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Sep 25, 2012 4:16 pmDEB/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

Deborah DeGrande
Hello Paul and everyone!
I am a long time Ryzer and looking forward to connecting with everyone again!
I can't wait to get this place hopping again!

Deb :)

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Sep 26, 2012 12:51 pmSHERRY/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

Sherry Simoes
Hi everyone. I am excited to be a part of this group. I have been a member of Ryze for a very long time - since 2007. I have to admit I had almost given up but Paul's idea sparked a flame so here I am.

I am a marketing coach/web designer working with small and home based business owners to find the right marketing methods for their business.

I work from home on our 50 acre goat farm oat farmer! Yes, I am also a goat farmer!

I look forward to learning about each of you!

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Sep 26, 2012 4:28 pmre: Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

Charlie Brown

Charles “Charlie” Brown
Business Promoter, Sales & Marketing Expert

Profile: Charles acumen stems from prior affiliations with Fortune 500 Companies i.e. Fluor, Dun & Bradstreet and Sony. Since then as an Entrepreneur he has put together the plan, system, direction, implementation, infrastructure and methodology to advance the small to mid size company to the next level. Charles is a strategic marketing expert of both off and on-line business with a plethora of marketing resources to help business's achieve majority market share without being labor intensive, strengthening the backbone of companies in Corporate America. His loyal and dedicated service is a tribute to his beliefs that makes it a win-win situation for all. He believes in expeditious quality customer service, integrity and a make it happen now attitude. His expertise is successfully forming synergistic business alliances and solutions that add credence to an organizations bottom line. Charles overall has 20+ years proven track record of success, creating the building blocks needed for long term profitable relationships.

Contact Information: 817.539.0512 bizproco@hotmail.com

PS: As a member of "RP Business Network", I look forward to your posts and sharing with you what it takes to Facilitate The American Dream.

Continued success to all, your friend Charlie Brown.

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Sep 26, 2012 4:42 pmGILLY/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough#

Gillian Linge
Hi di hi all!

Crumbs, what do I say.

On and off line Marketer, retailer, and yes Sherry, another Farm owner LOL.

Only we have a small pretty fishing lake,

We are a family run business,in the 'Fen Lands'
East Anglia UK.

Husband Ian Mechanic
Son Ian Valeter
Daughter, Amy runs our snack bar
Me I run the shops (2) Lake and just about all the
daily duties.
Chief cook, bottle washer, wife, mum, grandma, accountant and always the one who gets the blame. :)

I love where I live, it is quiet and peaceful apart from the odd American fighter jet from the Local USAF air bases.
Most of our friends are American and we always miss those who go home. But staying in touch is wonderful.

Have a great day wherever you are.

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Sep 26, 2012 10:49 pmMike Fesler Intro:#

Mike Fesler BizHarmony

Awesome children Angela, Amber, Paul

We moved my Mother whom is 92 years young in with us.


1 Cocker Spaniel, (Molly),
1 Pug & Chihuahua Mix (a Chug), (Gracy),

1 Bird = Blue and Gold Macaw parrot (Jessie).


Anything Requiring family participation or attendance.

Activities and Interests:

Snow skiing, Solo Canoeing in the wilderness, Camping, Tennis, Fishing.

Burning Desire:

To assist decision makers of small to mid-sized companies, in determining the most appropriate course and direction of their operation.


Venture Capital / Private Equity / Sequential Business Strategies & Development


World wide Growth minded Clients, Strategic Partners for Clients, and Additional Funding Sources.

The key to my success:

Never saying never! And almost always keeping my priorities in sequence, God, Family, Country, Work.

Mike Fesler

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Sep 27, 2012 8:18 amGERY/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising.#

Gery DiMarco
Great to see many familiar faces and even happier to make new acquaintances. Many of you have known me for nearly a decade on RYZE and/or personally and some even longer from various forums around the internet. I've been on/off again here for the last few years but still do what I've done for decades. Though I wear many hats, my passion is to share and promote while teaching others how to earn income doing the same. The details are all on my profile page as I've updated my bio and will be reshaping the page soon.

