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How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021
  • Thursday, March 11, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (PST)
  • Thursday, March 11, 2021, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (PST)
  • Virtual (via Zoom)
  • 0


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This popular two-day class has shifted the paradigms of hundreds of people and raised the science communication bar at conferences, public meetings, and educational events. It features best practices for designing presentations and is especially geared towards scientists, educators, and professionals who work in the public and private sectors.

On Day 1, you’ll learn about best practices in message development and slide design - with several opportunities for hands-on application. Over the following 2 weeks, you’ll design a 5-minute presentation applying what you’ve learned. When you return to class on Day 2, you’ll give your presentation and receive valuable feedback and coaching. As you witness the other presentations, you’ll see how much more interesting and engaging it is to view slides that are designed without excessive text and bullet points. The ultimate goal of the training is to improve your science communication skills, while making your presentations more enjoyable for you and more engaging for your audience. (12 CM AICP Credits/ CEP Points)

Tech check held on 2/22, 9am-9:30am, or 3pm-3:30pm.

In this class, you will learn how to:

· Transform the way you do PowerPoint;

· Deliver a crystal-clear message;

· Present data in a way that sticks in people’s brains;

· Keep your audience interested and engaged.


NOTE: This class has recently been converted into an online format. Great care has been taken to incorporate variety, such as break-out rooms for small group sharing, white boards for instruction and group discussion, independent tabletop exercises to give you a break from your computer, a shortened agenda, and frequent breaks. The class size has also been reduced.


Cathy Angell is a presentation coach and trainer with Cathy Angell Communications. She recently launched her own business after coordinating the Coastal Training Program for 18 years. Cathy is nationally known for her transformative methods of presentation design and delivery. She specializes in presentation skills for educators, scientists, and public officials. In 2015, she received a communications award from NOAA named in her honor.

Nicole Faghin is a trained land use and environmental planner, mediator and lawyer with over 30 years of experience working with local, state and federal governments, tribes, ports and consultants. Her work has focused on education, outreach and training on current issues related to coastal management in Washington state such as environmentally friendly shoreline stabilization techniques and sea level rise. She is a frequent lecturer for Ecology’s Coastal Training Program and has also taught courses at the UW Seattle Urban Planning Program, UW Tacoma Urban Studies Program, and has been a guest lecturer at the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Nicole is a member of the University of Washington Department of Urban Design and Planning Professionals Council and chair of the National Working Waterfronts Network. She serves on the Washington State Coastal Training Program advisory committee. Nicole received a master’s in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Mass.  

Washington State Department of Ecology 


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