lot on successful leadership, on how to solve conflicts, overcome fear, lead with appreciation, motivate team members, become a better listener to my team and be more mindful of preventing stress and burnout. Nowadays, I use these learning experiences in my challenge-4-change mindfulness seminars & employee burnout prevention programs.
My former career also confronted me with the learning aspect of embracing change. And I clearly had to learn a lot about having great change management skills, because for instance, I changed my marketing completely from analog to digital marketing. Being a successful TV reporter and book author in Europe and in the US did put me in a luxury position of being part of an exclusive TV circuit for a long time. This automatically gave me enough exposure to get more speaking requests as a motivational speaker, than I could have actually done otherwise. But things changed over time through the process of digitization. The TV scene has changed because of the digitization and the internet. I had to embrace change to self-market myself through e-mail, SEO, and social media. It was an experience out of my comfort zone to have the same success digitally as I had in the exclusive analog TV world. All these changes required a strong mindful lifestyle with stress and burnout prevention.
This brings me to my professional development in terms of self-motivation. This aspect is very important for a successful and mindful lifestyle.
I traveled around the world for my “Trade Up” challenge to turn an apple into a Hawaiian home. That year of my life was one of my best learning experiences I had in my entire life. I had to become a true sales man to barter my products for bigger and better around the world. But I also had to constantly learn how to motivate myself and others to overcome periods of this project with lack of success. I had to learn how to never lose my focus on my major goal, on how to balance my personal stress level during this challenge, and how to overcome self-doubts of reaching the ultimate goal – a house in Hawaii!
My work with mindfulness seminars & employee burnout prevention programs has greatly improved, after the lessons I learned during that year. Goal setting, self-motivation, being able to stay out of my comfort zone, and keeping a positive mindset are just a few of them, that I share in my mindfulness coaching programs.
What benefits do your mindfulness and burnout prevention clients get?
-My work is certified, systemic, and solution-oriented. Most of my corporate clients embrace the necessary change they strive for, after my one-day or two-day mindfulness seminars. After each seminar session, I motivate my clients with certain burnout prevention challenges, the so-called field work. They basically get a personal challenge to face their stress-related issue, after the actual training program. A burned-out manager would have to set up a thirty day work-life challenge to integrate the learning results. This can be hard, but this is exactly where the change is happening – outside our comfort zone.
During “homework” my clients have the chance to call me for support, and to send additional e-mails for advice. My mindfulness seminars & employee burnout prevention program is highly effective with an 85% success rate of satisfied clients.
How can anyone become a positive thinker?
-Wigge: I grew up in Europe, in a small town in Germany, in the 1970s and 1980s. I experienced a family life and a social surrounding dealing with fear and pessimism. I grew up with a similar mindset because this way of thinking seemed to be the status quo for me.
But my travels to about 90 countries have taught me all of the different options we have. If you look out of the window over there, you see a cloudy day. How do I perceive it? And do I really need to judge this current weather? I used to think ‘How annoying is this weather, it’s always cloudy, I feel bad because of the weather’. Nowadays I think ‘one of the cloudy days in between sunny ones’. First of all, I don’t judge the weather as ‘annoying’ anymore. I don’t either negatively generalize that it’s ‘always cloudy’, because it’s an exaggeration and not a true fact. And I don’t give up the responsibility on how I feel to an external circumstance. This is important ground work to avoid any kind of stress symptoms in the first place.
Great, but luckily it’s rarely cloudy in this region!
-Wigge: (Laughs out loud) I feel self-responsible for my own feelings nowadays, and I usually observe situations and rarely judge them. This makes such a huge difference to my personal mood, because I recognize that it’s only me who decides to be happy or unhappy. Be inspirational to be a great stress management coach! Feel free to spread the word to anyone who’s looking for help and burnout prevention. Our online education center is happy to answer any kind of questions related to mindfulness-based science, stress reduction, continuing health education, conference workshops, and health awareness retreats.