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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.
How do you find your voice and your confidence when people expect you to be only one thing? How can you overcome thoughts that keep you small? Actress and writer Evanna Lynch joined the cast of the Harry Potter series as Luna Lovegood for the fifth film in 2006 at the age of 14. She went on to star in a number of independent films and in the TV crime series Silent Witness. In 2021 she published her debut memoir, The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting, a candid account about her life focusing on fragility, creativity and how she put herself back together after overcoming an eating disorder. In this conversation on happy high status, we get into the subject of self-sabotage, why boundaries matter, how to find your voice as you get older and how sometimes confidence comes from a quiet place, even a boring place. Is it OK to say no to a lot of things? How can you feel confident about doing that? Viv’s new book, Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident, is out now. @vivgroskop Evanna Lynch’s The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting is out now.
This podcast a concise, practical burst of advice and practicality from women from all walks of life — some famous names, some working behind the scenes — being grilled on a subject very few of them will have ever spoken before in detail: how they wield power and authority, where they draw their strength and confidence for public speaking, what they’ve learned from their biggest career setbacks and what “owning the room” means in their world. The podcast is a companion to Viv’s best-selling book How to Own the Room. She launched the podcast six months after she finished writing the book when she realised that she wanted to hear from as many women as possible about what owning the room meant to them.
In 2019 Viv interviewed Hillary and Chelsea Clinton — in this episode HRC reveals how she learned to overcome intimidation and bullying when she was in a public speaking class in her teens where all the other students were sports jocks. (It was supposed to be an easy class to pass.) And the temperature drops slightly when Viv asks Chelsea if her mother is running for election in 2020.
We’ve had Mary Beard (talking in the passenger seat of Viv’s seven-seater family VW Touran, Wotsits packets underfoot, as Viv drove her from Heathrow to Cheltenham as this was the only way we could fit into her schedule) on what it’s like to trounce Boris Johnson in debate, Nigella Lawson revealing how she overcame chronic nerves during her first TV appearance, Julie Andrews on dealing with difficult physical demands on set on The Sound of Music (she was repeatedly flattened by a helicopter in the aerial shots) and Monica Galletti on how she manages the transition from life as an introverted chef to speaking to camera on Masterchef.