For women are early career researchers and evaluators

Ready to STAND OUT & make a powerful & professional impression with your research & teaching?

Looking for a place where academics, scientists, and evaluators can get the training & support they need to make their ideas take flight?

Welcome to 💬 The Communication Café! 


What is the Communication Café?


The Communication Café will help you develop unique skills in research/information communication, such as slide-based presentations, reports, and creative works (e.g., illustrations, comics, zines, podcasts).

How? It’s a free newsletter that gives you access to (free & paid) professional development opportunities not available to the public. Take a look below to see what’s included 👇


Professional Development Training Webinars

These 60-90 minute interactive online workshops will provide you with the skills you need to design effective presentations. Depending on the month, you’ll learn how to design beautiful text for your slides, choose visuals that resonate, reduce the text on your slides, or strategies for presenting your data in an easy-to-understand, memorable way—all without ever sacrificing the information itself. In the Communication Café, design never takes priority over content.

Coming soon in 2019: Our webinars will be expanding to include broader topics such as report design, web design, interactive websites and graphics, professional creative software, and MUCH more.

Small Group Mentoring & Coaching

These 60-minute video sessions are limited in size to ensure that EVERY participant gets their main question answered. I will also choose a few presentations for the “podium” and do LIVE EDITS on the call. This is your chance to get help with your specific presentation, rather than general advice. You’ll also get a chance to learn from (and help) your peers.


Special offers & prices on premium courses & training programs

What would a newsletter be without some added special offers or special prices? Communication Café members will always receive advance notice when enrollment is going to open for a premium course or training program, which also means a chance to grab it for a special price or with a special, unique bonus offer.


Access to sample/free online courses and events

I have helped HUNDREDS of academics, scientists, evaluators (and similar) with several sample (i.e., free!) courses or events over the past couple years. These have included strategies on finding and using visuals efficiently, how to create your own slide template, and even a weekend slide design bootcamp! For 2019, the free courses will focus on technical training in PowerPoint, Google, and Keynote. These sample courses are only available to Communication Café members.


Special goodies not available to the public

As if free online courses and events were enough, the Communication Café also sometimes gets bonus goodies that aren’t made public. These goodies have included helpful handouts, cool checklists, and valuable videos. It’s just another way for me to thank people for being a Communication Café member!


A private community

Looking for a private community of academics, scientists, evaluators, et al. who — just like you — want to communicate more effectively and creatively? Everyone who joins is invited to join a private online community (moderated, with a code of conduct!) so you can meet and network with others who share this common interest.


What’s happening this month at the Café?


Here’s a look at everything happening at Creative Research Communications this month.

The events marked with a coffee cup are exclusive to Communication Café members.

(FYI: it’s FREE to join the Café!)


FEBRUARY 2019 // Training & support only available to Communication Cafe members:

  • 2 small group coaching sessions.

  • Full length professional development training webinar, Effective Presentation Foundations: Set yourself up for success for ANY presentation.

PLANNED OPPORTUNITIES in MARCH 2019 (subject to change)… lots of new stuff!

  • New sample online course with technical trainings for Keynote, Google Slides, and/or PowerPoint.

  • New weekend intensive workshop series.

  • New training workshop + group coaching combination event.

Ready to join? Sign up using the form below 👇


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Meet your instructor.

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Echo Rivera, PhD

Owner, Creative Research Communications LLC

Hey there 👋🏻! I’m Dr. Echo Rivera and I’m here to help you communicate your research & educational info more effectively and creatively!

Not only do I have a PhD (Community Psychology) and over 12 years of research & evaluation experience (yes, both quant & qual), but I’ve also helped hundreds (yes, literally) of folks just like you create more effective presentations.

For nearly a decade, I’ve helped academics, evaluators, scientists, and services providers learn the key techniques for designing presentations that are effective. By “effective,” I mean they increase the likelihood that the audience will pay attention, understand, remember, and use the information.

I know that you’ll love the Communication Café, because all of my trainings and events are packed with value and actionable strategies that will help you make a better impression and longer impact with your audience.

The Communication Café is for anyone who delivers information to adults (in-person or via webinar/video) for the purposes of sharing research, data, technical, or educational information. At Creative Research Communications LLC our passion is helping such folks communicate their work more effectively and creatively. Social justice and important work that goes unheard or ignored is simply unacceptable, so we’re here to help make sure that this important work makes a positive social impact.

See you inside the Communication Café & at my next training or mentoring event!