About Our Firm

Speakers Need Champions

The dictionary defines a champion as someone who fights or speaks publicly in support of a person, belief, cause, etc. In the relatively invisible world of the speaking industry, even great speakers get lost. The right champion can carve a path to success. They can spot innate talent, harness powerful messages, unlock performance potential, and make the speaking world aware of the precious talent at their fingertips.

Event Professionals and Speaking Agents Need Champions, Too

This is not your grandfather’s speaking world either. The bar has been raised, with organizations demanding an elite level of performance and effectiveness from their keynote speakers; there is just too much at stake to accept anything less. With speaking agents now acting as strategic partners, there must be an assurance that the speaker they are booking is of the highest quality and value to the organizations they partner with.

Who We Are

Nextup Speaker Management is that champion. We provide the expertise that the speaking world demands. Nextup works intimately with world-class speakers to consistently deliver remarkable speaking experiences. We partner closely with speaker agents and event organizers, demanding the highest level of speaker preparation before the event, impressive performances at the event, and excellent after-action activities following the event.

Michael Humphrey is the CEO of Nextup. His career started in the 1980s, running one of the largest university entertainment organizations in the country. In 1989, he moved to representing speakers, and has worked with the spectrum of cool, distinguished, and world-changing speakers throughout the years—the list includes Carl Sagan, Jimmy Carter, Peter Drucker, Malcolm Gladwell, Queen Latifa, Hunter S. Thompson, Ed Bradley, Clay Christensen, Dan Rather, Desmond Tutu, Oprah Winfrey, and many others. Mike grew the careers of numerous speakers, developed several best-selling books, and has kept his speakers on the leading-edge of speaking topics and thought-leadership.

Nextup is an open-source and bureau-friendly firm. We create forward momentum with everyone we work with.