For women are early career researchers and evaluators


In 2 or 3 hours, your entire team can learn how to design compelling, visual, and effective presentations. This training series is perfect for departments or organizations that want to build their internal capacity to deliver the type of presentations that are more likely to keep audiences engaged and make a lasting impact.


Intended Audience

This group training series is specifically tailored to folks who share educational or technical information. This includes academics, scientists, researchers, evaluators, service providers, and more. Our titles are diverse, but our goals are the same: sharing educational/technical information! So, I know you can’t put design over substance, and that the data must take priority. Don’t worry: I’ve figured out how you can have the best of both worlds.


After completing the series, your team will learn how to design presentations that:

  • keep audiences engaged and interested.

  • are free of clutter and distractions.

  • have less text and more visuals.

  • look professional and well-designed, without needing a graphic designer.

  • have compelling and easy-to-understand graphs (if Step 3 is booked).


Online Webinar via Zoom (my account). I recommend each viewer is using their own laptop or computer so they can participate in the activities and submit questions for the Q&A session. However, this can also work when viewed as a group (e.g., during a staff meeting).


Each webinar is 75-minutes. That’s 60-minutes of training content + a 15 minute Q&A session.



This training series is delivered as a set, preferably within a 1-2 week timeframe. Step 3 is optional if your team does not typically present data or has had data visualization training elsewhere.


[STEP 1] Effective presentation foundations: How to set yourself up for success for any presentation

  1. When it matters to create effective presentations.

  2. Your #1 enemy or “kiss of death” when giving presentations.

  3. How default templates feed into that enemy and other examples of this problem.

  4. How to identify and remove these problems from your presentations.

  5. Exactly what to do instead of using a default template.

  6. Top universal information (text) design principles that will work for any presentation (including in-person and online webinar formats).


[STEP 2] Resonate with your audience: How to choose the right amount of text per slide and use visuals to make a lasting impact

  1. How to choose what information to keep on your slides.

  2. How to know when you have too much text on your slides, and a system to help keep the amount of text on your slides “in check”.

  3. The #1 rule to guide you in creating presentations that will captivate your audience and keep their attention.

  4. How to find & choose visuals that will resonate [OR] How to use visuals on your slides in an effective way.

  5. An effective strategy to help you follow information and graphic (visual) design principles without even having to think about it.


[STEP 3] Tell your unique data story: My 4-step universal framework for presenting your data effectively

  1. How effective data visualization fits into the bigger picture of effective communication.

  2. The universal 4-step dataviz design process for presentation any data.

  3. Examples using this process will be provided for: a pie chart, clustered horizontal bar graph, and line graph.

  4. How to apply this process even with complex slides, sophisticated analyses, and when you have a lot of data to present.




“Engaging, high energy, fast-paced and useful for anyone regardless of the focus of their work.”

I first came across Dr. Rivera's resources several months ago and was immediately impressed with her research-driven, practical, and effective techniques, as well as her engaging delivery style. As the training and technical assistance provider for a statewide initiative, I asked Dr. Rivera to deliver two webinar trainings on how to design effective presentations for our grantees. She did a fantastic job conveying the information in a clear and enthusiastic manner. We received so much positive feedback from grantees [for example]:

  • “This is one of the best and most useful workshops on presentations that I have been to. Echo started with tools that everyone has at their disposal and showed us how to use them to best advantage.”    

  • “Engaging, high energy, fast-paced and useful for anyone regardless of the focus of their work.”

  • “Interactive, fun, different, tangible ideas that can be used in all aspects of my work.”

  • “This was one of the best sessions that I have attended. This applies to so much of what I do.”


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