Having just been to my regular fortnightly morning network event - Bucks Fizz, I feel inclined to share the additional benefits that belonging to a Networking Group brings.
I have been a member of Bucks Fizz for a few years now. This group is a freindly and lively group who help and support each other. This week we had a session from Ian from Computa Local who gave us an informed and independent view on Windows 7 - very useful. It is a breakfast meeting which starts at 7am and admitably I sometimes moan when I struggle out of bed on those morning but I do get my breakfast cooked and I get regular leads and business connections. However in addition I generally leave the meeting fuelled up and ready to hit my working day with increased energy and enthusiasm. So I not only squeeze in an extra 2 hours to the working day without really noticing, but I feel much more alive and effective on those days as well.
If you haven't tried it yet give it a go. Have you tried networking and had similar experiences or do you think that your time could be better spent??