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How to Own the Room


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A celebration of women and public speaking - from great political leaders and stand-up comedians, to campaigners and feminists, this is a powerful little book about what happens when women find their voice.

About the Author

Viv Groskop is an award-winning writer, stand-up comedian, playwright and TV and radio presenter. She is the host of the podcast How Own the Room, with over 2 million downloads and guests including Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Margaret Atwood, Professor Mary Beard, Nigella Lawson and very occasionally a man like Brian Cox (Succession's Logan Roy).

Her previous books include How to Own the Room- Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking and Lift As You Climb- Women, Ambition and How to Change the Story. As a performance coach, she works with women and senior teams in business and media, helping them to redefine leadership and authority - and generally worry less about how they come across so they can actually just do their work.


I recommend Viv Groskop's How to Own the Room to anyone wanting more self confidence. Full of helpful concepts you can get your head round and embody. I'm finding it very useful.
*Philippa Perry, author of The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read*

Plenty of tips and tricks... The most valuable lesson is that, in Groskop's words, 'You don't have to be a great speaker to give an amazing speech.'
*Sunday Times Style magazine*

The ultimate guide to public speaking. Inspirational.
*Mary Portas*

Demystifies the art of talking to people and winning them round to your cause.
*The Times*

One of my fave life gurus on taking up space and owning your voice. Viv is the perfect teacher. This book is going to help so many people. It's brilliant.'
*Emma Gannon, author The Multi-Hyphen Method*

An excellent, truly useful guide to getting more women front and centre, encouraging us to take part, noisily, in public life. (The podcast is also fabulous.)'
*Daisy Buchanan, author of How to Be a Grown-Up*

The indispensable guide for anyone keen to develop their public presence, written with style and wit.
*Mishal Husain*

Powerful advice ... useful thoughts and words of wisdom. Groskop gives you all the tools you need.

Easy steps to soothe the nerves and build conifidence.
*Nina Stibbe*

Must-read guide.

Speaking advice drawn from female experience ("Be More Oprah, "Be More Michelle", Be More JK", Be More Chimamanda" and so on) and with a tilt to a female audience.
*The Guardian*

Funny, practical and inspiring.
*Caroline Goyder*

Super helpful.
*Lorraine Candy*

If you wish you were a bit more confident when it comes to standing up in front of lots of people, then Viv Groskop has written a genuinely excellent guide to public speaking. It’s got a whole chapter on what we can learn from Oprah. How can you NOT need that in your life?
*Ellie Taylor*

I immediately wanted to give this book to all my female friends.
*Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers*

Addresses how to overcome the natural performance anxiety many people suffer and how as a woman you can find your voice on a big stage. Championing female speakers from Michelle Obama to JK Rowling, to Hillary Clinton and Oprah, this book aims to help women tap into the kind of inner conviction that makes people sit up and take notice.
*Marketing Week*

Funny, supportive and reassuring. Just reading it is making me stand taller.
*Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and TED speaker*

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