CAPS Toronto – Feb 2021
Studio Operating Procedures
Creativity and process? Yes.
Running your home studio is a balancing act. Creativity keeps things fresh and fun, and process makes them smooth. Make magic for your audience with this simple S-O-P. There’s room for creativity and process in every step.
- Set up: Get started with gear & décor you already own. You’ll be surprised what you can find at home…and at the hardware store!
- Operate: Run a smooth operation with robust & repeatable practices. I’ll show you how to think about your studio and build your own checklists so nothing gets forgotten. *BONUS* I will give you my own pre-event checklist to build from.
- Prototype: Test new ideas, refine & repeat. Keep iterating to create ease for yourself and make magic for your audience. I’ll show you how to prototype with simple stuff like cardboard boxes.
Cold Showers? No.
It’s true – I created this program to avoid cold showers. I share my studio with the water heater, and I kept forgetting to turn it back on after events. I didn’t want to create a checklist for showers (I’m not THAT kind of engineer) so I created checklists for my studio instead.
Our time will be short.
Please print the handout before we meet.
Engineer & Keynote Speaker
Speaking from the stage or the factory floor, Emily Nichols nudges technical people to embrace their human skills, so they can become better problem solvers, team players, and leaders.
A professional engineer with decades of experience in manufacturing and innovation, Emily has worked with organizations like PepsiCo, PPG, Janssen, and Henkel, improving products and processes from breakfast cereal to automotive paint and electrical steel. Emily easily connects at all levels of organizations, inspiring deeper understanding and collaborative teamwork.
Emily has a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering (University of Guelph) and a M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (McMaster University). She summarized her master’s thesis in five Dr. Seuss rhymes.