I have discovered a unique and active online networking group called Ryze.com It had become my favorite source for encouragement and learning. There I have found the most generous, caring spirit you would ever hope to find. Not only are there groups that assist you with any number of specific subjects but there are wonderful opportunities to share your daily lives as well with people who really care about you.
Having been a networking participant for a number of years I know the benefits and the drawbacks of joining a Chamber or local civic group. Memberships can be expensive and unless you are in the " elite group" it may not be realistic to expect immediate results. It can take years of participation and commitment before you get significant recognition.
Networking is not easy, nor is it comfortable for some. Let's break the word down, Net - working. Get the picture? Net meaning online, or an object used to obtain; working, well I guess that doesn't need any explanation now does it.
What I am suggesting is that networking indeed is a job. You have to participate, get involved, be active, let others know you are there before you will begin to reap the rewards that involvement can offer. Once you have begun participating take a step out on faith and start a conversation. It can be a private conversation with one of the other members or an "open forum" subject depending on your preference.
After you have become comfortable with your participation and group(s) another idea you may want to consider is welcoming others. Do you realize that as you welcome others to groups you participate in that your group grows in numbers and you become known as well. The new members will look to you as an authority and will value what you have to say.
I would love to share more about this topic and extend an invitation to you to join me at Ryze.com for a networking experience like no other you have ever experienced. Look me up when you get there and I will be glad to adopt you as my little sister or little brother and show you around.
Isn't It Time Your Ryze Page Reflected YOU?