For women are early career researchers and evaluators


Build your team’s capacity for designing presentations & sharing data in ways that MAKE AN IMPACT.


Intended Audience

This group training workshop was designed by Dr. Echo Rivera (PhD in Psychology) over years of testing and development, and is specifically tailored to those who share data and information to adults.

This includes academics, scientists, researchers, evaluators, service providers, and similar professionals. This training series is not designed for those who present to children/teens, need training on presenting without using slides, or for corporate/marketing folks.

This workshop shows participants how to apply a DATA CENTERED DESIGN approach to slide presentations.

What does that mean? Data and information take the priority, and evidence-based design strategies are used to ensure that the data/information is shared in engaging, understandable, and effective ways.

My approach shows you not just how to have nice data visualizations, but ALSO how to have an ENTIRE presentation that’s engaging & effective from the first slide to the last.

Key Objective: Every participant will learn how to share their data and information in EFFECTIVE, engaging ways when using slides.

How is “effective” defined? After completing the series, your team will learn how to design slide 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, well-designed, and easy-to-understand data visualizations.


The workshop will be tailored to your unique needs and topic. The price includes a video meeting for us to discuss this. Plus, I ask that you send me a few slide decks to review so I can better understand how your team/group currently presents and to create customized before/after slide makeovers to share during the workshop.

Participants’ Background Knowledge

Advanced technical skills are NOT required. Participants only need some experience creating slide presentations, and a basic working knowledge of at least one slide software/application. For example, people will already need to know how to change the font size of text on their slides.

This training is software neutral and participants will learn how to design effective slides using any mainstream software (PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides, Impress). Technical walkthroughs are not part of the core content (because every participant comes in with different backgrounds and uses different software), but can be covered during the Q&A session.

Format Options

  • Webinar via my Zoom account (I handle the logistics). A temporary replay is included.

  • Self-paced online course (the budget friendly option).

  • In-person (select locations).


The amount of time for this workshop depends on your preferred format, your team’s availability, and whether you want additional customized content that is not part of my core training material.


Wonderful! Email me for a quote. Please let me know:

  1. A little bit about the folks who will participate.

  2. Which format option/s you prefer. If in-person, specify your location.

  3. How many people will participate?

  4. If any, what time (specify your time zone!) & date you had in mind (e.g., “anytime the last week of September” or “we’re having a team training on 9/17 and the 3.5 hour slot from 10am-1pm Eastern Time is available”).

Then, I’ll provide you with a proposal and quote, and we’ll go from there!

I hope to hear from you soon!
Echo Rivera, PhD



The examples and specific approach to training these topics will be customized to you. Each workshop includes before/after slide makeovers of slides that you and your team send me in advance.


[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.

  5. How to use visuals on your slides in an effective way.

  6. 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 customized to you. They could include a pie chart, clustered horizontal bar graph, frequency/stacked bar chart, line graph, and more.

  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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