How To Own The Room

How To Own The Room

By Viv Groskop

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.


7.6 Priya Parker, Facilitator

How can we be together, apart? Facilitator, strategic adviser and author Priya Parker talks to Viv Groskop about the art of gathering and why it matters. They explore the value of a proper introduction, the crime of apologising for speaking, and why so much of a successful event has been determined before it even begins. Oh, and why being a "chill host" is such a  bad idea...
17/07/2033m 42s

7.5 Sophie Walker, Activist

Is your skin too thick? Feminist, activist and founding leader of the Women's Equality Party Sophie Walker talks to Viv Groskop about coping with hostility and the value of being thin-skinned. She talks pacing, breathing, how fitness will help you rouse the rabble, how young women will inspire you - and why amid all the shouting you must remember the effect your words are having on the quiet ones. Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are out now.
10/07/2029m 36s

7.4 How to Own the Zoom

Are you on mute? Viv Groskop reveals How to Own the Zoom (it had to be done) In a special Masterclass edition, Viv talks camera position, game face, breathing through your feet, engaging an audience you can't see, dealing with a screen-hogger - and the cheering fact that even Zoom's CEO has been known to accidentally hit the mute button... Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are out now.
03/07/2031m 11s

7.3 Katy Brand, Comedian

Are you feeling the fear? Actor, writer and comedian Katy Brand talks to Viv Groskop about the myth of natural confidence, how to work your best angle on camera, and how fear is just a chemical response - no more. Oh, and Nicola Horlick... Katy's latest book, I Carried a Watermelon, is out now. Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are also out now. And you can subscribe now to Viv's new podcast, We Can Rebuild Her; a series of intimate conversations about reinventing yourself in the age of pandemic.
26/06/2028m 38s

7.2 Coky Giedroyc, Director

Are you not "a natural"? Director Coky Giedroyc talks to Viv Groskop about building the long road to self belief, the power of lowering your voice, why she's fierce with young directors - and why it's time for men to step aside. Coky's latest film, How to Build a Girl, based on the novel by Caitlin Moran, is out now. Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are also out now.
19/06/2033m 11s

7.1 Kiley Reid, Writer

Are you embarrassed even when you are alone? Writer Kiley Reid, author of Such a Fun Age, talks to Viv Groskop about coming to terms with your own creativity and ambition, "woke scolding", changing the world - and why she would love to be the sort of person who enjoys karaoke.
12/06/2032m 28s

The Three Rules Masterclass

Do you know the rules? In a special masterclass episode,  Viv Groskop distils her own experience and the wisdom of previous guests from Sandi Toksvig to Mary Portas, revealing the three key rules to owning the room. Do check out Viv's new book Lift As You Climb
27/03/2028m 36s

Natalie Chama-Pupé and Karl Pupé, Teachers

Are you the one aiming at the moon? Or the one with the plan to get there? Teachers Natalie Chama-Pupé and Karl Pupé talk to Viv Groskop about respect, discipline, humour - and about how they inspire and ground each other. Do check out Karl Pupé's book The Action Hero Teacher And Viv's new book Lift As You Climb.
20/03/2031m 36s

Tricia Cusden, Anna Cusden, Suzy Stern, Entrepreneurs

Could you work with your family? Tricia Cusden, Anna Cusden and Suzy Stern are the mother and daughters team behind beauty brand Look Fabulous Forever. They talk to Viv Groskop about boundaries, communication, the trick to grabbing an audience by the first impression - and why you must never say hello-my-name-is... Do check out Look Fabulous Forever, and Viv's new book Lift as You Climb
12/03/2030m 29s

Yonca Dervişoğlu and Matt Brittin, Google

Do you need a mentor? At Google, Yonca Dervişoğlu is Chief Marketing Officer for EMEA and Matt Brittin is President of Business and Operations, EMEA. Together they talk to Viv Groskop about owning what makes you remarkable, owning your instincts, owning your gender - and why you must never ask someone to be your mentor.
06/03/2036m 40s

Nicole Ansari and Brian Cox, Actors

What makes a good ally? Actors Brian Cox and Nicole Ansari talk to Viv Groskop about female oppression, male insecurity, the difficult delight of performing and how the secret to a happy marriage is separate bedrooms. Nicole Ansari is currently appearing in the UK premiere of Joshua Sobol's play "Sinners - The English Professor", directed by Brian Cox.
28/02/2030m 29s

Sophie Dahl, Writer

What if you don't want to own the room? Author and food writer Sophie Dahl talks to Viv Groskop about making it work even if you don't want to. They talk embracing nuance, deflecting questions and what to do when you're interviewing Philip Pullman and your earpiece falls down your jumper.
07/02/2033m 23s

