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Master “The Art of Stage Presence” with James Whittaker

If you already know what you want to say to an audience, PowerPoint makes it easy to say it in a visually stunning presentation. With Office Mix, you can even make that presentation interactive, host it on the web and share it with the world. But what if you don’t know what to say—or how to say it?

James Whittaker to the rescue! Or @docjamesw if you’re a fan of Twitter. In “The Art of Stage Presence,” the man who left Microsoft to join Google and came back to Microsoft teaches the world five basic laws of delivering a great presentation. In fact, rather than just tell you the laws, he demonstrates them. In a talk-within-a-talk, Whittaker gives a sample presentation on “The Magic of Software” and then deconstructs what he did and how he did it. “An idea is a terrible thing to waste,” says Whittaker. “The quality of the idea matters less than the quality of the presentation of the idea. We need to get better at presenting our ideas.”

Brought to you by Office Mix, this distinguished engineer shares the wealth of his experience at how to avoid glassy-eyed stares from an audience, how to save them from “death by a thousand slides,” and how to get your idea across in a way that gets people talking about it. There’s no requirement to use PowerPoint, Windows or even a computer. Stage presence is a life skill that you can tap into whenever you need to communicate an idea.

Want more inspiration? Check out the other inspiring speakers in the Office Mix Gallery. Then download Office Mix for free and put James’s advice to work for you.

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