Michael Wigge
Michael Wigge

Colorado, United States

Michael Wigge

Colorado, United States

"Keynotes on Sales Success and Change for Leadership with Author of - How to Travel the World for Free & How to Trade Up from an Apple to a House in Hawaii - Tonight Show Guest, former MTV host"

Expert On

  • Adventurers
  • Leadership
  • Best-Selling Author
  • Motivation
  • Sales
  • Humor

Experience In

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Travel
$7,900 - $12,500

About Michael Wigge

Challenge for Change and Sales Success with challenger Michael Wigge. His funny and motivational speeches entertain and motivate with keynotes on sales stategies, leadership, and personal change.

Author of 'How to Travel the World for Free' and 'How to Trade Up from an Apple to a House in Hawaii' has been presenting his books on the Today Show and on the Tonight Show presented by  Jay Leno with co-guest Katy Perry.

Former MTV Europe host Wigge has a portfolio of extreme and funny travel challenges like traveling Europe blindfolded, traveling the world for free, and trading an apple to a house in Hawaii.

Michael Wigge, speaker of German descent, had a 15 years career as a travel TV host in Europe, traveled to 80 countries and met incredible celebrities for MTV like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Hale Berry, etc.

He will give your event a highly motivational and humorous touch!

Wigge is based in Boulder, CO.



Program Information

Challenge for Change - Leadership Success

A Keynote on Developing Extraordinary Leaders

Michael Wigge's "Challenge for Change - Leadership Success" keynote shows the secrets of leading through extraordinary circumstances to achieve incredible goals.

The four-time book author, TV host, Today Show & Tonight Show guest, Michael Wigge, embraces astonishing challenges head on to make the impossible happen. By implementing his  leadership knowledge, he turned a bitten apple into a house in Hawaii in 42 masterful exchanges (book and TV Show: How to Barter for Paradise, 2012). He also traveled the globe without money for transportation, food, or accommodation (book, PBS show: How to Travel the World for Free, 2010). Angelina Jolie called him "a strange but fantastic man;" the L.A. Times dubbed him "the ultimate budget traveler."

Brief overview of Wigge's "Challenge for Change - Leadership Success" program

L: Listen
Master the art of active listening: Where, when and how much. Learn what the world's greatest leaders do to impact history. Garner the courage to make mistakes in order to grow and increase your influence.

E: Evaluate
Learn to balance the right measure of change vs. stability, company improvement vs. individual improvement, and risk vs. control. Understand your own changeless core and the values that define your brand identity.

A: Assist
As a leader, it is your job to help others understand the bigger picture, to help them define their individual contributions to larger business objectives, and to give them what they need to meet those clearly communicated performance goals.

D: Decide
Great leaders are decisive. They are able to decide between people vs. position, influence vs. authority, action vs. words, vision vs. money. Wigge presents in detail why the choice for people, influence, actions and vision will be the winning strategies.

entertainment-based humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing educational / informative

How to Travel the World for Free

HOW TO TRAVEL THE WORLD FOR FREE
A Keynote on Goal Setting for Success

Funny motivational speaker and award-winning author of German descent Michael Wigge easily transforms his visions into reality. Internationally recognized, Wigge traveled without a single penny to his name to the end of the world; a total of 25,000 miles from Europe to Antarctica.

Each day on the road, Michael came up with creative solutions to create opportunities for cost-free food, accommodations, and transportation. He worked as a butler for an ambassador in Panama, couch surfed in the homes of strangers and, to money, he performed with hand puppets or offered amusing services for a small fee, like pillow fighting.

Tonight Show guest & funny travel speaker Michael Wigge entertains the audience with his outrageous and incredible stories. He shows that it can be truly fun to strive for any goals. Without a doubt, innovative thinking, positive impact and competitive advantages will enrich your life.

The essentials for any goal: have the right foundational structure in mind. Wigge learned as an MTV reporter to reliably access the extraordinary through lateral thinking: he was ultimately able to make the legendary appearance with Katy Perry on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Michael is convinced that everybody can turn their wishes into reality even at first they seem impossible. Drawing from his proven track record, he explains his experiences and philosophies in his halarious keynote speech.

-How to win with positive attitude and a good sense of dreams.
-How to muster up the courage to make the first decisive step towards a goal.
-How to bring your visions to through endurance and persistence.
-Important tips and tricks for successful self-motivation
-Everything is possible - the only requirement: Know your passion!
-Learn how to become a challenger

educational / informative entertainment-based humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

Sales Success

A Keynote & Workshops on Strategies for Dramatically Improving Sales

Michael Wigge's "Sales Success" keynote and workshops reveal uncommon strategies based not only on what he learned traveling the world for free, but also how he found success bartering his way from an apple to a Hawaiian beach house.

