Chris WrayProfessional Maverick, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Minimalist
Originally these pages were just going to be an outlet for some of my creative work, and some place for me to voice my opinions on life the universe and everything. For the most part I’ve not changed the original content, but I’m increasingly being asked to describe what I do when I bump into new people. They will invariably want to know about one particular area of what I do, so the site has since expanded.
If I’m asked ‘what do you do ?’ in a work context, I could say, ‘I do lots of things’, but not everyone gets that answer. Understandably, people don’t always understand that I can do a lot of things, enjoy them all, and still earn a living from combining them. Rather than make people uncomfortable, I will generally say ‘I’m a consultant’, but it has become such a vague description, and not always an accurate one. So to clarify that, it depends who’s asked and in what situation.
Given that I seem to end up in all manner of business areas, I have picked up a few things over the years. Its quite heartbreaking to see other business go through the same growing pains as I’ve seen before and its troubling to see issues being repeated when I could simply spend a bit more of my time to help out. As a little personal project, my business partner and I asked a few small business owners if they’d like us to talk to them about reviewing their businesses activities, and offering a few words of advice on some of the more challenging areas they saw.
I’ve spent a big part of my life concentrating on the traditional career, doing the doing. Over the last few years, I’ve noticed that I’ve spent a lot more time exploring my creative side. For me this has mostly been photography, but more recently I’ve taken to writing. I still have much to learn, but I get a great deal of satisfaction out of it.
Coaching & Mentoring
Web Design & Support
What I Do
Leisure & Lifestyle
Music & Hi-FiI’m a teenager of the 80’s and my music taste hasn’t really shifted since then. I’m a lover of the retro hi-fi from that era and vinyl is my medium of choice.
I’m lucky enough to ‘live the dream’ as my daughter tells me. I have a lot of time for my own personal projects, and I just love to travel. My plan when I started this blog was at least four holidays a year. Now living in SE Asia its far more. I’ve seen quite a bit of the world through both leisure and business.
ReadingI’m an avid reader, mostly in the business, lifestyle and self-help sections, a lot of which is done on the kindle, but I can’t help browsing through the shelves of second-hand and charity shops.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m often asked, “What do you do ?” and given I do many things, people really do find my answer somewhat baffling. I’m passionate about many things, ranging from giving my clients value for money, and helping them solve their problems, to spending my time creatively writing and taking photographs. I like to get business ideas launched and see people and organisations succeed. I like good design, and wonderful service. I’m a believer in taking the old and turning it into new, and I’m really not good with material things, tending more toward the value in experiences. I like travel, and meeting interesting and engaging people.
I help some well known companies deliver on their strategy, generally through managing their business cases, programmes and projects. My specialities are Management and Technology. I have a knack for understanding problems, framing them in a way that’s easy to understand, and using the available resources to resolve them. I’ve really enjoyed working with my clients, and from what they say, the feeling was mutual.
Web Design and WordPress Support
I run two businesses helping clients build and support their websites. We help charities and social enterprises build simple focused websites. We help support those with WordPress websites and help them get the most out of the platform, so they can focus on their business. Take a look at Digital Rain for WordPress Development and SEO.
Coaching and Mentoring
I help businesses and individuals identify their strengths, understand their goals, and find the resources they need to fulfil their personal and business aspirations. I offer free introductory sessions, working with people from all walks of life, and get a real sense of gratification when people take on board the frameworks we discuss and use them to succeed. Take a look at my Business and One to One Coaching.
Excerpts from the Blog
Today Chris is: ...in the East End of London
This week I've been mainly... Reading the book Disrupted by Dan Lyons. Being of a fifty-something myself and having had my own year in startup hell. (Well I didn't even make the year until I was fired, nicely.) This book was wonderful read, made all the more poignant...
Today Chris is: ...in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Going back to pick up the paintings I left behind on the last trip.
Swimming with turtles on Gili Air As part of our recent travels we spent lots of time underwater. Either learning to dive, (we took our open water diving certification) or snorkeling off the many beaches. Whilst we did see more, and much bigger, turtles than the one...
Today Chris is: ...on Bali, Indonesia.
Today Chris is: ...on Gili Gede Island, off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia.
Today Chris is: ...on Gili Meno Island, Indonesia.
Today Chris is: ...on Rabbit Island, off the coast of Kep in Cambodia
Today Chris is: ...with Buddha staring out over Pakse in Laos.
Today Chris is: ...on the Bolaven Plateau in Laos with waterfalls and coffee plantations.
Today Chris is: ...watching the sunrise in Wat Phu, Laos.
Today Chris is: ...on one of the 4000 islands in Laos.
How to increase productivity with Noisli. Over the past few weeks I've noticed that I'm becoming more and more sensitive to noise. Obvious things like the chainsawing outside the apartment on Saturday you can understand, but I've also noticed that relatively quiet...
Today Chris is: ...watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Today Chris is: ...in Siem Reap, Cambodia
" The ignorant are arrogant and cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt "
Today Chris is: ...playing with elephants in Mondulkiri, Cambodia. An unforgettable experience. They are just the most gentle and awesome creatures.
Today Chris is: ...in Tbilisi, Georgia for the first time. Talking pizza and IT.
Today Chris is: ...at the Czech cottage. The closest place to being home, complete with barbecue.
This week I've mainly been...... Thinking about professionalism and respect. There's very little of it here in Cambodia. It's not a concept that has worked its way into the culture just yet. There are many reasons for this, education, language, and for the most part...