We've all been to events that have a networking component. Some may view it as necessary evil and others can't wait to see who they will meet and what new relationships will develop.

I love meeting new people, but I find that I still have to take a deep breath before I enter a large room where I don't know a soul. The good news is that I've found that it's worth taking the plunge, because I have met some fascinating folks.

Recently, a friend on LinkedIn introduced me to someone he'd met at an event. We set up a meeting and by the time we finished, I'd secured a new contributor and he had connected me with three more people.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to PropertyCasualty360.com, and chairs the annual America's Claims Event (ACE), which focuses on providing claims professionals with cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. She covers auto, property & casualty, workers' compensation, fraud, risk and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events. Contact her at [email protected]