Patrick Schwerdtfeger is available to speak in Seattle as a leading authority on self-employment 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 Washington State Convention Center on Convention Place, the Columbia Hospitality Convention Center on Alaskan Way, the Shoreline Conference Center or some other convention space in Seattle, Washington, Patrick will deliver the excitement and buzz you’re looking for. As a motivational keynote speaker, his primary objective is to leave attendees inspired, energized and excited to improve their businesses.
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Seattle has many conference facilities, including:
- Washington State Convention Center on Convention Place
- Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Alaskan Way
- Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Sixth Avenue
- Seattle Marriott Waterfront on Alaskan Way
- Hilton Seattle on Sixth Avenue
- Other meeting spaces in Renton, Bellevue and Redmond
General Information about Seattle, Washington, for Meeting Planners
Seattle, situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, is the 12th largest city in the United States by GDP and the most populous city in Northwestern United States with 608,660 inhabitants in 2010. Rated as one of the top-ten cities in Washington for climates favorable to business expansion, several large companies are headquartered in Seattle including Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks Coffee and Seattle’s Best Coffee and Starbucks. For business visitors, conference facilities in the area include the Washington State Convention Center, the Talaris Conference Center, and the Rainier Club. The city is known to host the Annual International Education Conference as well as hundreds of other conventions and tradeshows. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.
2014 Business Conventions in Seattle, Washington
Dozens of conventions will be taking place in Seattle in 2014. IEEE Computer Society is hosting the Tapia Conference at the Seattle – Grand Hyatt Hotel on Pine Street in February. Also at the Seattle – Grand Hyatt Hotel, the Special & General Education Conference being organized by Rehab Seminars in March. The Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference Annual Conference is being held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Downtown in March. It is being organized by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Also at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Downtown, in July, the Signal Recovery & Synthesis Conference is being organized by The Optical Society (OSA).
2013 Business Conferences in Seattle, Washington
A series of large conferences and conventions are taking place in Seattle during 2013. Some of these most awaited gatherings include the National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness hosted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, taking place at Sheraton Seattle Hotel in February. Another event is the 2013 AWP Conference & Bookfair hosted by the Association of Writers and Writing Program to be held at the Edgewater Hotel in March. Also, the Gender Odyssey is celebrating their 11th year anniversary through the 2013 Gender Odyssey taking place at the Washington State Convention Center this coming August.
Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Seattle
Seattle Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Washington aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Puget Sounders Speaking Club meets at Fifth Avenue Plaza Building on 5th Avenue (Wednesday at 12:05 PM), Bigfoot Toastmasters meets at Wells Fargo Center on 3rd Avenue (Thursday at 12:05 PM), Career Masters meets at Seattle Municipal Tower on 5th Avenue (Thursday at 12:00 PM) and Story Weavers Toastmasters meets at Chase Tower on 3rd Avenue (Thursday at 5:45 PM).
Seattle Food Choices for Convention Attendees
When in Seattle for a business convention, you may want to visit a few of the popular local restaurants including 5 Spot, Bizzarro, Black Bottle, and Beth’s Café. 5 Spot (Phone: 206-285-7768) on North Queen Anne Avenue is a the area’s favorite breakfast diner with the local specialty being the red flannel hash. Bizzarro (Phone: 206-545-7327) on North 46th Street holds true to its unique name with kitschy art, pasta dishes and a diversified wine list. Exuding style, Black Bottle (Phone: 206-441-1500) on 1st Avenue serves chic dishes such as lemon-caper-squid salad and saffron risotto cakes. The biggest breakfast diner in town, Beth’s Cafe (Phone: 206-782-5588) on North Aurora Avenue boasts of its famous massive 12-egg omelet.
Seattle Attractions for Conference Delegates
Before of after your conference in Seattle, take some time to visit the location attractions, including Kerry Park, the Kubota Gardens, the Museum of Flight, and the Pike Place Market. Take an invigorating walk at the Kerry Park in Seattle, one of the most exciting and scenic places to hike. Watch the locals throw fish from one side of Pike Place Market to the other, all while negotiating deals for visiting shoppers. The Museum of Flight is the ideal place to visit to see some of the first airplanes in US history. And finally, the Kubota Gardens are perfect for a relaxing afternoon walk and they’re not too far away from the city center. All these places are very close to the city center and can be accessed by taxi.