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.

Episodes

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
09/02/24·32m 28s

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
02/02/24·33m 1s

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
26/01/24·37m 11s

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.
19/01/24·39m 33s

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
12/01/24·28m 27s

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    
05/01/24·29m 45s

21.5 Evanna Lynch, actress and writer - Happy High Status

How do you find your voice and your confidence when people expect you to be only one thing? How can you overcome thoughts that keep you small? Actress and writer Evanna Lynch joined the cast of the Harry Potter series as Luna Lovegood for the fifth film in 2006 at the age of 14. She went on to star in a number of independent films and in the TV crime series Silent Witness. In 2021 she published her debut memoir, The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting, a candid account about her life focusing on fragility, creativity and how she put herself back together after overcoming an eating disorder. In this conversation on happy high status, we get into the subject of self-sabotage, why boundaries matter, how to find your voice as you get older and how sometimes confidence comes from a quiet place, even a boring place. Is it OK to say no to a lot of things? How can you feel confident about doing that? Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is out now. @vivgroskop Evanna Lynch’s The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting is out now.
03/07/23·28m 35s

21.4 Sophie Ellis-Bextor, singer-songwriter - Happy High Status

How do you bounce back from a major knock to your confidence? How do you maintain focus and poise even when you’re exhausted or overwhelmed? In this fourth in our series of Happy High Status takeover episodes, Viv talks to Sophie Ellis-Bextor, singer/songwriter and the powerhouse behind one of the best things to come out of the pandemic: Kitchen Disco. Sophie first became known in the late 1990s as a teenager, as the singer of the indie rock band The Audience. The band was unceremoniously dropped by their label in 1999 and Sophie almost dropped out of music completely. But after bouncing back with a debut album that sold 1.5 million copies, she found her voice as an international dance/pop artist with another six albums, including her latest, Hana. All whilst casually having five children along the way. How do you find the energy to be confident when you’re depleted? How do you handle criticism and rejection and stay positive? There’s no better role model for fun happy high status than Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Viv’s book Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident is out now.Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s album Hana is out now.    
30/06/23·30m 39s

21.3 James O’Brien, broadcaster - Happy High Status

Can you be “too confident”? How entitled is too entitled? In this third of a series of Happy High Status takeover episodes, Viv talks to broadcaster and journalist James O’Brien, LBC presenter and author of How They Broke Britain (coming in Nov 2023), about challenging difficult and entitled people (especially certain privately-educated politicians), coming to terms with his own insecurities and finding a kind of humility after experiencing a major setback in his forties. Plus James reveals how he went from being someone who felt sick talking to people at parties to feeling comfortable in himself. Is it a good idea to put on your own “cloak of entitlement” when questioning someone who loves the sound of their own voice? What do you do when faced with people who are so confident that they’re tipping into arrogance? And how can we all listen to each other a bit better and make space for different points of view?  Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is out now. @vivgroskop James O’Brien’s new book How They Broke Britain is out in Nov 2023.
29/06/23·32m 52s

21.2 Fatima Whitbread, Olympic athlete - Happy High Status

What happens when you swivel the lens away from yourself? In this second of a series of Happy High Status takeover episodes, Viv talks to Olympic athlete and world champion javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread, star of I’m a Celebrity and Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Win and fundraiser for Action for Children. Fatima examines how the extremes of a difficult childhood and of athletic excellence in adulthood affected her confidence. Fatima was abandoned as baby and grew up in a series of children’s homes where she experienced neglect and abuse before being adopted by her javelin tutor in her teens. She developed her confidence by identifying key people she could trust and by learning to “swivel the lens” away from herself and onto others, not only in order to feel less like a victim but as a way of building self-esteem. What if the key to self-assurance lies not in your relationship with yourself but in how much you can support and shine a light on others?  Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is out now. @vivgroskop To support Fatima Whitbread’s latest fund-raising go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fatimawhitbread 
28/06/23·37m 53s

21.1 Tom Allen, comedian - Happy High Status

Can you be both insecure and confident at the same time? In this first of a series of Happy High Status takeover episodes, Viv talks to award-winning comedian Tom Allen, star of The Apprentice: You’re Fired and Bake-Off: Extra Slice, about his life on and off stage and what he has learned about managing nerves, coping with the reactions of audiences and critics and, most of all, living with self-criticism. Tom tells Viv that it’s a mistake to assume that comedians perform from a place of self-assurance: instead he has learned that his version of happy high status comes from being “confidently insecure." (Happy high status is a term from acting and comedy that is a sort of shorthand for “your best self.”) He shares tips on dressing for confidence (like Fred Astaire, please), how to avoid being apologetic around people when you really should be taking charge and how to feel entitled to speak. How do you “make space for yourself” in a hostile environment? How do you recover your confidence when it’s at a low ebb? Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is out now. @vivgroskop For more on Tom Allen, for tour dates and his new book Too Much, go to www.tomindeed.com 
27/06/23·28m 32s

20.6 Angela Cretu, CEO

How do you achieve and stay authentic? Viv talks to Angela Cretu, CEO of Avon, one of the biggest beauty brands in the world. Growing up in Communist Romania she says she learnt about gender and social equality, while ideas of self-expression or personal ambition weren’t present. After the revolution in 1989, Angela joined Avon at the age of 24 as the company moved into this emerging market and she flew - building new teams at home and internationally. She tells Viv how important it was for her to share insecurities with a mentor about facing confident male colleagues from the established western markets. Angela learnt that her voice mattered, her perspective mattered and finding strength in her own self while enabling others have proved to be key to her success. Before going on stage she recommends immersing yourself in the energy of the room. And Angela will always make sure her eyes look amazing. Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is available for preorder. @vivgroskop
23/06/23·38m 43s

20.5 Lucinda Chambers, fashion director

How do you follow a dream? Viv talks to the fashion legend, Lucinda Chambers, who worked at Vogue from the age of 21, eventually working her way up to become fashion director at the iconic magazine. Chatting in Lucinda’s beautiful west London home, she tells Viv about how she learned graft in her childhood and about working hard to follow creative sparks. Despite being in the glamorous world of fashion, Lucinda reveals that she never took it for granted and made sure her feet stayed on the ground while the sparkles danced among the style and the glossy pages of the magazine. She’s now co-founder of Collagerie, a curated online shopping platform for fashion and interiors, which she runs with former Vogue colleague Serena Hood. And her advice is simple… it’s all in the baby steps.   Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is available for preorder. @vivgroskop
16/06/23·37m 20s

20.4 Curtis Sittenfeld, novelist

How do you simply get things done? Viv talks to the American writer, Curtis Sittenfeld, whose new novel, Romantic Comedy, is already a bestseller and has been selected for Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club. They chat about feminist breakthroughs, navigating the room – literally and metaphorically, and what to do with your hands in a photoshoot with an A-list movie star. She tells Viv that it’s a feminist act to assume knowledge by the women in your audience. And on the business of pushing projects forward she shares tips on separating your to do list and your emotions, and in the face of being overwhelmed, taking a moment to calmly ask the question - what do I need to do to get this done? Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is available for preorder. @vivgroskop
09/06/23·33m 42s

