Building to a crescendo

By |2023-01-22T11:56:49+11:00January 21st, 2023|Categories: Lunches|

Francesca Arcuri, the 295th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, helps others crack the code about human behaviour. Francesca, who owns a consultancy called Crescendo Coaching, is a coach and trainer who guides people to become better leaders. On one level, we know that all of us are unique. Yet [...]

New ideas, ambitious goals

By |2023-01-16T10:17:39+11:00January 15th, 2023|Categories: Lunches|

Danielle Chiel, the 293rd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is convinced she’s going to live until well past 100. When you have that kind of long-term horizon, as well as the zest for life that Danielle possesses, you think differently to most people. You’re hungry to embrace new ideas, [...]

Two countries, four careers

By |2023-01-15T10:15:35+11:00January 13th, 2023|Categories: Lunches|

Stephen Kee knew it was time to leave crime-ridden South Africa, when, during a traffic jam, four men nonchalantly walked up to his car, smashed the windows, climbed inside, stole his valuables and then left. Stephen, the 292nd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, had built a successful life in [...]

Winning the mental battle

By |2023-01-08T09:42:43+11:00January 7th, 2023|Categories: Lunches|

For a few years, Dalia Joudeh immersed herself in work, seven days a week, as a way to distract herself from unwanted thoughts. Dalia, the 291st person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, had escaped a very controlling husband in another country, but had been unable to bring her young daughter [...]

Finding meaning

By |2023-01-01T13:49:52+11:00December 31st, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

Jess Matthews, the 290th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, made an interesting discovery while in detox. When you consciously abstain from something, Jess learnt, you immediately gain a much clearer insight into that thing, including why you needed it, how you used it and how it affected you. In [...]

A very good talker, a very good listener

By |2022-12-03T09:29:38+11:00December 2nd, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

Luke Hannan, the 289th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, comes alive when he appears on stage. Luke is a professional MC, as well as a roundtable moderator and public speaking coach, who hosts corporate events in front of hundreds of people. Part of why Luke loves his job so [...]

The power of mindset

By |2022-11-26T10:14:38+11:00November 25th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

Paul Rose recently endured a horrific medical saga that ended up having a surprisingly happy ending. Paul, the 288th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year. During the surgery, the assistant surgeon noticed a lump on Paul’s leg and advised him to get it [...]

A true leader

By |2022-11-17T15:51:27+11:00November 15th, 2022|Categories: Lunches|

Many of us talk wistfully about how the world would be a better place if only this or that was different – and then do nothing to bring about the change we seek. Yatha Jain, by contrast, is one of a small minority who actually takes action. Yatha, the 286th person I've met on my quest [...]

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