Until last month when our 10 year old company merged into another decade old marketing company I had been associated with the same ownership group since the mid 1990's. I like stability but I'm not adverse to change when I see it's for the better and this was for both companies.

Not noted in the bio is that I still do some voice over work for special projects, and have begun writing short business related articles again with eyes on writing and producing industry tips in various media forms.

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Sep 30, 2012 4:51 pmMARILYN/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

Marilyn Jenett

[Charles, good idea to post a bio]

Marilyn Jenett is a renowned prosperity mentor with an international following. She is also an accomplished business woman and owner of a company, http://www.marilynjenettlocations.com that served the corporate arena for 20 years. Her achievements were the result of the prosperity principles she now teaches in her "Feel Free to Prosper Program," http://www.feelfreetoprosper.com, a simple yet powerful lesson and mentoring program based on mental and spiritual laws. The program traditionally creates results within two weeks!

Marilyn founded the Feel Free to Prosper program to mentor and teach others to become aligned with Universal laws and accept their right to prosper. Her students, from around the globe and from all walks of life, are enjoying remarkable success applying her lessons and participating in her private and group sessions, teleclasses and audio programs.

Her fascinating memoir, “Feel Free to Prosper: an Entrepreneurial Memoir of Synchronicity and Guidance," was written completely online, [right here on Ryze] has attracted over 38,000 views, hundreds of rave reviews, and literary agents and publishing offers based on her teachings.

The story reveals how Marilyn overcame adversity to create a renowned special event company. Her tiny one-woman company attracted major media attention and the world's largest corporate clients for two decades - without marketing, advertising, networking or calling - only through the use of her prosperity principles and the "Universe as her marketing department." The memoir can still be read free online. If you read it, she promises you will never look at your business - or life - in the same way again.

Both the memoir and "Feel Free to Prosper - Two Weeks to Unexpected Income with the Simplest Prosperity Laws Available," the book based on her teachings, will soon be published.

Marilyn's students all over the world are fulfilling her two-week promise with her simple, fast and affordable self-study audio program, http://www.feelfreetoprosper.com/prosperity-program.html.

Tel: 310-475-0211 (CA Pacific Time)
Skype: mjenett
Web contact: www.feelfreetoprosper.com/contact.html

Marilyn Jenett

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Oct 01, 2012 6:44 pmParag's reintro.#

Parag Pattani
Thanks Paul, thanks Deb, hello everybody!

Parag Pattani, Ryzer since 2004, ex network leader - Singapore Sling.

Reiki & Crystals Master by passion and profession.
Author of "Reiki Symbols - A Revelation"

Based at Singapore, I have a company called Parag's Reiki Hut. I travel worldwide in pursuit of my passion.

Cheers !


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Oct 02, 2012 12:05 amILKA//Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

Ilka Flood
Hi Paul,

First thanks again for the invite!:)

I joined Ryze in 2003 but left in 2010 when other social networks became more popular. I'm back now though!

I've been a network marketer working from home for the past 10+ years and after switching to a new company
building a business again together with my husband. I will be updating my profile to reflect this shortly.

In the meantime you can find me on...

My Blog: http://www.EnlightenedNetworker.com
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/ilkaflood
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ilkaflood
Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/ilkaflood

I am very much looking forward to connecting with old Ryzers as well as with new ones.

Cheers, and to your massive success!


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Oct 07, 2012 9:15 amC.S.//Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

C.S.Chandrasekkar (c.s.chandrasekkar@gmail.com)
C.S.Chandrasekkar @ Chanduroo from Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India.

Have been in Ryze since 2004. Had few friends over here, and had migrated to FB and other networks just like most of you.

Excited to be back on Ryze, looking forward to make more new friends right this time - my second round in Ryze.