20.3 Isabel Wilkerson, author

How do you nurture self-belief? Viv talks to the bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson, about cultivating gentle trust in ourselves. The Pulitzer prize-winning writer of narrative nonfiction, whose latest book, Caste, explores the inner workings of an American hierarchy, talks to Viv about bringing your absolute all to the stage and creating an experience of communion with the audience. Such deep and generous sharing in this space is balanced, though, with a word of caution about keeping precious projects close in early stages, protecting them from those who might discourage you when they’re most delicate. Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is available for preorder. @vivgroskop
02/06/23·44m 12s

20.2 Claire Fuller, author

How do you keep going when your mouth turns ‘sticky’? Viv talks to the award-winning writer, Claire Fuller about lessons from life, digging back into tales from when Claire worked in marketing and a pitch ran aground. Offering tips and tricks for persevering through awkward moments, Viv celebrates Claire’s honesty for admitting when things haven’t gone well and also for celebrating the moments that most definitely have. They talk about carving out a writing career later in life, while working and bringing up children – ‘do it now, don’t wait for perfection’ - and the importance of helping others in the spirit of Viv’s Lift as you Climb. Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is available for preorder. @vivgroskop  
26/05/23·34m 14s

20.1 Marielle Wyse, fashion entrepreneur

Launching series 20 with a splash of colour and pizazz, Viv talks to fashion label guru, Marielle Wyse, about finding that thing you love and doing with all your heart. Having worked in TV documentaries, Marielle took time out to look after her small children and then found a spark, pursuing her own childhood passion for clothes and making, setting her on a new, exciting path, founding Wyse London. Marielle advises remembering the thing you used to run to as a child and reveals how the Covid lockdowns transformed her fashion business into an Instagram-first platform where she got to talk directly to her customers. Her lessons are the about the winning combination of joy, passion and focus. And not forgetting from her TV days the power of the edit and when to stop. And move onto the next thing. Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is available for preorder. @vivgroskop
19/05/23·36m 33s

19.6: Masterclass on How to Be Confident

What is the secret of fearlessness? How do you focus if you’re feeling nervous?   In this final episode of the How to Own the Room masterclass series, we dive back into the back catalogue for key tips and tricks on How to Be Confident. Actress Petra Massey (Sandstrom, Miranda) is best known for clowning and physical theatre - she carries herself with a profound inner confidence, and talks to Viv about channelling fear through her body in a productive way.  Another counter-intuitive trick for confidence, is using advocacy to empower others. Vanessa Sanyauke, CEO of Girls Talk Global, explains that when you act as an advocate for other people, it gives you a chance to use your voice and remind yourself of that true unshakeable confidence. As a performance poet, storyteller, best-selling author and co-writer on Beyoncé’s visual album Black is King, Yrsa Daley-Ward performs a lot of her own words on stage and for film. She compares her performance to a jazz improvisation, that is more honest and authentically her. Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is available for preorder. @vivgroskop
21/04/23·18m 43s

19.5: Masterclass on How to Prepare (Part 2)

In this week’s round-up of all the best tips and tricks for confidence and performance, we continue with the theme of preparation. Talking to actress Nicole Ansari (Deadwood) and her husband Brian Cox (Succession), Viv discusses their definitions of owning the room while involving other people. Former TV presenter turned best-selling author Dawn O’Porter talks very movingly about how easily we can get distracted by what is not working, while entrepreneur Sharmadean Reid, one of the first black women in the world to raise over a million pounds in venture capital for her digital platform Beautystack, talks about how she stays prepared and focused. Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is available for preorder. @vivgroskop Quick LinksGet Embed PlayerShare on SocialDownload Audio File  
17/04/23·22m 13s

19.4: Masterclass on How to Prepare

Everyone loves to feel prepared, but what would happen if you didn’t really prepare at all?   How do you prepare for the moments of pressure? In this masterclass, Viv is interested in our different relationships with preparation. Writer and commentator Bryony Gordon says if you're passionate about your subject, then you don't need a script, while Labour MP Jess Phillips thinks it's important to celebrate the imperfections in spoken delivery. Entrepreneur Debbie Wosskow is great at talking in a variety of high pressure situations.  She advises over-preparation, and that you should also be ready to talk about anything. Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is available for preorder. @vivgroskop
07/04/23·21m 49s

19.3: Masterclass on How to Cure Imposter Syndrome

Have you ever felt like you can’t do certain things? What do you do to tackle your own self-doubt?  In this 3rd episode, Viv turns traditional thinking about imposter syndrome on its head, and considers alternative outlooks from her guests. Professor Mary Beard talks about the misogynistic origins of public speaking, dating back to the Roman Empire, and actress Katy Brand says that in her experience, confidence can ebb and flow.  If you find yourself feeling like an imposter,  Paula Hines says that might be because you're working in an area that you're not truly passionate about -  she knows this feeling first hand as she tells the story of moving from a career as a television producer to becoming a yoga teacher. Writer Kit de Waal shares the key to pushing back against moments of insecurity when you feel like a fraud, and sports presenter Gabby Logan says that it's important to be able to learn from your mistakes. Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is available for preorder. @vivgroskop
31/03/23·29m 43s

19.2: Masterclass on How to Overcome Nerves

Where does confidence come from? What can you do if you’re very self-conscious and you feel really uncomfortable in front of others?  In this second episode of weekly masterclasses, Viv talks about nerves and confidence, and how they really do go hand in hand.  From archive interviews, Viv's previous guests share their words of wisdom.  In the very first episode Nigella Lawson stresses that you don't need to be perfect. Since then we have had many other guests including Margaret Heffernan, business leader and bestselling author, Karen Gibson, leader of the Kingdom Choir who sang at Megan and Harry’s wedding and DJ Cerys Mathews, who talks about forming the band Catatonia as a teenager and how to become comfortable in your own skin.  Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is available for preorder. @vivgroskop
24/03/23·1h 1m

19.1: Masterclass on How to Know What to Say

How do you work out what you want to say and what you think people are expecting? If you want to speak up, how do you know where to start?  In this new batch of episodes coming up over the next few weeks we’re going to dig into our archive of over 150 interviews. In these weekly masterclasses, each episode will tackle the things that really matter: confidence, overcoming nerves, imposter syndrome. This week, Viv looks into what makes a great speech - or knowing what to say.  Hillary Clinton advises being self-deprecating and hopes that women can own their individuality, while tech activist Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon thinks about what she wants her audience to walk away with. For actress Meera Syal, the most important part of sharing stories is that it allows us to understand each other, share our empathy, experience, history and view of the world. Viv's new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is available for preorder. @vivgroskop
17/03/23·23m 39s

