Meet Lemarc Thomas..
Matchmaking Expert, Relationship Consultant, Speaker, Coach, Lemarc Thomas is the founder and CEO of Lemarc Thomas Matchmaking – Sweden’s one and only matchmaking, coaching and introductions agency. With a background in psychology and business, Lemarc’s mission is to create impact with love. The matchmaking agency works with well-accomplished, well-known, interesting and inspiring people internationally to help them build happy, healthy, secure relationships.
1. Can you explain to us how the idea for your business came to you and how the whole process kicked off?
Well truthfully, it’s not such an original idea, more of an evolved one… I had been a professional matchmaker in London for 5 years when I met my ‘Swedish prince’ at a sports event in Stockholm. We fell in love and within 24 hours I agreed to move to Sweden. Not speaking the language and feeling a bit unemployable, I decided to start my own business. It began as a relationship consultancy, coaching singles, couples and businesses. However, people wanted matchmaking and felt I had to go with the demand.
I was a bit reluctant start matchmaking again, but I realised that I could do it differently, I could do it my way. I reviewed lots of research and reflected on my personal and professional experiences and came up with a 4-step approach to meet love. We started to deliver 12-month matchmaking and coaching programmes using this model and achieved great success.
2. What were the biggest challenges you faced when bringing the idea to market?
The biggest challenge for me was doing this in a new country, where everything was foreign. In a business where my biggest asset is my network, not speaking Swedish was a huge challenge and it took a lot of energy to be social. But perhaps more frustrating was business administration, accounts and legal stuff… Thank goodness for Google translate. It’s probably a good thing not to be aware of all the challenges, otherwise we may not take the risk – but once you’re in, you just deal with everything that comes.
3. Where do you think good ideas come from and what inspires you?
Collective intelligence, courageous collaborations and REST.
When I go to a conference on psychology, matchmaking or change, for example, I come away full of ideas and inspiration. Ideas and inspiration come from people and I am lucky that I get to talk to inspiring people every day. I try not to hold on to ideas like a secret that someone might steel, instead I share and get input and let them evolve.
4. What are your company’s values and why are these things important to the business?
Our mission is to create impact with love. I want to create a business that is very human and at the core operates with the values of humanity – love, kindness, trust, compassion. I believe that having healthy relationships in life (not just romantic) is key to creating a better world. If we have secure loving relationships as children, we might create healthy relationships and communities as adults and we might even be kinder to our planet.
5. What is next for your brand?
We hope to continue our steady growth in Europe whilst maintaining our high client satisfaction and sharing our learnings. We work with a small percentage of rather exceptional people around the world. However, our learnings are huge, and we want to share more of this to help people build better relationships.
6. What one piece of advice would you have for someone just starting out on their business journey or currently going through a setback?
My colleague Mikaela reminded me recently that a good entrepreneur cannot be a perfectionist. You are never going to be fully ready, it’s never going to be perfect, but is it good enough? Good enough gets out there and becomes something – perfection might not even make it to the market. I often say to my coaching clients – let’s aim for 80%.
7. What resources and tools do you use to remain productive or up-to-date on industry trends etc?
Last night I was told that I should use Trello for this but instead I use… a word document. On Monday morning I read through and review my mission, vision and values, my long-term, medium-term and short-term goals and write down my intentions for the week – this is page 1. Then every day I go to page 2 and write down three most important projects I need to work on that day, then plan my day, in terms of meetings and calls making sure I have at least 40 minutes to concentrate fully on each of my three projects. And of course, I cross everything off in blue when I’m done. Page 3 onwards, I have all the projects that I am working on and the tasks associated with them. Please tell me if I am missing out on a good tool! To keep up to date I tend to listen to a lot of audiobooks, podcasts or news programmes at the gym or on-the-go. I also subscribe to relevant organisations that keep me updated on what’s going on.
More info on Lemarc Thomas…
Brand Name: Lemarc Thomas Matchmaking
Twitter handle: lemarcthomas
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