Living the non-conformist lifestyle
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.
What I Do
Leisure & Lifestyle
Music & Hi-Fi
I’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.
I’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.
I would have to describe you as ‘Professional Mavericks’ – a very refreshing approach indeed.CEO - Top 10 Global Accountancy Practice
Credit where credit is due, we would be in a right old sticky mess of brown stuff, if you weren’t here. It has been great working with you.Innovation Manager, Web Developments
Excerpts from the Blog
Today Chris is: ...in Ho Chi Minh city on the MIST startup week. Met some truly wonderful people doing awesome things.
Today Chris is: ...in the mountains of Tam Dao, Vietnam, where its really cold and misty. The town is almost empty.
Today Chris is: ...in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sneakily taking photo's of the bride while the 'real' photographer isn't looking.
Today Chris is: ...in Halong Bay, Vietnam. An awesome trip, swimming, sailing, kayaking and generally taking in the awesome scenery. Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Today Chris is: ...in Ho Chi Minh City, formally Saigon. Taking a series of Polaroid photos for this trip.
My Morning Routine What is your morning routine? I wake up at 5:00am on most days during the week, 6am on the others.. I have a glass of water and at least two coffees. My partner refers to my morning routine as my ‘huffing and faffing’ time. I see it as an...
Today Chris is: ... in Bangkok, Thailand. Appreciating the wonderful hospitality of the Thai people and loving the fact that we can walk places. ( The sidewalks/pavements are almost non-existent in our home town of Phnom Penh.
Today Chris is: ...in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, sat on an empty beach.
Today Chris is: ...hiking in the Bohemian Switzerland national park in Czechia.
Today Chris is: ...being taken to lunch by a client. I'm not sure I'm going to leave.
Today Chris is: ...watching the snow come down in Doubice, Czechia.
Today Chris is: ...eating Sticky Toffee Pudding in Totnes, Devon.