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So far Nick Bendel has created 261 blog entries.

Superb people skills, superb mindset

By |2022-05-19T10:59:15+10:00May 19th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

It was lucky Trevor Saunders arrived at the restaurant before me, because he pulled off a move I would never have been able to achieve. Trevor, the 238th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, was told he’d have to sit at the bar because there were no more tables available. [...]

Different personalities, different stories

By |2022-05-08T13:20:59+10:00May 6th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

Part of the reason I’m having lunch with 500 strangers in five years is so I can better understand human behaviour. Dan Bottrell does something similar for a living. Dan, the 235th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is a family lawyer. That means he regularly meets new people, who [...]

It’s funny how life turns out

By |2022-05-06T10:57:31+10:00May 5th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

When Peter Benson was in his early twenties, and working as a Gold Coast real estate agent, his life was changed forever by one random encounter. Peter, the 234th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, was at a pub with a few colleagues when they started talking about how much [...]

Making a strong first impression

By |2022-05-05T11:55:33+10:00May 4th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

Manit Oberoi, the 233rd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, has a wonderfully engaging personality. Manit put me at ease the moment I met her, with a friendly smile, a burst of energy and a series of genuinely curious questions. Even after all my lunches, I still haven’t mastered the [...]

Different words, different outcomes

By |2022-04-28T11:03:16+10:00April 27th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

“What would happen if you did do it?” Adam Rice, the 231st person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, often reframes people’s thoughts in his work with AJR Counselling, Coaching & Consulting. “What would happen if you did do it?” is a powerful question, because, sometimes, when we tell ourselves we [...]

Plot twist

By |2022-04-23T08:04:06+10:00April 22nd, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

Jane McNally, the 230th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, has always been a voracious reader, so it makes sense that she wanted to be a playwright when she was growing up. But there was a plot twist. Jane ended up studying history and politics at university, and then unexpectedly [...]

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