Natalie Haynes, Writer

Would you rather be right, or happy? Writer, broadcaster and comic Natalie Haynes talks to Viv Groskop about taking up space, facing your fears, the intoxicating magic of making people laugh - and the liberation of not needing to be liked. Oh, and the kindness of Gyles Brandreth.
30/01/2033m 48s

Shaa Wasmund, Entrepreneur

Are you binary enough? Serial entrepreneur Shaa Wasmund talks to Viv Groskop about being poor, making money, cracking Facebook Lives, winning at conferences - and committing everything to what you love. Oh, and the joys of a garden office. 
24/01/2030m 28s

Aline Santos, Marketing Expert

Are you making the "porridge" mistake? Aline Santos, Unilever's EVP of Global Marketing and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, talks to Viv Groskop about how not to get burnt by business culture. She talks wearing aftershave, never being angry - and how Sigourney Weaver's film Alien transformed her life.  
17/01/2032m 31s

Sharmadean Reid, Entrepreneur

Do you have an inner hype woman? Entrepreneur Sharmadean Reid talks to Viv Groskop about preserving your energy, knowing your brief inside out, and transforming your inner critic into a hype cheerleader. Oh, and how Jamaican music made her believe she could achieve anything...
10/01/2035m 18s

Pippa Malmgren, Policy Analyst

Are you one of the guys? The policy analyst, economist and robotics expert Pippa Malmgren talks to Viv Groskop about body language, advising presidents, the end of expertise and why she stopped trying to look like a man and started wearing killer Louboutin heels on stage.
02/01/2036m 38s

Patricia Cornwell, Writer

Are you a victim? Author Patricia Cornwall talks to Viv Groskop about unlearning the lessons of a childhood that taught her she was a victim. She talks about giving people what they want - but not giving away your power. She talks Kay Scarpetta, Captain Calli Chase, bad reviews and forgetting the name of her own novel on live TV. She talks surfing the asteroid belt in a swimsuit. Please, listen.
27/12/1938m 19s

Sandi Toksvig, Broadcaster

Are you getting enough potatoes? Sandi Toksvig, writer, broadcaster, actor and activist talks to Viv Groskop about owning rooms from the Royal Albert Hall to the QI studio and the Bake Off tent. She talks confidence, social media, being "interruptable" and getting death threats for being lesbian. And reveals the source of her power: a childhood fighting for her share at noisy family dinners.
20/12/1931m 56s

Margaret Atwood, writer

Are you keeping it fresh? Writer Margaret Atwood talks to Viv Groskop about tap dancing, cannibalism, puppetry, feminism, the joy of the unexpected and the value of a well chosen quip to defeat your enemies. And Tina Turner.
20/12/1931m 35s

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton

Are you owning your individuality? Hillary and Chelsea Clinton talk to Viv Groskop about our narrow notions of what female speech and power should be - and how they must be expanded. They discuss The Book of Gutsy Women (co-authored by the Clintons), plus pant suits, press bullying, Greta Thunberg and Hillary's very first public speaking "trial by fire".
22/11/1930m 44s

Julie Andrews, Performer

Have you done your homework? Actress, singer and writer Julie Andrews tells Viv Groskop that you never know when something quite wonderful might happen - so be prepared. She talks being inspired by the excellence of others, being flattened by a helicopter - and how discipline is the foundation that leaves her free to fly.
14/11/1923m 10s

Carrie Gracie, Journalist

Would you be paid more if you were a man? BBC journalist and former China Editor Carrie Gracie talks to Viv Groskop about how women should arm themselves against the gender pay gap, about rehearsing the tears out of your voice and about drawing strength from the voices of other women.
08/11/1932m 43s

Monica Galetti, Chef

Can you own a room you aren't even in? Monica Galetti can. The chef and Masterchef judge talks to Viv Groskop about making your  personality felt even when you aren't there. She recalls being sick with nerves when first filming Masterchef, how the fear of failure drives her - and how vital it is to say no when your gut tells you an opportunity isn't right for you.
01/11/1927m 5s

Abadesi Osunsade, Tech Entrepreneur

Can I touch your hair? Tech entrepreneur and inclusion campaigner Abadesi Osunsade talks to Viv Groskop about diversity, confidence tricks, the power of your personal story - and why you must never believe that the problem is you. 
25/10/1930m 44s

Nadiya Hussain, TV Chef and Writer

Ever seriously considered pretending you'd died? TV chef and writer Nadiya Hussain tells Viv Groskop how she begged her husband to tell Bake Off producers she was dead. She talks learning to accept her anxiety, how a teacher squashed her ambition, and the moment her child said his mum "lives her dreams". Oh, and the vital importance of coconut oil moisturiser.
18/10/1932m 53s

