Michael Griffiths – Web designer and Social Media Coach

Web design and development based in Royston, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Griffiths Web Design

My name is Michael Griffiths and I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself, so here goes.

07709 579517

michael@griffithswebdesign.com

Normally on an ‘about us’ page you’ll be presented with a load of boring, and probably pointless, information that you never wanted to know about a company. It’ll be a couple of paragraphs that will put even the most dedicated reader to sleep. The text that will be put forward is usually designed to shape your perception of a company. A perception that, very often, is not shared by the company’s audience.

When I sat down to write the content for this page I did exactly the same thing, I wrote a couple of snore inducing paragraphs about my company, its mission and where I see it being in the future. After writing it I took a few moments to read it back to myself and I was bored out of my mind. So I thought I’d take a different approach. I decided instead to bring the focus onto me as a person rather than the company itself. Hopefully what I am about to tell you about me will shed some light on me as an individual and give you a better sense of who I am and what makes me tick, at the very least you’ll be able to decide if you like me enough to want to work with me.

I’ll start by giving you a list of things that I love. Please bear in mind most of this has nothing to do with work but it is important to me as an individual.

So that was a random list of things that I love. It is by no means a definitive list. Hopefully it gives you a better sense of who and what I am. Next I will be talking about why I chose to get into web design, so if you are at all interested in my journey then keep reading.

Why web design?

Why do I do web design? Well there are several reasons for that, so here goes.

A fair few years ago my oldest son, Charlie, passed away in his sleep. It was a horrific experience that changed me forever. In light of this awful time in my life I felt like I needed to make some big changes. I needed a new life, but unfortunately we only get one so I had to change the one I have instead. At the time I was a carer for elderly people that suffer from various forms of dementia. I loved what I did but I needed to move on.

With that need for change driving me I spent what little money I had at the time on learning a new set of skills. I wanted to get into something that would give me challenges to overcome every step of the way, I must be a glutton for punishment. Because the technology world is in a constant state of rapid evolution I thought that it would be the perfect avenue for me to explore.

I spent a good long while learning the required skills and after much effort and a fair amount of swearing I was ready to show the world my skills. Initially I wanted to go and work for another company but before I could I needed to build up my portfolio. So I set about building my portfolio. Once I had a few sites that I could show off to the world it dawned on me that actually I rather like doing it by myself and the freedoms that brings with it. Sop with that I ditched off the idea of joining someone else’s corporate machine and continued to go it alone.

What about social media coaching?

I never set out to become a social media coach. It just sort of happened one day. Initially I did some social media management for my very first web design client. I didn’t really want to do it but at the time I needed the money. So I set about learning about how social media works and how people work. I put that knowledge to the test and found it to be, mostly, accurate. The company that I was doing it for quickly grew thanks to all the leads I was generating for them via social media. I started to actually quite enjoy it, which took me by surprise to say the least.

Fast forward 18 months (I think, or it could have been 2 years) and I get a phone call from the chap that ran the company saying that he was going to pay someone in house to do it for him. I said ok and left them to it. Within a few weeks all their leads dried up and the company nearly went under. I was contacted and asked what was happening, so I took a moment to review their social media channels. I found the problem, and there were many. I got in touch with their ‘expert’ (who was actually just a young relative of the owner, go figure) and I coached him through the basics of building a brand online. Within a few weeks of regular coaching calls they finally started getting leads again.

Because of the success that the company had online when I managed their social media channels lots of other companies started to approach me, asking me to manage their social media. I turned them all down, instead I offered to coach them so that they could learn how to be self-sufficient and succeed on their own.

So there you have it, a little about me.

So there’s some information about me and my journey. I could tell you about how I was the world’s worst behaved child, or that through my teenage years I was a bit of a wonderer and was always in trouble, but if I did what would we have left to talk about when we meet and start to get to know each other? Lol.

If there is anything in particular that you would like to know about me then visit my Facebook or Instagram, slide into those dm’s and fire away. I’m a fairly open book so I am absolutely happy to share with you about me, while you’re at it tell me about you. I am far more interested in finding out about you than I am in telling you about me.