I have been Networking full time since 2008 and I have met SO many magnificent people. Relationships are a bonus of developing new contacts.
When you Network on the internet, you can ‘meet’ people but there is always a safe distance; when you Network face-to-face, you certainly put your best ‘face’ forward BUT these folks have an even greater chance to get to know the real you without barriers. That is a choice, of course, to let people IN, but the benefits are magnificent.
One of my favorite groups is No Excuses Networking and I call the people in this group my ‘tribe’ because we talk about REAL subjects each week during the luncheons, AND sometimes, many of us meet for 1:1 coffee chats, too.
I hope you are getting the most out of your Networking groups and I really hope you value the relationships you are creating.