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Upcoming motivation event promises big names for a low price

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Billboards and advertisements are all over Middle Tennessee for an upcoming event called, Get Motivated! which promises an impressive lineup of speakers for a low price.

It had us wondering whether it's all too good to be true.

Some are saying the event is a great thing, while others go so far as to call it a scam.

For something that's priceless, motivation will apparently cost you just $1.95.

Get Motivated! puts on high-energy conferences across the country, and the group's website says its seminars, "gather the world's greatest leaders and achievers on one platform so that they could impart the inspiration, information, skills and motivation that would empower you to fulfill your extraordinary potential."

The lineup for Nashville next month features Bill Cosby, Colin Powell, Steve Forbes, Lou Holtz and more.

Big names for just $1.95?

In an email to Channel 4, spokesman Brian Forte wrote, "the Get Motivated! Seminar is needed now more than ever and we do not want price to be an obstacle for anyone."

The group's website features some glowing reviews. A "motivational Woodstock," wrote the Baltimore Sun.

But elsewhere, several seem skeptical.

A USA Today article questioned the over-selling and upselling of seats.

In fact, the conference invites attendees to pay more for executive, VIP or platinum seats.

There are also complaints about lesser-known speakers in between the big names who pitch products. One past attendee even called the conference a, "high-pressure infomercial."

But the conference spokesman wrote this in response:

"When we offer opportunities for additional education, they are few in number, carefully selected, offered at significant discounts, and come with full money-back guarantees. There's nothing high pressure about that."

In spite of the criticism, the conferences usually sell out. No doubt the deal sparks success for someone.

And the ticket prices go way up. If you try to buy them at the door, they can run at least $225.

The conference is scheduled for Oct. 17 at Bridgestone Arena.

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