How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking
'Inspirational.' Mary Portas
'Indispensable ... written with style and wit.' Mishal Husain
Most books about public speaking don’t tell you what to do when you open your mouth and nothing comes out. And they don’t tell you how to get over the anxiety about performance that most people naturally have. They don’t tell you what to do in the moments when you are m...more
Fun, actual with a holistic approach on the public speaking from body language, message to attitude tips.
The book is with exercises that can be followed every day or just when you
I also recommend Viv's Instagram page and podcast where she continues the stories and examples of inspiring and empowering talks from the present.
Once in awhile a self-help books (can this book be called one?) to improve various aspects of one’s life. This is a book that was bought on such a whim but it has proven to be better than anticipated.
Viv Groskop the author is also the creator of a podcast of the same title that I already listen to so suffice it to say that I was already a huge fan of her interviews and post-interview analysis and how to encourage women to effectively put their best foot forward in life.
The book follows a similar ...more
First, what I really appreciated is that it is not a feminist book. It is addressed to women speakers, and it relates to issues that mainly women face, but it also stresses the point that ...more
Viv Groskop shows you how to pull the oxygen up through your feet, to quell the jelly in your legs, to slow your heartbeat, clear the brain and free your voice.
Your message is up to you; this is a book to ensure that the delivery doesn't let you down.
Such a useful book. Tremendously simple, but then the best ideas often are.
Confidence holds us back, and this is a confidence boost in book form.
Funny and e ...more
It's great to look at these powerhouse speeches and be inspired by them, but perhaps even more inspiring is Janine from Acco...more
It's really interactive; I was putting the book down to watch videos of the talks she was explaining while I was reading. Viv gives examples of a wide variety of women who have given different talks, and explains why that talk went well (and not so well in some cases!)
Halfway through the book I did a talk that I'd signed up for, using some of the information gained from Viv's advice. I'm keen to find my next speaking opportu ...more
I have several public speaking events coming up and Viv’s book is a great read to start thinking about how I can prepare and control for whatever fear, anxiety etc, and also about how to find my voice, style and express myself in a truthful way.
Lots of practical tips and exercise to put it all in action as well, which is extremely helpful.
And yes, there are 2 or 3 useful pointers. But there is also a lot of repetition, trite advice (“breathe”), quotes pulled out of the ether (Plutarch? Really? Why?) and claims without evidence. Most a ...more
Viv examines how to do public speaking efficiently with the use of other women's speeches throughout history. She also looks at the difficulties of being a woman and commanding a room.
Each chapter ends with tips and tricks which are useful summaries. Really interesting books!
A healthy mix of things I didn't know and things I needed to be reminded about, such as:
"If you find yourself thinking, But I don't have anything interesting or important to say, I'm sorry but that is utter bullshit"