Thursday, February 22, 2007

Recommendations Ray van den Bel

General Recommendations

These online publications, written without my knowledge, give good insight into what I do, my ethics and my ambitions: Dawn Mular, Chris Williams, Yvonne LaRose TechZi Interview, MKB Nederland .

Specific Recommendations
Be informed that there are 5 recommendations about my online work on BitWine.

I have offered some help / and advice on LinkedIn Answerswhich resulted in the following:

Voted Best: Questions and Answers:

Expertise in:

  • Using LinkedIn (20 best answers)
  • Web Development (4 best answers)
  • Career Development (3 best answers)
  • Staffing and Recruiting (3 best answers)
  • Business Development (3 best answers)
  • Mentoring (2 best answers)
  • Professional Networking (2 best answers)
  • Corporate Governance (2 best answers)
  • Change Management (2 best answers)
  • Starting Up (2 best answers)
  • Commercial Real Estate (1 best answer)
  • Regulation and Compliance (1 best answer)
  • Education and Schools (1 best answer)
  • Job Search (1 best answer)
  • Professional Organizations (1 best answer)
  • Corporate Taxes (1 best answer)
  • Risk Management (1 best answer)
  • Charity and Non-Profit (1 best answer)
  • Compensation and Benefits (1 best answer)
  • Offshoring and Outsourcing (1 best answer)
  • Advertising (1 best answer)
  • Small Business (1 best answer)
  • Blogging (1 best answer)
  • Enterprise Software (1 best answer)
  • Computer Networking (1 best answer)
  • Telecommunications (1 best answer)

A few written recommendations on my profile, you can contact the specialists underneath

“Ray helped me in a private workshop how to expand my network and make the most of it with my business as a headhunter. He did a very good job and he is open to ask him any new questions related to this matter.” July 24, 2007

Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, On Time

M Rosier (
hired Ray as a Business Consultant in 2007

“Ray has been extremely helpful in broading my understanding of networking. The meaning deepens through protracted thought. I followed Ray's web links and benefited therefrom. He is generous in disseminating knowledge without expectation of benefit. He is a leader in that he is not afraid to express an unpopular opinion. In this regard, he is a valuable contributer to the LinkedIn dialog.” February 22, 2007

Howard Halpern MA CPRW, President & Counsellor, Affordable Counselling®
was with another company when working with Ray at Independent

“I have know Ray van den Bel since I became active on LinkedIn. Ray is perhaps one of the best opennetworkers I have met. He is incredibly knowledgeable and well versed in Web 2.0 technology and has always been a valuable and trusted person and friend who is willing to share his extensive expertise in a professional and constructive way. I highly regard Ray van den Bel and recommend him as an expert networking resource.” February 12, 2007

George Feist [Lion], President & CEO, Novus Management Services Corp.
worked with Ray at Independent

“yo recomiendo a Ray como Business Consultant” November 19, 2006

Susana Boettner, independent fine art professional, independent
was a consultant or contractor to Ray at Independent

“Ray is a very experienced Web 2.0 expert and tutor. He has written some very detailed and sccurate reviews of various products that can be used to enhance the Web 2.0 productivity of any company.” November 4, 2006

David Wilkinson -, Internet Professional, Profy Inc.
worked directly with Ray at Profy Inc.

“Ray really knows the value of networking. He looks for any opportunity to learn more about people, what they do, and how a mutual relationship can be developed to benefits both parties. Thanks Ray for your energy!!” June 22, 2006

Logan Maienschein[], College Relations Manager, Tyson Foods, Inc.
was with another company when working with Ray at Independent

“It is my pleasure to endorse Ray who is an experienced professional and leading networker. I have enjoyed his support and would recommend his services to all.” June 8, 2006

Arnnei Speiser, Co-Moderator, MyLinkedInPowerForum
was a consultant or contractor to Ray at Independent

“I had the honor of meeting Ray through the Open Networkers group he created. He is always miles ahead of everyone else when it comes to the next big thing. He had the vision to create open networkers, when everyone else was just starting to use linkedin. Now he is working on web 2.0, while the rest of us are still on 1.0. I highly recommend connecting with Ray to learn what is happening next.” June 7, 2006

chris williams, Web Developer, Enunciate
was with another company when working with Ray at Independent

“Ray has the unique strategic value as a business consultant not only knowing how to analyze many different company-expertises and processes, but he actively helps managing them towards Earned Value. He finds solutions, matches competences and helps to train communication skills in the modern networking society. I can highly recommend him as a result-driven professional.” June 7, 2006

