Biography

Are you looking for a professional speaker for your next event? Author, journalist, yoga instructor, and coach Brad Wetzler will captivate your audience or colleagues.

Whether your audience is 12 or 1,200, Brad delivers a customized message of motivation for your next conference or company workshop.

He understands that your audience members want not only to be inspired, but empowered with strategies that they can implement right away.

A dynamic, energetic storyteller and speaker, Brad’s embraces and entertains your audience with passion and optimism.

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Sampling of Speaking Topics:

  • How to Tell Your Personal Story with Power and Grace
  • How to Build a Sacred Morning Routine around Writing, Meditation, and Yoga
  • Tell Your Story: How to Write Your Memoir and Get It Done
  • The Transformative Power of Yoga
  • Building an Author Platform

Brad Wetzler is a journalist, teacher of writing and yoga, and coach. An editor and freelance writer for top national publications, he spent seven years as a staff editor and two decades as a contributing writer at Outside magazine. His articles about adventure, politics, technology, the environment, and sports appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, GQ, Wired, National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, George, and other outlets.

He now has a successful practice helping up-and-coming writers, businesspeople, healing professionals, and everyday mothers and fathers to tell their stories and publish the books they desire to write. He is an evangelist for the storytelling. He believes telling our personal stories is a powerful tool for expression, personal and professional growth, and self-healing. His writing and speaking draws on science, the ancient wisdom of yoga, and his extensive experience as a published writer and world traveler.

His experiences as a journalist and coach have shown him that we must never stop learning about our world. Increasing our can help us shift harmful mindsets. His dedication to yoga and meditation practices taught him that there are limits to knowledge, too. He believes that our greatest resource for healing oneself and helping others resides within ourselves. First and foremost, we must know ourselves. He is an evangelist for the power of yoga and meditation. They are crucial technologies that can reveal the immense landscape that resides within.

Brad’s book Real Mosquitoes Don’t Eat Meat was published by W.W. Norton. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, Newsweek, Wired, GQ, Travel + Leisure, Men’s Journal, Thrive Global, and Outside, where he was a senior editor and contributing writer.

Brad’s Speaking

Brad tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and he’s not limited to the topics we have listed below. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

There are some speakers so authentic, sincere, and captivating, that you don’t want their storytelling to end. Unexpected pleasures and surprising sorrows keep you wondering, what’s next? Brad Wetzler is such a speaker. He knows whereof he speaks. And that makes him a wonderfully gifted storyteller.

Wayne E. Mayer, Ph.D.Founder & CEO, When Everything Matters

Talk #1: What Changes Us

Are you seeking deeper connection with yourself, others, and the Universe (or God, if that word works for you?)? Do you know that you’ve got to make changes but don’t know how to do that in a way that feels authentic?

“What Changes Us” is a talk for individuals and organizations that understand that they need to change but also know that too often our attempts to change can feel inauthentic both to others and to us. Brad draws on science, two thousand year-old yogic teachings, his 20-plus year career as a journalist and writer, and his own experience recovering from depression and overmedication with pharmaceuticals as he puts forth a two-pronged recipe for real, authentic change.

“It’s not either/or,” he says. “It’s both/and. You have to do the work on yourself to grow into the person you want to be. And you have to accept who you already are and probably always will be.”  For Brad, Step 1 involved committing to yoga and mediation practices.

Part II was harder. “In the West, we seem to be afflicted with this notion that we are innately unholy. Original sin has done a real number on us. The effects of Original Sin are not limited to religious people. It leaks into our culture.

When we do the work to be healthier and we do the self-compassion part, we build mindfulness—the capacity to respond to life instead of reacting–and we connect with a deeper, nonthinking part of ourselves that already knows we are good, capable, and strong. This is real change that can lead us to greater happiness and fulfillment.

Talk #2: Yoga of Writing

This talk is for writers, people who practice yoga, and anybody who is interested in both writing and yoga. In this talk, Brad teaches the art and craft of writing by drawing on the practice, wisdom, and science of yoga. He argues that writing has been associated with sedentary, unhealthy living for too long.

History is littered with alchoholic, self-abusing personalities. Brad himself admits to having been attached to unhealthy practices early in his career. However, Brad’s yoga practice has taught him much about the ways in which yoga can help writers leverage more of their writerly power and even heal themselves and serve others. Brad says that his writing became clearer and stronger, and his life became exponentially better when he committed to a daily yoga practice.

“Moving the body moves ideas,” he says. As he learned about the science and philosophy of yoga, he began implementing various practices and new ways of thinking about writing.  Today, he keeps his yoga mat on the floor near his writing desk, and, when he feels blocked, he moves through sun salutations.

However, it’s not all physical. Yoga philosophy says that we are not merely the contents of our constantly churning minds.  We are our bodies, too, as well as the awareness underneath our thoughts. Yoga helps us to see this. When you write from this larger place of connection with the Universe, then we write from a more powerful and, perhaps, more true place.

In this talk, Brad proposes a healthy approach to writing that brings in body, mind, heart, and spirit. He suggests that we all can become stronger, healthier writers by becoming Yogi Writers.