I'm pleased to announce I'll once again be co-hosting Microsoft Canada's Ignite Your Career series of Webcasts next month. This is an important project for me because it's not focused on selling technology or products; it's about bringing some education to IT managers, developers and other professionals in the industry. These Webcasts are primarily audio, with some slides to explain who's speaking. They run for an hour, usually around lunchtime, although this time we'll be providing some alternate times on a few of them for people in different time zones. You can register for everything at the Microsoft Ignite Your Career Web site. Just an FYI that I'm helping to line up guests for this series, so if you're a CIO who's interested in taking part, drop me a line (email@example.com). Hope to see many of you dialing in.Webcast 1 of 4: Industry Insights and TrendsThursday, September 10, 2009. 12PM-1PM EST(Time Option 1) Thursday, September 10, 2009. 3PM-4PM EST(Time Option 2) In this webcast, we are revisiting one of the most popular topics we've had on the ongoing Ignite Your Career webcast series to kick of this season. Industry Insights and Trends. The nature of Technology is one of continual change; a fact of life for professionals in the ICT Industry. As a result, you need to be on top of what is happening in the industry in order to position yourself and your organization to benefit from these trends. This panel discussion will arm you with the information you need from experts in the ICT industry in order to stay on top of your game.Webcast 2 of 4: Internal or External training – Know your optionsThursday, September 17, 2009. 12PM-1PM EST Maintaining your technical and personal skill sets are critical to being successful in the job you already have and anything you might be looking to progress into. Unfortunately, the option of external training might not be available to you at this point in time. How can you take advantage of internal resources like job shadowing, mentoring, internal courses, study groups as well as external training activities when available? How can you pitch setting up new training options to your team and managers? Looking externally – what about valuable online free offerings, professional associations and community events? This session will bring information together to equip you with the knowledge and resources required to get the ball rolling.Webcast 3 of 4: Selling yourself – Are you using ALL your resources?Thursday, September 24, 2009. 12PM-1PM EST Expressing the right level of details on your personal and professional accomplishments can come in very handy when talking with your manager as well as a couple of levels up within your company. What's your CV or Resume looking like these days? How's your offline and online personal brand maintenance coming along? Are you doing yourself justice when someone asks you in the hallway “what have you been up to lately?” Now take this to the next level – would you be prepared if the unexpected happened and you were now out in the wild looking for a new job? We'll be talking with industry experts who have successfully marketed themselves and helped others. We'll also cover the other side of the coin by talking with HR professionals and recruiting experts to find out how they evaluate and choose candidates.Webcast 4 of 4: Developing your Leadership qualitiesThursday, October 1, 2009. 12PM-1PM EST(Time Option 1) Thursday, October 1, 2009. 3PM-4PM EST(Time Option 2) Whether you are part of a team, in charge of one already or aspiring to become a leader – you need to know how to develop your leadership skills. For some people, being a leader comes intuitively, for others it is something that requires both self awareness and leading by example. This session will focus on what a panel of Managers/Leaders has done in order to further their development of leader qualities. Topics in this area are wide ranging and based on webcast participation will include such as goal setting, importance of goal alignment, motivation techniques, nurturing trust, developing listening skills and coaching team members.