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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 • 415 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.

    22.6 Carrie Sun, author

    22.6 Carrie Sun, author

    How do you swap a soul-crushing job for one that sustains you?
    Viv talks to the writer, Carrie Sun, whose new memoir, Private Equity, is about to be released in US and UK. The story draws on Carrie’s own experience of being headhunted to be Executive Assistant to a billionaire. The competitive role was glamourous but 24/7, unrelenting and led to burnout in the face of a pitiless boss.
    Carrie critiques capitalism and systems of misogyny, giving extraordinary insight into extreme hustle culture within a closed world.
    Viv and Carrie unpick these complex threads and counsel keeping a sense of perspective and plotting a way out when you need to escape.
    Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is out now.
    Find out more about Private Equity.
    @vivgroskop

    • 32 min
    22.5 Kate Stephens, CEO

    22.5 Kate Stephens, CEO

    How do you find the confidence to pursue the work you want and ace an interview?
    Viv chats to Kate Stephens, the CEO of Smart Works, an amazing charity with celebrity backers whose mission is to help marginalised women break the cycle of rejection and deprivation that comes from long-term unemployment. Since 2013 they’ve helped over 30,000 women prepare for job interviews by giving them coaching, styling and an outfit to wear at their interview chosen from new clothes donated by fashion brands and retailers.
    Kate tells Viv how respect and kindness can unlock confidence. Being welcomed and nurtured is key to enabling women to shine in an interview situation.
    Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is out now.
    Find out more about Smart Works.
    @vivgroskop

    • 33 min
    22.4 Joanna Jensen, entrepreneur

    22.4 Joanna Jensen, entrepreneur

    How do you find the self-belief to pursue a brilliant idea, convince investors in your vision and pick yourself after setbacks?
    Viv chats to Joanna Jensen, the founder, former CEO and now brand ambassador of Child’s Farm, a family skincare brand she developed from her kitchen table.
    It’s an unabashed success story, built from the challenges of a recent divorce and two young children, and driven forward by Joanna’s conviction and hard work.
    She tells Viv how necessity, belief in the product and utter determination was the rocket fuel that powered her along.
    Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is out now.
    @vivgroskop

    • 37 min
    22.3 Angela Saini, science journalist and author

    22.3 Angela Saini, science journalist and author

    How do you connect with audiences on a deeper, truer level? Viv talks to award-winning journalist and author, Angela Saini, about combatting pseudo-science and reaching people by peeling back the layers of thinking. Her celebrated books include: Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, Superior: The Return of Race Science and her latest The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule.
    Angela tells Viv how her grounding in news journalism in her 20s helped hone her skills to write succinctly, to deadline and to time in a way that helps her in every aspect of her work now – from writing to public speaking.
    There’s a meticulousness to Angela’s approach that combines keen organisation with keeping an open, ready to adapt and think differently. It’s a winning formula that Viv delves into and pulls out some nuggets to take away.

    The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule by Angela Saini is out at the end of February 2024.
    Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is out now.

    • 39 min
    22.2 Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako, presenter and moderator

    22.2 Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako, presenter and moderator

    How do you create the best panel experience? Viv talks to professional moderator, Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako, about managing nerves, getting the best out of interviewees on stage and handling feedback.
    Based in her home city of Hamburg, Germany, Alexandra hosts an array of sessions – from author interviews to tech start-up pitch events and festivals such as the African Book Festival in Berlin.
    It’s about taking charge of a space in a way that makes everyone relax.
    And while it all seems to come naturally, Alexandra hasn’t always been so confident in front of an audience. In fact at school she was known as the quiet kid. Find out what made the difference and set her on a different path, picking up some priceless tips along the way.
    Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is out now.
    @vivgroskop

    • 28 min
    22.1 Patsy Palmer, actress and DJ

    22.1 Patsy Palmer, actress and DJ

    How do you learn to say no and do what makes you happy? Viv talks to the actress, Patsy Palmer, best-known for her role as Bianca Jackson in EastEnders, who now lives in Malibu, California.
    Exuding chill vibes from the sofa, Patsy talks to Viv about how finding her happy places – including weekly DJ sets - came from following her own instincts for joy and not living up to anyone else’s expectations.
    Patsy is unapologetically content in her sunny slice of heaven where she lives with her husband, children and dogs and which couldn’t be further from Albert Square.
    She is owning her sun-filled room most radiantly. Listen in to catch some of her rays!
    Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is out now.
    @vivgroskop
     
     

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
415 Ratings

415 Ratings

Emsicle02 ,

Great tips

As someone who suffers from performance anxiety whenever I have to present at work I’ve found this podcast really helpful. Hearing amazing female speakers talk about their experiences with public speaking has normalised my nerves and given me some great tips on how to handle them.

I would love this podcast to feature some neurodiverse women however. Hearing from an accomplished autistic woman speaking about how she overcame social anxiety and leant into her quirkiness would be fantastic. Or perhaps feature a well known woman with ADHD who who used her energy and super focus to give the best presentation. This would be super interesting and probably help everyone, regardless.

Chloe Materialise Interiors ,

Wow what a super podcast!

I’m so happy to find it and listen to all you brilliant women. Beautifully produced and collated. It’s so good!

ski bunni ,

Such variety

A great mix of interesting ideas and people. I’ve never spoken in public before and have suddenly found myself having to do book festivals, radio and TV. This podcast has helped a lot!

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