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Online Excellence: The why and how of online presentation – October 2022

Studio Operating Procedures

a preview of Emily's handout called Studio Operating Procedures

Creativity and process? Yes.

When the pandemic began, I built my own speaking studio so I could keep delivering top-notch presentations. I wanted to be so-much-more than a talking head at a desk. Don’t you?

In this workshop, I’ll take you behind the scenes and share my Studio Operating Procedures – three steps to create, operate and improve your home studio, even if your ‘studio’ is just a laptop.

Workshop Agenda
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

The agenda is packed.

But don’t worry, I took notes for you!

Emily in her studio

Workshop Recap

Thanks for coming! We covered a lot in our time together.

Emily wearing a yellow hard hat
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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.