Peter Luiks, Owner - Global Consultancy Manager / Interim Manager, Integrated Business Alignments
was Ray's client

“Ray is an open person to work with. Attentive and doing his job well, and I tell this as a client of his. He can get to the point after just asking a few questions.” June 28, 2006

Henk-Jan Habraken, Client Operations Manager, AO
was Ray's client

“I have worked with Ray van den Bel for an extensive period of time and learned to know him as an excellent, straightforward, hard-working professional. Ray has my deepest respect and I recommend him with pleasure.” November 15, 2005

Albert P. Beijlevelt, Partner Relationship Executive, Unisys
worked with Ray at BS Recruitment

“From the moment I met Ray, I was impressed by his genuine interest for people, his perseverance in pursuing my interests and his professional expertise. Add these qualities to his huge network, and you get one of the best job hunters in the business.” November 6, 2005

Peter Mol
was Ray's client

“>Ray van den Bel is the first recruiter who is really helping me in finding a suitable job.He just doesn't work only for his client(s)but gave me some interesting advice about my opportunities. >I already recommended him and his company to a partner of mine.” October 31, 2005

Hans Spijker
was Ray's client

“I know Ray as a pro-active person seeking and finding opportunities for his clients. He is a person with a positive attitude and thinks in sollutions rather than in problems. Ray thinks in sollutions without loosing sight of obstacles to be taken. Characteristics of Ray are: transparent, communicative, intelligent and more.” October 27, 2005

“In the past I have worked with Ray in different kind of businesses and opportunities. I have experienced him as a person who has values as integrity, respect and a person where you can rely on. He won't disappoint you!” October 26, 2005

Leo van Zijl
was with another company when working with Ray

“Ray helped me find a few hard-to-find M&A experts. Amazing that he can do this so professionally using IM with video for interviews and LinkedIN. Looking at him I can image how we all will work in a fully digitized world someday. He knows about everyone in the business.” October 26, 2005

Serge Villeneuve
was a consultant or contractor to Ray

“Ray is a very professional recruiter with a keen interest in the people he works for. He gives open and honest personal feedback that is sometimes confronting, but helpful and with best interests. He really thinks along with you and tries to find a good match for all parties.” October 7, 2005

Albert van Braam
was Ray's client

“Ray is a central hub on LinkedIN who helps people to matching jobs. He knows the business very well and I can highly recommend him as a professional.” October 7, 2005

Sebastian Todt (
was Ray's client

“I had the opportunity to get advice from Ray. He is forward looking, practical and brilliant.” June 6, 2006

Vivek Srinivasan, Management Trainee, Forges de Zeebrugge
was Ray's client

As online business consultant and coach web 2.0 and web 3.0
Second Life, LinkedIn, Xing, Blogs and Communities) I can help you reaching your strategic company or individual targets.

Web 2.0 is the buzz-word which attracts billions of dollars in new investments this year, but what is it, what can it do for you? The title ‘web 2.0’ has been created to state a new wave in internet technology. These are not simple websites like we used to know them, but are interactive sites where we can ‘communicate’ with ‘interesting specialists’ with whom we share same interests.

I believe that Self-consciousness and being Present (Tolle) is the first step towards true individual creativeness and being open to collective strategic thinking and Leadership. The internet is huge, so it was only a matter of time for people to get organized into groups and communities which are focused on precisely the same subjects of interest. These so-called same interest groups (SIGS) are at the forefront of web 2.0 development. In order to create an effective community / group people soon discovered that they needed to attract not just anyone, but only people who really fit the SIG Group' Profile. They discovered that being thoughtful and precise of stating their own profile was elementary and that is exactly what my course is all about; how to create and use communities which are focused, effective and truly reflect your or your companies networking style.

Thus my consultancy is not only about how to use websites, we can all learn that ourselves. It is about understanding your personal networking style and the networking style of the people you want to network with. In order to do that I have created my own networking model as a simple tool for effective interaction:

I help people to use web 2.0 tools such as LinkedIn, OpenBC, Yahoo groups, Myspace, Skype with video and Blogging websites to create an effective community in order to:

-be more effective in marketing and sales;

-help professionalize your customer interaction process;

-find / attract the people you really want (for recruitment sourcing purposes);

-help people with their communication skills in general;

-create an effective network;

-help people with reintegration and career-advise.

If you are interested to follow my (online) course, please contact me at:

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