Am a first generation Entrepreneur with interests in Innovation, Software , Technology,.... blah blah blah.

More in time to come, keep ryzing!

C.S.Chandrasekkar @ Chanduroo

FB: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1561771792
LI: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cschandrasekkar
TW: http://www.twitter.com/chanduroo

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Oct 14, 2012 4:18 pmre: Eileen Brown Introduction.#

Eileen Brown
Hiya Folks.

I've been on Ryze since 2002 - a very long time! As most of
you already know, I am a web developer with a very diverse
skill set - but of course, no advertising here SO...

* Enters party and looks around for the bar.
(first things first)
I have a very small evening bag over one shoulder. The bag
holds business cards and iphone. Don't need anything else
for a biz mixer.

I sidle over to the bar and order a pomegranate margarita
(that little umbrella is cute) and am now ready to
circulate. I eat a piece of fruit before sipping my drink.

You are the first person I meet. I stick out my hand to
shake yours; a nice firm handshake, no sweaty palm. We chat
and find we have much in common. We both belong to some of
the same social media places online and will connect later
or we connect now with our iphones. We plan to stay in
contact through social media forums online.

As the night wears on, I meet a gaggle of nice folks, hand
out a few business cards for the folks without online access
in their pockets. A great time is had by all.

I have three more margaritas and have to take a taxi home.

Tweet ME @ http://twitter.com/SuperEB FB @ http://www.facebook.com/eileenseshop
Web Development@ http://www.bekansas.com/ Copy@ http://www.buddycopywriting.com/
Web Graphics@ http://www.buddywebgraphics.com/ Minis@ http://buddyminisites.com/
SEO Help@ http://www.buddyseoservice.com/ Web Easy!@ http://www.webeasyhelp.com/

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Oct 15, 2012 1:10 amBOB brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

Robert Coaster
Hello everyone,

This is Robert Coaster,

I've been a Ryze member since 2003 and recognize some people here.

I am retired from the banking and insurance industry where I worked in customer service and as a computer networking and internet technician.

Currently I am a full time caregiver to two of my adult relatives.

In my spare time I promote marketing tools online through affiliate marketing.

Hope to meet you all soon.

Take care,

Ps- thanks Paul for the invite!

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Oct 15, 2012 9:15 amPATRICIA - brand new to this group or network? #

T.E.A.M. Mom!
Hi Everyone, great to some familiar faces here, been a long time. I am the founder of TeamMom, long time member of Ryze (since March '04) and involved in affiliate marketing and working from home. Much success to you all, Patricia

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Oct 15, 2012 6:57 pmJEANNIE/Brand new to this group or network?#

Jeannie Ferrara
Published works:

Publicity & Marketing for Mere Mortals Publish America.

The Fatherless American: The Growing Minority That is Changing America (2009) Publish America. {featured on radio, Stuart News, and SeaBreeze publications}


Contributing writer to 42 online & print publications, including (but not limited to):
SeaBreeze Publications
Massage Magazine

Trusted Source to:
The Scripps Editions of the Stuart News/Your News
The Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce e-Compass
The Palm Beach Post
WBPF News 25’s U-Local

Student member, Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA)

So happy and honored to receive this recommendaion, "“As a fairly new small business owner of a social media company, I understand the importance of getting the word out about advertising my business. I needed to ut... ilize every form of advertising, marketing and social media platforms to help build my brand. Recently, I had the opportunity to host an event to support some of the local downtown businesses in Martin County. I enlisted the help of Jeannie Ferrara from “Thy Word Public Relations”. She not only provided me with quality service to get the word out about my event and my company, but surpassed all expectations. I would recommend Jeanne in a heartbeat. She is consistent, dedicated and committed to helping you! Thanks so much Jeannie.”
Sue www.martincountysocialmediagroup.com

This project earned us the "Making Change" Award from the National Cash Mob group!!!