18.8 Dawn O’Porter, Novelist and TV Presenter

How do you regain your confidence? Viv talks to the author, TV presenter, social media influencer and founder of fashion line Joanie, Dawn O’Porter, on finding your voice again. Dawn, who lives in LA with her husband the actor Chris O’Dowd and their two children, tells Viv with frank honesty about a dark time in her life when her TV career nosedived, how she lost her confidence and eventually wrote her way out of it. She shares her tips about holding onto self-worth when things aren’t going the way you want them to. She urges listeners to give themselves credit for the things that are going right – a relationship, friendships, children, work - rather than obsessing over what is going wrong. Her advice for owning the room is cut yourself some slack and allow yourself to draw strength from what is good. And be prepared to take a different direction if the one you planned has taken you out of the room entirely. As she tells Viv, the path doesn’t go in one direction and you may own and lose and own the room again. Find out more about Dawn O’Porter’s latest novel, Cat Lady. A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
18/11/22·33m 7s

18.7 Catherine Mayer, Writer and Activist

How can we thrive wearing many hats? Viv talks to the author and co-founder and President of the Women's Equality Party, Catherine Mayer, about shifting emphasis to achieve greatest effect. Catherine shares how having an awareness of your audience and the room you’re in can make it a good experience for you and boost your voice within it. Catherine reveals that while she makes calculations about where to pitch her arguments, they all stay true to her beliefs. Catherine lost her husband, the musician, Andy Gill - a founding member of Gang of Four - in 2020 to suspected Covid-19 and she tells Viv how she’s navigated grief over the last two years. Their interview is recorded at the Primadonna Festival, which was founded by Catherine in 2019.  Find out more about Catherine Mayer in her latest book, Good Grief: Embracing Life at a Time of Death A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
11/11/22·36m 37s

18.6 Elaine Bedell, Arts CEO

How do you bring together a winning team so that all voices can contribute to the room? Viv Groskop talks to the Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre, Elaine Bedell, on energy, stress and successfully leading teams of talented creative and commercial people. Elaine became the first woman in the top job at the Southbank Centre in 2017. She joined after a 30-year career in TV in which she developed shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Saturday Night Takeaway, Love Island and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing. She tells Viv about the adrenaline highs of live broadcasting to primetime audiences and managing big teams with big budgets. And she shares the wise words of her Great Aunt Maggie on owning the room before it was even a twinkle in Viv's eye. Find out more about Elaine Bedell. A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
04/11/22·34m 22s

18.5 Gabby Logan, Broadcaster

What helps to build resilience? Viv Groskop talks to the broadcaster, Gabby Logan, who has pioneered sports presenting for women in the UK. Just this year she co-led the BBC’s coverage of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games and Women’s Euro 2022. She tells Viv what it was like to start at Sky in her 20s when the channel was just four years old; presenting two live shows a day in a team formed of new voices and old hacks. Gabby shares some of the personal tragedies that have shaped her, such as the death of her younger brother, Daniel, when he was just 15 years old. And she reflects on how having children gave her a new found sense of perspective. The art of public speaking, Gabby believes, is just like sport – it’s all in the preparation. And know your audience. Find out more about Gabby Logan in her memoir, The First Half A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
28/10/22·38m 29s

18.4 Debbie Wosskow OBE, Entrepreneur

How do you put on your game face every day? Viv Groskop talks to the co-founder of AllBright, Debbie Wosskow, on purpose, energy and drive. She launched the startup Love Home Swap, inspired by the film The Holiday, and sold it for $53 million in 2017. Debbie hails from an entrepreneurial family and tells Viv how she’s never been shy to talk about work, business and money. She reflects on how her family background helped to de-risk the idea of business. Together with her business partner, Anna Jones, Debbie reveals how they rehearse every aspect of what they do, gaming 'everything - from dresses to delivery’. Find out more in Debbie's co-authored book Believe. Build. Become. How to Supercharge Your Career A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
21/10/22·36m 34s

18.3 Elizabeth Strout, Writer

How can you overcome stage fright? Viv Groskop talks to award-winning writer and nominee for this year’s Booker Prize, Elizabeth Strout, ahead of the ceremony. She reveals an intervention that enabled her to handle public events that would previously have sent her spinning into panic. Elizabeth tells Viv how the spaces that allow her to write are the ones in which she’s not needed by anyone. Riding the subway is good, but even better is her studio in Maine. Despite Elizabeth’s success now seeming to come easily, she tells Viv that it has been hard won and how the intuition that penetrates her work has sometimes been painful to live with. She also shares some top tips on handling criticism or ungenerous remarks. Find out more about Elizabeth Strout’s Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, Oh William! A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
14/10/22·32m 50s

18.2 Kamila Shamsie, Writer

Can you easily switch between private and public modes? Viv Groskop talks to the award-winning writer, Kamila Shamsie, about the different kinds of energy she needs in her life as a successful author. She tells Viv about the peace and solitude required for writing fiction and how audiences’ curiosity fuels her public persona. Kamila shares with Viv her thoughts on the long history of patriarchy and the way it cuts across every facet of life. She reveals her thoughts on the power of her platform as a writer and how it compares with the reach of social media trolls. Kamila refuses to disengage and shares with Viv how she constantly challenges herself to ask – what needs to be done? Find out more about Kamila Shamsie’s new novel: Best of Friends A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
07/10/22·35m 23s

18.1 Kit de Waal, Writer

How do you find your authentic voice? Viv Groskop talks to the writer, Kit de Waal, who found success later in life with her book My Name is Leon. Kit tells Viv how she reconciled the different parts of her Birmingham childhood, born to an Irish mother and African-Caribbean father, in her recent memoir - Without Warning and Only Sometimes: Scenes from an Unpredictable Childhood. Not expecting to even make it into adulthood, Kit says that every day has been a bonus. Although she was brought up in the ‘oppressive and joyless’ Jehovah Witness religion, she tells Viv how it prepared her for one thing – and that was public speaking. Talking to a literary crowd was, however, another matter. Overcoming self-doubt and nerves, she shares her secret with Viv: know your subject, and the rest will flow. Find out more about Kit de Waal’s memoir: Without Warning and Only Sometimes: Scenes from an Unpredictable Childhood. A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
30/09/22·34m 14s

17.7 Marisha Wallace, Musical Theatre Performer

Do you believe in yourself? Viv Groskop talks to the musical theatre performer, Marisha Wallace, best-known for roles in Something Rotten, Dreamgirls, Waitress and Hairspray. Marisha tells Viv that she was drawn to London six years ago for work and has never left, enjoying the freedom it’s given her to try different roles. She explains to Viv why she resists the ‘strong Black woman’ stereotype and that it’s ok not to be a superhero. Marisha nurtures her confidence by drawing on her spirituality, while leaving the more constraining aspects of the religion she was brought up with behind. Viv and Marisha reflect that bravery is feeling your insecurity and fear of judgment and putting yourself out there anyway. Find out more about Marisha Wallace on her website. A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
22/07/22·32m 51s

