Category Archives: Guest Blogger

“Wouldn’t You Want Dave Talking About Your Blank?”

Think Social Media is a waste of time, especially for businesses?

Chris Burdge of bWest Interactive shares an entertaining YouTube video (“Blank”) in his March 1, 2012 blog post “Meet Dave…

The video illustrates advertising company’s trademarked phrase “When advocates talk, brands grow,” and shows how Social Media can empower consumers to become advocates – who take action.

How many lives do you think one person can touch in a week through Google+, Twitter, Facebook and WordPress?

If your clients are using Social Media to talk about your business- don’t you want to be part of the conversation?

Content provided by Guest Blogger:
Chris Burdge of bWest,
Social Media Instructor,
Sector Learning Solutions

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
Social Media Courses @
Sector Learning Solutions

New SharePoint Blog

Sector Learning Solutions’ Collaboration Systems Business Analyst, Chris Stone, is now a blogger!

Join him at – A SharePoint Blog for Power Users, mostly…  to review innovative solutions to SharePoint customization requests he encounters as he works on projects for our clients.

Check our blog every month to see which one of his blog posts we’ve featured or subscribe to his RSS feed.

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
SharePoint Solutions @
Sector Learning Solutions

12 Steps to a Life of Extraordinary Collaboration

Ben Ziegler, a mediator, collaboration consultant and owner of Collaborative Journeys shares an excerpt with us from his blog post “12 Steps to a Life of Extraordinary Collaboration,” posted on March 21, 2012:

“There is no shortage of big problems facing us today; in our communities, cities, globally! These problems are complex. There are many parts to the problem, and how all the parts connect together can be a mystery. What the solution is, another mystery.

What to do?

Collaborate. (You knew I’d say that, right?) And, the bigger the problem, the bigger the collaboration effort needed. It takes a system to change a system. Forget the KISS principle.

And, as the scale of collaboration ramps up, we need to involve people with collaboration skills that match the context. Massive collaboration calls for people with massive collaboration skills; extraordinary skills that go way beyond the ordinary.

I got to thinking about extraordinary collaboration, on reading Jane McGonigal’s book, Reality is Broken, in which she explores the positive potential of games and virtual collaboration. I tip my hat to my creative conflict resolution colleague, Stephanie West Allen (@idealawg on Twitter, blogs at Brains on Purpose), for pointing me to Jane’s work.

12 Steps

What are the personal skills associated with extraordinary collaboration? How about these:

  1. Believe in collaboration; in creating something new, that would be impossible to create alone. Collaboration is a “generative act”.
  2. Learn collaboration; think and act collaboratively. (Collaborative Maxims can be your guide)
  3. Get social, in a networked environment; we are all connected, “be an extrovert in the virtual world”, it’s a godsend of opportunity. It doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert in face-to-face settings.
  4. Make connections, of all sorts; making connections is at the heart of bridging differences, creating the new, innovation…
  5. Develop your internal “collaboration radar”; ask yourself – who will make “the best collaborators on this particular task or mission”?”

Click here to read the seven other steps…

-Guest Blogger: Ben Ziegler,
Mediator and Collaboration Consultant,
Collaborative Journeys

Social Media Camp 2012 – Discount Code

The third annual Social Media Camp will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre, on June 8 – 9, 2012.

Use code “Sector10” to receive 10% off the Social Media Camp ticket.
(Does not apply to the All Access Pass or awards dinner)

Now in its third year, Social Media Camp has grown to be Canada’s largest learning forum of its kind, bringing together the brightest social media minds in North America for two days of social media exploration, sharing and teaching, with ample time built in for networking.

The agenda will include workshops, panels, key note speakers, roundtables, social showcase, a knowledge cafe, trade show, and the West Coast Social Media Awards.

Keynote speakers include New York Times Bestselling author Chris Brogan and former rock and roll VJ turned blogger, Erica Ehm, will host the awards celebration.

