A brand new podcast episode designed for post-lockdown life… HOW TO OWN THE ROOM PODCAST — WITH ADDED ZOOM. It’s a listener takeover. How to Own the Zoom: Video-Conferencing — Your Questions Answered. This is a special podcast episode to accompany the reissued e-book, which has a brand new chapter on video-conferencing. The podcast episode features dozens of practical tips on using on-screen communication. The e-book on Kindle has an at-a-glance guide on mastering Zoom and all platforms and extra exercises on finding your own Zoom style. For old-school, hold-it-in-the-hand book fans, there will be a new hardback edition of How to Own the Room coming soon, to include this new 2020 chapter.
I’m really thrilled to be co-hosting BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live with Reverend Richard Coles on Saturday 4th July and Saturday 11th July. To get in touch with the programme use the Twitter hashtag #bbcsaturdaylive or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To listen again on BBC Sounds click here.
WE CAN REBUILD HER PODCAST. By the time you read this, we should have released two episodes of this brand new podcast, designed for the post-pandemic era. Episode 1 is about life’s propensity to serve us with rug-pull moments: tech entrepreneur Martha Lane-Fox talks about surviving a near-fatal accident and DJ Dotty Charles analyses why our default reaction to so many things nowadays is outrage. Episode 2 is about reinventing yourself using a business idea: fashion designer Yvonne Telford of Kemi Telford talks about starting a brand with £50 (yes, there really is no excuse) and Flowerbx CEO Whitney Bromberg Hawkings talks about working with Tom Ford for 20 years, how the collapse of live events nearly destroyed her fledgling business and how our passion for peonies in lockdown rescued it. More episodes on how to survive this moment coming just as soon as we can make them.
Extraordinary scenes as my new book AU REVOIR, TRISTESSE: LESSONS IN HAPPINESS FROM FRENCH LITERATURE was released in the US and the UK and immediately got reviews in The Times, Sunday Times, Irish Times and Wall Street Journal on the same weekend. I might have drunk some champagne and fallen asleep in my clothes.
Our latest podcast episode on How to Own the Room (available on all podcast platforms) is an interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton about their experiences with public speaking. We cover confidence, stress, preconceptions that women face as speakers, handling judgement and criticism and more. For a behind-the-scenes take on the episode, plus all the notes and advice from the interview including my notes and advice, you can sign up for a Cut-Out-and-Keep takeaway guide here. I designed this PDF as something people can download and hang on to (as a digital file or as a print-out) so that if they’re listening to the podcast while they’re out and about (or even — God forbid — running, as many people seem to be when they’re listening to this podcast) they have all the notes saved and written down in advance. Enjoy!
My new book Lift As You Climb: Women and the Art of Ambition is coming out March 5. Order here. It’s a companion volume to HOW TO OWN THE ROOM and looks at everything in our working lives that goes on behind closed doors and inside our minds… How can we make ourselves heard in meetings without feeling pushy? How can we help other women speak up? How can we cultivate mentors and role models? How can we ask for more money and get a “yes”? How can we use our ambition for the things we want — balance, space to think, creativity, travel, family — as well as for our work goals? We all know the expression “There is a special place in hell reserved for women who don’t help other women” but what do we really think about that? What does that look like in practice? And why don’t we put that pressure of “lifting others” on men? It’s full of practical advice, hints, tips, takeaways and loads of provocative ideas and questions. You can also order on Kindle here. Audio coming soon.
Very excited to feature Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton on the How to Own the Room podcast. They were open, funny, candid and surprisingly charming. I was expecting some frostiness at some point but there was none — until my final question about whether Hillary is thinking of running in the 2020 election… Check out the podcast on iTunes and all podcast platforms: “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”.”
Writing in this week’s Observer about the cultural phenomenon that is Frozen. “The original 2013 movie took more than $1bn at the box office and more than that in merchandising, became Amazon’s bestselling children’s film DVD of all time, solely based on pre-orders, and pushed Elsa, the name of the ice princess who can’t control her powers, into the top 100 names for British babies. At the height of Frozen’s success, the waiting time to see Elsa at Disney World, Florida, was four hours. Serena Williams once claimed to have watched the film 3,000 times.
It has been one of the great joys of my life to judge the 2019 David Cohen Prize, a lifetime achievement award of £40,000 for a great body of literary work. After long and fascinating discussions we had to give the award to Edna O’Brien: there was just no contest. To come out with a book like Country Girls (about rural life in Ireland) sixty years ago and then publish a book like Girl (about Boko Haram) just this year… That alone is a huge achievement. And then there are the dozens of other works, including one of the most mesmerising memoirs I’ve every read, Country Girl.