The Boston Networking Group I belong to called BNI Needham Breakfast has provided a group of friends that teach me, on a weekly basis, about current events relative to their expertise.
Fellow BNI members have introduced me to Centers of Influence in the fields that are the best sources of referrals for me. In addition, they have provided speaking opportunities that have opened up other avenues for sales and continual referrals. Like any relationship, you have to WORK, to be successful at networking. But the rewards come back to you many times over.