17.6 Sadie Jones, Writer

Are you reluctant to be in the limelight? Viv Groskop talks to the writer, Sadie Jones, who made her name with The Outcast, winning Best First Novel in the Costa Book Awards. Sadie is a self-confessed introvert who would much rather not leave her room, and certainly not own public ones. But sometimes her job as a successful author requires her to do so. She shares with Viv the tricks and techniques that she’s taught herself over the years to overcome her shyness and give back to readers who have come to hear her talk. Interestingly, she reveals how she even surprised herself during the pandemic by actually missing the nerves of going into a crowded room. Discover Sadie Jones’ latest novel Amy and Lan. A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
15/07/22·36m 24s

17.5 Sheila Hancock, Actor

Can you manage your nerves? Viv Groskop talks to legendary actor, Dame Sheila Hancock, ahead of a theatre audience to share reflections from her second memoir Old Rage. Dame Sheila reveals how she has always suffered from chronic stage fright and remains terrified until the end. They discuss how nerves are normal and getting through them. Dame Sheila is frank about shocking stories of sexism in the stage and screen world with overwhelming pressures to conform to a typical look or height. She talks about the experience of being spotted by Theatre Workshop’s Joan Littlewood and how it was a liberation to be herself. Viv reflects that it’s a constant struggle not to pigeon-hole yourself and how important it is to resist that pressure, even if others around you are doing it for you. Find out more about Dame Sheila Hancock’s Old Rage. A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
08/07/22·33m 50s

17.4 Abi Morgan, Writer

Can you tell your own story? Viv Groskop talks to award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Abi Morgan, whose work includes The Split, The Iron Lady, The Hour and Suffragette. Abi has occupied and owned many rooms in her life and career – the solitary writer’s room, the family rooms of bustle, the emergency hospital room, the space on set to direct. In all these arenas she’s adapted herself while keeping a steady eye on maintaining space to tell the stories she wants to tell. Four years ago, Abi and her family’s lives were blown apart by a devastating medical emergency suffered by her partner. How would this sudden and unwelcome plot twist affect Abi’s life and writing? Channelling confusion and pain, Abi turned the lens onto her own life in This is Not a Pity Memoir. She reveals how a space to write has always been essential to her survival and none more so than in these crisis years. But having reached relative dry land, she tells Viv that it’s not over yet. There are more rooms to own and more stories to tell. Listen to This is Not a Pity Memoir on BBC Radio 4 A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
01/07/22·40m 5s

17.3 Ellen Nichols, Writer

What are you waiting for? Viv Groskop talks to writer, Ellen Nichols, author of Remember Whose Little Girl You Are. Now in her 70s, Ellen Nichols has published her first book – a memoir of growing up in the Deep South in the fifties and sixties. Ellen shares how her confidence to speak the truth was nurtured from a young age by her father, a Methodist preacher who spoke out against segregation in the face of vicious opposition. One memory of an encounter with the Ku Klux Klan as a young child imprinted itself on her mind forever and she discusses how her mantra: ‘just be honest’ has guided her over the years. Ellen reminds us to seize the day and trust our instincts for using our voice to say things as we see them. Find out more about Ellen Nichols Remember Whose Little Girl You Are. A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
24/06/22·24m 14s

17.2 Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO

Do you bring your true self to the table? Viv Groskop talks to CEO Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Founder and Executive Chair of the fintech Snoop. She was the CEO of Virgin Money from 2007 to 2018, working closely with Richard Branson, and was often the only woman in a man’s world. Jayne-Anne discusses how she owns the room - sometimes using her full height to command authority - and sometimes showing openness and abandoning notes to connect with an audience. She asks what is true diversity? And discusses challenges with depression, including a recent revelation that has worked for her in treating it. A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
17/06/22·32m 38s

17.1 Emily Chang, Executive and Fosterer

What will your social legacy be? Viv Groskop talks to corporate high flyer Emily Chang about her philosophy which has inspired a unique way of life, where the spare room is always available to young people in need. As soon as she was able, Emily followed her instincts to offer help in the form of a place to stay to the most vulnerable young people whose lives she crossed. She explains how it is a practice she continues to this day and how it informs her work in the corporate world as well as in raising her daughter. You can find out more about Emily at social-legacy.com A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
12/06/22·32m 25s

16.7 Delia Ephron, Writer

Are you doing what is expected of you? Viv Groskop talks to writer Delia Ephron about following other people's rules. She explains how to blow it and still have a life. She talks about grief, about storytelling, about not having a strong sense of yourself - and about working out how to be true to yourself. It's not important to own the room, she says. It's important to own your own vision.   You can find out more about Delia on her website, and buy her book Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop  
14/04/22·34m 28s

16.6 Julia Samuel, Psychotherapist

Do you have a good relationship with yourself? Viv Groskop talks to psychotherapist and author Julia Samuel about how hard it is to own the room and relate well to others if you don't relate well to yourself. She talks about how our family history affects our confidence and how we are all haunted by the untold stories, the pain passed down through families. Julia reveals the "shame spiral" she herself experienced after appearing on the BBC's Desert Island Discs. And she explains the secret of instilling confidence in our children. You can find out more about Julia on her website and buy her latest book, Every Family Has a Story: How We Inherit Love and Loss A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop  
08/04/22·41m 50s

16.5 Vanessa Sanyauke, CEO

Have you stepped into your greatness? Viv Groskop talks to Vanessa Sanyauke, founder and CEO of Girls Talk London and expert in diversity, inclusion and sustainability in business. Vanessa celebrates uncertainty, curiosity - and never listening to your parents. She calls on us to move from being allies to advocates for marginalised communities - and reveals how important male allies have been to her journey. Oh, and she shares what Oprah Winfrey told her about how to look great in photos... You can find out more about Vanessa at vanessasanyauke.com  A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
01/04/22·40m 21s

16.4 Paula Hines, Teacher

Is your dream a nightmare? Viv Groskop talks to yoga teacher Paula Hines about giving up her dream job to take a different path as a yoga teacher, and the importance of trusting your instincts. She reveals how yoga can help you own the room, working with your own breath patterns, using simple exercises to release tension and not fixating on the perfect "yoga body". She explains the importance of paying attention to the space you are in and the reactions of the people in it. And she advises compassion when dealing with difficult people - while accepting a negative reaction may have nothing to do with you. You can find out more about Paula at ucanyoga.co.uk A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
25/03/22·36m 30s

16.2 Anne Fine, Writer

Have you done your best? Viv Groskop talks to writer and second Children's Laureate Anne Fine, about the freedom of being well prepared. She says: if I've done my best and they don't like it, that's their problem. She talks about why she hates interactive talks and how much you can learn from bad speakers. And she argues you should never overestimate an audience's knowledge or underestimate their intelligence - particularly when talking to children. You can find out more about Anne Fine and her new book, Aftershocks here. A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
18/03/22·35m 38s

