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

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
18/06/2142m 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
17/06/2129m 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
28/05/2135m 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
21/05/2136m 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
14/05/2135m 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
07/05/2132m 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
30/04/2135m 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
23/04/2135m 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
16/04/2135m 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
09/04/2136m 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  
02/04/2139m 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
19/03/2115m 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
18/03/2117m 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
17/03/2115m 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
16/03/2116m 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
15/03/2118m 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.
12/03/2116m 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.
11/03/2116m 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.
10/03/2117m 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.
09/03/2115m 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.
08/03/2117m 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.
26/02/2135m 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.
19/02/2132m 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.
12/02/2129m 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.
05/02/2130m 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.
29/01/2136m 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.
22/01/2135m 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.
15/01/2132m 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.
08/01/2131m 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.
13/11/2029m 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.
06/11/2030m 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.
30/10/2031m 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.
23/10/2029m 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.
16/10/2035m 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.
09/10/2031m 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
02/10/2032m 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.
02/10/2035m 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...
17/07/2033m 42s

7.5 Sophie Walker, Activist

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

7.4 How to Own the Zoom

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

7.3 Katy Brand, Comedian

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

7.2 Coky Giedroyc, Director

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

7.1 Kiley Reid, Writer

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

The Three Rules Masterclass

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

Natalie Chama-Pupé and Karl Pupé, Teachers

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

Tricia Cusden, Anna Cusden, Suzy Stern, Entrepreneurs

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

Yonca Dervişoğlu and Matt Brittin, Google

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

Nicole Ansari and Brian Cox, Actors

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

Sophie Dahl, Writer

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

Natalie Haynes, Writer

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

Shaa Wasmund, Entrepreneur

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

Aline Santos, Marketing Expert

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

Sharmadean Reid, Entrepreneur

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

Pippa Malmgren, Policy Analyst

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

Patricia Cornwell, Writer

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

Sandi Toksvig, Broadcaster

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

Margaret Atwood, writer

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

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton

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

Julie Andrews, Performer

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

Carrie Gracie, Journalist

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

Monica Galetti, Chef

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

Abadesi Osunsade, Tech Entrepreneur

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

Nadiya Hussain, TV Chef and Writer

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

Karen Gibson, Choir Conductor

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

Jessica Fellowes, Writer

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

Olwen Fouéré, Actress and Director

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

Ann Patchett, Writer

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

Marcia Kilgore, Beauty Entrepreneur

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

#PODSTRIKE - Ann Patchett

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

Cerys Matthews, Musician

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

Kenya Hunt, Deputy Editor at Elle UK

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

Margaret Heffernan, Tech CEO and Writer

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

Sarah Hurwitz, Speechwriter to the Obamas

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

Writer Chimene Suleyman

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

Performer Petra Massey

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

Novelist Elif Shafak

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

Series 3 Ep 2 - Trinny Woodall

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

Series 3 Ep 1 - Madeline Miller

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

Series 2 Ep 9 - Catherine Tate

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

Series 2 Ep 8 - Meera Syal

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

Series 2 Ep 7 - Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

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

Series 2 Ep 6 - Elizabeth Day

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

Series 2 Ep 5 - Nicola Mendelsohn

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

Series 2 Ep 4 - Josie Rourke

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

Series 2 Ep 3 - Margaret MacMillan

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

Series 2 Ep 2 - Rosena Allin-Khan

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

Series 2 Ep 1 - Stacey Dooley

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

How to Own the Room 2 Trail

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

Episode 7 - Mary Beard

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

Episode 6 - Jessie Burton

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

Episode 5 - Anne-Marie Imafidon

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

Episode 4: Yana Peel

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

Episode 3: Mary Portas

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

Episode 2: Sam Baker

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

Episode 1: Nigella Lawson

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

How to Own the Room Trail

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