This week’s column is not an argument against optimism. I don’t mind happy talk when there’s reason for it. For many meeting professionals, 2010 closed on a positive note, and I’m not too worried that this week’s headlines will bring news of the next economic crunch. But one of the most important lessons of the Crash of 2008 was the industry’s deep vulnerability to issues that may be lurking just beyond our view, any one of which could rise up overnight to drive a spike through the ...

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