In the navy

By |2021-12-03T05:54:40+11:00December 2nd, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Peter Gough, the 204th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, has an unusual job.  Peter is in the Royal Australian Navy. That comes with a lot of variety. Right now, Peter is stationed in Sydney and performing a teaching role. So he basically has a 9-5 office job. But Peter [...]

How to succeed in a negotiation

By |2021-11-26T18:53:54+11:00November 26th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Catherine Heilemann, the 202nd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, helps business professionals negotiate salaries, raises and promotions. So you might think that Catherine, who runs a consultancy called The Salary Coach, simply teaches people when and how to ask for money. But as Catherine explained, there are some important [...]

Transforming herself, transforming others

By |2021-11-18T12:33:40+11:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Sobia Zafar and her two siblings were raised to believe they were destined for much bigger things than a regular 9-5 existence. Sobia, the 200th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, had her worldview shaped by a nomadic childhood in Pakistan. Her father was a senior civil servant who was [...]

Helping those who can’t help themselves

By |2021-11-12T19:20:10+11:00November 12th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Andrew Kew has had a busy 22 years – during that time, he and his wife have fostered more than 300 children. Andrew, the 199th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, felt drawn to fostering after he lost both his parents as a child and moved in with his grandparents. [...]

Living the Cohiving life

By |2021-11-12T14:59:05+11:00November 10th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Josephine Borovac, the 198th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, has one of the best business ideas I’ve heard in a long time. Even before the pandemic, Josie used to work from home. So did her sister, Carmel Lloyd. Working from home gave them the flexibility they needed to have [...]

Here today, gone tomorrow

By |2021-11-13T08:36:11+11:00November 9th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

If you like history, foreign affairs, politics and economics, you’ll envy Alida Ritsema. Alida, the 197th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is the deputy consul-general at the Dutch consulate-general in Sydney. So her job involves working on consular and economic topics with governments, trade bodies and companies.  Alida has [...]

The best gifts come badly wrapped

By |2021-11-07T10:40:01+11:00November 6th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Brett Connellan, a 22-year-old who dreamed of being a professional surfer, was catching a few waves one day in 2016 when his life changed forever. Suddenly, Brett, the 196th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, was knocked off his board by an almighty crash. He had no idea what had [...]

Trying to break the vicious cycle

By |2021-11-07T10:34:55+11:00November 5th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Dean Lloyd has a quote that perfectly captures his outlook on life: "When a flower doesn't bloom, you fix the environment which it grows in, not the flower." Dean, the 195th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is a criminal consultant who is working to break the generational cycle in [...]

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