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Hi I’m Tom Church. I’m 23 years old, I run my own business.
I love what I do.
But, it wasn’t always plain sailing
Not to long ago, I was lost…
It’s thanks to some inspirational people that I found my direction
I’d love to share my story with you. Show you how to harness the power in people
Let’s go back to the start. I was in my final year of university
Like most, I panicked about what to do in life…
“You can do anything,” they said. “The world is yours,” they said. That should be awesome.
Truth is, I found it overwhelming
I didn’t know where to start
All I knew was I wanted to work for a small company…where I could make a big impact.
So I did some thinking….and then I did a little more thinking…
I had an idea
Instead of going to meet companies one by one, which would take ages
I would convince them to come and meet me
Muhahahahah super villain I am not
I would create a networking event for London start-ups I could learn from them all at once
I set a date. London start-ups was born.
When the time came…Nobody turned up. I was gutted.
I must have been doing something wrong? So I changed tactics, switched to LinkedIn
I began researching start-ups that looked interesting.
If they passed the test…I’d invite them to meet over LinkedIn
It was amazing to see the difference between: making direct contact…and using LinkedIn
People found calls and emails too spammy It put them on the spot
On LinkedIn, people were much more willing to hear what I had to say.
They could check you out first, see if you’re legitimate
If we shared a connection it made all the difference… Oh, he knows Emily, I can trust him.
Anyway next time around ten people came
…each time after that it grew and grew
Suddenly, I was talking with loads of start-ups… Surrounded by all these inspiring people
It was great to take a peek into the world of all these industries
I managed to get a role at a more established company. I spent a fantastic few years gaining experience.
Once I’d honed my skills, I was ready to return to the world of start-ups
With such a big network, there was always a sense That an opportunity could come from anywhere
Through one of my events, I was introduced to a design studio in Milan called FullScream
Who were doing cool stuff like this…
I connected with FullScream’s Creative Director Ced on LinkedIn
FullScream wanted to expand their business to London I Convinced them I was up to the challenge and they gave me the job!
I was a one-man team running my own company I realised that all the contacts I’d made at all the groups were now potential clients My whole network was in one place
On top of that, LinkedIn meant I was constantly meeting new designers. Sharing work and setting a benchmark for what FullScream did
It was a great way to stay on top of my game
FullScream started to pick up interest. Small stuff but just what you need as a start-up
We won some work for a major broadcaster…
With this we could grow our team
We’re currently making a fashion video in Milan with some of the world’s top designers
We even got a full-page interview with a leading motion design magazine …through LinkedIn
It’s helped with almost every aspect of the business.
The meet-ups are still a huge part of my life. It’s been amazing to see that grow alongside the business.
We now get around 200 people at each event We’re one of London’s biggest start-up events and now I really belong there
I’ve seen first how meeting people can help with business
For me personally, its been one rollercoaster of a journey With the help of a fantastic network I managed to find a career I love
People were the secret to my success I found those people on LinkedIn
So can you