All Things Professional

At York College, we prepare students as professionals in whatever career they pursue. Under the direction of the Center for Professional Excellence (CPE), we offer valuable resources, tips, experience and research that will help students develop a concrete plan to attain academic growth and career success.

Tip of the Month

Reducing presentation anxieties 

The following tips will help you cope with the nervousness you may feel when speaking in public.  

  • Nerves are natural. Feeling nervous is a natural reaction when placed in speaking situations that fall outside of our area of comfort. Even professional speakers and entertainers (including Warren Buffet) become nervous before giving a presentation. 
  • Prepare. To control your nervousness, do everything you can to prepare. Find out ahead of time the audience background and size, room arrangements, etc. Check all of your equipment. Review and personalize your material.  
  • Practice. Make sure your practice is as realistic as possible. Don’t practice sitting in front of the computer or television. When practicing, remove yourself from distractions and practice speaking out loud while standing up. If you practice in this manner, you’ll become aware of your physical delivery skills as well as any awkward transitions or potential stumbling blocks.  
  • Focus on your audience. Avoid concentrating on your nervousness. Instead, focus on your audience and what you will share. Concentrate on making the presentation beneficial to them.

Additional Resources:

10 Steps to Effective Listening

Want to Get Ahead? Stop Talking and Listen

Have You Mastered the Art of Listening?

Upcoming Event

Chris Herren
Chris Herren
Former NBA Basketball Player, Founder of The Herren Project and Author 
‌March 15, 7:00pm
WPAC Theatre

ReboundThe Chris Herren Project

Chris Herren realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA only to lose it all to the nightmare of drug addiction—first alcohol, then cocaine and oxycontin, finally heroin. 

Alcohol and drug-free since August 1, 2008, he has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else.

Please join us for an inspiring presentation featuring former NBA professional basketball player, Chris Herren. It’s tale of a harrowing decent into addiction, a miraculous recovery and his new life mission: to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life.

This special event is part of the Vizzi Family Lectureship in Professional Excellence Series.


Professionalism is...

"Professionalism means holding yourself to a higher standard while at the same time helping others around you to do the same."

Lindsey Murtha
Senior, International Relations


 Professionalism in the Workplace - Preparing College Graduates

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In the News

The Street
Hiring Red Flags: Here’s How You’re Capsizing That Job Interview

Checking your cell phone during an interview is another burgeoning, and job killing, interview no-no. "Nothing says 'I would rather be somewhere else' more than casually glancing at your cell phone in the middle of a conversation with someone," says Matthew Randall, executive director of the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania.

‌See more examples of the CPE in the news.