William Higham

Founder of The Next Big Thing & Leading Behavioural Expert

  • Founder of the Next Big Thing advisory service
  • Managing Director of market research business OnePoll
  • Worked for clients including HSBC, BBC and Mindshare
  • Former senior press officer for Sony where he created marketing strategies for the likes of Alice Cooper and the Rolling Stones
  • Worked as marketing manager for Universal

When William Higham is booked for webinars and virtual events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Business Management
Consumer Behaviour
Meet the Post-Pandemic Consumer

William Higham is one of the world’s most respected behavioural experts and futurists. Having previously worked in some of the biggest global companies he is also the founder of Next Big Thing an advisory and speaking service. Since creating the company in 2002 he has gone on to establish an impressive client base connect with his audiences and helping businesses stay one step ahead in their industry. As well as this he is a hugely talented virtual speaker frequently using his vast corporate knowledge to help audiences reach peak performance and leadership.

Over the course of 20 years, the Next Big Thing has gone from being a small idea in Will’s brain to a full-service agency using futurism insights to help companies with their growth. Will has spent almost 30,000-hour analysing business trends in order to democratise future forecasting to help businesses become the ‘next big thing.’ Since then Will and the business have supported clients including HSBC, BBC and Mindshare. In fact, Will and his team created the concept for Strictly Come Dancing which has gone on to become a global sensation.

Before launching the consultancy, Will worked in a number of positions for several high-profile companies. This includes working as Sony’s Senior Press Officer leading PR campaigns for the likes of Alice Cooper and the Rolling Stones. Following this, he worked at Virgin and Universal where he created global advertising, marketing and PR campaigns.

A proficient keynote speaker, Will has conducted talks for Barclaycard, The Financial Times and Thomas Cook and can take these skills into his virtual speaking engagements. One of the best things about William taking his keynote speaking virtual is that it gives even more people the chance to learn innovative skills that are sure to have a big impact on their life and career.

Official Testimonials

William Higham is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:

“His insights into the attitudes & behaviour of UK consumers proved highly useful” – Wayne, Head of Entertainment, BBC

“Let me start off by saying Will was amazing.  We had a few technical issues during his presentation and in fact two of his videos didn’t play despite us checking these.  He continued on without these playing and carried this off perfectly we couldn’t have asked for more of Will.  He then went on to do a piece for camera and network with our delegates when a lot of speakers would have just wanted to escape the nightmare scenario,  so please pass on our sincere thanks to him.” – Vanessa

“It was a great pleasure to work with such a professional speaker as William Higham.” – Birgit, Baltic Conferences, Estonia

“The session went really well and we are more than happy. Really appreciate you recommending him, and making the session happen for us.”

Msizi, Saica

To enquire about William Higham for your next virtual event or webinar, simply contact The Online Speakers Agency via agent@virtualonlinespeakersagency.com or call a booking agent on 0203 9317 391.