Today I Learnt a lesson; Networking can be good for business. However, idle gossip WILL be bad for business.
Networking leads to open communication channel’s, to flow of ideas and introductions that may lead to improved business opportunities if not now then possibly in the future. Idle gossip on the other hand WILL follow you around like a bad smell. You wont be trusted either as a supplier or as a buyer; result loss of business and loss of opportunity. Not what you want is my guess.
Plan ahead – what do you want to say? who too? when? what to you want to hear? from who?
Be ready to think quickly and act on opportunities as they arise, you can bet the competition will.