Radio: Pick of the Day

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The Independent Culture
YOU DON'T have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great. Also, it's lonely at the top, but you eat better. The first in a new series on professional gatherings, Strictly Conventional (11am R4), finds Quentin Cooper among motivators at the National Speaker's Association in Philadelphia, being encouraged to reach out for the greatness in himself. It's a rare batch of sententiousness and absurdity - one speaker tells how his speech on leadership, with its eight main points, was turned down in favour of a rival's speech which had 10. Cooper's flippancy, which is sometimes a little hard to take, seems like a human, indeed, very responsible reaction to his situation.

Robert Hanks