Challenge seeker, TV host, Today Show & Tonight Show guest, and four-time book author, Michael Wigge, faced these incredible challenges and made the impossible happen. By mastering the science of sales, he turned a bitten apple into a house in Hawaii in 42 artful exchanges (book and TV Show: How to Barter for Paradise, 2012).

Wigge's "Sales Success" keynote and workshops are built on strategies proven through overcoming the extraordinary challenges documented in his popular how-to books and TV shows.

Brief overview of Wigge's "Sales Success" program

S: Self Confidence
Learn how to tap into the sales success mindset by creating a winning belief system that produces confidence, values the costumer, endorses product advantages, and sets a vision for goal-oriented results.

U: Upping Your Game
Learn to embrace the beauty of rejection and pursue the joys of strategic risk by radical following-up strategies that guarantee 80% of sales.

C: Customer Friendliness
Learn how to harness the power of relationship and the testimonials that result.

C: Closing Questions Made Simple
Three simple questions that lead your customer to a win-win, well-informed decision to buy.

E: Emphasize Sales Science Mastery
Become a sales scientist by implementing techniques proven to achieve your sales goals

S: Self-Responsible Sales Teams
Learn how to leverage solution-oriented sales teams who embrace personal responsibility over blame shifting.

S: Serve for Zero Defects

Understand your customer's needs before and after the sale to achieve zero defects in sales results.

educational / informative humorous / funny entertainment-based inspirational / life-changing

How to Trade Up from an Apple to a House in Hawaii

HOW TO TRADE UP AN APPLE TO A HOUSE
A Keynote on Incredible Sales Strategies

Did you ever feel the great satisfaction after making a real good deal? To be able to negotiate fully and successfully, bargaining strength is a basic requirement, and - it is especially needed for trading and selling.

Author and funny adventure speaker of German descent Michael Wigge started his challenge ′How to Barter for Paradise′ with an apple in his hand and set his sights on a house in Hawaii, just by bartering for bigger and better things.

Wigge traveled through 14 countries and 6 continents, exchanging goods for more valuable ones. Using his doppelganger ′Barterman′ (a new American superman for bartering), he was able to transact spectacular barter deals during his stay in New York City.

In India, he fixed up a motorized rickshaw and traded it for 250 feet of silk. He brought jade to an American millionaire to barter for three ounces of gold and silver. At this stage, Wigge increased his initial investment an unbelievable 5,000 times in value.

After many deals around the world, Tonight Show guest Michael Wigge finally made his childhood dream come true: owning a house in Hawaii

The speech is an intense expedition through the world and different cultures, and equally informative, inspiring, and entertaining for a wide audience.  Michael describes in his usual humorous manner that with a good dose of planning, being proactive, possessive self-confidence, every goal and potential sale can be achieved successfully.


-Thinking ahead - detecting the next move of your sales strategy
-Secrets to Sales Success e.g. branding, relationship buildung
-Proactive - taking the first step to avoid missed opportunities
-Motivation - the secret of trusting yourself, overcoming obstacles
-Strength of impulses and inspiration - exceptional situations in sales require extraordinary ideas

educational / informative entertainment-based humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

4 Secrets to Get Everything You Want in Life

4 SECRETS TO GETTING EVERYTHING YOU WANT IN LIFE
A Keynote on Facing Challenges for Change and Success

Dreams and goals can only be fulfilled by taking responsibility for them, through self-determination, hard work and clear structures, says Tonight Show guest Michael Wigge. Equipped with this mindset and a dash of smart groundwork, visions will come true.

The sky seems to be Wigge's limit

Award-winning globetrotter and challenge coach of German descent Michael Wigge lives his dreams and visions, and achieves his outstanding goals. In 'How to Travel the World for Free' Wigge traveled without any penny in his pocket - from Europe to Antarctica.

He also turned his childhood dream of owning a house in Hawaii, into reality -  in 42 steps he continuously bartered an apple for bigger and better things  and ultimately reached his dream (see ′How to Barter for Paradise′).

In his authentic, humorous and fascinating speech, Michael shares his experiences and breathtaking challenges. He explains how work once again can become ones' passion and how desire for success can be reignited.

