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Thursday, Feb. 14

REAL ESTATE

Mortgage rates

The latest mortgage rates will be released Thursday. Last week, Freddie Mac reported that a 30-year, fixed-rate loan fell to 4.41 percent from 4.46 percent interest the week before.

Friday, Feb. 15

PANEL

Planning perspective

Learn more about the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s 2050 regional plan at an event hosted by the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planners. Speakers will highlight aspects of the plan, including economic development and urban design. Friday, noon to 2 p.m., The Brickyard, 371 Main St., Woburn. Tickets range from free to $30. Register online or go to the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

SEMINAR

Find your voice

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Learn how to become more comfortable with your voice at an event hosted by public speaking organization GROW Voice LLC. The class will review strategies for communicating more clearly and with more authority in person. Friday, 4 to 5 p.m., Cambridge Innovation Center, 50 Milk St., Edison Conference Room, Boston. Tickets range from free to $10. Register online or go to the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

CLASS

Increase your impact

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Learn how to network more efficiently and motivate those around you at an event hosted by Alec Lai, a social entrepreneur and cognitive coach. Discussion will center on motivation, power, and influence. Friday, 4 to 5 p.m., CIC Boston, 50 Milk St.,18th floor, Boston. Free. Register online or go to the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

NETWORKING

Swiss connection

Meet with representatives at top Swiss universities, research institutions, and corporations at an event hosted by swissnex Boston, a company that acts as a bridge between innovators in North America and Switzerland. Ten Swiss institutions have confirmed attendance so far. Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst St., building E14-6, sixth floor, Cambridge. Free. Register online or go to the business agenda at bostonglobe.com.

Events of note? E-mail us at agenda@globe.com. Follow us on Twitter @GlobeBiz.