WHO WANTS TO CANCEL A SPEAKER CONTRACT? In early February, one of the lesser-known speakers in the portfolio of Speak Inc., a speakers bureau in San Diego, Calif., called the bureau to predict that his star was about to rise. He didn't say why or how. But two weeks later, Speak Inc. and many companies who had booked him or were planning to book him found out. Unfortunately for all concerned, he'd become more infamous than famous. The speaker, a stand-up comedian named Rick Rockwell, was ...

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