Wigge talks about the importance of reflecting on passions, visions, values, life purpose, and belief systems to get everything you want in life.

Wigge feels qualified to communicate his experiences, because the first part of his life was marked by challenges. He had not been an inspired student; he felt he was never good in what he did until the age of 20. This experience completely changed his life for the better.

- Overview of challenge stories e.g. How to Barter for Paradise, How to Travel the World for Free
-Ambition, discipline and continuous striving: basic success
-Necessary structures to realize dreams
-4 secrets to strategic sales & success
-Mindset, belief system, passion & leaving comfort zone

educational / informative entertainment-based humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

Programs

Challenge for Change - Leadership Success

entertainment-based humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing educational / informative
A Keynote on Developing Extraordinary Leaders

Michael Wigge's "Challenge for Change - Leadership Success" keynote shows the secrets of leading through extraordinary circumstances to achieve incredible goals.

The four-time book author, TV host, Today Show & Tonight Show guest, Michael Wigge, embraces astonishing challenges head on to make the impossible happen. By implementing his  leadership knowledge, he turned a bitten apple into a house in Hawaii in 42 masterful exchanges (book and TV Show: How to Barter for Paradise, 2012). He also traveled the globe without money for transportation, food, or accommodation (book, PBS show: How to Travel the World for Free, 2010). Angelina Jolie called him "a strange but fantastic man;" the L.A. Times dubbed him "the ultimate budget traveler."

Brief overview of Wigge's "Challenge for Change - Leadership Success" program

L: Listen
Master the art of active listening: Where, when and how much. Learn what the world's greatest leaders do to impact history. Garner the courage to make mistakes in order to grow and increase your influence.

E: Evaluate
Learn to balance the right measure of change vs. stability, company improvement vs. individual improvement, and risk vs. control. Understand your own changeless core and the values that define your brand identity.

A: Assist
As a leader, it is your job to help others understand the bigger picture, to help them define their individual contributions to larger business objectives, and to give them what they need to meet those clearly communicated performance goals.

D: Decide
Great leaders are decisive. They are able to decide between people vs. position, influence vs. authority, action vs. words, vision vs. money. Wigge presents in detail why the choice for people, influence, actions and vision will be the winning strategies.

How to Travel the World for Free

educational / informative entertainment-based humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing
HOW TO TRAVEL THE WORLD FOR FREE
A Keynote on Goal Setting for Success

Funny motivational speaker and award-winning author of German descent Michael Wigge easily transforms his visions into reality. Internationally recognized, Wigge traveled without a single penny to his name to the end of the world; a total of 25,000 miles from Europe to Antarctica.

Each day on the road, Michael came up with creative solutions to create opportunities for cost-free food, accommodations, and transportation. He worked as a butler for an ambassador in Panama, couch surfed in the homes of strangers and, to money, he performed with hand puppets or offered amusing services for a small fee, like pillow fighting.

Tonight Show guest & funny travel speaker Michael Wigge entertains the audience with his outrageous and incredible stories. He shows that it can be truly fun to strive for any goals. Without a doubt, innovative thinking, positive impact and competitive advantages will enrich your life.

The essentials for any goal: have the right foundational structure in mind. Wigge learned as an MTV reporter to reliably access the extraordinary through lateral thinking: he was ultimately able to make the legendary appearance with Katy Perry on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Michael is convinced that everybody can turn their wishes into reality even at first they seem impossible. Drawing from his proven track record, he explains his experiences and philosophies in his halarious keynote speech.

-How to win with positive attitude and a good sense of dreams.
-How to muster up the courage to make the first decisive step towards a goal.
-How to bring your visions to through endurance and persistence.
-Important tips and tricks for successful self-motivation
-Everything is possible - the only requirement: Know your passion!
-Learn how to become a challenger

Sales Success

educational / informative humorous / funny entertainment-based inspirational / life-changing
A Keynote & Workshops on Strategies for Dramatically Improving Sales

Michael Wigge's "Sales Success" keynote and workshops reveal uncommon strategies based not only on what he learned traveling the world for free, but also how he found success bartering his way from an apple to a Hawaiian beach house.

Challenge seeker, TV host, Today Show & Tonight Show guest, and four-time book author, Michael Wigge, faced these incredible challenges and made the impossible happen. By mastering the science of sales, he turned a bitten apple into a house in Hawaii in 42 artful exchanges (book and TV Show: How to Barter for Paradise, 2012).

Wigge's "Sales Success" keynote and workshops are built on strategies proven through overcoming the extraordinary challenges documented in his popular how-to books and TV shows.

