Nick Bendel

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So far Nick Bendel has created 143 blog entries.

Helping mothers at their most vulnerable

By | September 14th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

Kylie Pussell and Danielle Hodgson, the 123rd and 124th people I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, work for an extraordinary organisation. Miracle Babies Foundation supports premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them. Kylie is mother to three surviving miracle babies. She co-founded Miracle Babies in [...]

Meet the bloke who doesn’t take no for an answer

By | September 11th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

Andrew Graham loves his job so much, it doesn’t feel like he’s working. Andrew, the 122nd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, holds a senior role with multinational property group Colliers International. His job is to put together and advise on commercial and residential property deals worth tens or even [...]

Bringing coconuts to the people

By | September 7th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

Scott Mendelsohn, the 121st person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, runs a beverage business that turns over millions of dollars per year. But when Scott founded Natural Raw C in 2012, he had no idea his business would grow to its current size. So what was the secret? Hard work. [...]

A fascinating chat with a remarkable person

By | September 7th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

When Mark Philpott invited me onto the Humaneity podcast to discuss my #500lunches journey, I thought it was going to be just another interview with just another interviewer. But as we were chatting before the interview, I discovered Mark is a remarkable person. Mark's journey includes being a senior executive with a multinational company, founding his [...]

How to build a successful career

By | August 31st, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

Years ago, when financial planning veteran Phillip Alexander started out in business, he spent his first couple of years metaphorically crying himself to sleep. Phil, the 120th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, had the same challenge faced by most entrepreneurs – building a network, establishing credibility and making sales. [...]

Working hard, meeting people, doing deals

By | August 28th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

When Paul Hughes left school at the age of 15, he had a plan – work at McDonald’s and take it easy. But Paul’s dad had a different plan – get an apprenticeship and work hard. The old man even found a job for Paul as an apprentice boilermaker / welder. So that was that. Paul, [...]

The LinkedIn post that changed my life

By | August 27th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

Isn’t it funny how one little thing can change the trajectory of your life? That happened to me on 3 April 2019. First, a quick backstory. Seven months earlier, I’d connected on LinkedIn with a woman named Kaley Chu. I’m not sure why we connected – we’d never met, we’d never interacted with each other and [...]

Meeting people, building relationships, telling stories

By | August 21st, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

It took a pandemic for Zannie Abbott to wind up exactly where she belonged. Zannie, the 118th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, spent more than two decades in PR and communications. But she specialised in events – so when coronavirus hit, her work disappeared. Fortunately, Zannie had already taken [...]

The recipe for business success

By | August 17th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

Wes Lambert, the 117th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is saving hospitality one venue at a time. Partly, Wes is helping the hospitality industry through his role as chief executive of the Restaurant & Catering Industry Association, which represents the interests of more than 47,000 restaurants, cafés and catering [...]

Meeting strangers and building a business

By | August 17th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

I had a great chat with Liz Hamlet, host of the How to Spark Success podcast. During the interview, we discussed: Why I'm having lunch with 500 strangers How I contact my lunch guests Why people reject my lunch invitations Liz also spoke to me about my day job, which is running Hunter & Scribe, a [...]