Karen Gibson, Choir Conductor

Do you know your "Why"? Choir conductor Karen Gibson talks to Viv Groskop about intention, spirituality and making a mark in people's hearts. Oh, and owning the room when performing at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle... 
11/10/1934m 6s

Jessica Fellowes, Writer

Are you ready to walk through the door of opportunity? Writer Jessica Fellowes talks to Viv Groskop about seizing the moment, putting on a show, owning the room when you are deaf - and the wonderful world of Downton Abbey.    
04/10/1935m 8s

Olwen Fouéré, Actress and Director

Are you putting limits on yourself? Actress, director and writer Olwen Fouéré inspires Viv Groskop with her refusal to accept limitations. They talk mastering non-verbal communication, the power of the in-between and the way fear can be poetry. Oh, and the vocal benefits of (whisper it) cigarettes...  
26/09/1940m 9s

Ann Patchett, Writer

Have you got your rubber head on straight? Writer Ann Patchett talks to Viv Groskop about dressing up as your better, braver, more confident self when you go on stage. And even channelling someone else entirely. And the strange comfort of knowing that, actually, noone cares. This special bonus episode is part of #PODSTRIKE, a coalition of podcasts supporting the Global Climate Strikes by helping spread the word. More here:
20/09/1935m 23s

Marcia Kilgore, Beauty Entrepreneur

Are you trying to sell something you wouldn't buy? Marcia Kilgore (Beauty Pie, Fitflop and more) talks to Viv Groskop about being driven by loss, the fearlessness that comes from knowing what makes you happy, and being so devoted to what you do that criticism is irrelevant. Oh, and how Beauty Pie was born from a desire to bring Christmas to us all...
20/09/1935m 2s

#PODSTRIKE - Ann Patchett

Writer Ann Patchett and How to Own the Room endorse #PODSTRIKE, a coalition of podcasts supporting Greta Thunberg and the young people behind the Global Climate Strikes starting this Friday 20th Sept, by helping spread the word. Ann will feature on a special edition very soon. Have your favourite shows signed up yet?
18/09/192m 5s

Cerys Matthews, Musician

Are you over-thinking it? Musician Cerys Matthews talks to Viv Groskop about the dangers of thinking too much, the myth of the tortured artist, the responsibility to conjure magic on stage and the importance of wearing a REALLY BIG COAT. Oh, and she does a cracking impression of Tom Jones...
13/09/1935m 21s

Kenya Hunt, Deputy Editor at Elle UK

Are your clothes holding you back? Viv Groskop talks to Kenya Hunt, deputy editor at Elle UK, about Karl Lagerfeld; the performance secrets of being a professional dancer and how to own the room on different sides of the Atlantic. Oh, and why you should visit a tailor. Now.
18/07/1930m 35s

Margaret Heffernan, Tech CEO and Writer

Do men think you're soft? Viv Groskop talks to entrepreneur, CEO and author Margaret Heffernan about how confidence comes from confronting yourself (and others) with concrete achievements, why she won't do International Women's Day and why change always involves sacrifice.
12/07/1933m 58s

Sarah Hurwitz, Speechwriter to the Obamas

Are you relentlessly authentic? Viv Groskop talks to Sarah Hurwitz, speechwriter to Michelle Obama (and her husband) about why it's a waste of time to memorise speeches, why improvising is bad, why women can't be angry and why, if you wouldn't say something to one person, you really shouldn't say it to lots of people.
05/07/1932m 55s

Writer Chimene Suleyman

Are you trying to own all the rooms all the time? Viv Groskop talks to writer, poet and performer Chimene Suleyman about picking your battles, embracing your nerves and finding your cheerleaders.
28/06/1930m 15s

Performer Petra Massey

Are they laughing with you or at you? Viv Groskop talks to performer Petra Massey about embracing failure, the importance of rehearsal and the richness of play.
20/06/1933m 44s

Novelist Elif Shafak

Are you being fair to yourself? Viv Groskop talks to the novelist Elif Shafak about how we learn self doubt, how anger is sexy but dangerous, why she is wary of certainty - and why you really shouldn't cut your own hair.
14/06/1934m 16s

Series 3 Ep 2 - Trinny Woodall

Are you sitting comfortably? Well, stop it. Beauty entrepreneur Trinny Woodall makes HTOTR history by telling Viv Groskop to Sit Up Straight! That done, the pair explore the joy of the ad lib, the value of being your own mentor, and the secrets of limitless energy.
07/06/1931m 42s

Series 3 Ep 1 - Madeline Miller

Do you "leave it all on the court"? Viv Groskop talks to novelist Madeline Miller about the speaking secrets of teachers, what you can learn from watching others, and how Bruce Springsteen inspires her to hold nothing back.
31/05/1933m 35s