16.2 Lucy Foley, Writer

Do you know what you're talking about? Viv Groskop talks to author Lucy Foley about squeaky voices, head girl energy and never quite feeling you are a "proper" person. They explore judicious giving up, failing better - and just how you take the plunge and become a full time writer. You can pre-order Lucy Foley's book, The Paris Apartment now. A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now. @vivgroskop
11/03/22·34m 2s

16.1 Jan Ravens, Actress and Impressionist

Do you have the confidence to fail? Viv Groskop talks to Jan Ravens, the actress and impressionist. Jan (or is it Liz Truss?) talks about exploring the space between vulnerability and control. She recalls the way mental illness (and the stigma around it) shaped her family life, and reveals how working with others gave her back a sense of control after the strange end of her first marriage. She (or is it Theresa May?) talks the power of the double act, the horror of writing - and the vital importance of doing things that scare you. You can follow Jan on social @thatjanravens   Viv's latest book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
04/03/22·37m 23s

15.7 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
28/01/22·37m 1s

15.6 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
21/01/22·40m 49s

15.5 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
14/01/22·41m 48s

15.4 Amanda Horton-Mastin, 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
07/01/22·34m 36s

15.3 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
17/12/21·41m 28s

15.2 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
10/12/21·34m 22s

15.1 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... Dame Eileen's book, Will She Do? Act One of a Life on Stage is out now. Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop    
03/12/21·35m 7s

14.8 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. You can find out more about Extinction Rebellion here  Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
05/11/21·37m 50s

14.7 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. Fi and Jane's book is out now. Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is also out now. @vivgroskop  
29/10/21·36m 5s

14.6 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. You can find out more about Mel at melrobbins.com Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is also out now. @vivgroskop    
22/10/21·40m 40s

14.5 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.
15/10/21·31m 15s

14.4 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"... You can find out more about Cathy's work at cathyreadsbooks.com Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is also out now. @vivgroskop  
08/10/21·38m 2s

14.3 Indra Nooyi, Businesswoman

Need to dig yourself out of a hole? Viv Groskop talks to Indra Nooyi, the former chair and CEO of PepsiCo. She may be regularly listed as one of the world's most powerful woman, but as a woman of colour she explains how she always felt like she started at a disadvantage, in a hole that she had to dig herself out of. She explains how important it is to avoid anything that takes the focus away from what you have to say, why society needs to support families - and why stomach butterflies are brilliant. Indra's book My Life in Full: Work, Family and Our Future is out now.  Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is also out now. @vivgroskop
01/10/21·34m 28s

14.2 Dame Jenni Murray, Broadcaster

Fat cow, fat chance? Viv Groskop talks to the writer, journalist and broadcaster Dame Jenni Murray, the former presenter of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. They talk being nosy, being prepared and why you must NEVER say "tell me about..." They discuss appearance, being criticised by your mother, and Dame Jenni's latest book on the science and psychology of size. Oh, and how she tackled an interview with Hollywood legend Bette Davis on only her second day at Woman's Hour. Dame Jenni's book Fat Cow, Fat Chance: The Science and Psychology of Size is out now. Viv's latest book, Lift As You Climb is also out now. @vivgroskop   nosiness bette davies science and psychology of size interview technique mother critising her appearance value of preparation Never say tell me about
24/09/21·36m 56s

14.1 Jackie Weaver, Chief Officer

Do you have the authority? Viv Groskop talks to Jackie Weaver; viral internet sensation, author of the book You Do Have the Authority Here! and chief officer of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils. They discuss difficult meetings (no, really) as well as zoom etiquette, how to prepare, and how to keep calm in the face of aggression. Jackie considers why men bully, why women don't apply for jobs - and why local politics is your best bet to change the world. Also, of course, how to read the standing orders. And understand them. Viv's latest book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
10/09/21·32m 22s

13.9 Jess Phillips, MP

Are you posh? Or do you just like olives? Viv Groskop talks to Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley and Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding. They talk olives, going viral and why a joke will help get your point across. Jess reveals how she learned to communicate working in a pub, how showing confidence gives others confidence, and how other people saying stupid things is a great encouragement to speak up. Plus why women need to know they don't need to be perfect for politics. Jess's new book Everything You Really Need to Know About Politics: My Life As an MP is out now. Viv's latest book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
30/07/21·37m 17s

13.8 Jane Shepherdson, Businesswoman

What's your armour? Viv Groskop talks to Jane Shepherdson, chair of My Wardrobe HQ, former chief exec of Whistles and brand director at TopShop. They discuss the way clothes can make you feel powerful- and how "rent-a-porter" can rekindle a fashion love affair without sacrificing the planet (or costing the earth). Jane reveals how she found her purpose and reinvented her career. And she explains how to deal with difficult characters, why you must surround yourself with excellence and how to get paid what you deserve.  Find out more about Jane's latest venture at mywardrobehq.com Viv's latest book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
30/07/21·35m 18s

13.7 Chantal Coady, Chocolatier

Is this visceral? Viv Groskop talks to author, businesswoman and chocolatier Chantal Coady about how to deploy the senses to beguile, comfort and delight. She talks about the importance of theatre, and deploying visuals to hold attention. She recalls how how her mother leveraged the family home to help her start her business, and how that spurred her to make it a success. She talks about the murky ethics of chocolate and what you can do to help. And she recalls how a moment on a beach inspired a legendary chocolate invention... Find out more about Chantal at chantalcoady.com Viv's latest book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
23/07/21·32m 51s

13.6 Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, Entrepreneur

Are you sitting comfortably? Viv Groskop talks to Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley CH, the businesswoman, philanthropist and technology pioneer. They explore why she changed her name - and why she brought her kitchen stool to America to give her TED talk in front of Bill Gates. Dame Stephanie argues that women must learn to ask for money: our input won't be valued if we don't value ourselves. She reveals how she learned a "healthy selfishness" after ending up in hospital, and tells Viv the single secret of success in business and romance... Find out more about Stephanie's work at steveshirley.com Viv's latest book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
16/07/21·32m 9s

13.5 Paula Hawkins, Author

Can you take criticism? Viv Groskop talks to Paula Hawkins, author of (among others) the global phenomenon The Girl on The Train. They explore how to gain the confidence to embrace what you really care about, and how to say: "I can do that, it's not just for others." They consider the value of routine, the value of saying no and the value of indulging in darkness. And why you must read the bad reviews.   Find out more about Paula's work and her latest book, A Slow Fire Burning at paulahawkinsbooks.com Viv's latest book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
09/07/21·35m 50s

13.4 Funmi Fetto, Writer

Why not? Viv Groskop talks to beauty journalist Funmi Fetto, Contributing Editor at British Vogue and Beauty Director at the Observer Magazine. Funmi argues that the risk of rejection is not worth missing opportunities, and explores the ongoing process of finding your voice, the double edged sword that is beauty, the role of faith and prayer in building confidence - and the joy of index cards. Find out more about Funmi's work at orbpodcast.com Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
02/07/21·36m 53s

