Attendance at the 2008 Motivation Show, held last week at Chicago’s McCormick Place, reflected the jitters the entire nation was feeling over the failure of some of the country’s largest financial institutions. While pre-registration was up over 2007 numbers, said Pete Erickson, managing director, Hall-Erickson Inc., “verified attendance was down from 2007 … very disappointing. It appears that people were planning to come and then didn't. The news of the day certainly didn't help us.” ...

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