Tuesday, 13 December 2016

IT's BEEN A WHILE...

Its been an awful long time since i posted anything on here as I've had an awfully busy year but heres a blog i did after my trip to Chicago earlier this year for the awesome B Groomed Event...I will try to blog a lot more frequently from now on...

I’d be the first to admit it, its been a busy few years for myself and none more than the last 12 months!
I was asked to write this piece about how i manage so many projects, shop ownership and family life by the guys at #HAIRHOUR which is such an honour, firstly because of what they stand for and their credibility. Secondly i feel that they have helped me elevate my career with their support. Through #HAIRHOUR i have been lucky enough to meet some great members of our fantastic industry, network and share my own work too.
It has taken me longer than imagined to get the time to actually sit down and write something, all due to positive things, like they say it all comes along at once and it truly has recently. However i am finally sat here, alone, with time to kill in ORD Airport Chicago so here it goes.
I admit that i do have a lot to do and i have the attitude that if an opportunity arises then you should say “Yes!” as you never know what that may then lead to or who you will meet? However, saying that i have started to find myself in a situation where i do actually have to tell some people that i cannot find the time for whatever they are asking me to do. This is something i have had to learn in the last few months, although very unnatural to myself. This leads me on to one of the most important things that i have learnt on how to manage taking on the amount of work i do.
Time management. It is hands down, no lies the complete key to getting a lot done. It sounds simple, and it is really. We ALL have 168 hours a week, all of us. The biggest thing about those 168 hours is how you spend them. For example, if you do something for 30 minutes a day, by the end of that year you would have spent 182 hours doing it, which is a lot of time, especially when most people work a 40 hour week, just think what you can get done in that time.
My first move was to help myself with time management was to get myself an action day planner, you could use a diary, but they're no where near as effective. The day planner has all the space for your diary as well as goals for the week, to do list, calls and delegation. I will spend 15 minutes a day planning the next day or week and crossing off what has been done. Its a bit like the day before you go on holiday and do a to do list. That last day at work is always the most productive, because you have a plan! Once this was in place and i got into a routine i really  started to notice the difference. I was far more organised than id ever been and i knew where i was heading. I had direction, focus and goals to achieve. 
With this planner i could plan a lot more than one thing at a time. Photoshoots, Salon Sessions, Shows, Education, events etc. Previous to this i would focus on one project like a shoot and nothing else would get done until i had that shoot finished. To make the time to do this I like to get to my salon early, about an hour before opening so i can set everything up ready for the clients and stylist to walk through the door as well as spend that time with my planner, emails and social media. Plus leaving early means the trip takes less time. Its like going to the gym, i go every morning at 5:30am so that i can go because i know i’ll never go after work because…..im tired, finish too late etc. Because of this i go to bed earlier. I make sure i have a shower with my son when i get back from the gym and have time with the family when i get home. Sometimes i have to schedule in a call or some emails but we always spend Sunday together. It all comes down to time management. I am also lucky to have someone to manage the books for me know, which has again given me more time, along with the amazing support from my parents.
The next step for me was controlling social media etc. There was too much time wasted there! I don't have any help managing that side other than some of the salon staff answering clients requests through the messages. There is a lot to manage, Facebook - Personal, The Lions Barber Collective, Abel Apparel plus any groups like the Salon Sessions etc. Twitter - Personal, Tom Chapman Hair Design and The Lions Barber Collective. Instagram - Personal, The Lions Barber Collective. Plus a couple of other bits like snapchat, youtube etc.
Just imagine how much time that could take up! Some of these have to take priority and some of them are more relative for different content. The most important thing i have done with social media is i limit the time i look at it, by that i mean browse through. I tend to look for specific things and don't watch any videos, unless they are industry related. I tend to post and leave it to do the job, then check back later. Scheduling posts for the week on Pages is also a great way to make sure your page is active without you having to physically do it each day and end up getting sucked in to a video about a funny cat, then the next video, then what your neighbour did today, then what your friend had for dinner etc etc. 
However Social media is a fantastic way to network and be on top of our industry, we are connected by it, learn from it, teach through it and buy from it. The internet is an amazing thing, if used well, just like anything else. If it wasn't for the internet i would not be sat here in Chicago on my way back from a phenomenal week of brand new experiences, networking and new opportunities. Once again time was spent wisely where possible. I arrived wednesday and met everyone, Thursday and Friday we helped set up the show and drove around Chicago picking up final bits and pieces, as well as squeezing in two live radio shows. Saturday morning before the show we got up early to go to FOXNews studios and be on live TV, once again promoting the B-Groomed Expo. Throughout that day we worked the expo on stage and on the Lions Barber Collective stand, it was a great way of meeting some of the best in the USA and networking. Monday Lawrence Fo cut my hair and he took some pictures of me on the streets of Chicago, which we made into a video. We made connections with product companies and even be offered to go to Puerto Rico Mens Fashion week! This morning we got up early for Master Barber Magazine to come in and film us for an interview for their website. So overall we packed in an awful lot within that week in the USA and because of that it opens up more opportunities moving forward.
 I live in Brixham, in Devon. A small fishing town and own a salon in Torquay. Without the internet i would not expect me to be doing what i am today.
Once i had started with the planner and restricting time spent on the internet it freed up time and gave me more direction. I think the Key is to Value your time. Try and spend it on something productive. Just think is what I'm doing going to improve my life or am i just sitting watching endless boxsets every night? IM not saying don't watch a boxset, i do. Sometimes that time IS needed, time to relax and look after your wellbeing. You can look at the time you've got and improve the quality of it by simple things like listening to audio books on the commute to and from work can mean you could learn a lot while spending no extra hours! This gives me insight into management, customer service, motivation, hair industry, midfulness, fitness, literally anything I would like to learn about while taking up no extra time.
Another one of the biggest things is surrounding yourself with good people. We are a product of our environment and the people we spend that time with will effect our life. So surround yourself with kind, driven, generous, motivated, dedicated people and you will be influenced. How many times do we hear people say “they fell into the wrong crowd”. This also applies to how much time we spend with people, prioritise, for me family is so important. I am too lucky to have a supportive wife so that i can go away to be at things like this as we discuss our options and always try to look at the bigger picture, not necessarily the immediate gratification. Its good to look into the future and think what i am doing now may benefit me in the next year, 5 years or 10 years. To be honest i am just ask excited to go home as i was to fly to Chicago, in fact a little more because i know what I'm coming back to!



