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How To Own The Room

English, Cultural, 22 seasons, 164 episodes, 3 days, 15 hours, 11 minutes
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.
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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
3/4/202237 minutes, 23 seconds
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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
10/1/202134 minutes, 28 seconds
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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.
1/8/202131 minutes, 38 seconds
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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.
11/6/202030 minutes, 50 seconds
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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.
11/14/201923 minutes, 10 seconds
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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...
9/13/201935 minutes, 21 seconds
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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.
12/3/201833 minutes, 8 seconds
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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.
11/26/201829 minutes, 46 seconds
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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.
11/19/201831 minutes, 57 seconds
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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.
11/12/201832 minutes, 32 seconds
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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. 
11/5/201832 minutes, 58 seconds
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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.
10/28/201828 minutes, 35 seconds
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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.
10/28/201825 minutes, 22 seconds
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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.
10/22/20181 minute, 10 seconds