I was recently invited to join Emissary, a free platform that lets you share advice, make introductions, and get compensated for your efforts.
If you’re not up on Emissary, don’t trip. Neither was I.
I was checking out the profile of my good friend, Ben Tannenbaum, the new Director, Startup Engagement and Acceleration at Mastercard, and noted that he had a Emissary profile.
Intrigued, I checked out Emissary.io and was like “I do this!”
This=being sought out for advice, giving advice and getting paid for my advice.
But I realized that Emissary was doing it big, and I wanted in.
So I sent an email, had a conversation with one of the founders, Mike Sands, and Voila! your’s truly is now an Emissary.
So what? you say?
What’s so effin’ good about Emissary?
Well for one, it’s really about the power of networks.
And you know I’m a proponent of networks.
Next, it formalized the process of giving advice.
If you’re like me, people are always asking you about this or that.
Sometimes you have the answers.
Sometimes you don’t.
But when you don’t, you know exactly where to go to get the information they’re looking for.
Third, Emissary helps you make dough.
Emissary was developed because they realized that there are folks out there looking for the knowledge you (and your network) possess.
As an Emissary, you can quickly connect them with the right people in your network, and earn money for doing so.
Emissary leverages the power of networks by giving its users a platform to do what they do best.
Give advice (or referrals) to folks in need.
To be fair, I’ve oversimplified the process of becoming an Emissary.
They’re still in Beta, so there’s a pretty serious vetting going on.
When I learned about it, I went to their site and sent an email.
A few email conversations and a telephone interview was set up.
After the phone interview, there was a Skype interview, where they probed to figure out what made me an expert and justified making me an Emissary.
Having dabbled in law, entertainment, technology, and mobile, I’ve created a network of specialists in many different fields, that adds value to Emissary.
The fact that I already offer advise (as a consultant) and through my blog, probably didn’t hurt.
I’ve given you a quick overview of Emissary, but a perusal of their site will give you all you need to know.
You can check out my profile here http://www.emissary.io/u/#/stephenchukumba.
Need advice on an upcoming project or issue you’re facing? Hit me up.
Think you’ve got what it takes to be an Emissary? Check ’em out.
And tell ’em Stephen Chukumba sent you!