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So far Nick Bendel has created 271 blog entries.

The business finance superhero

By |2022-08-08T09:27:49+10:00August 5th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

To his friends, he's Matthew Erwin. But to his clients, he's The Cashman. Matt, the 258th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is the owner of Cashman Consulting, a finance broking business that finds working capital and asset finance funding solutions for other businesses. Back in 1998, during Matt’s corporate [...]

Seeing the big picture

By |2022-08-03T16:14:29+10:00August 3rd, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

Stephen Brookes, the 257th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is a wonderful photographer who has turned himself into an excellent businessperson. Many service providers relish the job part of their business (e.g. photo shoots if you’re a photographer) but dread the business part of their business (the sales and [...]

How to network

By |2022-08-02T07:58:30+10:00July 30th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

I was introduced to Victor David by a mutual friend, who sent an email with the subject line “Linking two born networkers”. Victor, the 256th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, turned out to be a very good networker and excellent company. Victor grew up in Holland, before moving to [...]

Sharing her business and leadership experience

By |2022-07-28T10:31:01+10:00July 27th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

When the pandemic hit a couple of years ago, Muriel Altink, the 255th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, was unsure what to do. Not because her career was damaged. But because she’d recently started exiting from a business she’d built and run for 17 years – and now that [...]

Challenging the status quo

By |2022-07-25T07:54:26+10:00July 24th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

One way to appreciate the incredible fLorence Cotel, the 254th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is to look at the distinctive way she spells her first name. fLorence adopted this spelling after completing her first iron man event (a race that involves a 3.9km swim, 180km cycle and 42km [...]

Hard work is the key to success

By |2022-07-21T09:48:22+10:00July 20th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

When Sanders Muleya was just 17, and living in a poor farming community in Zimbabwe, he did something that was so audacious and visionary, even a person twice his age would have struggled to conceive of the idea. Sanders, the 253rd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, decided to build [...]

Becoming a much bigger version of himself

By |2022-07-19T11:37:28+10:00July 15th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

When Anthony Butler was in his thirties, he started to wonder – is that all there is? Anthony, the 252nd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, had built a good career in technology sales and was quite happy. But he also had some nagging doubts. Do I really want to [...]

Free thinking

By |2022-07-14T09:07:13+10:00July 6th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

I knew Kitt Morjanova, the 249th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, was going to be unlike anyone else from the way she responded to my invitation. "I love it! What a brilliant adventure. Yes. With two requests," she said. Complete a set of leadership profile questions before our meeting [...]

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