Sunday, 10 January 2016

2016

Hello to our fantastic followers, fashionistas, hair fanatics and everyone in-between!

The first week of 2016  in the salon is over already! What a fantastic start to the year already, plans for the upcoming hair event being held at Torquay's Venue nightclub on 1st May 2016 are well underway. As the organiser there is a lot to do but working with such a great team that i have put together assures me that its going to be a huge success! The event is going to be titled HAIR with the theme being the influence of hair through the decades. I have put together a huge team of stylists representing many different places, obviously we'll have the #TCXHD team, Kaboodles (Torquay) , La Lukas team from Sandymans Chop Shop (Exeter), South Devon College (Paignton) and No4 (plymouth) as well as Tim Black in charge of sound and light, Alex small heading up all the videography and media, Jane Molloy as stylist and stage director! Once its all done there will a huge after party in The Loft above the Venue! 
With the proceeds from this event going to local Charity THHN and The Lions Barber Collective its going to be a great night for a great cause!

The Lions Barber Collective and #BarberTalk  have had a great start to the year by being invited to many events such as The Great British Barber Bash and the Schorem event in Manchester as well as salon in London Excel, The Secret Garden Party and even having our own stand at Barber Connect at the celtic Manor in Newport.
Our Collaboration with the fantastic Fit For Vikings, Great British Barber Bash and Barber Connect is a huge honour and goes to show that the industries greatest is truly backing our cause!
As we move forward this year we will be launching our book and hopefully running many fund raising events to help us get our #BarberTalk™ training in place ready for 2017! Ken and Myself have been asked to go and talk at some of our local schools regarding mental health, depression and suicide so this is a huge honour as the kids are 100% of our future and it is so important we help educate them so they can eradicate the stigma around suicide and mental health.
We have many ideas and plans from a Lions Charity Ball to charity football matches and everything in between so keep your eyes peeled for us at hair events, festivals and fund raising opportunities.

