Last night, The InSource Group hosted a client networking event. Over 65 people were in attendance, representing a cross section of clients from the DFW Metroplex, from small businesses to Fortune 1000 companies. It was very interesting to compare the tone and tenor of the conversations last night with a similar event that was held a year ago.
Twelve months ago the words that best characterized those conversations were “uncertainty,” “anxiety” and “commiseration.” This year the mood was decidedly more upbeat. From cautiously optimistic to sanguine, if last night was any indication, we are definitely in the midst of a recovery. While everyone queried acknowledged that we had a long way to go, for most attendees, hiring was up and expense constraints are gradually being lifted.
Clearly, everyone who attended had a great time, fueled in part, of course, by food and drink, but also and perhaps most importantly by a sense of optimism about 2010.