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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.

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Viv Groskop is a writer, stand-up comedian and TV and radio presenter. She has hosted book tours for Graham Norton and Jo Brand, is the veteran of four Edinburgh Fringe shows and fronts the cult podcasts Dear Viv and We Are Women. She has presented BBC Radio 4's Front Row and Saturday Review and appears regularly on BBC1's This Week. As an executive coach, she works with women across business, media and advertising, helping them to hone their authority, presence and leadership.


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. * TES *
Easy steps to soothe the nerves and build conifidence. * Nina Stibbe *
Must-read guide. * Red *
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 *

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