I have been fascinated by podcasting for some time now. The advantages are obvious: podcasts are extremely flexible, have a top selection of the most diverse topics and I can relax while listening to them.
So far, I haven’t started my own podcast, but have recently been a guest on various podcasts and took part in conversations on them. Here is a small selection of the podcasts I’ve appeared on:
On 26.01.2020, I was Daniel Schmölzer’s interviewee on “Gains for your Brain”. The topic was the way in which I successfully inspire people. We talked about my professional career and there were exclusive tips from me especially for the listeners.
In February, the Business Circle podcast addressed the topic of self-esteem vs. self-confidence. We talked in detail about my time with Tony Robbins, about the power principle and my personal “wow” factor.
At the beginning of June, I appeared with Mike “C-Roc” Ciorrocco on the podcast “What Are You Made Of?”; my first American podcast. Among other things, I talk about what is important when you talk in front of tens of thousands of people.
Before that, I talked with Horst Georg Fuchs at the Champions Club about the way in which the mindset of over-achievers works. It was also about how to get tens of thousands of people in the right mood at events and how to achieve a state of peak performance again and again.
The weekly talk show by Daniel Schmölzer and myself on Twitch shows that great collaborations can also be created in podcasts. Every Monday, you can communicate with us between 8:15 and 10pm on “Red ma drüber””. We are looking forward to meeting you there!
Are you also an enthusiastic podcast-listener? Which topics are at the top of your list? Which podcast do you totally recommend?
One of the most impressive events I’ve ever had the pleasure of working at and one of my personal magic moments was the INEOS 1:59 Challenge last October in Vienna. As the announcer, I was right there when Eliud Kipchoge broke the almost insurmountable 2-hour marathon barrier at 10:14 a.m. and made sporting history.
120,000 people witnessed this epochal event, which began at 8:15 a.m. on the Vienna Reichsbrücke before the race shifted to the Vienna Prater, where the course led the runners around the Lusthaus and the Praterstern. In brilliant weather with the best running conditions, the 2.7-mile-long and completely straight Prater Hauptallee was a true running paradise.
The elite of the running world had come to Vienna to run alongside Eliud Kipchoge and witness him make the impossible possible: Eliud would be the first man to break the two-hour mark in a marathon. News of the event spread around the world, as this limit was considered insurmountable and beyond the possibilities of the human body.
In retrospect, the INEOS 1:59 Challenge was an event similar to the landing of the first man on the moon for sports fans, and also for me. Even today I still get goosebumps when I think of the moment when I, together with my colleagues Michelle Sammet and Lukas Schweighofer, loudly accompanied Eliud Kipchoge to the finish-line.
The motto of the event was very clear: “No human is limited”. The only limits we have are in our heads. For me it was a very special day that changed the world of sports forever… and will remain forever in my memory.
Did you see the INEOS 1:59 Challenge yourself? Were you also there in the Wiener Prater? What goes through your mind when you think that a person can run a marathon in less than 2 hours?
Last week I was invited to host the ÖFB Cup Final 2020 in the stadium for the 10th time. As it turned out, the match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and SC Austria Lustenau at the Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt was a very special anniversary.
The game was special in many ways:
10 years of cooperation with the ÖFB is something very unique. What began for me quite by chance developed into a dream partnership. I was able to experience many magic moments and great games, both at the Cup Final and at international matches.
The atmosphere and the conditions under which the ÖFB Cup Final 2020 took place were also very different because this cup final marked a new beginning for Austrian football following the compulsory break due to the coronavirus, and was the premiere for a sophisticated new set-up aimed at preventing the virus’ spread. The atmosphere was absolutely surreal for me. Everything was somehow different, as you can also see in my behind-the-scenes video.
Only 198 people were permitted inside the stadium itself, as 2 spots were reserved for NADA officials. The two teams and their delegations, the referee team, the ÖFB’s organisational team, a reduced version of the entertainment team and very few high-ranking officials were allowed in. A number of accredited media representatives ensured that this game was broadcasted to 40 countries around the world.
With the exception of the players, almost everyone present had to wear masks.
The mask duty was really exhausting for me as a presenter. I attempted to create a halfway normal situation with my crew. As usual, there was an introduction to the teams at the entrance, accompanied by music. The award ceremony after the ÖFB Cup Final 2020 was also accompanied as usual with music and hosting, even though the players had to put their medals on themselves.
My goal was to create a suitable setting for both the audience and the spectators at home for this final. But one thing in particular struck me: you could hear everything! In a “normal” game, the crowds swallow the sound. In an empty stadium, you can even hear the coach’s instructions to the team. It was later written in the Kleine Zeitung later that “This silence will never become normal”.
My personal conclusion: we have shown how it works. At the same time, I think we all agree that games of this kind will hopefully soon be a thing of the past. I’m looking forward to accompanying the football fans in front of a full house again.
