Sometimes, in our lives we find our true purpose, our true journey to something greater. Well, today’s guest has truly found his: He’s founded the totally awesome The Lions Barber Collective, and is here today to share with us the inspirational story behind it.

Tom Chapman is a leading barber, salon owner and founder of The Lions Barber Collective – an international collection of top barbers which have come together to help raise awareness for the prevention of suicide. Started in 2015 from a comment on a Facebook Group, it has developed into much more and now campaigns for the awareness of Mental Wellbeing. How amazing is this!

Tom’s story is proof that by finding something that genuinely connects with you, you can not only help the lives of  many other people, but also opens up the door to new and exciting opportunities. Tune in to hear how his genuine love for barbering and helping others is taking him on a true journey to greatness.

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Today’s Guest

Tom started his career with Toni & Guy 15 years ago, learning the discipline of structure, sectioning patterns, guides and scissor over comb. Now the owner of Tom Chapman Hair Design in Torquay, UK, he also educates on stage around the globe including Europe, USA and Brazil. In September 2015 Tom founded The Lions Barber Collective, which started as a group of international barbers raising awareness for suicide prevention. Tom has featured on BBC TV and Radio, Channel 4, FOX News (USA) and multiple appearances in national press. Tom has received a Points of Light award for his volunteer work from the UK Prime Minister Theresa May as well as reaching the 2017 Creative Head’s Most Wanted Finals.

Show notes:

Here’s some of what we cover in this interview

  • 4 min 13 sec: A heads up to Tom’s early career
  • 6 min 57 sec: Tom shares why and where his passion for barbering comes from
  • 10 min 25 sec: Why Time management, be nice and networking can be so effective for your career
  • 14 min 24 sec: We hear what is Tom’s signature style of work is
  • 15 min 51 sec: The timings and pricing for that a mens haircut appointment
  • 17 min  sec: Why you don’t need to have your business in a major large city
  • 19 min 31 sec: How Tom manages his educational and salon time
  • 20 min 24 sec: We learn on what The Lions Barbers Collective is all about
  • 25 min 47 sec: The idea behind a Lions Den meet up
  • 29 min 36 sec: The story behind Tom starting The Lions Barber Collective
  • 34 min 15 sec: How and what is involved to setting up a Lions Den support group in your area
  • 35 sec 34 sec: The financials to running The Lions Barber Collective
  • 37 min 11 sec: The barbers behind The Barbers Collective
  • 39 min 10 sec: Hear how you can be part of The Lions Barbers Collective at industry events
  • 42 min 00 sec: We get an exclusive to Tom’s next exciting project
  • 45 min 23 sec: Tom shares what his long-term vision is in the industry