Bypass Your Inner Critic in Public Speaking: How to Speak up Without Feeling Like an Imposter

Despite popular belief, people’s top fear is NOT public speaking. That is a myth. For many people, especially women, the top fear is public JUDGMENT.

As a professional, how do you OWN what you’re saying without feeling like a fraud?

Whether you’re speaking up in an online virtual meeting, a board meeting or giving a presentation, you need to be able to speak with confidence to influence your listeners.

Key Takeaways from this virtual workshop:
·       Learn how to stop overthinking & be present when you speak.
·       How to speak powerfully & authentically under pressure.
·       How to bypass the number one saboteur in public speaking, your inner critic. 


 Webinar Speaker Mary Cheyne (Transformational Public Speaking Trainer & Coach / TEDx Speaker @Magnetic Podium) Mary Cheyne, MBA, is a Transformational Public Speaking Trainer & Coach, and the 2009 World Champion of Public Speaking first runner-up, out of 25,000 contestants from 14 countries. Mary is a TEDx Speaker & has trained over 15,000 people in 30 cities world-wide, including those in Australia, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the US. She’s the best-selling author of the book “Present” Yourself in Public Speaking – Tell Your Inner Critic to SHUT UP! And the Real You to SPEAK UP! This vast experience has led Mary to one important, unvarnished conclusion: “To communicate and persuade effectively, the first person you need to convince is YOURSELF.”

This event is hosted by the BE+ Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts (EPMA) Committee, a community of ascending professionals across the green building industry and allied fields helping drive sustainable and regenerative design, construction and operation of the built environment. The committee provides professional support, development and advocacy tools through active networking, monthly programming and community events.

Listen to Thursday's Webinar on Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Capturing the Sun Roadmap

By Alexander Landa

This coming Thursday from 3:00pm-4:30pm, our friends over at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will be giving a presinar on their upcoming project “Capturing the Sun: A Roadmap for Navigating Data-Access Challenges and Auto-Populating Solar Home Sales Listings.”

From the event page:

There are now over one million homes in America with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.  Yet real estate listing services (known as multiple listing services or MLSs) lack a standard way to report on the solar features of a home when it is placed on the market.  Without this information, sellers may be losing out on value, and buyers may not know what they are getting, and real estate agents have a harder time bringing solar sellers and interested buyers together.

This new Roadmap from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) proposes a way to fill that gap.

The report, entitled “Capturing the Sun: A Roadmap for Navigating Data-Access Challenges and Auto-Populating Solar Home Sales Listings,” guides solar and real estate professionals through the key challenges and the best path forward to get solar data into MLSs. Experts from the real estate, appraisal, and solar data industries collaborated to write the report.

Join us as the authors present the findings from this new report.

Ben Hoen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Laura Stukel, LW Reedy Real Estate
Sandra Adomatis, Adomatis Appraisal Service
Craig Foley, Sustainable Real Estate Consulting Services (and USGBC MA Chapter Member)
Laura Parsons, Center for Sustainable Energy

Register here.

We're excited to see such progress happening with solar panels – it's a huge, important step towards more net-zero buildings. Solar energy is going to be a game changed in the future of our cities as a whole, as demonstrated by smart cities. If you're not familiar with smart cities yet, attend our upcoming event Building Tech Forum to learn all about them!

Intro to SITES Presinar

By Ryan Duffy, Communications Fellow

Are you in need of GBCI credits?  Do you want to better understand the USGBC’s suite of LEED rating systems? If so, come to our Introduction to the SITES program presinar Wednesday, April 20th!  This is a part of our new 2016 USGBC MA Chapter webinar series that look at indoor air quality.  We'll also cover energy codes, environmental product declarations, and more later on in the year.

Join us for this informative and interactive webinar at this in person session! Each session in this series is registered for GBCI CE hours and AIA/CES LU/HSW hours. Please note, these webinars are pre- recorded and you are required to attend in person to receive credit.

Read more about the event:

​This overview of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) informs participants of the critical need for a more careful and sensitive approach to land design and development in regards to the growing population of the planet. SITES goals are identified and explained, and the concept of evaluating ecosystem services as a basis for land design and development is detailed through photographs, graphics, and SITES Pilot Project case study information.


  1. Describe the benefits that ecosystem services provide
  2. Explain the process for regenerative design
  3. List SITES goals
  4. Identify the process for registering a SITES project for certification

This event will be on April 20th at 50 Milk St: 17th Floor- Hercules Conference Room, Boston, 02109. Register here!

Buildings are for People: Design Strategies for Occupant Engagement Presinar

By Ryan Duffy, Communications Fellow


In this one-hour course, the participant will explore design strategies that encourage beneficial occupant behavior. Consider the impacts occupant behavior changes can have on a building over its lifetime, dispel myths that key occupant behaviors cannot be directed by designers, and learn how these strategies can help achieve LEED certification.


  1. Discuss how occupant behavior impacts a building’s environmental performance
  2. Identify design strategies that encourage beneficial occupant behavior in the areas of transportation, energy and water conservation, materials, and indoor environmental quality
  3. Explain how to target strategies by including representative occupants in the design process
  4. Describe how design strategies aimed at occupant behavior can help projects achieve LEED certification

Find out more and register here!

Tomorrow- Green Roofs Costs & Benefits Webinar

By Ryan Duffy, Communications Fellow

Tomorrow, the 18th, join as at 6 PM in Worcester for a Green Roofs Costs and Benefits webinar!  This is a great opportunity to learn more about green roofs and their importance in green building.  Note that webinars are pre-recorded and must be attended in person to receive credit. 

About This Event:

A Green Roof installation is a strategy that can contribute up to 20% of the total credits needed to attain LEED certification. Furthermore, a Green Roof can be on a partial portion of the roof and need not fully cover the available roof area. This course will provide you with thermal properties information and quantify the potential energy savings so that a cost/benefit analysis can be made. Rainwater quality and quantity measurements are provided as well. Course participants will gain valuable knowledge on the component parts of green roofs, and savings potential gained from installing a green roof.

The information provided will be useful to many of our members: contractors, investors, property owners, developers, businesses, commercial organizations, and all other LEED professionals.

Webinar Goals:

  1. Learn about the thermal properties of green roofs and the best climates and conditions that provide information for best practices when installing and maintaining a green roof.
  2. Learn about two case studies that quantify the energy savings potential and rainwater management properties of green roofs
  3. Learn about the multiple credit categories and amount of points that an installation of a green roof can contribute towards for LEED certification
  4. Learn about the green roof market and a green roof benefits and costs

The webinar will take place at Sustainability Hub, located at 912 South Main Street in Worcester. Register for the event here, and print your PARKING PASS here!