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Oct 22, 2012 9:40 pmre: Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

Denny Tryon

My name is Deny Tryon, just bailed out of the corporate world.

I have over 700,000 miles on Alaska Airlines accrued over that last couple of years if that tells you how much I used to travel.

Now, most of it was travel to Alaska and other parts of the Pacific NW so I have had the opportunity to see some awesomely beautiful country. Very thankful for that.

I now am transitioning to making a full time living online, and am learning the ropes. Staying home and loving it. :)

Thanks for including me in your group.



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Nov 01, 2012 4:52 pmELISABETH/re: Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. #

Elisabeth Kuhn
Hi Paul and everybody,

I've been with Ryze for several years now, and have my own network. But things had gotten VERY quiet around here.

So I was thrilled to see this new network where people actually interact and engage with each other. I'm very happy to be part of it.

I'm an internet marketing strategist, coach, and consultant, and I also provide a range of high level online marketing services, from helping my clients get found online and look like the experts they are, all the way to writing copy for their products, services, etc.

Before I went into internet marketing, I was a college professor teaching linguistics and writing. I'm also a poet with a real book available on Amazon (from a real publisher too). Though at the moment, I write more sales copy than poetry...

I look forward to meeting you all and exchanging ideas and know-how.


P.S.: Paul, I hope the above is not considered an "ad." It's just meant to be a little summary of what I'm all about and what I do these days, and the sort of know-how I might be able to contribute in this network (in posts...).

Elisabeth Kuhn, Ph.D. http://BOOST4Women-network.ryze.com Join Us :-)

FREE Report: Look Like The Expert You Really Are: http://LookLikeAnExpert.com
Gain visibility through Podcasting: http://checkoutthislink.com/podcasts

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Nov 27, 2012 7:32 pmre: Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

Donn Kizzee
Hi i/m Donn Kizzee I am a Houston native. Our venture Dreamstreet will through it's entertainment arm Dreamstreet Studious attempt to tackle homelessness in Houston first and then nationally bu hiring homeless men and women and paying them as actors. Have all the information let me no if you are interested in knowing more

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Dec 05, 2012 1:56 pmre: Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

Jeremiah Johnson
First time ryze user, still trying to check it out and get familiar with it. I am a professional motorcycle racer and also have my hands in a lot of other things that I'm passionate about as well. I'm in the process of reviving my family's land back into a sustainable farm in Hawaii. I also build electric vehicles, some of which I race. Building and installing alternative energy projects. And I also help people out with their health and fitness.
I got into networking and marketing to promote my activities and have helped a few close friends along the way. I look forward to learning and working with you all here.

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Dec 05, 2012 8:40 pmre: Welcome J / Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

April Haldy

April Haldy is the name, I empower people, help them to realize their inner abilities, I motivate, and I change lives for a living, & help people to DREAM again.

Helping people do all this, get healthy & wealthy makes me SMILE! I am a mother of 2 daughters, been married to my high school sweetheart for over 10 years and have owned some sort of business for the past 9 years. Lots of learning & growing and i love every minute of it! :)

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Dec 13, 2012 5:20 pmHi Everyone/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro/NO advertising. #

Sara Finkelstein

Hi rp networkers,
Look forward to meeting you in person when possible.
Paul and I met online then met in person before we got married 13 years ago.
We've both been busy growing our business' and meeting a lot of friends, clients, and more.
We like to use meetup.com and their APP on the iphone too.
I enjoy QVC And also the EBAY App as well. Just ask Paul.
I don't get on social media much, but I am learning a lot this past year since Paul got me up and running with the iphone 4s. I used to hate to txt. Now I can't live without txting. OMG!
We both love the movies, live theatre, traveling and meeting fun cool friends and future friends.
happy holidays everyone,

PS. Here's a little more about me here:

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Dec 16, 2012 2:27 pmre: Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

Hi everyone!
This is my introduction. Thanks Paul for inviting me.

