Virtual networking tips. Setting goals for who you want to meet, blocking time on your calendar for meetings and actively participating on networking apps can make it much easier to connect with other meeting attendees. (Photo: Adobe Stock)

To adapt a line from the old Madonna song, “We are living in a virtual world, and we have all become virtual people…”

In pre-COVID days, most of us would have had a full travel schedule and planned to attend multiple conferences and meetings this spring. Even with the introduction of several vaccines, travel plans are still on hold for many, and it is unlikely that business travel will reach the levels seen previously.

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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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