Columbus Keynote Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a motivational keynote speaker who spoke at the Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association conference in Columbus, Ohio, in April 2011. He spoke about the use of social media in the cable and telecommunications industry and has returned to Columbus several times since then. He’s the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. Patrick specializes in innovative online business marketing, emerging business trends (including ‘big data’ and predictive analytics) and modern entrepreneurship. So if you’re planning a business convention in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair, the Hyatt Regency Columbus or some other conference facility in Columbus, Ohio, Patrick will deliver the buzz and excitement you’re looking for.

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Columbus has many conference facilities, including:

  • Greater Columbus Convention Center on North High Street
  • Comfort Inn North Conference Center on East Dublin Granville Road
  • Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center on Green Meadows Drive South
  • Crowne Plaza Columbus North – Worthington on Doubletree Avenue
  • Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center on Sawmill Parkway
  • Other meeting spaces in Westerville, Gahanna and Dublin


General Information about Columbus, Ohio, for Meeting Planners

Columbus is the capital city of Ohio and the largest city in the state. The city’s population tops 2 million people. The city is recognized as one of the best places to raise a family, and was also acknowledged recently as one of the top places for business as well. Columbus was recognized as the number 1 “up-and-coming tech city in the nation” by Forbes and the top 3 in the “U.S. for cities of the future” by fDi Magazine in 2007. The city was also hailed as the “7th best place to do business in the nation” by MarketWatch in 2008. Gaining such popularity, Columbus attracts numerous global companies including Verizon Wireless, Microsoft Corporation, AXIA Consulting and Alentus Corporation. Columbus hosted the Women’s World Cup and will be the venue for the upcoming 2012 Gritty Women of God International Conference in October. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.


2014 Business Conventions in Columbus, Ohio

Dozens of business conferences will be held in Columbus in 2014. The 2014 WELD January Young Professionals’ Series, hosted be WELD, will be held in January at Ice Miller LLP offices on West Street. Also in January, the AEP Ohio 2014 Solution Provider Kickoff Meeting will be held at the Hollywood Casino on Georgesville Road. The Columbus Chamber will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on North High Street in February. Women for Economic and Leadership Development will be hosting a keynote by Susan Packard, “The Leader Within: Growing Your Leadership Team”, at the Hilton Downtown Columbus in March.

2013 Business Conferences in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus is hosting several meetings and conferences in 2013, including the National Reading Recovery & K – 6 Classroom Literacy Conference by the Reading Recovery Council of North America at Greater Columbus Area Convention Center in February. Also, the Ohio Music Education Association is hosting the OMEA Professional Development Conference, ‘Tuning up for change’ in February at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Furthermore, the 2013 Annual Conference ‘MultiTasks, MultiSkills, MultiConnections’ by the Ohio Foreign Language Association and the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is taking place at Hilton Columbus Downtown in March.

Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Columbus

Columbus Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Ohio aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Down On Third Toastmasters Club meets at Rhodes State Office Tower on East Broad Street (Thursday at 12:00 PM), Mid-Day Club meets at Franklin University on South Grant Avenue (Thursday at 12:00 PM), Brewery District Club meets at Grange Insurance on South High Street (Thursday at 12:00 PM) and Children’s Hospital Club meets at Nationwide Children’s Hospital on Childrens Drive (Thursday at 12:00 PM).

Columbus Food Choices for Convention Attendees

Take a break from your business convention in Columbus to dine at local restaurants like Eddie George’s Grille 27, The Blue Nile, Buona Pasta, and Banana Bean Café. Named after and owned by the local Heisman Trophy winner, Eddie George’s Grille 27 (Phone: 614-421-2727) on North High Street is a perfect sports bar for enjoying American food. The Blue Nile (Phone: 614-421-2323) also on North High Street is famous for its Ethiopian food served in a tray lined with crepe-like bread. Buona Pasta (Phone: 614-481-8105) on McKinley Avenue makes fresh and authentic Italian pasta and sauce. Banana Bean Café (Phone: 614-443-2262) on Greenlawn Avenue is a unique bistro serving Florida and Cuban fusions.

Columbus Attractions for Conference Delegates

After attending a business conference in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio, spend some time enjoying the scenic views of places like Whetstone Park, State House, German Village and Ohio Historic Center. Whetstone Park, often known by the name Park of Roses, is a vast garden with varieties of gorgeous roses and is situated 8.6km from the city centre. The State House is a capital building of Ohio & is regarded as the architectural building situated 0.8km away from the centre. German Village, situated 1.5km away from the city centre will take you into past with the view of its historic sites. Ohio Historic Center is an ancient museum holding the history of the place from time of early man until now.

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