Mateja Petje, LMFT practices as a Counselor in Cooper City and Boca Raton, FL. Mateja uses a variety of techniques and approaches tailored towards each client's specific needs. Mateja has more than 10 years of experience as a counselor in the mental health field and has worked with many prominent agencies in Miami-Dade and Broward County including Switchboard of Miami, Department of Children and Families, Memorial Health Care Systems, Jewish Community Services and Chrysalis Center. Although Mateja primary works now with couples and adults, she has extensive background in working with families and at-risk children and adolescents.

Mateja is a native of Slovenia and in addition to English she also speaks Slovenian and Croatian. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in English and Education. She has always been passionate about helping people and she taught English for several years with a great success to a variety of age groups. In addition, she worked for the Government of Slovenia as a translator for European Union.

After moving to the US in 1997 she settled in Miami. Shortly after that she was awarded a graduate assistant scholarship from University of Miami in Coral Gables and graduated with Honors in 2003 with her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. During her internship she worked with cancer patients utilizing holistic approaches, such as guided meditation, as well as a research assistant at University of Miami Department of Pediatrics. Mateja continues to grow professionally and her next goal is to obtain a certification as EMDR therapist to assist was veterans and has made contacts with VA hospital.

Mateja's unique blend of Eastern and Western practices sets her aside from other counselors in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and surrounding areas. Mateja has studied and practices several healing modalities including yoga, hypnosis/guided meditation, and Emotional Freedom Technique ("tapping technique") among others that has proven to be one of the most effective approaches in treating anxiety and PTSD. Mateja has had great success with clients who need more than just a traditional therapy. When treating depression, these techniques has been very effective in changing irrational thought patterns and replacing them with more positive self-talk.

Mateja has special interest in working with couples and women. She was able to assist many couples who did not have success with other therapists and were discouraged that therapy can help. Along with her great capacity for compassion and being genuine due to her own struggles in life, she uses "Imago" approach in working with couples. This approach is based on the work of Harville and Helen Hendricks. It is found on the premise that we attract a romantic partner who in one way or the other resembles the characteristics of our primary caregivers and in most cases we are not even aware of it.

For women she is focusing her work on regaining self-love and empower women to be their best self and to follow their dreams. She is conducting monthly women groups as well on topics such as healthy living, healthy relationships, spirituality and self-esteem. Over the years Mateja has put together extensive reading list that can be found on her website www.triglavlifecoaching.com. Being an avid reader, Mateja is also a published author and published her autobiography in 2010 titled "My Journey to Self-Discovery." It can be purchased by visiting ww.lulu.com or her website. She continues to write and contributes articles to her practice newsletter and online magazines and plans to write a second book on relationships.

Please feel free to check her website at www.triglavlifecoaching. Please call Mateja Petje, LMFT at (786) 547-6304 to schedule an appointment in Cooper City or Boca Raton, FL and to get more information about the counseling services offered. She is also offering coaching sessions via skype or phone. She provides a free initial 30 min coaching session over the phone.

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Dec 26, 2012 3:20 amre: re: Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough#

Miriam Slozberg
Hi there. My name is Miriam Slozberg and I actually did join Ryze a long time ago but had forgotten about my memberships until Paul reminded me of it. So here I am again.

I am a mom, writer, blogger, SEO and social media consultant, and owner of my online marketing company Gemini Rising Ltd. I also do astrology readings on the side but less often than I used to since I am focusing on my business a lot more. I have so many goals for 2013 that I want to see achieved, including selling my home and making plans to move out west :) Hope to get to know everyone soon! Thanks Paul for inviting me once again.


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Dec 26, 2012 3:51 amPaul/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough#


After 23 one time intros, realize I didn't leave one for me.

Just a simple one for ya.

I love to run, network online and offline, complete more marathons and half marathons, love photography and the business of photography, and like walks on the beach with my wife of 13 + years since we met online as well...

