I am now a member of a local networking group for home party reps. Attended the first meeting earlier this week and I had so much fun! I wish I was more articulate and could better expound on the cultural differences between the nonprofit sector and the this group of ladies...but I'm not. However, I think constantly working on big "causes" does something to your sense of humor and self importance. I have to admit we can be just not that fun, and sometimes have a tendency to take ourselves WAY too seriously. Let's face it, a lot of folks drawn to this work are left of center. We take great care to be sensitive and not offend anyone. So much so, that a research report my organization put out that had cowboy clipart on it (we called it the "Research Roundup") was flagged as potentially offensive to some cultures (vegetarians?).
Oops, I'm digressing in a major way. Basically, this group of ladies was just FUN. There wasn't any weird posturing or pussyfooting around tender egos, or any of that stuff. I talked about my business and handed out my last few brochures. Was a little nervous how they might be received, but everyone in the group LOVED them and some of the ladies were upset that I ran out (Note to self: Bring lots of brochures everywhere you go...).