Despite the diversity in the group there was one common theme, here were people who were passionate about what they do. This made me think about how important it is to network. Not just to find other services I can use, nor so that I get contacts but also because it is a great opportunity to keep your passion alive. The encouragement of hearing from others who are progressing, learning from others who have had similar struggles and having an arena where you can talk about what you are passionate about is so important. It can be easy to lose sight of your passion but to talk about it with others fan’s the flame.
If you are new in business I would recommend a visit to your local Networking meeting, it is a worthwhile exercise. I also think if you are someone who is established in your business you should take time out to go. It is so easy get bogged down with the practicalities of business, meetings, getting orders, doing the work, the accounts etc. When you are busy it is easy to take your eye off the ball and to lose the passion for what you do.