Check out MY profile and feel free to use it as a guide when developing your own profile.

best wishes,

PS If you leave your settings for privacy to LOW, others will be able to see your profile giving you some more PR.
Setting: http://www.ryze.com/preferencesprivacy.php

PSS Pls dont reply to peeps intros in this threaded topic.
If you want to reply to someone, I ask you PM them or start a new topic if you would like us all to reply as well...


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Jan 06, 2013 4:12 amre: Paul/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enoug#

Hannah du Plessis
Hi I am Hannah, Worpress Queen and copywriter. I make sure your website gets results.

I have been on Ryze quite a long time, and look forward to networking with everyone.

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Feb 08, 2013 8:07 pmre: Parag's reintro.#

Lisa Odaniel
I'm excited to explore your website as I'm currently a student of reiki. I've recently joined a wonderful company called Nikken and my goal is to combine magnetic therapy with reiki healing sessions, rather than traditional crystals.


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Mar 17, 2013 3:42 amre: DEB/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough#

Chas Wyatt
Re-introducing myself as paul suggested, to see where the message ends up, as I am having trouble navigating the group with my posts. Chas Wyatt, artist, entrepreneur, philosopher, creative type (Mark Twain meets Paul Gauguin and they forgo the Scotch for some Hibiscus Tea).

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Mar 17, 2013 2:23 pmre: re: DEB/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair en#

Mike Kaleikini
So, I get this invitation to join this network thing and I'm apprehensive. I get a ton of these every week. As it is I'm usually working on some kind of project and it usually scares people because if the project doesn't go, I do. This usually means no stability. Kinda funny the last couple of projects took that away from me.

That said, I recognized something about myself. As much as everyone was talking about "shiny penny" syndrome, i noticed that I stuck with things until something out of my control was no longer working or just wasn't right. So I move on. Why not a job? Why not stability?

I'm an Entrepreneur. I look to see where the best opportunity to create a lifestyle, not a job. This scares a lot of people. Go meet some of my friends they stick with projects until they either succeed or they have to leave because something is no longer working. Failing forward.

Many think that being safe is the best way to create a life and then complain about it the rest of their life. I don't blame, I'm accountable for my actions. It sucks when you fail, but it's great to know that you can move beyond that and do better the next round with better partners and wider open eyes.

My latest two projects are moving. Albeit Slower than I'd like due to time and income constraints, but, they are moving.

I get pitched a new deal every friggin week at least three times a week. If you have a company that needs funding for a tech venture (new tech, bio tech, green tech) I'm connected to an Angel Group. I'm NOT the decision maker. I'm the guy that can help you get your business plan and financials in place correctly. We have a network of specialists that can help get your pitch ready for the group and have the best chance of getting noticed and funded.

So, if you plan on asking me to "partner" with you, please be careful and don't pitch before getting to know me. It will only take longer for me to respond. (all Except Paul, he's my bud)

Here's to your success..fail forward fast.
Mikey K

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Mar 18, 2013 5:02 pmre: DEB/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough#

Elena Alexseeva
I am a co-founder and the CEO of PhotoHand.com - an online photo concierge service that edits your headshots, promo and product pictures, or personal (weddings, graduation maternity, boudoir, etc.) photos to the Madison Avenue level even if they've been shot by an amateur - all at Main Street prices starting with $3.50/photo for complete cosmetic retouching.

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Mar 19, 2013 3:41 pmGAYLE/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

Gayle Nowak
Hi all,

I have a confession to make.

Showing people the real me, it doesn’t come easy. Most of my life, I’ve felt like an oddball even around my own friends and family.

Ever feel that way?

Like you’re the odd kid from “one of these kids is doing his own thing” on Sesame Street?

So when I launched my copywriting business a few years ago, sharing the personal nuggets of my life in my emails, through my blog, on my website – that was a big HELL NO!