Sessions include clearly defined streams for both beginners and advanced users.

For more information and to register, visit

Use code “Sector10” to receive 10% off the Social Media Camp ticket.
(Does not apply to the All Access Pass or awards dinner)

Guest Blogger:
Chris Burdge,
Instructor & Social Media Consultant,
for Sector Learning Solutions & bWest Interactive

Where in the World Was Kelly Marshall : Postcard Edition

While I was away on my Central America travels, I sent four postcards, one from every country I visited – Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

The first postcard was sent the day I arrived in La Antigua Guatemala (January 26th, 2012) from the official “oficina de correos.” Amazingly, it has yet to materialize.

The second was sent from Honduras, from the island of Roatan. Similarly, it appears to be MIA.

The third, sent from Ometepe, Nicaragua, an island formed by two volcanoes rising from the middle of a freshwater lake arrived a week ago.

The fourth and final postcard, sent days before I hopped on a plane back to Canada (February 23rd, 2012) arrived first (two weeks ago).

Despite my original intentions of keeping you and the Sector Team cognizant of my whereabouts while I was away, it appears most of Central America’s postal system stands true to its nom de plume: snail mail.

-Kelly Marshall,
Sales and Marketing Coordinator,
Sector Learning Solutions

Where in the World Was Kelly Marshall? : BC to Guatemala

In our January 13th, 2012 blog post: “Kelly Takes the Long Way to San Jose,” Sales and Marketing Coordinator Kelly Marshall outlined the month-long adventure she would be taking through the heart of Central America from January 23 to February 23, 2012.

We are excited to share the details with you here in an ongoing series of blog posts titled “Where in the World Was Kelly Marshall?”

Where in the World Was Kelly Marshall?
Part 1: British Columbia to Guatemala

Photo taken from American Airlines Plane preparing to land in Dallas, Texas, USA – for a 3 hour layover as we await our flight to Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The view from our hostel (The Terrace Hostel) in La Antigua, a city in the central highlands of Guatemala – you can see Volcán de Agua, a 3,766 meters volcano.

The “suicide shower” in our hostel – Central America is infamous for its lack of hot water. The local solution is to install a devise to heat the water inside the shower head that is connected directly to the main electrical line.

La Merced, a church with an ornate barroque facade
still actively used by the locals.

Pets, particularily dogs are abundant in Central America.

Feliz Navidad! A nativity scene in the square of a the local market.

A “flame tree” with vibrant purple blossoms stands tall next to the crumbling ruins of a herritage building.

Local busker near the market.

Grass growing on the roof coupled with the contrast of azure sky and orange building caught my attention.

Arch connecting two parts of an old Convent.

One of the many building made of scrap metal and brick on the drive through Guatemala City on our way to the Honduran border.

-Kelly Marshall,
Sales and Marketing Coordinator,
Sector Learning Solutions

The Start of Something Good: New Social Media Workshops

2012 started with a bang in terms of updates and changes to some of the most popular social platforms including Twitter, Facebook and Google+.  It seems like Facebook changes its interface every time you turn around – did you know Facebook pages will soon be adopting the “timeline” format. And just when you think you’ve got that figured out, along comes Google with a whole new social platform to learn.

Or perhaps you’re new to social media and haven’t been affected by the changes because it’s all new to you. But you’re hearing from everyone that you should be on Twitter or have a Facebook page. What they don’t tell you is what comes next or why you should be there.

Well you need not worry because Sector Learning and Chris Burdge have partnered to create a series of informative, hands-on workshops to help you navigate the social media waters and effectively leverage it to grow your business.  You’ll learn some potential social media strategies, how to track and measure success, as well as which tools work and how. These workshops lead with strategy, these are not “twitter is cool” presentations. Businesses want and need to know how to make social media work for their bottom line, otherwise what’s the point.

Click here to find out more and to register – seating is limited.

Chris Burdge
Social Media Expert
bWest and Sector Learning Solutions