Richard Maun, one of our recommended Norwich business coaches wrote in his blog last month about the benefits of helping other people (http://www.richardmaun.com/2010/01/the-value-of-helping/)
This was so true on Saturday.
I was at a networking event last week - Coffee at Caistor - a ladies networking group which I set up with my clients, Caistor Hall and Fountain Partnership - when one of my clients told me she was dreading the weekend as she was on her own manning a stand at a show all weekend.
I offered to come along and keep her company.
Now shows are quite fun but very tiring and it was hard getting out of bed on a Saturday morning - but it was brilliant going there, because lots of my clients were there, so I had a great day catching up with everybody, and I met a few people that I chat to on twitter.
That part was a bit scary because they knew what my husband and son were up to that morning before I did!
It felt great to be helping someone but it also helped me immensely as it gave me the chance to catch up with some people who I haven't seen for a while.
Richard is right when he said:
"when we help people we often get something unexpected in return.
So, if you have some specific knowledge, or a key skill, that could help someone; enjoy sharing it and enjoy the rewards this will bring. Happy helping!"