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Learn to manage environmental factors and changing aspects within the audience in order to captivate and persuade. This workshop focuses on how to manage the environment and the audience during your presentation. Managing Environmental and Group Dynamics is the last in a series of three specialized presentation workshops.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION SKILLS SERIES: Maybe you're not looking to become a perfect orator who mesmerizes a crowd, but instead you need to speak at club meetings or give effective presentations in class. Speaking well is a learnable skill that is important to anyone who cares about success. If you want to build trust and credibility, be clear and energetic, and want your seat at the table, this workshop series is for you. We can help you gain the vital skills you need to propel your career in the right direction. Students may choose to attend one, two or all three of this series; sessions do not have to be taken in a particular order. The topics are Presentation and Design, Body Language and Vocalization and Managing Environmental and Group Dynamics.


  • Casual attire is the minimum dress requirement for attendance at this event. View a description of this attire.
  • 100 minutes is the expected time commitment for successful completion.
  • 20 PDP points earned for successful completion.
  • Effective Communication, Influence Others | Competency/ies addressed in this professional development experience.

This session takes students beyond the foundational knowledge gained in the BA course series (BA 1500, BA 2500, BA 3500) and helps students prepare for BA 4500 internship course opportunities and the professional world beyond.

FAQs for In-person events

(1) I want to attend more than one event on this day. Can I register for all events at once?

Yes. However, each event requires a separate reservation. Open each event individually to access the reservation page for that particular event.

(2) Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

Please bring your Student ID to the Event. Your RSVP is tied to your Student ID number. The PDP office reserves the right to require a photo ID in order to enter an event. If you cannot find your Student ID, make sure to bring an alternate photo ID.

(3) Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may contact the Professional Development Program at Cornell Hall Room 304 or via e-mail at

(4) Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

NO. You will not need a ticket to enter the event. MAKE SURE YOUR STUDENT ID NUMBER IS ENTERED CORRECTLY in your event registration – incorrect ID numbers will appear as a non-registered ID. Therefore, it is important that you bring your Student ID.

(5) The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No. Reservations are non-transferrable. Your RSVP admits the only person whose Student ID number was entered into the Reservation system. If you can no longer attend the event, please log in to Eventbrite and cancel your original reservation. You can also email the PDP office at and let us know your name, student ID number, date, and name of the event that you cannot attend and request that we cancel it for you.

(6) Can I make reservations for other people or give away my reservation?

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY WARNING: Any attempt to circumvent the PDP reservation system or secure a reservation for any reason outside of your own personal attendance for this event can be considered a violation of Academic Integrity, and is subject to consequences therein. RESERVATIONS ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE for any reason.

Have more questions? Check out these resources on the Professional Development Program website: (1) PDP Points Opportunity Syllabus (2) FAQ’s on the PDP web page

(7) Can I make as many reservations as I want?

Yes! However, The Professional Development Program office reserves the right to cancel reservations by any student that is abusing the reservation system. Examples of reservation system abuse include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Pervasive and systematic reservations beyond what is reasonable for the particular student in question
  • A pattern of no-shows at events that have been reserved
  • Any attempt to transfer reservations or profit from reservations made (see Academic Integrity Warning in FAQ #6 above).

(8) Is there a penalty if I make a reservation and then do not show up?

This is called a “no-show”. Students who demonstrate a pattern of no-shows may lose the privilege of making reservations. Please see FAQ #7 above.

Have more questions? More resources are available on the Professional Development Program website.

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