Then one day I sent an email about something personal. About how a friend talked me into doing The Tough Mountain Challenge – a filthy 5K up a 1,000-foot-vertical peak and entwined in obstacles with names like Tsunami, Suicide Sprint and Hole of Horror.

You know what happened? Everyone on my list replied to my email. They said things like:

“Go girl.”
“If you can raise two little girls close in age, you can climb one mountain.”
“You’ll be back in one piece, and stronger.”
“Your story is so contagious. I feel like running, climbing and jumping - YES! It's wonderful to get out of the comfort zone.”

Ah, the comfort zone; the one where I hide behind my professional mask, keeping my clients at arm’s length.

Until that day, my emails went mostly unanswered.

By letting people see even just a tiny slice of my life, of the real me, of the things that I call fun or challenging, I was able to spark a response. When I turned off professional Gayle and turned on real Gayle, that’s when people reached out to me. They told me how I inspired them and how they felt more connected to me.

My life, your life – everyone’s life – is steeped in story. It’s what ties us together. It’s the way we relate to each other. It’s how we learn to survive.

It’s what helps me survive, helps me navigate sticky situations and heal from emotional wounds.

Our stories set us apart and help us stand out, while at the same time bringing us together with the very people hungry for our message.

That’s why I’m closing the chapter on my copywriting business and beginning anew as The Story Stylist.

I want my girls to grow up in a strong, healthy and happy world . . . and the way I contribute to that vision for them is by helping you find, shape and share your AUTHENTIC story, your message of inspiration, so that you can reach more people, touch more lives, skyrocket your business and maybe even change the world.

I'm looking forward to meeting the Ryze cast of characters and getting to know your stories! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this network.

Happily ever after,
Gayle "The Story Stylist" Nowak

P.S. You can also find me at facebook.com/TheStoryStylist, @thestorystylist and www.TheStoryStylist.com

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Mar 20, 2013 12:13 am MIRDZA Hayden - intro#

Mirdza Hayden
I'm a Christian stay-at-home mom homeschooling my kids. I love helping people get fit and healthy for a lifetime, without any short-term diets, surgeries or diet pills since I was able to lose over 70 pounds and keep it off over the past 5-7 years. I am thankful to God for having led me to books and companies that have helped me get wonderful information, and, as I've applied it, have been able to make it a habit to stay on the healthy lifestyle path. I never want to go back to where I used to be since I not only was overweight, but had low self-esteem and battled migraines, stomach issues and allergies. I have learned not to "chase" others to try to convince them to live healthy; instead, I just help those who come to me and are ready to start living a new way.

My family website where you can learn more about what I do, as well as about my family, is at http://AbundantPeace.SimpleSite.com

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Mar 20, 2013 1:49 pmre: MIRDZA Hayden - intro#

Gayle Nowak
Welcome Mirdza. What a wonderful story of choosing to live a healthy lifestyle. You're right, you can't chase people to be healthy, they have to come to it on their own terms.

Love your website. Not only do you look terrific, you exude joy.


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Apr 05, 2013 3:36 pmre: DEB/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough#

Mathis Tate
Hi Everyone,

I am new to Ryze. I am a full time Electrical Engineer and a part-time web design & hosting business owner. I assist small business in growing their business with social marketing. I am excited to be apart of RP Networkers and how to gain more business knowledge and give some web expertice in return.


Mathis Tate

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Apr 11, 2013 4:42 pmKen/Brand new to this group or network. #

Ken Hilving
Those of you who don't know me from other networks over the years can find out more on my home page. :-)

What then is insanity
But sanity of the insane.
And sanity,
But insane insanity.

Me mad?
What then of you?

Or as Popeye put it "I yam what I yam and that's all that I yam!"

May you all be blessed in the five currencies of life.

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Apr 11, 2013 10:32 pmre: Ken/Brand new to this group or network. #

Gillian Linge
Hi Ken.

Nice to see you here.

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Apr 15, 2013 5:20 pmBrand new to this group or network. #

Monique Myers
Hello Everybody!

