Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a motivational keynote speaker who spoke at an insurance symposium sponsored by United Healthcare in Minneapolis in June 2011. He spoke about social media and how it can be used by insurance agents and brokers to attract new clients. He has since contributed to a number of other local business events and conferences, and specializes in emrging business trends like ‘big data’ and business intelligence as well as innovative online marketing. Patrick is the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. So if you’re planning a business convention in the Sheraton Midtown Minneapolis Hotel, the Radison Plaza Hotel Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Convention Center or some other conference facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Patrick will deliver the buzz and excitement you’re looking for.
Past speaking clients include:
Recent speaking destinations include:
Minneapolis has many conference facilities, including:
- Minneapolis Convention Center on Second Avenue South
- Hilton Minneapolis on South Marquette Avenue
- Hyatt Regency Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall
- Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot on Third Avenue South
- The Commons Hotel on Washington Avenue South East
- Other meeting spaces in Richfield, Roseville and Columbia Heights
General Information about Minneapolis, Minnesota, for Meeting Planners
Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota. When combined with Saint Paul, the twin cities have a population over 3.3 million people. It is the primary business center between Chicago (to the east) and Seattle (to the west). Commonly known as the “City of Lakes” and the “Mill City”, Minneapolis is recognized as a major business hub and is the home of many Fortune 500 companies such as the Pepsi America, Xcel Energy, United Healthcare, Target, US Bancorp and Wells Fargo. Conference venues within the city include the Minneapolis Convention Center and the Earle Brown Heritage Center. In 2008, the city hosted the Republican National Convention and the Life Science Alley Conference & Expo in 2011. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.
2014 Business Conventions in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Countless business events will be held in Minneapolis in 2014. Ann Ulrich’s from Owning It! at THE BOLD! FACTOR® and BEST BOLD U™ will be hosting New Year, New Success? Bring Your BEST BOLD YOU! in January at the Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront. In February, Women’s Voices At Work Workshop will be organized by Cheryl Moore Brinkley at the B. Vocal LLC on Washington Avenue South. A conference on Business Presentation Skills: Increasing the Impact of High Potential Managers will be held in February by The Bob Pike Group. In October, the 2014 Minnesota Business Owner Conference will be held at the Schulze Hall at the University of St. Thomas. It is being organized by Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Dooley.
2013 Business Conferences in Minneapolis, Minnesota
We will also find a number of large conferences taking place at the city of Minneapolis during 2013. Some of the eventful meetings include the 120th Annual Training Conference & Expo ‘In a Perfect World’, the largest and most comprehensive human service conference in the Midwest by the Minnesota Social Service Association taking place at Hilton Minneapolis in March. Also, Closing the Gap will hold their 31st Annual Closing the Gap Conference at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington in October. Moreover, the Council on International Educational Exchange will hold the 2013 CIEE Annual Conference ‘Align. Innovate. Educate’ at Hilton Minneapolis in November.
Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Minneapolis
Minneapolis Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Minnesota aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Russell H Conwell Club meets at Minneapolis City Hall on South 4th Street (Wednesday at 7:30 AM), Roller Toasters Club meets at Hennepin County Government Center on South 6th Street (Tuesday at 12:00 PM), Thrivent Toastmasters Club meets at Thrivent Financial on 4th Avenue South (Thursday at 12:00 PM) and Metro Speak Easy Club meets at ING Building on Washington Avenue South (Thursday at 7:30 AM).
Minneapolis Food Choices for Convention Attendees
While in a business conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, why not visit a few local favorites while you’re in town? Bryant-Lake Bowl (Phone: 612-825-3737) on West Lake Street has an on-site theater where guests can enjoy a plate of mock duck rolls or a basket of cornmeal-crusted walleye strips while watching a show. Hell’s Kitchen (Phone: 612-332-4700) on South 9th Street is a lair for Minnesotan foods like BLT sandwiches, bison burgers and lemon hotcakes. Al’s Breakfast (Phone: 612-331-9991) on Southeast 14th Avenue is a small diner famous for fruit pancakes. And slicing meat since 1955, Mayslack’s (Phone: 612-789-9862) on Northeast 4th Street is the bar of choice for a night of cold drinks and roast beef sandwiches.
Minneapolis Attractions for Conference Delegates
There is much to see and enjoy in Minneapolis. So after attending a business conference in the city, plan to visit Target Field, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Lake Harriet and the Stone Arch Bridge. Take a break and enjoy one of the most loved sports in the country, baseball, at the Target Field in Minneapolis. Re-live the best of world history by taking a tour at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. You’ll find over 80,000 pieces displayed there. Take a stroll around the beautiful Lake Harriet. They regularly host concerts and shows nearby. And lastly, end the day at the enigmatic Stone Arch Bridge that runs across the Mississippi. You can easily reach any of these locations by taxi or bus.