Myself i have a few shoots planned with the ever great Rob Grist as we had a meeting just before new year to get some ideas in place. All of which are very exciting and hopefully next level stuff as we hope to enter many competitions and this time take the title!
There are also 6 more dates at Phab Wholesale where i will be education 3 different courses in mens hair, including an editorial day where you will create an image yourself to take away that you can then use to promote yourself and enter into competitions. Contact Phab Wholesale in exeter for more info.
I am also available to do in salon training and have a few dates set already this year so that calendar is starting to fill up! 

I think thats enough for today ;) so i'll leave it there. Please keep an eye out for HAIR Torquay as tickets will be available soon from all salons involved and Phab wholesale :)

Have a Fantastic Sunday!
#TCXHD



Sunday, 20 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Hello to our fantastic followers, fashionistas, hair fanatics and everyone in-between!

Well with "Panic Saturday" out the way we are well and truly on our way to Christmas!! We had a fantastic record breaking day in the salon yesterday and i am extremely proud and honoured to have such a wonderful team around me. Without them nothing is possible. There was some amazing work created and some extremely happy clients which is our mission!
We want to plus the experience and exceed expectations rather than simply satisfy them,  This is the salons Mission Statement which the team have now taken board and really starting to believe this which is great and only a good thing for our clientele and their own personal growth. They all seem really focused on their futures and ready for anything.
I cannot wait to see what comes from 2016!

Last night i also had a lovely night with the best photographer i know, Rob Grist we had a great meal with our better halves at The DevonDumpling, which was fantastic! We discussed plans for shoots for next year and have some amazing ideas in place, some real classic shots in some fabulous locations and some event grade ideas as well as one really big project to take place over the space of the year. Its gonna be fantastic! We do these shoots for ourselves which makes it so much fun because we have creative freedom and no pressure or restraints so i cannot wait to see where we are this time next year!
He also sent over some of the picture from our latest shoot and my mini collection #extempore. I'll put a couple of shots below. 

Tonight is the salons staff do so we are all going to the local Pierre's bistro on the seafront in Torquay, it'll be a quiet one for Tenneille and I as our beautiful boy Abel is coming on his first Staff do! Probably won't be too quiet for him as hell be passed from pillar to post, no doubt!

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas as the next time i blog it all be over, which seems crazy! Have a wonderful week, happy wrapping, opening, eating, drinking and be merry!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

#TCXHD





Sunday, 6 December 2015

It's been a while...

Hello to our fantastic followers, fashionistas, hair fanatics and everyone in-between!

Well its been a mad few weeks with many miles covered and a many a hair cut since i last typed a blog. Its a shame but I've have all been so busy I haven't had a chance to catch up until now.

I just checked the date of the last blog and  it was the 27th September. Since then i have competed in the finals of two national hair finals in London and Liverpool, been onstage demonstrating infront of 600 people, had our first live event as The Lions Barber Collective, done two photoshoots, been interviewed for Torquay United, Metro, BBC radio Devon, Newstalk Radio Ireland, Exeter University Radio, Featured on LadBible, and Huffington Post, travelling to Dublin for meetings with the CEO's of both Pieta House and PAPYRUS as well as meeting the amazing Jonny Benjamin (channel four documentary The Stranger On The Bridge) and had the birth of our beautiful baby boy Abel Elias August Chapman on 22nd October at 6:27am. Amongst other things...so as you can see we have been really busy.

If you want to support The Lions Barber Collective the shirt are also available HERE!!!

I thought id just get this down in a quick blog and leave all the links be low so if any one is interested at our progress with The Lions Barber Collective they can can catch up here.

Newstalk LIVE Radio Interview
Torquay United Video Interview 
METRO Video Interview
Huffington Post
The LAD Bible


There is also an OPEN CHALLENGE to anyone brave enough to take this on The #dontbealemonbealion challenge...Take a look at The Lions Barber Collective Facebook for more info on that and how to donate to PAPYRUS

 DON'T FORGET TO DONATE £2.00 .......txt Lions78 to 70070

Speak to you all soon!
#TCXHD





Sunday, 27 September 2015

DOUBLE FINALIST!

Hello to our fantastic followers, fashionistas, hair fanatics and everyone in-between!

WOW! What a week!

This week started off with a shave course with the legend Simon Shaw, which was a fantastic intimate course where we learnt the 13 stroke shave technique. Now its time to get practising!!

