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So far Nick Bendel has created 184 blog entries.

A sharp thinker and a great communicator

By |2021-03-05T16:23:47+11:00March 4th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Paul Menzies QC is one of Australia's leading barristers, so I expected him to be imposing. But Paul, the 162nd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is softly-spoken. Paul says that can be a disadvantage in the courtroom, because, sometimes, judges can’t hear what he's saying.  Nevertheless, Paul has built [...]

Helping people sleep better at night

By |2021-03-02T13:57:09+11:00March 1st, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Imagine you were a young nurse and you had to go, on your own, into strangers’ homes to deliver inoculations and change bandages. You’d be nervous, wouldn’t you? Catharine Nixon, the 161st person I’ve met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, certainly was. But she’d grown so sick of the temporary assignments she’d [...]

In the company of greatness

By |2021-02-25T16:20:01+11:00February 25th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

It’s impossible not to be impressed by Max Marchione & Hannah Ahn, two young people who are destined to become superstars. Max (aged 20) and Hannah (18), the 159th and 160th people I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, are blessed with high levels of both IQ and EQ. Despite their age, [...]

Changing 1,000 lives

By |2021-02-20T11:25:27+11:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Fancy leaving the rat race? Karman Fung, the 157th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, did so in 2017, after becoming financially independent. She’s even published a book on the subject, Ignite Your Superpower – How To Quit 9-5. Karms had built a successful career as a corporate accountant – [...]

They were wrong – talking to strangers and eating chocolate is good for you

By |2021-02-16T08:02:12+11:00February 16th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

When I met Holland-born Jan van Poortvliet, I discovered his life was once changed by a chance encounter with a stranger. Jan, the 156th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, travelled to Sydney in 1999 for a holiday … and met a woman. Two months later, Jan flew back to [...]

Profit with purpose

By |2021-02-06T13:29:29+11:00February 5th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Laura Sacks wants to change the world, one gift hamper at a time. Laura, the 154th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, has a wonderful business, Considered Co., that combines gifting with social justice. Considered Co., which launched in 2020, sells gift hampers. All its suppliers are Australian small businesses [...]

Business, bicycles and Base Camp

By |2021-02-02T16:30:12+11:00February 1st, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Too much work, not enough travel would be one way to sum up Jason Smith's life. Jason, the 153rd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, has worked like a demon since leaving school at 15. He's sold encyclopedias, insurance, property and more. He's founded and exited two businesses – a [...]

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