Raleigh Keynote Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is available to speak in Raleigh as a leading authority on technology, online marketing and global business trends. He’s the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. If you are planning a business conference at the Raleigh Convention Center on South Salisbury Street, the Red Roof Inn Raleigh NCSU Convention Center, the Raleigh Marriott City Center on Fayetteville Street or some other convention space in Raleigh, North Carolina, Patrick will deliver the buzz and energy you’re looking for. As a motivational speaker, his #1 objective is to leave attendees excited, inspired and energized to take action and see tangible results.

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Raleigh has many conference facilities, including:

  • Raleigh Convention Center on South Salisbury Street
  • Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown on Wake Forest Road
  • Raleigh Marriott City Center on Fayetteville Street
  • Embassy Suites Raleigh-Crabtree on Creedmoor Road
  • Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley on Marriott Drive
  • Other meeting spaces in Cary, Forestville and Garner


General Information about Raleigh, North Carolina, for Meeting Planners

Conference planners and attendees alike may benefit from knowing a few general facts about Raleigh, North Carolina. This beautiful city is the capital of North Carolina and home to over 400,000 citizens. Named for Sir Walter Raleigh, the city’s nickname is “City of Oaks,” because of its abundance of oak trees. Raleigh is one-third of the metropolitan area known as the “Research Triangle.” This lovely city offers a smorgasbord of culture, beauty and history for the visitor. More than 150 parks and green spaces, plus over twenty attractions that are free of charge make it a perfect and economical getaway destination. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.


2014 Business Conventions in Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh is hosting hundreds of conferences during 2014. Lawyers Mutual is organizing Put Into Practice: Risk Management Tips for Your Firm in January at the Embassy Suites Raleigh on Harrison Oaks Boulevard. ShePOWER Business Week & Expo 2014 is being hosted by Professional Training for Women in March at the Raleigh Convention Center on South Salisbury Street. Digital Marketing for Business is being held in May, by Digital Marketing for Business, also at the Raleigh Convention Center on South Salisbury Street. The same venue will also host the Gaseous Electronics Conference in November. This is being organized by North Carolina State University.

2013 Business Conferences in Raleigh, North Carolina

Several conferences and annual meetings will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. Some of these larger conferences include the 2013 North Carolina State Health Director’s Conference hosted by University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, taking place at Marriott Crabtree Valley in January. Also, the 2013 North Carolina Governor’s Conference on Tourism, ‘Lights! Camera! Tourism’ will take place in March at Wilmington Convention Center. Moreover, the upcoming International Conference on Porous Metals and Metallic Foams technology, ‘Metfoam 2013’ will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in June, whereas the 2013 APHL Annual Meeting & Seventh Government Environmental Laboratory Conference by the Association of Public Health Laboratories will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in June.

Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Raleigh

Raleigh Toastmasters clubs are a great place for North Carolina aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Cardinal Toastmasters Club meets at Williams Mullen PNC Plaza on Fayetteville Street (Monday at 7:30 AM), Capital City Toastmasters meets at BB&T Building also on Fayetteville Street (Thursday at 7:00 AM), Hi-Rise Toasters Club meets at Express Wake County Downtown Library again on Fayetteville Street (Wednesday at 12:00 PM) and RITSC Toastmasters Club meets at USPS RITSC on Wake Forest Road (Thursday at 7:30 AM).

Raleigh Food Choices for Convention Attendees

Don’t miss the wonderful restaurants Raleigh, North Carolina has to offer you during your business conferences in the city. From Peruvian to Contemporary American cuisine, you’re sure to have some memorable meals. Gonzo’s Tacos y Tequila is a sure bet for your Mexican food fix. Try the Chiles Endiablados for a spicy kick-start. The folks at Machu Picchu Peruvian Cuisine offers up their own vision of gourmet food from the region. And for a very special dinner out, head over to 18 Seaboard on the avenue of the same name in Raleigh. They serve excellent American and contemporary cuisine with a sleek New York City twist.

Raleigh Attractions for Conference Delegates

Make room in your business meeting agenda for some of the fantastic tourist attractions in Raleigh, North Carolina. How about a visit to the Museum of Natural Sciences to view the fossilized heart of Willo the dinosaur, the only such display in the world? Of course, the museum has a grand collection of fascinating artifacts and special tours to enjoy as well. If you miss the State Museum of Art in Raleigh, you may regret it. This is considered one of the finest art museums in the South. Or how about a historic walking tour of the National Register sites in Raleigh? You’ll get some light exercise in at the same time!

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