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: ...on the island of Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia.
Today Chris is: ...on his bike, cycling around Phnom Penh.
Today Chris is: ...in Kampot, Cambodia
Today Chris is: ...on the top of Bokor Mountain, Cambodia
Today Chris is: ...on Koh Mak Island, off the coast of Thailand. One of our favourite getaways.
Today Chris is: ...on the Phnom Penh Art Trail.
Building Digital Rain I've had this Digital Rain idea in my head for a couple of months. A social business allowing technology and online entrepreneurs to build their businesses. I feel there's so much missed opportunity out there for the sake of a website and a few...
Today Chris is: ...on Diamond Island, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
An open letter to my CEO. Entitlement, struggle, the right thing or the wrong thing to do ? A fascinating article I picked up when it was mentioned in the Fizzle.co podcast. The comments are as fascinating as the article. What is the real cause of a minimum wage job,...
Reading about Digital Nomads But this story rang so true, I couldn't help but go back and read it again. All 8,000 words of it. There were so many strong threads and commonalities about this post I'm contemplating writing my own version. Doing the Insanity Workout...
Life is a beach Last year I can't remember the number of times friends and acquaintances took the mickey over the number of holidays we took. My response is now fairly consistent. "They aren't holidays they are a lifestyle." Travel was always part of the plan for the...
Swimming I've been tagging along to the sports club and whilst I'm far from saying my swimming is anywhere near good, I have noticed an improvement on each trip that I've made to the pool. Practice makes perfect as they say, and my area of focus right now is the...
"Money isn't the point. A business should be about lifestyle, impact and meaning"
Buying new Mac's My poor Macbook Pro took a serious turn for the worst this week. The ailing screen went from partially broken, to completely unusable. I bought a new screen back in October last year, so thought a quick fix was all it needed and a replacement. Sadly...
“Those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it” – Roald Dahl
"Those who don't believe in magic, will never find it" - Roald Dahl
The weekly review Procrastinating One of my arch enemies and I hate myself for it most of the time. I'd just love to get rid of this habit. I even know how to solve the problem, I just can;t seem to actually follow instructions. I even created another blog...
Today Chris is: ...in Penang, Georgetown Malaysia. Taking photographs of other people's art.
This week has been the second week of my Technology StartUp course. I confess I'm really enjoying teaching this subject. This week we were covering Product Creation, and how to build an MVP, a minimum viable product. We even used a couple of early Apple products as...
One of the questions I'm asked most is; "what does a mentoring or coaching session consist of ?" This is shortly followed by "What exactly happens ?" then sometimes "What is your role, and what do you expect of me ?" I've put together a short description below...
Its OK to say no. "No thanks, that's not what I want to do." "No, that's not on my priority list." "No, I don't have time for that, and I have other people and projects that deserve my time instead." "No, I don't have to do that, even if you think I should." "No, you...