Then on Tuesday i found out i am through to the finals of WAHL British Barber of the Year, which will take place at Salon International, on the WAHL stage in front of a huge crowd. I have watched the WAHL team every time I've been to salon and  it is very often the best stand by far. I cannot believe that this year i will be on that stage along side some inspirational guys. To top it all off two of the Lions Barber Collective will be competing in the top 8 too! If any of us win i will soon happy. If you do win, not only do you get a huge trophy but you get to stay on and work the rest of the weekend on their stage! How amazing!

Then to top this week off i had a phone call from the amazing Alan Beak to tell me that i have reached the finals of The Great British Barber Bash Competition a too!! Then another call from "Big Daddy G" Garry Spencer to tell me but Alan beat him to it! 
This is truly amazing and what a year I've had, I cannot believe that in the next two weeks i will be competing in two HUGE finals, what an experience!

To top it all off i'll also get to meet my first child next month, i have to pinch myself, what a year! And thats not even mentioning The Lions, BarberTalk and all the exciting things to come next year!

A huge thank you to everyone involved!

#TCXHD

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Jamie Stevens is a Lion!

Hello to our fantastic followers, fashionistas, hair fanatics and everyone in-between!

Well this week has been just as crazy! I have had many conversations with The Lions Barber Collective and there's a LOT of ideas going around and very exciting ones at that! 
We got to end our Saturday by announcing the final Lion to the Pride, the amazing Jamie Stevens. Just to give you an idea about how huge this is for us, here's a list of awards that the man himself has won!


HJ’s Hall of Fame for Men’s Hairdressing- 2014
HJ’s Men’s British Hairdresser of the Year- Winner 2009, 2011 & 2014 
HJ’s Men’s British Hairdresser of the Year- Finalist 2010 & 2012
BHBA’s Men’s Grooming Salon of the Year- Nominee 2015
English Hair and Beauty Awards’ Men’s Stylist of the Year- Winner 2012 & 2013
Hair Magazine’s Best Men’s Hairdresser of the Year- Winner 2013 & 2015
Hair Magazine’s Best Men’s Hairdresser of the Year- Finalist 2014
AIPP Awards’ Best Men’s Collection- Finalist 2015
AIPP Awards’ Best Men’s Collection- Winner 2013
L’Oreal Colour Trophy Regional and Grand Final- Men’s Image Finalist 2013 & 2015


Now you can see why this is such a massive announcement, he's an amazing stylist and a top guy, and the perfect addition to this amazing bunch of barbers that we have put together. 
We are already starting to make a difference and we have been inundated with messages of support and interest, which has made us start working on phase two, which will be announced soon, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground.

I've also found out that i will have some more work published in the next couple of months, this still seems amazing to me, i can remember dreaming of having my work in print alongside some of the industry greats and its happening. Its totally unreal and i am truly honoured! 

Time for a busy Sunday doing important Lions business!

#TCXHD


Sunday, 13 September 2015

The Lions Barber Collective

Hello to our fantastic followers, fashionistas, hair fanatics and everyone in-between!

Wow! What a week!!

This week was the birth of what i think could go on to be something truly huge, The Lions Barber Collective!
This all stemmed from a simply comment on Facebook and has blown up far beyond what i originally thought it could be. Firstly the group of Barbers that have pulled together over the last week to gain contacts and get us much needed media coverage has blown me away. The love and passion these guys have got has made this massive. The release of the announcement on Global Suicide Awareness day was huge!
The whole purpose of The Lions Barber Collective is to raise awareness for the prevention of suicide. This is a hugely taboo sunject and often caused because people feel they have no where to go. We want to break down the barriers and give people a safe haven where they can freely talk to the people they trust, namely their hair stylist.
By getting together some of the biggest names in our wonderful industry we aim to raise a lot of money and awareness by creating a Look Book combining the biggest names work all in one book! Through this we will gain a lot of attention and excitement which will give us the platform to really help people and make a difference!
Now we have assembled such a great team we can really move forward. 
Whats next? Well, we have a lot of ideas in the pipeline as this idea grows and expands, the next few months are going to be huge for The Lions Barber Collective so we need everyone to help and spread the word. Invite your friends to the Facebook page here >>>>> THE LIONS BARBER COLLECTIVE PAGE!  so that we can grow this into something that can really make the difference! Lets see what the next 7 days bring.....

Heres just some of the coverage we have had already and i cannot thank everyone involved enough! 


So all can say is thank you and PLEASE spread the word guys!
#TCXHD