For old times sake, some News about previous foodball games I had the honor to present:
While we are still waiting for the ÖFB Cup final match of 2020, here is a review of 2019. Exactly one year ago, I had the pleasure of hosting the UNIQA ÖFB Cup final between the series champions FC Red Bull Salzburg and SK Rapid Vienna, who have won the cup more times than any other team throughout the years. The Austrian equivalent of the DFB Cup Final was held in the beautiful Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt on May 1.
Everything was arranged! 24,200 football enthusiasts from all over Austria came to cheer for their team in perfect weather. The clear audience-favorite was SK Rapid, but this didn’t translate into a victory and fate still favored their rivals on the pitch. FC Red Bull Salzburg, today’s 13-time Austrian champion, was in the Austrian final of the ÖFB Cup for the 5th time in a row.
High expectations on both sites
At the same time, fans’ expectations of SK Rapid were particularly high, as Rapid Vienna had not won a single title in the past decade. The UNIQA ÖFB Cup final was therefore the last opportunity to win an important title in the decade that is coming to an end. It had been 14 years since Rapid Vienna last won the ÖFB Cup in 1995… even the last championship trophy has been gathering dust since 2008.
The two final opponents, SK Rapid Wien and FC Red Bull Salzburg, offered a top-class final match in which the team from the city of Mozart won 2-0. Looking back, as you can see in the video, the atmosphere was great. For me and my colleague DJ Jürgen Windholz, it was already the 9th ÖFB Cup final in a row, and we are both looking forward to the 2020 finals. It is also always a great pleasure to work with the ÖFB team … every time anew.
Have you seen the ÖFB Cup Final? Were you at the stadium? Who did you root for?
I was excited to be hosting the 37th Vienna City Marathon that would have taken place today. Like last year, the marathon should have started on the Reichsbrücke and taken a route that passed the most beautiful sights of Vienna. In recent years, this marathon has developed into an international running focal point. Runners from more than 126 countries and a platform for numerous social and charitable projects. The entire team as well as the more than 40,000 participants were involved, and put their hearts and souls into it each year. Due to the current, omnipresent situation, the 37th VCM was cancelled in March.
Instead of a current report on the Vienna City Marathon 2020, let’s look back together at the “theatre of emotions” that took place in April 2019.
36th Vienna City Marathon on April 19, 2019
In April last year, I was part of the entertainment team and, together with DJ Stari, hosted the build up to the 36th Vienna City Marathon. We were already on duty at the starting point on the Reichsbrücke at 7.45 a.m., and were able to get almost 40,000 spectators into the right mood by the marathon’s 9.00 a.m start time. The atmosphere was fantastic, the air vibrated with tension. Elite marathon runners made their way to Vienna. The best runners of the Vienna City Marathon – Team Austria and many other well-known top marathon runners, signed a wall of autographs prior to the start.
As you might know, the Vienna City Marathon is not only a marathon that takes place over 26.2 miles; at the same time a half marathon and a relay marathon start in several different rounds. The whole starting phase lasted until after half past nine. After that, I drove to the 3rd relay handover point at the Ernst Happel Stadium and moderated the handover at the 19th mile. What an emotional event! After a lap through the Prater, the runners passed me again about 2.5 miles before the finish line. At this point the runners have to rise above themselves, mobilize all their reserves once again and have only one goal in mind. Since I had just run the New York City Marathon 6 months prior, I still had the feeling very good in my head… and in my legs.
Relive the Atmosphere again
All in all it was a wonderful event with the best running weather. A festival for young and old… and above all, a theatre of emotions for all participants. Feel the emotional Highlights of the start once again.
Have you ever run a marathon before? Have you ever participated in a running event? What were your experiences and what adventures did you have? Share them with me here in the comments. I am looking forward to hearing from you!
Starting today, I will embark upon another step in my career; I will host the warm-up for the show Dancing Stars on ORF for the entire season. The show is presented by Mirjam Weichselbraun and Klaus Eberhartinger. Presenting the warm-up is a big responsibility; only a well attuned audience can bring out the right atmosphere. It’s all about rousing the audience in the venue into a condition that will appeal to the million people at home on the couch.
Do you have any idea what I’ll be doing there and what it means to me?
What does the Dancing Stars Warm Up mean?
“Warm up” – that means I have to touch the hearts of the audience in the studio. I have to captivate them, light their fire, get them in the mood emotionally. The enthusiasm must not only be tangible; it must be visible to the viewers in front of their TV sets.
Yes, that is a challenge, that is my challenge. I will do my best, as always. It is especially important for me to prepare myself in advance, to mentally adjust to what will await me in the studio.
How does the Dancing Stars Warm Up work?
Basically it is all about take the audience on an emotional journey. Pick them up by the time they come into the studio. The outcome is to bundle their excitement to be at its peak by the time the show starts. To accomplish that I might use a little trick or two. From opening the dance floor for the audience up to little quizzes where they can win small prizes. Probing the TV-applause is also part of the game. Have you ever been in a TV-Show? What were your impressions and experiences? Let me know in the comments!
Shortly I will be launching my new blog…
In a little while my new blog is starting (sign up now to not miss a post) and in one of my first blog posts, I will tell you how I prepare myself for such challenges, and also why it is important to face your challenges and what strategies I have developed for that.
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