Brief overview of Wigge's "Sales Success" program

S: Self Confidence
Learn how to tap into the sales success mindset by creating a winning belief system that produces confidence, values the costumer, endorses product advantages, and sets a vision for goal-oriented results.

U: Upping Your Game
Learn to embrace the beauty of rejection and pursue the joys of strategic risk by radical following-up strategies that guarantee 80% of sales.

C: Customer Friendliness
Learn how to harness the power of relationship and the testimonials that result.

C: Closing Questions Made Simple
Three simple questions that lead your customer to a win-win, well-informed decision to buy.

E: Emphasize Sales Science Mastery
Become a sales scientist by implementing techniques proven to achieve your sales goals

S: Self-Responsible Sales Teams
Learn how to leverage solution-oriented sales teams who embrace personal responsibility over blame shifting.

S: Serve for Zero Defects

Understand your customer's needs before and after the sale to achieve zero defects in sales results.

How to Trade Up from an Apple to a House in Hawaii

educational / informative entertainment-based humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

HOW TO TRADE UP AN APPLE TO A HOUSE
A Keynote on Incredible Sales Strategies

Did you ever feel the great satisfaction after making a real good deal? To be able to negotiate fully and successfully, bargaining strength is a basic requirement, and - it is especially needed for trading and selling.

Author and funny adventure speaker of German descent Michael Wigge started his challenge ′How to Barter for Paradise′ with an apple in his hand and set his sights on a house in Hawaii, just by bartering for bigger and better things.

Wigge traveled through 14 countries and 6 continents, exchanging goods for more valuable ones. Using his doppelganger ′Barterman′ (a new American superman for bartering), he was able to transact spectacular barter deals during his stay in New York City.

In India, he fixed up a motorized rickshaw and traded it for 250 feet of silk. He brought jade to an American millionaire to barter for three ounces of gold and silver. At this stage, Wigge increased his initial investment an unbelievable 5,000 times in value.

After many deals around the world, Tonight Show guest Michael Wigge finally made his childhood dream come true: owning a house in Hawaii

The speech is an intense expedition through the world and different cultures, and equally informative, inspiring, and entertaining for a wide audience.  Michael describes in his usual humorous manner that with a good dose of planning, being proactive, possessive self-confidence, every goal and potential sale can be achieved successfully.


-Thinking ahead - detecting the next move of your sales strategy
-Secrets to Sales Success e.g. branding, relationship buildung
-Proactive - taking the first step to avoid missed opportunities
-Motivation - the secret of trusting yourself, overcoming obstacles
-Strength of impulses and inspiration - exceptional situations in sales require extraordinary ideas

4 Secrets to Get Everything You Want in Life

educational / informative entertainment-based humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

4 SECRETS TO GETTING EVERYTHING YOU WANT IN LIFE
A Keynote on Facing Challenges for Change and Success

Dreams and goals can only be fulfilled by taking responsibility for them, through self-determination, hard work and clear structures, says Tonight Show guest Michael Wigge. Equipped with this mindset and a dash of smart groundwork, visions will come true.

The sky seems to be Wigge's limit

Award-winning globetrotter and challenge coach of German descent Michael Wigge lives his dreams and visions, and achieves his outstanding goals. In 'How to Travel the World for Free' Wigge traveled without any penny in his pocket - from Europe to Antarctica.

He also turned his childhood dream of owning a house in Hawaii, into reality -  in 42 steps he continuously bartered an apple for bigger and better things  and ultimately reached his dream (see ′How to Barter for Paradise′).

In his authentic, humorous and fascinating speech, Michael shares his experiences and breathtaking challenges. He explains how work once again can become ones' passion and how desire for success can be reignited.

Wigge talks about the importance of reflecting on passions, visions, values, life purpose, and belief systems to get everything you want in life.

Wigge feels qualified to communicate his experiences, because the first part of his life was marked by challenges. He had not been an inspired student; he felt he was never good in what he did until the age of 20. This experience completely changed his life for the better.

- Overview of challenge stories e.g. How to Barter for Paradise, How to Travel the World for Free
-Ambition, discipline and continuous striving: basic success
-Necessary structures to realize dreams
-4 secrets to strategic sales & success
-Mindset, belief system, passion & leaving comfort zone

PRICE RANGE $7,900
to
$12,500
CAREER Speaking 6 yrs

Last year
45
events
LANGUAGES English, German
WORKED IN United States, Germany, Switzerland