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.
“You can’t get around fear, you can only go through it...”
Ahhh, the simple act of humans talking to humans - why is something that we do everyday make so many people nervous...? I am unfortunately one of that group and I do wish that I knew why so listened to this with much interest. My mind is always comforted at the thought that its nerves from caring but that doesn’t take the symptoms away. Am I afraid of my own power in conveying thoughts to multiple people?!? ...more
I took a lot from this book. I work in a school and I don’t really have a problem with speaking to my students but I ...more
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
Oh, this book was an absolute delight.
Viv Groskop is a woman I had not previously encountered in my 23 years, but upon finishing this book I took it upon myself to find out everything I could about her. Her writing style is so witty and engaging, and her commitment to female empowerment endeared her to me instantly.
How to Own the Room is subtitled women and the art of brilliant speaking, which succinctly and perfectly sums up the aims of ...more
Overview: Practical step by step approach, with plenty of relatable examples, of how to achieve executive presence and speak publically with confidence, authority and authenticity.
Likes: Practical, inspiring, humorous, empowering, and loved how each chapter picks one strength of a celebrity to focus on for public speaking inspiration, additional “Own The Zoom” chapter which was added post-COVID19 pandemic. I also loved the clear, to the point summary and recommended exercise at the end of each ...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
With that said, the techniques for tackling nervousness that the author offered were pretty good, they were simple but effective. Also I really liked how she gave exercises to follow after each chapter to help improve. As I’m sure you can ima ...more
The writer points out that we shouldn't compare us to huge speakers but then again the book is based a lot on world's biggest speaking stars like Oprah, which is a little bit demoralizing. The best phrase I got from a book is that though speaking is said to be difficult, it necessarily isn't for you. Plus being overly worried about what other people think about you has a hint ...more
This book had insights on successful women, who delivered powerful speeches. It discussed different speech delivery types and argued that there is not one formula that works for everyone. After reading it, I felt more confident about the thought of delivering a speech publicly. I realised that instead of thinking "let me get this over with", I should relax more and enjoy this opportunity to share my thoughts. A ...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