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The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You

Command an Audience and Sell Your Way to Success
Narrated by: Lydia Fenet
Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Business, Leadership
4.5 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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Lydia Fenet, senior vice president of Christie’s and seasoned auctioneer, shares the secrets of success and the strategies behind her revolutionary sales approach to show you how to embrace and channel your own power in any room.

Who is the most powerful woman in the room? She’s the one who can raise a million dollars in a minute. She’s the one who can command the attention of a crowd of any size from one person to a crowd of 5,000. She’s the one who can sell anything to anyone, just by asking. She can be you.

As a senior executive at Christie’s, leader in her field, and one of Gotham Magazine’s most influential women in New York, Lydia Fenet knows firsthand the one skill that can set women apart in both their personal life and career is the ability to sell. The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You equips you with everything you need to know - from how to sell authentically and how to network (or die), to the importance of never apologizing (start negotiating instead), how to perfect your poker face, and always, always, tell the truth. Lydia shows us how to sharpen our personal kit of practical tools of the trade, such as finding your own “strike method”, or signature move, to help you feel confident from the minute you start any pitch. Most of all, she offers plenty of encouragement to take ownership in your position and look for opportunities to innovate.

Throughout, Lydia also shares personal and inspiring stories from her own life - like how she got her foot in the door at Christie’s after she was originally told there were no spots left in the intern program. And when she realized she was being paid a third of her worth - and how she came back more powerful than ever.

Filled with additional case studies, thoughtful insights, and meaningful advice from some of the most powerful and successful women in business, fashion, journalism, sports, and the arts, The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You is an empowering must-have guide that will have you winning over the audiences in all aspects of your life.

©2019 Lydia Fenet (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Great advice for younger women

My 22 year old daughter recommended this to me since she knows I read and recommend dozens of similar books every year. I listened to the audio version (but played it at 1.25 speed since it was a bit slow for me) and found myself bookmarking many spots to make sure my daughter read those sections in her print copy. I didn’t hear anything new but this advice needs to be heard by those starting out so I will recommend it to that group. I was also thinking of referring to older women I know returning to work but at the very end, the author keeps giving advice about seeking out at learning from those in their 30s and 40s. I am 54 and still believe that I (and those older) have a lot to share and can be a great source of advice and networking opportunities for younger women but the author seems to dismiss the contributions of anyone over 50. Still, I will recommend this to the younger women I mentor.

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The title says it all!!

YES! The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is YOU says it all... This is a must read for women at any stage of their career!! The advice is spot on. I found myself smiling and nodding Lydia told her story, and shared the stories of other powerful women.

If you are a woman rising your career, or a mentor of young professionals, put this one on your "must read" list for 2019!

For those of you who use Audible, Lydia narrates the book herself which adds richness and depth to the words.

(review written by Carla Howard - my husband Jeff and I share an Audible account)



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Inspiring but....

Lydia Fenet is a strong, inspiring woman who has provided a roadmap, via her own professional journey, for women looking to rise to the next level. Her stories are for the most part relevant (but at times resemble more of a brag fest). The structure of the book is well thought out, each point or strategy is separately and thoroughly discussed. I could have gone without constant pat on the back for having three small children and a big job, lots of us do, and especially since she has a nanny. But overall i received value from the book and will definitely keep her strategies close moving forward .

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Amazing!!

This book is incredibly thought provoking, filled with engaging stories and lessons. Couldn’t put it down! Highly recommend!!

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A must read!

The book was an inspiration and Lydia is a breath of fresh air! It’s always great when the author is the narrator and Lydia did an amazing job. If there were 10 stars, I would give it all 10!

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A must read!

This book is for every woman with a heart of wanting to be the best version of themselves. Knowing you have a light inside that most people see and acknowledge. You are the most powerful woman in the room , but you may not quite know it yet. This book will make you reflect heavily and get your wheels to turning to drive you to YOUR success.

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Real life nuts and bolts advice and inspiration

Lydia Fenet offers what is often hard to find in a world awash with books, podcasts, Youtube videos, etc that are made by and geared towards the male professional or entrepreneur. She weaves advice into her professional and personal life story with ease. Such a fun, bolstering read. And Lydia, if you read this review, I’m planning my breakfast meeting for wellness professionals in my city! Thanks for the idea and encouragement!

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One of the best I have heard in a long time

While Lydia is younger than me, her advice, stories and wit resonated deeply with my current career situation. There’s nothing “new” in this book if that’s what are looking for - only honest, thoughtful and yes funny stories iced with life lessons everyone can use.
I highly recommend this book as a gift graduating seniors, moms going back to work, and even the age not mentioned in the book....which is over 49.