I’m not sure how I first found out about RYZE. Probably I was looking for new outlets in which to link to my Associated Content site. At any rate, I stumbled across RYZE Business Networks (www.ryze.com
) and it has opened up a whole new world to me in terms of meeting like-minded individuals in a variety of business and hobby-related areas.
It sounds like fabricated testimony, but I’d always hoped to find a forum of sorts were positive can-do thinking individuals could meet and exchange ideas. With RYZE I think I found what I was looking for.
RYZE is free for one thing. And as most people know, “free” is a good thing. RYZE offers its members a free web page where you can post a photo, your resume, interests and a list of RYZE forums that you belong to. Sub-menus on your page can link to a directory of RYZE forums you can join. Ryze helps people make connections and grow their networks. You can network to grow your business, build your career and life, find a job and make sales. Or just keep in touch with friends.
And speaking of RYZE networks, you’ll be amazed at how many there are. I have joined forums for groups involved with small business, investing, writing, travel, and more. Everything from Toastmasters to a Millionaire’s Club. You can even start your own group. More than 1,000 organizations host Networks on Ryze to help their members interact with each other and grow their organizations. And the best thing about RYZE is that it’s free. RYZE has a paid upgrade which is pretty cheap, but at this early stage I’ve found everything I need without paying for the upgrade.
Adrian Scott is the brainchild of RYZE. Previously he was a founding investor in Napster, co-founded a start-up called Applesoup/Flycode, and developed technology for companies like Charles Schwab and Bank of America. Scott used to hold networking events in his loft back in San Francisco but was looking for a way for more people to keep in touch outside of the events and as people moved around the world. Scott also wanted to make an easy way for people to remember their friends’ backgrounds. He also wanted to create a way for people to build their networks across geography. RYZE members are around the world, with more than 250,000 members in more than 200 countries. When you join, RYZE give you links to several people in your country or state to check out.
Scott’s philosophy is quite simple – he ultimately used his background and networking skills to create a venue where individuals can “rise up” through the power of networking.
But RYZE isn’t just about making friends, although that’s a big part of it. I’ve met quite a few AC members on RYZE and that always leads to an extra name on my friend’s list. It’s also led to some great writer’s resources, which in turn has led to other writing gigs. And as I’ve mentioned before, you can make business contacts as well, which I can attest have been very lucrative in some cases.
So check it out: log on to www.Ryze.com and create yourself a page a page and see where your networking efforts lead to! It will be time well spent!