The FASTEST way for researchers, academics, scientists, and evaluators to become experts at effective visual communication.

BOSS is a 6-week online program that shows you EXACTLY how to storyboard, design, and deliver compelling presentations to your students, clients, and colleagues.

Registration is closed until Summer 2018, but in the meantime you can grab my FREE starter kit to get going, and to get notified when doors open again. 


Imagine what it will feel like to deliver a stellar presentation or lecture with confidence & joy.


This could be you!  

YOU could have a reputation among your colleagues as being a professional and engaging communicator.

YOUR STUDENTS could be glued to your compelling lecture slides instead of browsing Facebook.

YOU could actually enjoy designing & giving presentations and lectures.

Imagine what it will feel like when you know how to create compelling presentations and finally resonate with your audience!

Maybe you... overcome your hatred for public speaking. 

...or you get to entertain and educate other academics and researchers without worrying about whether you're being "professional enough." 

... or your students and clients tell you "that was the best presentation I've ever seen!"


BLAST OFF to STELLAR SLIDES is the fastest way for academics, researchers, evaluators, and scientists to learn how to create effective presentations, lectures & workshops.

This 6 week online program is packed full of digestible, actionable lessons and video tutorials so you never feel overwhelmed, confused, or stuck. 


BLAST OFF to STELLAR SLIDES is packed with short videos, step-by-step guides, worksheets, and more!


BOSS includes everything you need, and nothing you don't. It's the curated, focused guidance you've been looking for! 


"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


Blast off to Stellar Slides is an online professional development program that shows you how to create compelling presentations that get you heard, understood, and remembered.


"The BOSS community option has been an amazing investment"

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.-Jennifer de Beyer, Research Coordinator & Publication Specialist, UK EQUATOR Centre, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford

Your life BEFORE
taking my course...


You use visuals in your slides, but ineffectively: they're small, cluttered, in the corner, distorted...and you use a template.

You create slides to share your knowledge and make the world a better place, but no one seems to care or remember what you say. 

You have a reputation for giving boring, presentations. "Death by powerpoint" is all your audience thinks about.

You know you could tell better stories & that your presentations could be designed better, but you don't know what to do.

You hate public speaking and have no fun working on your presentations. 


Your life AFTER
taking my course... 


You use visuals in your slides in an effective way that actually connects with your audience & helps them remember.

You create slides to share your knowledge and make the world a better place, and it resonates and makes a real impact! 

You have a reputation of creating effective, well-designed presentations. You hear, "I wish more slides looked liked that!" 

You know exactly how to use graphic design theory, information design, & visuals to make your presentations stellar.

You're okay with public speaking, and start having a blast working on your presentations.



"...We can chat it through and keep asking questions." 


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




BLAST OFF to STELLAR SLIDES is an online program, so you can do the course from home (no fancy pants required) and on your own schedule.


"If you want to improve your presentation skills, I highly recommend the BOSS course."


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. -Lesley Allen, Senior Consultant, Allen & Allen Consulting and Research


I'm going to help YOU create compelling presentations, resonate with your audience, and overcome your hatred of public speaking!

And we'll have FUN together! I love sprinkling in stories, illustrations, and comics (made by me, just like the illustrations on this page!) throughout the curriculum, because I want you to learn and laugh :)

My course is strictly a NO SHAMING environment. I promise that I'm not gonna tell you that you suck. I'm simply holding your hand so you can let go of everything holding you back (ineffective strategies) and learn exactly how to be more visual, engaging, and effective. 

And we'


Maybe you're worried that academics and scientists won't like your visual style...that they'll think you aren't being "professional enough."

But here's the thing: Nothing is more professional than being effective.

But just in case you're still worried, here are direct quotes from feedback forms on my research/evaluation presentations:


“The presenter was very professional. She was informed and prepared and she provided an excellent presentation.”

Great presentation!”

Very well done. I appreciate the professionalism…Thank you!”

“You have mad powerpoint skills.” 

Excellent powerpoint, clear and easy to read! Love the pictures

“The presentation was great and the speaker was very knowledgeable.”

“The presentation was great and the speaker was very knowledgeable.” 

“I like the creative spin of the presentation. Pictures were engaging, Speech patterns were relaxed instead of technical and stuffy”

Audience feedback on my webinars about presentation design:

I am an English teacher preparing visual materials for my site and courses. Echo's visual media expertise and fine eye for detail has helped me tremendously. Her materials are well organised, constructive and creative. My first place to go for pertinent, concise, and visual instruction.
- Ruth Crooks

"So glad I woke up (early) to follow this webinar!" 

"Thank you so much for this inspiring webinar!"

"Thank you, Echo! This was an awesome presentation!" 

"Great webinar! Thanks for putting it together"

"This presentation was really awesome, just what I was looking for."

"This was fantastic! Thank you."

"Her slides look great." 

"That was really great info, easy to follow and easy to apply NOW. Thank you!"



I noticed a need for more fun, engagement, and design within academia. Frankly, I was bored to tears. As an undergrad and grad student, I grew frustrated with text-heavy, boring presentations. I craved better stories, and better slides.

Over the last 10 years I've taught myself how to create effective presentations for academics, practitioners, policymakers, researchers, students and evaluators. I also learned how to create illustrations and comics so I could use them in my slides. I created BLAST OFF to STELLAR SLIDES to share my step by step process for storyboarding, designing, and delivering effective slide-based presentations.

As for my formal background... I have a PhD in Community Psychology because I'm passionate about using research and evaluation for social equity. I'm currently a research associate at a nonprofit research and evaluation center in Colorado.

To me, this is MUCH more than just making "pretty slides." Making our work more accessible is a social justice issue. Knowledge is power & I believe we should share knowledge in engaging ways so that it can be used to create social equity. 

I can't wait to make you an astronomically awesome presenter!

See you in the course!

Questions? Email me at echo@echorivera.com! 



Web design and illustrations made by Echo Rivera (C). The feedback I provided above is based on actual feedback I've received on my own presentations. This is for illustration only and is not intended to represent or guarantee that current or future students will achieve the same or similar feedback.

Space & Communication icons made by Freepik and Presentation icons made by MadeByOliver via Flaticon.com and are licensed by Creative Commons 3.0. Photo provided by Warner Bros.