Back in the fall of 2015 I was invited to speak to the employees of a company called Trivago, at their international headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany. I had never heard of the company before, but gladly accepted the invitation.

A couple of months later I couldn’t get away from Trivago. Their commercials hit American television like a storm, and #trivagoguy became a popular hashtag on Twitter for his unusual look.

I become increasingly excited for the opportunity to speak with the employees of what seemed like a very cool company.

Less than two weeks before my trip, the Brussels airport was hit by a terrorist attack. The Dusseldorf airport is only 120 miles from Brussels, just across the border in Germany. The US Government issues a Europe-wide travel alert, and I considered postponing the trip, but ultimately decided to move forward.

I arrived in Dusseldorf, checked in to the hotel, and found a wonderful little bakery for coffee and a pastry.

German Breakfast

 

That afternoon I enjoyed a walk around the major shopping district in Dusseldorf. I was fascinated by the architecture.

Dusseldorf Architecture
The next day I was given a tour of the Trivago offices by my host Anna, the organizer of the Academies program which brings in speakers like me. The Academies are a unique program at Trivago, optional and free to all employees, designed to offer broader perspectives on life. Their events range in topics from music to travel to, of course, magic.

I was immediately taken by the positive energy in the workplace. Anna informed me that the average age of a Trivago employee is 28. The offices are clearly designed to encourage collaboration and creativity. They have think tank rooms for impromptu meetings, and ‘offices’ are mobile – employees can work from wherever they choose, and with whomever they choose.

We settled into the room for my speech and I set up a few props. The crew was very kind and helpful and getting me everything I would need. I was also struggling due to jet lag and a mild sinus issue, and they were happy to get me hot tea from the kitchens on a different floor.

Corporate Speaker Brian Miller Pre Speech TrivagoPeople started coming in and completely filled the room. I was surprised to see a handful of children brought along by their parents. Anna later informed me that it was the first time she had ever seen children at an Academies event. I introduced myself to the parents and explained that it wasn’t a proper magic show, which they knew. Still, I offered to show some quick tricks just for the kids before we started, and they were absolutely delighted. It was a really enjoyable moment.

The speech itself went incredibly well. I delivered a 90 minute interactive presentation, followed by a 30 minute Q&A session. The audience was so enthusiastic that if did not arbitrarily cut it off after 2 hours it would have just kept on going. In fact, a handful stayed around to chat for another 20 minutes while I packed up. Here are some highlights:

Overall I had a magnificent time with the employees at Trivago, and I look forward to returning to Germany when I have more than just two nights to spare. It was a beautiful country that deserves weeks of exploring, I’m sure.

Best,

Brian

Brian Miller Navy Tour 2016 Promo
 
I’m so excited to announce that I have been invited to spend 10 days in Europe entertaining the sailors, soldiers, and their families on a handful of Naval Bases. It’s been a dream of mine to perform for the troops ever since I learned about the possibility back in college. These families do so much for us, it’s simply an honor to bring some magic and laughter to them.
 
I also look forward to speaking with and learning about the perspectives of the sailors, soldiers and their families stationed on base. Every time I meet new people with experiences drastically different from my own, it is a chance to expand my own worldview. I am always searching for new perspectives to incorporate into the presentations I give as a keynote speaker at corporate events, and motivational speaker at high schools and colleges.
 
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Brian Miller US Navy Tour 2016