Visual Communication Training for Organizations

3 workshops + 4 hours = Everything your team needs to transform their standard slides into captivating slideshows.

I'm guessing everyone on your team knows how to use PowerPoint (let's be honest: they've probably been using it for years).

BUT, I'm also guessing that everyone on your team is using PowerPoint incorrectly. They've probably learned by watching others present or just by experimenting on their own, instead of using an evidence-based framework of effective visual communication.

That means they've picked up a LOT of bad habits. Bad habits that:

❌ Waste their time.

❌ Make the information on the slides look outdated.

❌ Fail to help the audience understand, care about, or use the information.

But that can change.

In just 4 hours, your team will know exactly how to apply evidence-based communication strategies to design presentations in ways that:

☑️ Ensures no time is wasted on outdated, ineffective, gimicky slide design tricks.

☑️ Give the immediate impression that the information shared in the presentation is modern and worth paying attention to.

☑️ Increase the likelihood that the audience will pay attention to, understand, remember, and use the information.

👉 Question for you: Do you feel like your organization achieves those goals right now?

If you said anything other than a resounding "HECK YES WE DO" then keep reading, because it's time for your organization to be a leader in this new movement to end#DEATHBYPOWERPOINT . 👇

📣 This is the professional development course that will help your team get heard and make an impact.

“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.

(live workshop participant)

In about 4 hours, your organization could learn how to take slides that look like this >>

And transform them into engaging slideshows that look like this >>


Here's what's waiting for your team inside the course...

☑️ 3 pre-recorded workshops with built-in engagement activities (about 3.5 hours total)

☑️ Custom handouts for each workshop (not just a printout of the slides!) + answer key.

☑️ Bonus material, including how to add logos/branding to slides and a blueprint to make redesigning your slide decks manageable and less overwhelming.

☑️ 1 hour LIVE group coaching call so your team can ask me anything!

The call must be scheduled within 60 days of purchase, which adds the necessarily accountability for your team to finish the online program right away.

☑️ A replay of the group coaching call.

☑️ 12 months access to all materials.

“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.”

- Live workshop participant



1. A representative from your team contacts me at with information about how many people will view the training materials.

2. You enroll in the course and get instant access to all materials. You (or someone from your team) signs up for one 60-minute group coaching call (Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm US Mountain Time), within 60 days.

3. If your team sends me 1 slide deck 7 days before our group coaching call, and I'll prepare a short slide makeover of 1-3 slides. We have our group coaching session and I answer as many questions as I can during that 60-minutes.

Done! Your team knows exactly how to design more engaging and effective presentations that will help your organization stand out as a leader in effective visual communication! 🙌

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

- Live workshop participant




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


[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


[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

Photo by WOC in Tech via Flickr

[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.


There's a short welcome section to complete. This includes info about the course structure and how to use this platform, my contact information, and important info about the copyright and license for the course.

Then it's time to start the first workshop!

You begin by downloading the custom handout so you can take notes. Then, watch the full length video which is about 66 minutes long + you'll want to add some time to do the activities throughout the workshop (about 75 minutes total). If you missed anything while taking notes, don't worry: You have the answer key waiting for you!

After the first workshop, you'll know the foundational elements that will help you create an effective presentation no matter what. You'll also know how to design your slide text beautifully so it doesn't feel like a wall of boring text.

After the first workshop, you repeat the same process for the second workshop: (1) download the handout, (2) watch the video & participate in the activities, and (3) check out the answer key in case you missed anything.

After the second workshop, you'll know the EASY ways to reduce the amount of text on your slides. You'll also know my MOST SECRET strategy to hook your audience from start to finish. Plus, you'll know why you've struggled to find the "perfect" photo in the past (and a new way to find photos). Finally, you'll know how to format your visuals so they're effective instead of just being "meh."

And then you'll be ready for the third workshop, which is focused entirely on how to present your data effectively. Like before, there's a handout and answer key. The activities take a little longer, so you'll want to reserve about 1.5 hours to complete this one.

After the third workshop, you'll know the 4-step framework to help you present ANY data in an engaging, effective way. You will also have had a chance to practice these strategies through the activities.

At this point, you'll have all the knowledge you need to completely transform your presentations into ENGAGING MASTERPIECES...but I didn't stop there.

...Because you might still be wondering how to break down everything you've learned into manageable pieces. How can you take smaller steps to apply everything you've learned?

That's why I created the bonus "Blueprint for change" mini-section. It's a short video + handout that gives you a system for applying Captivate with Stellar Slides in steps.

When you finish this mini-section, you'll feel less overwhelmed and more prepared to tackle your presentation transformation in a manageable way, based on your available resources and time.

Aaaaaand you have three more bonus videos you can watch, because I couldn't stop myself.

One of the most common questions or barriers that people have is how to still use things like references/citations, logos, and other elements in their slides in a way that aligns with what you learn in the workshops. So, I created a bonus video that explains exactly how to do that.

Plus, I created 2 bonus slide makeovers, because slide makeovers are fun!

Goodness. You really are covered from start to finish (and beyond). So, what are you waiting for?

Your Instructor

Echo Rivera, PhD
Echo Rivera, PhD

You need to make a lasting impact when you present your research and educational information--not hit a dead end with overwhelmed or distracted audiences. I'm here to help you transform your approach to slide-based presentations, so you can make the type of impact you want. My PhD is in community psychology and I have over 12 years of research & evaluation experience. I've tested these strategies on multiple audiences--college students, service providers, non-researchers, academics, scientists, and policymakers--so I know they work across settings. I've led conference workshops on these ideas since 2014, and I'm now bringing the strategies straight to you with my online courses.

Class Curriculum

  Blueprint for change: A system to apply everything you've learned step by step
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts as soon as you enroll! You will have access to all course materials for 12 full months.
What is the refund policy?
Because this is a education workshop and there are no returnable products, per se, there are no refunds. However, after delivering this workshop (or a version of it) for over 4 years, I can guarantee that your staff will benefit for this excellent professional development series, and gain effective communication skills that will last them YEARS. If you'd like to set up a video call with me for extra re-assurance and to ask any questions you have, email me at
Who is this course for?
If your team delivers slide-based presentations to adults (in-person or via webinar/video), then Captivate with Stellar Slides will work for you. This program was made for service providers who train or educate others, college/university professors and instructors (adjunct, associate, tenure-track, non-tenure track, etc); grad students and folks on the job market; program evaluators; social science and STEM researchers; progressive political groups and social justice advocates; #withaphd and #altac folks who create presentations, and similar.
How long does this course take?
The entire course is about 4 hours. The core workshop series is 3 hours and 15 minutes (plus the time you take to complete the short activities). The bonus videos are about 25 minutes.
Can we use this for group training? Can we take this information and then train others on presentation design
This material is proprietary and based on over 14 years of my own research, testing, and experimentation. This information cannot be used to train others in any setting (e.g., a conference workshop, brownbag, internal training).
How many people does this include?
The number of people who can watch this training session is negotiated on an individual basis. Please email with information about how many people you would like to have access.

This course is not open for enrollment.