Gasp am I included in that “people in suits” reference Caroline?? I hope not! Lol!
It sounds like you’ve had a bad experience though as for me my networking/business group buddies are friends as well as people I network with. They are my support and mentors in my business at times too. Certainly not superficial.
Totally get what you are saying though, as you do get people who go in trying to ‘sell to the room’ and only seem to be in it for themselves. Guess it’s horses for courses, like with everything you have to choose the marketing channels that suit you and your potential customers best. The important lesson for me is to test everything and analyse whats working and then stick to what brings you in the most business.