A Tour of #StellarSlidesin5


Let me tell you about the 5 steps to creating presentations that hook your audience from start to finish, and help them understand (maybe even fall in love with) your data.

In other words, welcome to #StellarSlidesin5.


#StellarSlidesin5 begins Monday April 22, 2019 and is totally FREE! Save your seat by signing up here:

#StellarSlidesin5 is a weeklong event of 5 short, 30-minute brownbags (yes, there will be replays!).

By attending #StellarSlidesin5, you get: 

  • Lots of laughs while I secretly also train you to create better presentations.

  • A workbook to supplement the free training week.

  • Your mind blown with all the myths I'm going to bust.

  • Encouraged to change the bad habits that are getting in your way.

  • Informed about how you can create the type of presentations that will resonate with your audience.


The 5 steps to stellar presentations are:

  1. Learn WHAT effective presenting actually is (because a lot of people get this wrong).

  2. Stop believing all the LIES you believe about effective presenting.


  4. LEARN the slide-based communication framework.

  5. APPLY the slide-based communication framework in steps.


In #StellarSlidesin5 you will learn:

  1. WHAT effective presenting actually is (because a lot of people get this wrong).

  2. The LIES you’ve been told about effective presenting and a new way to think about presentations.

  3. The worst SELF-SABOTAGING HABITS you have, and suggestions for changing those habits.

  4. WHAT the slide-based communication FRAMEWORK is and why it’s so helpful.

  5. WHERE you can take training on learning and applying the slide-based communication FRAMEWORK.

Here’s the #StellarSlidesin5 Spring 2019 schedule:


Replays will be available—but only if you register. Enroll now to save your seat. It’s totally FREE!

Curious to learn more about the free #StellarSlidesin5 training event? Let’s take a tour!

What's that? You want some more specific details and screenshots from the training videos? You got it, friend! 

Buckle up, coffee cup because here's a tour of topics covered in this FREE training series:

[1] What even is effective presenting? 

 We start here because most people think they know what effective presenting is...but they don't.

Not really. 

For example, most people got a lot of basic presentation design 101 questions wrong on my quiz. These are all really smart people, just like you (academics, scientists, practitioners, evaluators, and so on) who have been using PowerPoint for years. And yet, even the most basic strategies were a challenge for folks. Why? It’s because you haven’t had proper training.


And then you get your first brief introduction to the slide-based communication framework, and we start talking about what it is. Then, I use an example of the current focus on data visualization to highlight why the full framework is so important.


Then we talk about what makes a presentation INeffective and I show you a few examples of what ineffective presentations look like. We’ll come back to these examples in Day 5, where I show you a makeover of them.


[2] LIES you’ve been told about effective presenting

Oooooooh, friend. You've been told A LOT of lies about how to create effective presentations.

Like a lot.


I’ll briefly start the brownbag by talking about WHY you’ve been lied to so much, and then we’ll jump into busting all those myths. I already shared the first lie with you in a blog post, and there’s FOUR MORE to cover in the brownbag.


You DO NOT want to miss this training because I am 100% confident that you believe at least one, if not all, of these lies.

Again, it’s not because of anything you did or didn’t do. These are the most pervasive, unfounded or outdated pieces of “advice” that get repeated over and over again. Without training, or without reflecting on them, you’d never know that these are all actually lies that are stopping you from creating ineffective presentations.

[3] Self-sabotaging MISTAKES that stop you from becoming an effective presenter

Are you getting in your own way?

If you’re like most of the academics, scientists, evaluators, and practitioners I work with…then YES. You are. That’s why we talk about these sabotaging bad habits in day 3.


I’ve already shared two mistakes that are stopping you from being an effective presenter. Though, if you’re looking for slide design inspiration, you’ll want to see this one live/on video!

The first mistake is taking a “baby steps” approach to learning how to create effective presentations.


The second mistake is trying to learn effective presentations through a DIY approach. That’s probably how you’ve been trying to learn effective presentation design (it’s probably how you found my website!), and I’ll be talking about why you might still feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and not seeing the type of results you want through this approach.


Then I save the hardest — and most damaging — self-sabotaging bad habit for last. I’m not even going to warn you what it is, you’ll have to watch the video to find out :) But don’t worry, after I share the bad news about this habit of yours that you MUST break, we’ll end with some good news.

Oh, and FYI my training philosophy is 100% non-shaming. The reason we have to talk about these things is because we don't receive formal training on effective, visual communication. There's a big gap that I need to fill, and it's not your fault. 


[4 AND 5] What you ACTUALLY NEED to design effective presentations (PARTS ONE AND TWO)

It's no secret that most people use PowerPoint to create their slides...but is that the way it should be?

We start this video by talking about the software I recommend you use, and which ones I recommend you avoid.


In addition to the right slide software, you’re going to need THREE MORE things if you want to create effective presentations. That’s a lot to cover, so this topic is actually broken into two days.

We cover a lot of ground, and I even show you some of my old slides and talk more about my own journey from making #DeathByPowerPoint presentations to the type of presentations I make today.


And we circle back to talk about the slide-based communication framework again, and why it’s helpful and practical for academics, scientists, evaluators, and similar. I come with stories and gifs to help explain why.


Like before and after makeovers? Me too! We refer back to the ineffective slides shown on Day One, and I show you how applying the entire framework improves them.

This will also give you a glimpse of the type of presentations YOU could make, if you applied this framework.


[BLAST OFF TO STELLAR SLIDES] Enrollment opens on day 5!

Now, I’m going to be 100% upfront and honest with you. #StellarSlidesin5 is the presentation party I host before opening enrollment into my signature course, Blast Off to Stellar Slides.

On Day 5, doors to BOSS open and there will be special early bird price AND bonus swag for the first few students.


That does NOT mean #StellarSlidesin5 is just a marketing pitch. My promise to you is that you are going to learn a LOT and that I will provide you with a lot of value (and, hopefully, that you’ll have a lot of fun!)


If, after taking #StellarSlidesin5 you decide that you like my training style and that you want to keep going and learn the entire framework, cool! BOSS will be open for enrollment if that’s the case. If not, that’s cool too! This is a no pressure situation here.

At the very least, you got to see an example of how to give a good presentation, which you can use for inspiration in your next talk or lecture.



Take the first step towards creating better presentations RIGHT NOW by registering. What have you got to lose? it’s FREE!