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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 • 380 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.

    Jules Breach, Presenter

    Jules Breach, Presenter

    Can you laugh at yourself? Viv Groskop talks to Jules Breach, presenter for BT Sport, Premier League Productions and the Football Ramble podcast. She says knowledge is power when it comes to dealing with the whirlwind of live TV. But keeping it real matters even more. She reveals that as a woman in sport she is still far more scrutinised than her male colleagues, and even as one of the most sought after broadcasters around she still gets asked: "do you actually like football?" You can find out more about Jules @JulesBreach
    Viv's latest book, Lift As You Climb is out now.
    @vivgroskop

    • 37 min
    Kate Mosse, Writer

    Kate Mosse, Writer

    Can women win? Viv Groskop talks to writer Kate Mosse, founder director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and founder of the global Woman In History campaign. They discuss playing by your own rules - and winning. They talk ambition, feminism, being a carer and the horror of reading your own books. And Kate recalls actor Juliet Stevenson's advice: if you see a closed door, go round the side.
    You can find out more about Kate's work including her latest book The City of Tears at her website katemosse.co.uk
    Viv's latest book, Lift As You Climb is out now.
    @vivgroskop

    • 40 min
    Siri Hustvedt, Writer

    Siri Hustvedt, Writer

    Are you too polite? Viv Groskop talks to writer and public intellectual Siri Hustvedt about sexism, misogyny and why she believes politeness is a bad policy. She recalls being a child whose illness and "Alice in Wonderland syndrome" altered her perception of the world. She describes being an adult drawn to break down the traditional boundaries between ways of thinking. And she reveals the secrets of keeping calm, speaking out - and owning the room in the face of the hostility which can be the price of confidence.
    Siri's latest book, Mothers, Fathers and Others is out now. You can find out more about Siri and her work at her website sirihustvedt.net
    Viv's latest book, Lift As You Climb is out now.
    @vivgroskop

    • 41 min
    Amanda Horton-Mastin, B Corp CEO

    Amanda Horton-Mastin, B Corp CEO

    Do you believe your own story? Viv Groskop talks to Amanda Horton-Mastin, formerly senior director at Comic Relief and current CEO of Semble, which connects companies and communities to drive positive change. They explore how conviction can be contagious, whether you are fundraising or networking. They talk sickening nerves, and the power of pretending everything is fine. They talk over-compensating for having very fluffy hair - and what losing at tennis can teach you about winning at life.
    You can find out more about Amanda at Semble.org
    Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now.
    @vivgroskop

    • 34 min
    Dame Helena Morrissey, Financier and Campaigner

    Dame Helena Morrissey, Financier and Campaigner

    Have you asked? Viv Groskop talks to financier and campaigner Helena Morrissey DBE about the power of just asking for what we want and need. They explore the value of expressing your true self as opposed to trying to fit in. Opting for personality rather than perfection. Embracing your own style rather than mimicking a traditional pinstripe. And why even she struggles to call herself ambitious...
     
    You can find Helena's latest book, Style and Substance: A Guide for Women Who Want to Win at Work here.
    Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now.
    @vivgroskop

    • 41 min
    Yrsa Daley-Ward, Writer and Performer

    Yrsa Daley-Ward, Writer and Performer

    Could it be like jazz? Viv Groskop talks to writer, poet and performer Yrsa Daley-Ward about allowing a bit of improvisation into your performance, so that you can respond to the energy in the room. They talk shyness, nerves - and bringing the realest, clearest, most honest version of yourself. Don't look for perfection, she says. There's always another chance to create something new.
     
    You can find out more about Yrsa and her work, including her latest book The How: Notes on the Great Work of Meeting Yourself, here.
    Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now.
    @vivgroskop

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
380 Ratings

380 Ratings

White Rabbit Exec Coach ,

Thought Provoking & Inspiring

I regularly listen to Viv’s podcast. She is a brilliant interviewer and has a variety of guests all of which provide food for thought and inspiration to fight another day, achieve your goals and be a success!

Amy Beahsel ,

Inspirational stories and practical tips.

I love this podcast. Viv is a fantastic host whose insightful interviews really do give me hope that one day, I will own the room. As a nervous public speaker, I get so much from the wide variety of guests and their experience of performance, creativity and inner strength.

the_real_chiggi ,

Siriously brilliant

A terrific episode with Siri Husvedt. Just great to really go there intellectually and tap into the mind of an extraordinary woman. Great interview Viv x

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