Mike Humphrey

Keynote Speaker for your next event

The Science of Choosing the Perfect Keynote Speaker

by Mike Humphrey

Okay, I’ll admit, it may not be a “science”, but there is a proven system to choosing keynote speakers that can greatly increase your chance of making the perfect choice. For 30 years I have worked with a huge spectrum of speakers, from little-known rising stars to the biggest names on the planet, and I have seen both home-runs and strikeouts when it comes to choices for keynote presenters.

So here is my system, developed from the experience of thousands of event planners, speaker agents, and speakers. Continue reading

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Why Women Still Get So Few Keynote Speeches

I first published this article in 2015, and there was a universal outpouring of agreement and support for promoting more women into keynote slots. In fact, for conference held in the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018, there was nearly a doubling of the number of women keynotes. But that still leaves only 2.2 out of every 10 keynotes being women for corporate events and industry association conferences. Continue reading

How Millennials See Meetings Differently

Millennials are the largest, most diverse, most educated and most connected generation of our time.  At 80 million in the United States alone, they are a critical demographic to attract to your meetings and conventions.  While older professionals seek the traditional meeting model, millennials are looking for something more interactive.  Instead of a speaker giving a presentation for an hour, they would rather have the majority of that hour be Q&A.  This is a generation that wants to be heard and have conversations instead of listening to a presentation straight through.  The PCMA Education Foundation found that “old-school” meeting formats are the number one repellant for millennial attendees. It’s time to change the traditional speaker and panel formats to incorporate technology and audience participation.

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How to increase speaker bureau business

5 Reasons Speaker Bureaus (and agents) Lose Business

by Mike Humphrey, CEO of Nextup Speaker Management

I have been around the speaking world since the mid-80s and have seen a radical transformation in the industry; Catalogs gave way to websites…VHS cassettes gave way to YouTube videos…faxes and mail gave way to email and Dropbox.  The digital era continues to change the rules, yet many bureaus and agents are missing how important some of these rules have become. These “blindspots” are costing them lost sales and marketshare. And all of these can be fixed.

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The Customization Myth: Why Most Speakers Can’t Make Changes To Their Speeches

By Mike Humphrey (originally published on LinkedIn)

There is a familiar frustration with organizations regarding speakers. You pay them good money to deliver a speech that really means something to your audience, and in turn, your organization. You conduct pre-event phone calls and send packets of info with the speaker. Yet they walk on stage with relatively the same speech they always deliver. It is a good speech, but might have been so much better…it could have spoken directly to the audience and made the impact that you had hoped for.

Why do so many speakers struggle with customizing their speeches? Continue reading