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Read Blast Off to Stellar Slides Course Reviews from Real Students!

Our students have used the skills they learned in BOSS to impress their colleagues and create highly visual, engaging, effective presentations. Below you can read some BOSS reviews!

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The overall impact of BOSS.

 

"My presentations are far more dynamic and engaging."

If you want to improve your presentation skills, I highly recommend the BOSS course. It is an excellent online course that is well organized, user friendly and practical. It is well worth the investment of your time and money.

Since taking the course, my presentations are far more dynamic and engaging. My audiences have offered comments such as “Wow, great presentation,” “Love the visuals,” and “Compelling presentation.” Honestly, it was a fabulous learning experience from beginning to end. Thank you, Echo. - Lesley Allen, Senior Consultant, Allen & Allen Consulting and Research

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"Echo's course ultimately changed my life"

Most surprisingly, the class unleashed a creative energy within me I didn’t know was suppressed. In addition to making the visual components of my presentations more effective, Echo’s course ultimately changed my life. Echo’s class enabled me to embrace my artist self, I’ve integrated drawing and comics into my life and presentations in ways I never imagined before, and know with her guidance and support I will continue to make meaningful graphics for much more impactful presentations for the rest of my life. Kandace Creel Falcón, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies

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"My slides are much more fun to teach from."

Signing up for BOSS has been the most fantastic decision! My slides are much more fun to teach from. I’m spending more time facing the audience and interacting, as there’s no temptation to read from the slides anymore. It’s been a serious time commitment to go back and revamp all of my slide sets, but so worthwhile, and colleagues have been very impressed with them. -Jennifer de Beyer, Research Coordinator & Publication Specialist, UK EQUATOR Centre, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford

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"I highly recommend Echo' presentation course"

 

I highly recommend Echo Rivera's online presentation course, “Blast Off to Stellar Slides”. I thought and I heard from others that I developed good presentations before taking the course. Echo’s course taught me how to make my presentations more focused and interesting, and in less time than in the past. Gerda Zonruiter, Research and Evaluation Consultant

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The structure, format, and pace of BOSS.

 

"These practical lessons...sharpened my technical skills immensely."

I found the BOSS course to be extremely well designed and presented in the online format. The course was divided into six manageable modules. All the modules were comprehensive, interesting and instructive. Within the modules, Echo offered technical lessons on the practical aspects such as taking screenshots, zooming in on websites, editing hand-drawn sketches and creating decluttered graphs. These practical lessons were very helpful and sharpened my technical skills immensely. - Lesley Allen, Senior Consultant, Allen & Allen Consulting and Research

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"I was skeptical about how much the course would impact my presentations... "

 

Seeing Echo Rivera tweet consistently and excitedly about her Blast Off to Stellar Slides course piqued my interest. Her enthusiasm encouraged me and I enrolled in the course the summer of 2017 to get a jumpstart on thinking differently about the use of PowerPoint presentations in my course lectures and professional, academic presentations. As someone who has been delivering presentations for almost two decades I was skeptical about how much the course would impact my presentations. I wondered if it was possible to do better visuals, and if I would have the time to dedicate to making my presentations more visually appealing. I worried the course might make me feel inadequate, by pointing out all the ways I was doing it wrong, resulting in more stress to try to fix my presentation style. Yet, Echo’s openness about the goals of the course and her transparency about the skills we would learn (including maximizing efficiency in presentation design) specifically increased my interest in learning more about how visual communication could help my students learn in different ways in the classroom. As an interdisciplinary scholar I truly appreciate how Echo blends together different areas of study and expertise to craft a creatively engaging course. Kandace Creel Falcón, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies

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"...looking back at the end of the course, there was staggering change!"

A little bit of research turned up an overwhelming amount of information on design and imagery that I didn’t have the time or skills to dig into. The BOSS modules move at a comfortable pace, with small action prompts after each lesson that help consolidate knowledge. The individual lessons are short enough to easily rewatch the occasional one to review content. Once I printed the handouts and had them ready to complete during the videos, and I committed to trying out the actions, learning started to really happen. Altering my practice presentations felt gradual and manageable as we progressed through the modules, but looking back at the end of the course, there was a staggering change! And going through the course as a whole over a few weeks, rather than dipping in and out, kept the momentum going really well. -Jennifer de Beyer, Research Coordinator & Publication Specialist, UK EQUATOR Centre, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford

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"The self-paced online format made it easy for me..."

I found the lesson modules to be well-organized and worth the time it took to do them.  The self-paced online format made it easy for me to make space in my day for the lesson.  And Echo has been responsive and encouraging in her communications with me. Gerda Zonruiter, Research and Evaluation Consultant

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The Community Package experience.

 

"I've particularly loved that the course learning doesn't stop between cohorts." 

The BOSS community option has been an amazing investment. I'd been dithering over the extra bit of cash, thinking I'd be fine just going through the modules on my own.  

But the coaching calls and Facebook prompts have been incredibly helpful in keeping me accountable. I didn't really start working on the course until the first coaching call happened, despite promising myself that I would start as soon as the course opened and work consistently!

Being able to dump questions into the office hours survey stopped me getting stuck and stalling on a particular class - I knew Echo would answer them in a few days, so I could keep going and not worry.

I’ve particularly loved that the course learning doesn’t stop between cohorts. Whenever a presentation issue or new experience pops up, we can chat it through and keep asking questions. It’s also really fun to be able to share new slide designs or good experiences!  -Jennifer de Beyer, Research Coordinator & Publication Specialist, UK EQUATOR Centre, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford

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The Slide Feedback Sessions.

 

"Getting video feedback on one of my presentations was invaluable." 

Getting video feedback on one of my presentations was invaluable. Written feedback is great, but it was particularly helpful to be able to watch how Echo changed slides and how little tweaks could make a big difference. Echo also honed in on which BOSS concepts I was struggling to implement naturally and gave me some clear steps for tackling these changes. -Jennifer de Beyer, Research Coordinator & Publication Specialist, UK EQUATOR Centre, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford

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"Her concepts were most informative and helpful."

Let me begin by saying the [Custom Slide Feedback] was a valuable culminating exercise. In terms of feedback, I was expecting a short text response with a few comments. What Echo provided was a video evaluation in which she went through each slide with me, presenting alternative ideas and examples. She demonstrated what she would have done on each slide to improve it or make it more interesting. Her concepts were most informative and helpful. However, what amazed me most, was her demonstration of and agility with technology and her content knowledge expertise. It was astounding how much time and effort she took to provide quality and constructive individualized feedback to me.- Lesley Allen, Senior Consultant, Allen & Allen Consulting and Research

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