What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, when the economy was still jumping rather than slumping, almost anyone who could entertain or motivate could find work as a speaker. Even before September 11, when it was obvious that the economy had become more than a campaign issue, people began choosing speakers more noted for their expertise than their ability to elicit a laugh. Then came September 11 — and everything changed. “The popular speakers right now are people who deal ...

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