Holiday parties and luncheons provide a unique opportunity to meet new people because guests are usually a little more relaxed than at other business functions. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to, 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]

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