13.3 Lorraine Candy, Writer

What if you'd never heard of imposter syndrome? Viv Groskop talks to Lorraine Candy, columnist and former Editor in Chief from Style magazine, Elle UK and Sunday Times Style. They discuss owning the room, whether it's filled with Taylor Swift or Rupert Murdoch. They discuss what younger women can teach older women about self care - and how cold water can make you better at your job. They discuss not trying to be liked, not avoiding confrontation, not saying sorry and not buying into the negative narratives about women.    Lorraine's book is out now.  Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
25/06/21·38m 11s

13.1 Julia Baird, Broadcaster

Have you felt small lately? Viv Groskop talks to journalist, author and broadcaster Julia Baird about the value of shrinking, and how feeling small can inspire wonder. She talks about learning to be yourself, learning not to freak out about swallowing, and the number of accomplished women who won't appear on her show because they feel fat. She asks - why do we have to be perfect before we're allowed to express an opinion? Julia's book Phosphorescence: On Awe, Wonder And Things That Sustain You When the World Goes Dark is out now. Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
18/06/21·42m 2s

13.2 Esther Freud, Writer

Why are you here? Viv Groskop talks to writer Esther Freud about her new book, about why it's good for writers to get out, and the power of understanding that it's not about you - you are here for the audience. She explains why she loves feedback, why she loves interviews - and how she has to remind herself not to tell everybody absolutely everything... Esther's book, I Couldn't Love You More is out now. Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
17/06/21·29m 51s

12.9 Norma Kamali, Designer

Are you ageing with power? Viv Groskop talks to designer Norma Kamali about why women should look forward to getting older. She explains that self respect and self love are hard but vital, and will draw the right opportunities to you. She shares her experience of being told at 18 that it's all downhill from here, her experience of divorce, her experience of discovering financial independence and confidence. And she argues that the risk of becoming irrelevant is worse than the risk of failure - so go for it. Norma's book I Am Invincible is out now. Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
28/05/21·35m 29s

12.8 Hollie McNish, Poet

Are you following someone else's rules? Viv Groskop talks to poet Hollie McNish about the value of working out your own way to do something - even if it takes time. Hollie discusses her efforts to unlearn society's unhelpful lessons about being female, including frank conversations with her grandmother. And she explores nerves, pressure, being apologetic - and the sadness of putting poems about her gran into the past tense. You can find out more about Hollie and her new book, Slug and Other Things I've Been Told to Hate at holliepoetry.com  Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
21/05/21·36m 2s

12.7 Anya Hindmarch, Designer

Are you doing it your way? Viv Groskop talks to designer and businesswoman Anya Hindmarch about the value of authenticity. Anya reveals how neuro-linguistic programming and autogenic training helped her beat chronic stage fright. She argues that nerves are useful, that you know more than you think and that emotion is not only useful, it is the heart and soul of any business.  Anya's book If In Doubt Wash Your Hair is out now. Find out more about Anya at anyahindmarch.com  Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
14/05/21·35m 56s

12.6 Anneliese Dodds, Politician

Have you said what you came to say? Viv Groskop talks to Anneliese Dodds, Labour Co-Op Member of Parliament for Oxford East, about owning the House as the first female Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. How to communicate complex ideas, how to build trust, how to deal with the Daily Mail style police. And how to make sure that you are clear what you want to say - and say it. Find out more about Anneliese at anneliesedodds.org.uk Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
07/05/21·32m 23s

12.5 Isabel Allende, Writer

Are you feeding your self doubt? Viv Groskop talks to writer Isabel Allende about how women can combat insecurity by celebrating each other. She talks of the value of feeling comfortable in your skin, knowing what you want to say and understanding that: "these people have come here to love you". Oh, and realising that she is not, after all, a flamboyant bitch.   Isabel's new book, The Soul of a Woman is out now. Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is too. @vivgroskop
30/04/21·35m 48s

12.4 Martha Beck, Life Coach

Do you feel completely happy? If not, admit it out loud to yourself. That moment of truth will help. Viv Groskop talks to sociologist and life coach Martha Beck who argues that aligning with your truth will get rid of all your psychological suffering. They also discuss chronic public speaking nerves, how to train your animal brain as if it were a frightened horse - and what it's like to hang out with Oprah Winfrey and Elizabeth Gilbert.    Martha's new book, The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self is out now. Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is too. @vivgroskop
23/04/21·35m 35s

12.3 Nicole LePera, Psychologist

Are you doing the work? Viv Groskop talks to Dr Nicole LePera, holistic psychologist and author of How to Do The Work. They explore the idea of healing yourself, learning to regulate your body and how that psychological and physiological work can help you to own the room. And Viv finds out how someone who "hates public speaking" manages an online following of millions. Find out more about Nicole's work @the.holistic.psychologist Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
16/04/21·35m 21s

12.2 Yewande Akinola, Engineer

Do you know why you are doing this? Viv Groskop talks to Yewande Akinola MBE,  chartered engineer and TV presenter, about the power of knowing your purpose when it comes to connecting to your audience. She reveals the setbacks and criticism that come with building a public profile and argues that if you think of your work as an extension of who you are, it becomes less daunting. Find out more about Yewande's work at yewandeakinola.co.uk  Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
09/04/21·36m 5s

12.1 Mel Giedroyc, Comic

Do you want it too much? Viv Groskop talks to TV presenter, actress and writer Mel Giedroyc about the power of not caring and how she was nearly too rock 'n roll to audition for what turned out to be her big break. They talk #strictlycomedancing, #GBBO and almost going bankrupt. And making mistakes. Like thinking: who the HECK is interested in whether a cake rises? Mel's new book is The Best Things. Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop  
02/04/21·39m 59s

11.5 Inner Voice Masterclass: How to Own Your Thoughts and “What Would Wonder Woman Do?”

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, Viv presents a special five-part series featuring psychologist Ethan Kross, author of Chatter: The Voice In Our Head and How to Harness It. In this fifth and final part Viv and Ethan discuss how they speak to their daughters about inner voice. How do you distinguish between your feelings and your thoughts? And how to talk to yourself with kindness and compassion. (Warning: May include Viv calling herself a “sweaty old cow.”) You can find out more about Ethan at ethankross.com Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
19/03/21·15m 0s

11.4 Inner Voice Masterclass: Self-Sabotage, Anxiety, Self-Care and Self-Control

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, Viv presents a special five-part series featuring psychologist Ethan Kross, author of Chatter: The Voice In Our Head and How to Harness It. Part four looks at negative thought loops and what to do when you are talking to yourself like a bully. How to know when to trust your intuition and when to seek external confirmation. And the six things you need to write down after every stressful moment you survive. You can find out more about Ethan at ethankross.com Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
18/03/21·17m 31s

11.3 Inner Voice Masterclass: The Role of Other People and Environment

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, Viv presents a special five-part series featuring psychologist Ethan Kross, author of Chatter: The Voice In Our Head and How to Harness It. Part three discusses the role other people can play in challenging our inner voice. What they do to help — and what they do to hinder us. And what role does environment play? Could cleaning your kitchen be the secret to controlling your inner voice? (Disclaimer: we are not telling anyone to clean their kitchen.) You can find out more about Ethan at ethankross.com Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
17/03/21·15m 39s