Series 2 Ep 9 - Catherine Tate

Do you suffer from nerves? Become a professional performer! Viv Groskop talks to comedian, actress and writer Catherine Tate about why she hates flattery, her enthusiasm for extreme adventure, and - yes - how performing cured her anxiety. Plus she reveals the killer secret of dealing with Q&As...
03/05/1935m 30s

Series 2 Ep 8 - Meera Syal

What if it's not all about you? Viv Groskop talks to writer, actor, comedian and producer Meera Syal about fighting for diversity, failing in front of Victoria Wood and the peril and power of representing others when you speak.
26/04/1933m 46s

Series 2 Ep 7 - Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

How do you choose your words when lives are at stake? Viv Groskop talks to Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, a Deputy Assistant Commissioner and one of the most senior female firefighters in the UK, about self-belief, communicating under pressure and the way social conditioning effects the confidence of girls and women. 
19/04/1934m 58s

Series 2 Ep 6 - Elizabeth Day

Do you know how to fail? Viv Groskop talks to author, journalist and podcaster Elizabeth Day about how to pull off a killer career pivot, how to survive a wardrobe crisis and how to fail brilliantly.
12/04/1935m 44s

Series 2 Ep 5 - Nicola Mendelsohn

What's the worst that could happen? Viv Groskop talks to Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's Vice-President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa about salary negotiation, not assuming people can read your mind and the importance of not living life wondering what if...
05/04/1925m 33s

Series 2 Ep 4 - Josie Rourke

Feel awkward about being, well, um, GOOD at what you do? Viv Groskop talks to Josie Rourke, film and theatre director, about owning your own fluency, the power of "messy spaces" and why we must never assume women are struggling to find a voice.
29/03/1936m 32s

Series 2 Ep 3 - Margaret MacMillan

Does your voice go up at the end of a sentence? Always? Viv Groskop talks to bestselling historian Margaret MacMillan about conquering uptalk, the power of storytelling and the importance of trusting your team. Plus some brilliant advice for anyone shy at parties...
22/03/1933m 35s

Series 2 Ep 2 - Rosena Allin-Khan

This girl is ON FIRE! Viv Groskop talks to MP for Tooting (and practising doctor) Rosena Allin-Khan about how faith, facts and funky music help boost her confidence.
15/03/1932m 49s

Series 2 Ep 1 - Stacey Dooley

What if this was easy? Viv Groskop talks to documentary filmmaker Stacey Dooley about the power of going with the flow, the value of staying true to your own voice - and what still makes her nervous.
08/03/1921m 53s

How to Own the Room 2 Trail

Brilliant women reveal the secrets of brilliant speaking, with comedian and TV and radio presenter Viv Groskop
05/03/191m 14s

Episode 7 - Mary Beard

Want to know what really scares Professor Mary Beard? Want to know how her experience can transform your own? Or just curious why this interview is happening at 70 mph on the M4? Viv Groskop talks to "Britain's best-known classicist" about swearing, flirting, Boris Johnson - and why speech is still men's business.
03/12/1833m 8s

Episode 6 - Jessie Burton

Do men have more authority than women? Viv Groskop talks to bestselling author Jessie Burton about the male voice, the dangers of discussing your creativity, and why she wears an invisible Scooby-Doo villain costume to all speaking engagements.
26/11/1829m 46s

Episode 5 - Anne-Marie Imafidon

"Who knew, young black women from East London who love Nandos can speak well!" Viv Groskop talks to Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, computing, maths and language prodigy and co-founder of the STEMettes, about under-dressing, turning the stage into your living room and just how important (and unusual) it is to know the point of your talk.
19/11/1831m 57s

Episode 4: Yana Peel

Have you ever said no, when you should have said yes? Viv Groskop talks to Yana Peel, CEO of Serpentine Galleries, about listening to your gut, knowing your audience and deploying the power of intimacy.
12/11/1832m 32s

Episode 3: Mary Portas

Ever suffered from "goat voice"? Viv Groskop talks to retail guru Mary Portas about radical candour, the power of silence and the surprising ways in which a speech is like a ball game. 
05/11/1832m 58s

Episode 2: Sam Baker

Have you got "happy high status"? Viv Groskop talks to Sam Baker, digital entrepreneur and co-founder of The Pool, about powerpoint, fairydust and really hating public speaking.
28/10/1828m 35s

Episode 1: Nigella Lawson

In the very first episode of How to Own the Room, Viv Groskop talks to food writer and broadcaster Nigella Lawson about being shy, making mistakes - and the armour of professional hair and makeup.
28/10/1825m 22s

How to Own the Room Trail

Comedian and TV and radio presenter Viv Groskop sets off on her mission to reveal how you too can own the room.
22/10/181m 10s
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