Walpole Daily Practice | Viv Groskop & Lift As You Climb
When author and journalist Viv Groskop’s ‘How to Own the Room’ masterclass launched Walpole’s 2019 Women in Luxury programme, her practical, inspiring and energising advice offered the perfect toolkit for developing what Harvard Business School calls Executive Presence, and what I call the art of not being terrified when you’re in front of a roomful of people.
Room-owning skills are a little different when you’re home working and it can be hard to exude gravitas on Zoom, but her latest book, ‘Lift As You Climb’ has something very pertinent to these strange times, and might just be the self-development book we all need right now.
In fact, as Viv told Walpole last week: “‘Lift As You Climb’ feels strangely prescient as it’s about how we can’t really do anything in life on our own: although inner strength is always important, the ability to lift others and learn how to ask for their help is a key skill.”
And thinking particularly about the Walpole Women in Luxury mission of helping other women rise, the chapter ‘How to Support Other Women (Without Disappearing Yourself)’ has lots of food for thought for how we behave with each other right now, as well as what we might do when we return to our offices. “A great way to get through this time is to think: “What can I do to promote a woman who inspires me?” says Viv, “This might mean doing some social media posts about books you’re reading or music or podcasts you love. Or discovering the work of an Instagram poet like Rupi Kaur or Nayyirah Waheed — both writing beautiful words which really give all of us a lift. Or taking a screenshot of a quote and sending it to a friend. These small things mean a lot right now.”