11.2 Inner Voice Masterclass: How to Manage Your Inner Voice

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, Viv presents a special five-part series featuring psychologist Ethan Kross, author of Chatter: The Voice In Our Head and How to Harness It. In part two: What is “distanced self-talk” and why is it so helpful? How thinking forward into the future and backwards into the past can help you reassure yourself and find perspective. And why talking to yourself in the third person is the ultimate psychological ju-jitsu technique.    You can find out more about Ethan at ethankross.com Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
16/03/21·16m 49s

11.1 Inner Voice Masterclass: Understanding the Voice Inside Your Head

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, Viv presents the second of two special five-part series. This week: Inner Voice with psychologist Ethan Kross, author of Chatter: The Voice In Our Head and How to Harness It. Is your inner voice sabotaging your presenting style? In part one we look at what “chatter” is, how to avoid “spinning” (going into a negative thought spiral) and why it matters for women to pay attention to their internal monologue.  You can find out more about Ethan at ethankross.com Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now. @vivgroskop
15/03/21·18m 22s

10.5 Storytelling Masterclass: Authenticity, “Show, Don’t Tell" and Being Flashy

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, Viv presents a special five-part series featuring Hillary Rea, award-winning storyteller and founder of communication consultancy Tell Me a Story. In this fifth and final part: why you don’t need to be a flashy version of yourself, why telling your story is important because it shows others that it’s OK to tell their stories, keeping “something in your back pocket” to share and... the role gender plays in storytelling. Also, Viv finally admits what we all knew already: that she loves the sound of her own voice. You can find out more about Hillary at tellmeastory.info  Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now.
12/03/21·16m 22s

10.4 Storytelling Masterclass: Why Every Story Needs a Beginning, Middle and End

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, Viv presents a special five-part series featuring Hillary Rea, award-winning storyteller and founder of communication consultancy Tell Me a Story. Part four is about the practicalities of your story: how to know how long you should talk for, why every story must have a beginning, middle and end - plus Viv unpicks how she learned the hard way that a story needs to be self-contained, otherwise the audience just gets really irritated with you.  You can find out more about Hillary at tellmeastory.info  Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now.
11/03/21·16m 13s

10.3 Storytelling Masterclass: Bringing Your True Self to Work

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, Viv presents a special five-part series featuring Hillary Rea, award-winning storyteller and founder of communication consultancy Tell Me a Story. Part three explains how you can use storytelling to bring your true self to work and talk about who you are “beyond the blazer” (your work persona). Plus, how to know when a story is ready to be told and when it’s too raw to share. And… Viv reveals her phobia of her own weird nose. You can find out more about Hillary at tellmeastory.info  Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now.
10/03/21·17m 21s

10.2 Storytelling Masterclass: The Five Words That Sum Up Your Story

To celebrate International Women's Day 2021, Viv presents a special five-part series featuring Hillary Rea, award-winning storyteller and founder of communication consultancy Tell Me a Story. Part two explains how choosing five simple words will help you build your story quickly and easily — and how mastering this technique means that you have something to say for every occasion. Hillary puts Viv on the spot to find her five words and it blows Viv’s mind. (In fairness, it is a mind that is easily blown.) You can find out more about Hillary at tellmeastory.info She has also created this page where listeners can get the 5 Word Story template to try out. Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now.
09/03/21·15m 48s

10.1 Storytelling Masterclass: Why You Need to Know How to Tell Stories

To celebrate International Women's Day 2021, Viv presents a special five-part series featuring Hillary Rea, award-winning storyteller and founder of communication consultancy Tell Me a Story. In part one we look at how storytelling techniques can revolutionise your communication at work - and in life. Why do we care so much about stories and what can they be used for? What is “the hero’s journey”? And can stories really help you to "fall in love" with yourself?  You can find out more about Hillary at tellmeastory.info Viv's book, Lift As You Climb is out now.
08/03/21·17m 40s

9.8 Vivian Gornick, Writer

Sex or work? Viv Groskop talks to radical feminist critic, journalist and memoirist Vivian Gornick about the gains of the feminist movement - and what still stands in the way. They discuss the revelations of #MeToo, the TV show The Crown and the reason your inner critic is actually a sign of liberation. They talk Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Hilary Clinton - and the importance of gaining power over your own life and purpose. Oh, and not having to choose between sex and work. You can buy Vivian's latest book Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-reader here Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are out now. And you can subscribe now to Viv's podcast, We Can Rebuild Her; a series of intimate conversations about reinventing yourself in the age of pandemic.
26/02/21·35m 26s

9.7 June Angelides, Investor

Are you still waiting for the cavalry? Viv Groskop talks to June Angelides, investor, entrepreneur and founder of Mums In Tech, the UK's first child-friendly coding school for mums. June talks about privilege and entitlement, about how to boost investment in Black-owned ventures - and about the moment she realised she had to be her own cavalry. She reveals what she learned about creativity and entrepreneurship from the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant, and how vital it is to be authentic, even if that means feeding your baby in the boardroom. Find out more about June's work and life at juneangelides.com Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are 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.
19/02/21·32m 57s

9.6 Shahira Fahmy, Architect

Are you lost in the moment? Viv Groskop talks to Egyptian architect Shahira Fahmy about saying yes to life, inspiring a team to trust your vision and how self consciousness can hold you back. Plus the tale of her very first film audition - with Isabelle Huppert. Oh, and the wisdom to be found in fishing. Find out more about Shahira's work and life @shahira_fahmy  Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are 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.
12/02/21·29m 37s

9.5 Ruth Coker Burks, Carer and Advocate

If you don't take risks, have you really lived? Viv Groskop talks to Ruth Coker Burks, author of the memoir All The Young Men, who risked everything to care for men dying of AIDS. She describes how being present and listening can express more than words. She talks about the power of believing in her message, even when she was shunned by the community and crosses were burnt on her lawn. Feeling fear? Ruth says walk through the fear and do it anyway. Ruth's book, All the Young Men, is out now. Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are 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.
05/02/21·30m 23s

9.4 Katie Piper, Presenter and Campaigner

Does your story deserve to be told? Viv Groskop talks to TV presenter and charity founder Katie Piper about taking ownership of your story and accepting that people want to hear it. They discuss protecting your energy, selling yourself to yourself, accepting your insecurities and the surprising things that intimidate us (think stapler...) Find out more about Katie's at the Katie Piper Foundation. Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are 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.
29/01/21·36m 55s

9.3 Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Charity Executive

Want to find your fierce? Viv Groskop talks to Brita Fernandez-Schmidt, women's empowerment advocate and executive director at Women for Women International. Brita reveals the secret to finding human connection, from boardrooms to galas to war zones. She explains how she draws strength from the people in the boardroom of her heart.... and from eye-catching and uplifting clothes. Brita's new new book, Fears to Fierce is out now.  Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are also out now. And you can subscribe now to Viv's other podcast, We Can Rebuild Her; a series of intimate conversations about reinventing yourself in the age of pandemic.
22/01/21·35m 16s

