San Diego Keynote Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a motivational keynote speaker who has spoken in San Diego numerous times for conferences ranging from the insurance industry to professional meeting planners and incentive travel executives. His speeches all related to global business trends and social media, and how it can be used to build exposure for people and/or businesses. As an author and professional speaker, Patrick specializes in innovative small business marketing, emerging business trends and entrepreneurship. He’s 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 Glorietta Bay Inn in Corondao, the San Diego Convention Center, the Grand Del Mar Hotel in Del Mar or some other conference facility in San Diego, California, Patrick will deliver the buzz and excitement you’re looking for.

San Diego Motivational Speaker




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San Diego has many conference facilities, including:

  • San Diego Convention Center on West Harbor Drive
  • San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina on West Harbor Drive
  • Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter on K Street
  • Horton Grand Hotel on Island Avenue
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego on Market Place
  • Other meeting spaces in Chula Vista, La Mesa and La Jolla


General Information about San Diego, California, for Meeting Planners

San Diego is known as the birthplace of California and is located on the Pacific Coast, immediately north of the Mexican border. The city has a natural deep water port, making it a perfect location for a US Navy Base. It also boasts a mild year-round climate as well as pristine beaches. It’s the eight-largest city in the United States with a population of 1.3 million in Census 2010. San Diego serves as an economic center and hosts regional headquarters for numerous international firms including ESET (a Slovakian IT security company), Websense, Nokia and LG Electronics. From 2007 to 2009, San Diego played host to the USA Sevens, an annual rugby event in America. The San Diego Convention Center, the Ramada Hotel and the Marina Village Conference Center are only some of the conference facilities available in the city. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.


2014 Business Conventions in San Diego, California

San Diego will play host to numerous conferences in 2014. SelectBio is hosting CellTech 2014 at the Crowne Plaza on Hotel Circle North in January. Rancho Bernardo Inn on Bernardo Oaks Drive will host Infocast’s Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit 2014 in February. The Financial Forecasting & Planning Innovation Summit San Diego will be organized by The Innovation Enterprise Limited and held at the Marriott Marquis and Marina on West Harbor Drive in February. Also on West Harbor Drive, the San Diego Convention Center will be home to SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014 in August. It is being organized by SPIE.

2013 Business Conferences in San Diego, California

San Diego will bring us several conventions and gatherings for 2013 including the 2013 Annual Conference by The Society for Social Work and Research in January taking place at I Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina I San Diego. Also, the 27th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment hosted by Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital will be held at Town & Country Resort & Convention Center in January. In addition, the 2013 San Diego Social Thinking Conference will be held in February at Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego. Also, the Esri International User Conference by Esri will take place in July at San Diego Convention Center.

Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in San Diego

San Diego Toastmasters clubs are a great place for California aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Centre City Club meets at Kleinfelder Offices on West C Street (Thursday at 7:20 AM), Loquacious Nooners Club meets at Coemerge on A Street (Friday at 12:15 PM), City Speakers Toastmasters Club meets at Golden Eagle Building on B Street (Tuesday at 12:05 PM) and Turbo Toasters Club meets at Solar Turbines Incorporated on Pacific Highway (Tuesday at 11:30 AM).

San Diego Food Choices for Convention Attendees

While at a business conference in San Diego, why not take a few side trips to local restaurants? Big Kitchen (Phone: 619-234-5789) on Grape Street in South Park is known as the town’s best brunch diner with its list of French toast fillings, omelet variations and other breakfast combos. Waters Café (Phone: 619-237-0675) on El Prado in Balboa Park is a recommended stop for baguette sandwiches after spending the afternoon at the San Diego Zoo or the Museum of Art. Old Town Mexican Café (Phone: 619-297-4330) on San Diego Avenue in Old Town is open from early morning until midnight for tourists craving for “chilaquiles” (soft tortilla chips covered with mole) and “machacas” (shredded pork with onions and peppers). Perfect for a break from long convention meetings, World Famous (Phone: 858-272-3100) on Pacific Beach Drive in Pacific Beach offers Californian coastal dishes like Newport omelet with seafood and spicy sauce, banana rum mahi, and scallops wrapped in bacon and spinach.

San Diego Attractions for Conference Delegates

If there is any place that offers excitement and fun attractions after attending a business conference, it has to be San Diego. We recommend the USS Midway Museum, the Torrey Pines State Reserve, the Mormon Battalion Historic Site and the San Diego Zoo. The USS Midway Museum is definitely impressive. It’s in a real naval warship that served as an aircraft carrier for 47 years in the US Navy. Wander among the exotic wildlife of the Torrey Pines State Reserve in Southern California and enjoy its wonderful lagoon. Not too far away is the Mormon Battalion Historic Site that houses some of the best US war memorabilia. And finally, enjoy the exotic wildlife species and extensive research on animals at the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park.

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