The Communication Cafe: Presentation resources tailored to women researchers, evaluators, scientists, and academics.
Welcome to my website, friend! The best place to get started is to sign up for the Communication Cafe (my email list).
The Communication Cafe is my email list of "espresso shots" where I deliver (short) helpful or entertaining emails about effective & creative communication. Cafe emails include invitations to participate in my free workshops or bootcamps/retreats; access to free online courses or other resources; behind-the-scenes info about my new comics, blogs or YouTube videos; and invitations to participate in paid professional development opportunities.
Ready to join? Awesome! I can't wait to have you. Please choose one of these welcome gifts, as a thank you for signing up:
"I'm busy and need some quick slide design and presentation tips to get me started."
"I need awesome photos for my slides, but I'm not rich and don't have a lot of time."
Hi there! I'm Dr. Echo Rivera. I train & mentor women academics, evaluators, researchers, and scientists to design & deliver effective presentations.
Phew! That's a mouthful, I know! Basically, I'm here to help you take those next steps toward your professional development. I'm here to make YOU an awesome presenter.
I have a range of training, mentoring, and custom design services to fit your needs. From self-paced online courses, online or in-person workshops, 1:1 mentoring, and custom design services--you'll find the best option for you. Learn more about them on my services page:
"I want some formal training, so I can go off and create awesome slides on my own."
"I want some training and mentoring, customized to my unique presentation goals."
"I want amazing slides or illustrations, but don't have time to do it myself."
Meet your trainer
Hi :) I'm Dr. Echo Rivera
About Your Trainer
I've been doing research and evaluation for 12 years now, and I spent even more years as a student. As an undergrad and grad student, I grew frustrated with text-heavy, boring presentations. I craved better stories, and better slides. I noticed a need for more fun, engagement, and design within academia. Frankly, I was bored to tears.
Turns out, I wasn't alone. #DeathByPowerpoint is a common phrase, cried across the globe. I refused to accept it any longer, because too much important research was being dismissed or misused. How are we supposed to reverse climate change, clean our oceans, end institutionalized oppression, use clean energy, end violence and poverty, and promote a healthy and happy Earth if no one listens to us? To me, it's all connected, and it's urgent that we work together to get our work heard, understood, and used for positive social change. All academics, scientists, evaluators, and researchers deliver slide-based presentations, so it seemed like a great place to start.
I'm doing my small part by training and mentoring others on how to create effective, compelling presentations. I'm here to leverage my research/evaluation background and PhD in Community Psychology to help you understand how to tell data-based stories that will resonate and increase the likelihood that your audience will actually understand, remember, and use your information.
Join me! I can't wait to make you an awesome presenter!