I am brand new to Ryze and to this group!
I am looking forward to getting to know you all better over time and see how we can help each other be more successful at what we do.

My motto is: "To Enhance the Lives of Those I Touch, By Helping People Reach Their Goals."

I am a Marketing Executive and help others reach their Wellness Goals, whether they are physical, environmental, personal or financial.


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Apr 30, 2013 9:14 pmre: DEB/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough#

Adam Schmidt
Hi everyone and Paul,

I've been many things career-wise over the past 3 decades, but I mainly call myself a builder of businesses, my own and others.

I started my first business at age 18 which went on to bring in millions of dollars. From that, many heard of my success and wanted to purchase info from me that would help them in their own business, so with that I started new businesses to help others.

I have lots of websites and keep adding more as I come up with ideas. My site that has my contact info with my Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Google Plus and more is www.adam-e-schmidt.com

Thanks for adding me to the group, Paul! By the way, Paul is a good friend due to our photography connection. Great people, he and Sara are.

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Apr 30, 2013 9:48 pmre: Paul/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enoug#

Diana Sosa
Hi everyone!!! So far I'm really enjoying this amazing site.

A little about myself, I'm currently in the Business Development end of the real estate industry. With over 19 of management experience I believe I've seen it all...well almost LOL.

I enjoy cycling, hiking, networking, charitable events and volunteering time to those in needed.

Would love to hear more about all our networkees:)


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Apr 30, 2013 10:29 pmre: re: Paul/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair e#

Brenda Burgans
I am new to Ryze in particular and networking in general. Just getting my feet wet. I enjoy photography. Especially close ups of flowers and leaves.
Thank you
Brenda Burgans

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May 10, 2013 7:48 amHi Guys.... Tony here from the UK.#

Tony Surry
Hey all,

I've been around this site since 2003 and thought everyone had disappeared:-) Great to see so many of you are still on this mortal coil and of course still marketing in this ever changing environment. Go with the flow is what I say. Enjoy your day and have a great week.

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Jun 26, 2013 3:48 pmRyanV/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

Ryan Vergara
Hey guys,

I am Ryan from Manila, Philippines. I have been in Ryze for more than 5 years now but I wasn't active up until I realized I should nurture my business social networks.

I am an Engineer by background but an Entrepreneur by heart. I am into technology - genetics/biotechnology and renewable/alternative energy, social media and blogging, and into Coaching (i love to share to everyone how to be a Type 5 person, what is Type 5? Let's just talk about it next time).

I notice not as much is happening here as with other social networks. I hope we can ramp up our interactions here and make this a truly engaging experience.

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Jun 26, 2013 6:37 pmre: RyanV/Brand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enou#

Brenda Burgans
Hi, Ryan.
I am a distributor for La Bella Baskets, an online gift shop. I live in the area of Sacramento, California, but grew up on the gulf coast of northern Florida.

Are you native to the Philippines? I enjoy learning about other cultures. Are there earthquakes there? Or volcanoes? California is known for earthquakes. The San Andreas Fault runs the length of California but there are no fault lines under Sacramento. I find that very comforting!

Anyway, it's nice to meet you and I wish you success.

Brenda Burgans

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Sep 02, 2013 4:17 pmBrand new to this group or network? Make a one time intro with NO advertising. Fair enough.#

Louis Centeno
Good Day Everyone!

My name is Louis and I've been in banking, sales, and retail for over 11 years. I'm also an entrepreneur,
working part time on my fortune. I love to network and would love to share my knowledge and business ideas with you.

I also believe in Karma."Paying it forward" is the game.

Although I'm new to Ryzer, I have an established presence on LinkedIn. I'm also on Twitter as well.

I'm open minded, but please keep in mind, time is valuable and it's something we can never recoup, so keep that
into consideration when sending me a private message.

I look forward in contributing and sharing as well.

Paul, thanks again.

"The difference between success and failure is action"


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