Since I have cut back the amount of networking that I do, my attitude is starting to change. I'm starting to see that associations are always trying to capture your energy. Very few of them actually give you a return for your time and money.
MENGonline.com: 7 Rules for Effective Networking, 2011-Nov-22, by Peter Helmer
"It’s not net-sit or net-eat. It’s net-WORK."
-- Ivan Misner, Founder of BNI
Yes, networking is work. It requires systematically connecting with the right people in the right places with the right message and the right touch.