9.2 Julia Cameron, Writer

Are you blocked? Viv Groskop talks to the teacher, writer and creativity guru Julia Cameron about liberating people to tap into their own creative power. She talks about prayer, vulnerability, the magic of her "morning pages" technique and the power of disarming an audience with the unexpected. Oh, and how to squash your inner critic (hers is called Nigel). Julia's new book, The Listening Path is out now.  Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are also out now. And you can subscribe now to Viv's other podcast, We Can Rebuild Her; a series of intimate conversations about reinventing yourself in the age of pandemic.
15/01/21·32m 8s

9.1 Bryony Gordon, Writer

Are you underperforming because you are over-preparing? Viv Groskop talks to writer and mental health campaigner Bryony Gordon about the power that comes from showing your vulnerability, the buzz of disproving the doubting voices in your head and the authenticity of not preparing too much. Oh, and putting Aquafresh on your spots. Bryony's new book, No Such Thing as Normal is out now.  Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are also out now. And you can subscribe now to Viv's other podcast, We Can Rebuild Her; a series of intimate conversations about reinventing yourself in the age of pandemic.
08/01/21·31m 38s

8.8 A Zoom of One's Own

Have you learned to stop worrying and love the video conferencing technology? No? Come this way. In this second special masterclass edition Viv Groskop answers listener questions about owning the room remotely. From ring lights and hairstyles and cracked iPads to the conundrum of sightlines and the importance of listening not looking. If you're battle-scarred by months of 4 hour Zoom meetings - or if you're a newbie coming back from furlough to a terrifying new landscape of remote work, Viv can help. Do check out the first Zoom Masterclass, series 7 episode 4. Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are 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.
13/11/20·29m 59s

8.7 Charlotte Wood, Novelist

Are you agreeing to conflict? Viv Groskop talks to novelist Charlotte Wood about how liberating it is not to be nice - and the revelation that no one can be in conflict with you without your participation. They discuss taking control of your own worth, not abusing the power of the microphone - and playing the Sydney Opera House in lockdown. Charlotte's latest book The Weekend is available now. Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are 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.
06/11/20·30m 50s

8.6 Cathy Newman, Journalist

Have you had a good lunch? Viv Groskop talks to journalist and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman about doorstepping, sisterhood, nearly getting run over on live TV and the importance of keeping your team well fed (even if your team is just you). Cathy's latest book It Takes Two: A History of the Couples Who Dared to Be Different is available now. Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are 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.
30/10/20·31m 34s

8.5 Rochelle Rowe, Historian

Is your passion showing? Viv Groskop talks to historian and author Rochelle Rowe about leaving space for the audience, about inclusion and how to be a good ally, about reminding yourself you have earned your place - and about how showing your passion can hide your nerves. You can find out more about Rochelle at her website, rochellerowe.com Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are 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.
23/10/20·29m 7s

8.4 Valerie Jarrett, Businesswoman, Senior Advisor to President Obama

Are you telling your story? Viv Groskop meets Valerie Jarrett, businesswoman, lawyer and senior adviser to US President Barack Obama. She talks about living a purposeful life, and the mistake of hiding your true self from your work world. She talks about meeting a young Michelle Obama and persuading her to accept a job (no matter what her opinionated fiance thought) She talks about what gives her hope in these desperate times, and how we can't afford to be tired.  You can find out more about Valerie including her book Finding My Voice at valeriejarettbook.com Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are 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.
16/10/20·35m 12s

8.3 Tasmin Little, Violinist

Are you scared to take risks? Viv Groskop talks to violinist Tasmin Little about creativity, performance pressure, and how you reach perfection by risking it all. Tasmin reveals the punishing logistics of a performing life, the ironic potential for cultural starvation, and her need to avoid being defined by her performance. You can find out more about Tamsin at her website, tasminlittle.com Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are 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.
09/10/20·31m 7s

8.1 Tara Mohr, Leadership Expert

Are you an arrogant idiot? Viv Groskop talks to Tara Mohr, expert in women's leadership and wellbeing, and author of Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women who Want to Speak Up, Create and Lead. Listen and learn how to ditch "good girl habits", how to be more improvisational, more self-trusting, more authentic. And how liberating it is to think just a little more like an arrogant idiot. Find out more about Tara's work on her website. Viv's books, including How to Own the Room, are out now. Twitter: @vivgroskop  Insta: @vivgroskop
02/10/20·32m 8s

8.2 Laura Bates, Writer and Campaigner

Been wolf whistled by 400 boys? Viv Groskop talks to Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and author of Men Who Hate Women: From Incels to Pickup Artists, the Truth about Extreme Misogyny and how it Affects Us All. Laura talks about anger, fear, shame and hope. About how facts are her friends, about TV interviews with men who want to "rip you to shreds" - and about how she turned that disastrous school talk into a triumph. Laura's latest book, Men Who Hate Women, 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.
02/10/20·35m 56s

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...
17/07/20·33m 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.
10/07/20·29m 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.
03/07/20·31m 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.
26/06/20·28m 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.
19/06/20·33m 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.
12/06/20·32m 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
27/03/20·28m 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.
20/03/20·31m 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
12/03/20·30m 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.
06/03/20·36m 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.
28/02/20·30m 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.
07/02/20·33m 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.
30/01/20·33m 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. 
24/01/20·30m 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.  
17/01/20·32m 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...
10/01/20·35m 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.
02/01/20·36m 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.
27/12/19·38m 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.
20/12/19·31m 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.
20/12/19·31m 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".
22/11/19·30m 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.
14/11/19·23m 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.
08/11/19·32m 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.
01/11/19·27m 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. 
25/10/19·30m 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.
18/10/19·32m 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... 
11/10/19·34m 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.    
04/10/19·35m 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...  
26/09/19·40m 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: https://globalclimatestrike.net/ https://www.podstrike.net/
20/09/19·35m 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...
20/09/19·35m 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? https://globalclimatestrike.net/ https://www.podstrike.net/
18/09/19·2m 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...
13/09/19·35m 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.
18/07/19·30m 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.
12/07/19·33m 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.
05/07/19·32m 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.
28/06/19·30m 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.
20/06/19·33m 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.
14/06/19·34m 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.
07/06/19·31m 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.
31/05/19·33m 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...
03/05/19·35m 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.
26/04/19·33m 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. 
19/04/19·34m 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.
12/04/19·35m 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...
05/04/19·25m 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.
29/03/19·36m 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...
22/03/19·33m 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.
15/03/19·32m 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.
08/03/19·21m 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
05/03/19·1m 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.
03/12/18·33m 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.
26/11/18·29m 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.
19/11/18·31m 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.
12/11/18·32m 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. 
05/11/18·32m 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.
28/10/18·28m 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.
28/10/18·25m 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.
22/10/18·1m 10s
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