Please note: You will receive an invoice which includes instructions for payment. Payments must be received at least two weeks prior to the class date to secure your registration. Cancellations must also be received at least two weeks prior to be eligible for a refund.

How to Explain Science, Share Data, and Build Trust: Presentation Skills for Scientists and Public Officials (virtual, 2nd day on 11/20)

  • Wednesday, November 06, 2024
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2024
  • 2 sessions
  • Wednesday, November 06, 2024, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2024, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (PST)
  • Virtual (via Zoom)
  • 2



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 (November 6th), 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 (November 20th), 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.

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

This two-day class features best practices for designing presentations and is especially geared towards scientists and professionals who work for local and state agencies.

The classes will be held two weeks apart. In between, you will develop a short presentation to present to the class on Day Two. This is an opportunity for you to immediately apply what you've learned and to receive positive coaching and feedback (12 CM AICP Credits/ CEP Points).

Please email the Coastal Training Program ( if you require an accommodation for this training (audio, visual, mobility, or other). Additionally, the program can offer a couple of scholarships to cover the registration fees with each training. Please reach out if you need a scholarship in order to participate in the training.

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 land use and environmental planner and educator, mediator and lawyer with over 30 years of experience working with local, state and federal governments, tribes, ports, non-profits and consultants. Her work focuses on education, outreach and training on current issues related to coastal management in Washington state. 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. She 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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