It is no secret I enjoy being part of my community, and I know I often take on too much and then find the need to cut back and focus on my business. I just wanted to explain that I do get so much out of what I do.
Someone once told me she had got nothing from a group we both belong. I was little taken aback as I knew she had indeed made some useful business contacts who had helped her with certain projects and products. What I think she meant was she didn't remember getting a direct sale at any meeting she had attended. She had attended regularly and when there didn't join in that much so that won't have helped either. Being a member of a business network is not just about the sales you make direct to the members or even to their friends. It is also about what you learn along the way.
I remember going through some marketing materials for someone from a group and then thinking , wow that is an hour I have just given away, wasted even. But then I realised that in going through this persons work marketing material I had also reviewed my own, spotted ideas I could develop and remembered all I had learnt over the years.
I coud add any number of stories to this blog post but going to leave it for another day, if you are a member of a business group, be a "good member" attend regularly and be ready to help someone else