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BizConnect's MATCH breaks the ice and makes a cold call warm.  Business development is a lot like social dating.  Let BizConnect introduce you to serious business people who like to help serious business people.

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Public Speaking: Cutting Out Filler Words

By Lauren Kahn 

As we’ve discussed before, public speaking is a very important skill in business. Delivering in person presentations to clients and potential clients requires eloquence and articulation. Lecturing at a conference and speaking in front of a networking group demand the same communication skills and care. And while these speaking engagements carry more weight as you advance in your career, don’t forget about the “long tail” of public speaking—the multitude of opportunities you have in one-on-one and small group settings to exert influence and persuade your peers with communication.

These smaller, more frequent opportunities to practice your communication skills often bring forth our public speaking weaknesses the most. When you’re preparing for a big, important presentation, you’ve likely practiced and practiced and could read your talking points backward and forward if asked. However, in casual conversation, when we’re put on the spot to answer questions about our work or offer examples of how we drive value for clients, our little habits and undesirable speaking patterns can rear their ugly heads.

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UPO unites people in need with opportunities in the Washington DC area, improving the lives of young DC residents, delivering brings hope, and making our community a better place to live.

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How To Say No

By Lauren Kahn

We’ve spent a great deal of time talking about recommended tactics, best practices, and the right etiquette for pursuing new potential sales contacts and referral sources. But what about when the tables are turned? Do you know how to behave when you’re the one being pursued? There are a number of different scenarios in which this might be the case—Perhaps a contact is approaching you to win your business, or maybe he would like you to facilitate an introduction.

Let’s consider these two common scenarios when you’re in the driver’s seat, and someone wants something from you. More specifically, what if your answer is something your contact doesn’t want to hear—What if your answer is no? How can you say no tactfully?

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What Members Say:

"BizConnect attracts lots of great people who are interested in having rich conversations."

Eric Martin, Eric's Coaching

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 Business Networking Tip: 

"Something Personal"


After attending a networking event I observed several people utilizing effective strategies and techniques to rekindle relationships that were in need.  I overheard discussions that included upcoming vacation plans, a child's graduation, and a mother's 85th birthday celebration.  As I moved throughout the crowd I found that conversations, while they often started with the obligatory: "What do you do" or "What kind of business are you in?"  The seasoned "networkers" shared a bit of their personal or family life to "seal the deal" in a sort of way. 


 Member Spotlight:

Sid Sclar

Sid is the Founder & CEO of, a residential and commercial security company that offers custom security solutions. He offers a one-stop shop for everything from locks, cameras, monitored security systems, and guard services. Sid has been in business on his own for three years, and he has a long, tenured 40-year track record in the security industry. As a former Wells Fargo Bank, N.A Regional Audit Manager, Sid was trained by bank security specialists. His expertise runs deep, and he is extremely passionate about the services he provides.

Not only is Sid in the business of providing security solutions, but he also is a community resource beyond the security industry, offering important advice and best practices in his non-sales blog and community bulletin board ( If you’re looking to update your home or business with the best security options, you should turn to Sid.

Not too long ago, a commercial client approached Sid to purchase a new security system. Sid’s team evaluated the client’s existing system and was able to reprogram it and offer advanced protection through the largest independent monitoring center in the country. In this way, Sid helped the client receive cutting-edge protection and monitoring services as well as cost savings since the client did not have to purchase a new system. 

Outside of work, Sid is an avid networker. He is a volunteer at a local nursing home. He was the first official male member of the Montgomery County Maryland Chapter of eWomen’s Network, and he is an ambassador for the Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce. He’s on the welcome committee for the Potomac Chamber of Commerce as well. Sid consults for Network Referral Group (NRG) and a Costco national vendor. Passionate about fundraising and giving back to his community, Sid leads professional fundraising efforts and has sponsored a local pee-wee baseball team. As a relatively new BizConnect member, he looks forward to meeting many of you at upcoming events and on social media!

One does not have to be Sid’s client to be his network partner.