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Want to own the room? Comedian and radio and TV presenter Viv Groskop talks to inspirational women about the secrets of brilliant speaking. They share the tips and tricks that will get you the attention you deserve.

How To Own The Room Viv Groskop

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 376 Ratings

Want to own the room? Comedian and radio and TV presenter Viv Groskop talks to inspirational women about the secrets of brilliant speaking. They share the tips and tricks that will get you the attention you deserve.

    Dame Eileen Atkins

    Dame Eileen Atkins

    Do you feel lucky? Viv Groskop talks to actress Dame Eileen Atkins about how owning the room is sometimes about being open to chance. They explore the genuine terror of the first night, the horror of being publicly judged, and why your own opinion is what matters. And there are room-owning anecdotes aplenty, starring the likes of Sir Laurence Olivier...

    • 35 min
    Anne Taylor, Activist

    Anne Taylor, Activist

    Could you be a rebel? Viv Groskop talks to former French teacher and climate activist Anne Taylor about joining Extinction Rebellion to fight the climate emergency. They explore getting arrested, speaking in court and how to communicate with people who don't want to listen. They talk about quietness, passion, privilege - and discovering that a vital cause can drive you to own the room in ways you would never have expected.

    • 37 min
    Jane Garvey and Fi Glover, Broadcasters

    Jane Garvey and Fi Glover, Broadcasters

    Are you homely or buccaneering? Viv Groskop talks to broadcasters Fi Glover and Jane Garvey, co-hosts of the Fortunately podcast and authors of Did I Say That Out Loud? Notes on the Chuff of Life. They explore the horror of bar stools, the power of pinching yourself and the nervous nosebleed. They discuss being small, being authentic and why the show must not go on in all cases. And why Boris Johnson's overconfidence ought to encourage a generation of schoolgirls.

    • 36 min
    Mel Robbins, Author

    Mel Robbins, Author

    What's the worst that could happen? Viv Groskop talks to the lawyer, TV host and motivational speaker Mel Robbins about facing bankruptcy, unemployment and divorce - and how she completely turned her life around to become one of the top speakers on the circuit and a viral sensation. They talk the five second rule, the high five habit, and why your new mantra should be: "Usually, I'm double". Oh, and what it's like to literally wet yourself on stage.

    • 40 min
    Nayna McIntosh, Founder and CEO

    Nayna McIntosh, Founder and CEO

    Are you missing the bleeding obvious? Viv Groskop talks to Nayna McIntosh, founder and CEO of Hope Fashion, about how we can be  so unused to saying what we really want - that we can miss our true calling. She explains that her first retail job was on her mum's market stall, how she went on to work at M&S, Per Una, Next and Asda - and how starting a business is like jumping off a cliff. And she reveals everything she wished she'd know when she started.

    • 31 min
    Cathy Rentzenbrink, Writer

    Cathy Rentzenbrink, Writer

    Are you a work in progress? Viv Groskop talks to writer and journalist Cathy Rentzenbrink about the power of seeing yourself as an ongoing project, free from constant judgement. They explore how the right time to do something may not be the first time you try, and how writing can teach you about yourself. Oh, and the horror of the "participatory chair"...

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
376 Ratings

376 Ratings

The Wellbeing Supervisor ,

How to Own The Room Nanya McIntosh

I listened to another amazing, informative and inspirational episode of Viv Groskrop’s HTOTR with guest Nanya McIntosh of Hope Fashion.

I felt like Nanya was taking directly to me whilst I cooked my chilli! I really appreciated her down to earth way of speaking, and what really resonated with me was her dislike of sourcing funding! Thanks for making me feel I am not alone in this!

Highly recommend.

Thank you Viv Groskop, always a great interviewer.

Michelle Tucker
The Wellbeing Supervisor

Bozena4 ,

So many tips without being patronising

So many great speakers, tips and real world advice. It’s made me believe that speaking in all contexts is really something that I can get better at.

Emma Shoe ,

How to Own the Room

Loved the Lorraine Candy episode and of course her advice to get professional help with your style. 👌🏻 Also such a great sharing of wisdom, to accept that not everyone will like you. Note to self Thanks Viv 🙏🏻 Emma Shoe from Styling You Well 👌🏻

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