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Maybe you've seen the flyers for the Get Motivated! Business Seminar, featuring Laura Bush, Bill Cosby, Rudy Giuliani, Lou Holtz, Colin Powell and other muckety-mucks. It's coming to Verizon Arena on Aug. 30, and it's only $1.95 per person or $9.95 for an entire office. That's a steal, right?

It depends on your tolerance for sales pitches. In a typical account, the Indianapolis Star explained last year that celebrities typically speak for 15 to 30 minutes each, while pitches for books, videos, investments or future seminars take up the bulk of the nearly nine hour seminar. "It's not right," a man who'd attended the seminar told the Star. "Wait until next year, and they are going to have the pope and the president, and they are going to be selling Tupperware."

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