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    MJFChat: Learning to love the social spotlight (for IT pros)

    Posted on by Mary Jo Foley in Career Skills

    We’ve started a new, twice-monthly interview show on Petri.com that will cover topics of interest to our tech-professional audience. We are calling this show “MJFChat.”

    In my role as Petri’s Community Magnate, I will be interviewing a variety of IT-savvy technology folks. Some of these will be Petri contributors; some will be tech-company employees; some will be IT pros. We will be tackling various subject areas in the form of 30-minute audio interviews. I will be asking the questions, the bulk of which we’re hoping will come from you, our Petri.com community of readers.

    We will ask for questions a week ahead of each chat. Readers can post their suggested questions in the designated “MJFChat” area in our Petri.com forums. Once the interviews are completed, we will post the audio and associated transcript in the forums for readers to digest at their leisure.

    Our next MJFChat, scheduled for Monday September 16, is between me and Harjit Dhaliwal, Senior SysAdmin and Tech Evangelist (and known by many as “Hoorge”). Dhaliwal is a Microsoft Most Valuable professional, a ConfigMgr admin and a social media pro. The general topic of our chat is how IT pros can learn to love the social spotlight. We want you to submit your best questions ahead of our chat here in the forums.

    Not everyone loves the limelight. But there are ways to fake it (until you may or may not ever make it). Dhaliwal is an expert in making connections and taking the social stage. (If you’ve ever seen him in action at a Microsoft Ignite conference, you’ll know what I mean.) He has lots of ideas about how IT pros can build their own brands through social channels — and have fun while doing it.

    If you have any topics or scenarios you’d like Dhaliwal to cover, make sure to chime in ahead of time.

    Also: If you know someone you’d like to see interviewed on the MJFChat show, including yourself, send me a note at [email protected] (Let me know why you think this person would be an awesome guest and what topics you’d like to see covered.) We’ll take things from there….

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