Kochie on the “life-changing” trick he learned at Sunrise – and the love life trick he’ll never forget

A veteran of breakfast television, David Koch has worked with some of the best and brightest, from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

After learning so much at his job, Kochie looks back on the “life-changing” advice and tricks he adopted that are still common practice years later.

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“You can talk to every expert there is for a lot of segments,” Kochie tells 7Life of 20 years as a record-breaking co-host of Sunrise.

One particular tip that sticks in his mind came from Australian supermodel Jennifer Hawkins – and it was all about complimenting women.

“We talked about men and how they compliment women and how they look,” he says.

Jennifer Hawkins talks to Kochie at Sunrise. Credit: sunrise

“She said the problem with the guys was very simple. You say to your partner, “I like this dress.”

“Well, the dress is like this apparently‘ he says jokingly.

“You think you’re being polite, but your partner thinks, ‘Ah, he’s such a jerk,’ because that’s all you see.”

Rather than pointing out the obvious, Hawkins encouraged the moderator to look for more specific things to comment on positively.

“If you say, ‘I love the way your earrings match your purse,’ the love of your life will say, ‘Oh, they really notice,'” says Kochie.

“Or how your nail polish matches your handbag.

“Noticing the little things is the best thing for your relationship. And I tried that.”

Libby Koch and David Koch. Credit: Don Arnold/WireImage

Kochie put the advice to the test, initially showering his wife Libby with a specific compliment.

“The first time I did it, Libby just gave me a weird look and said, ‘Who were you talking to?'”

His advice was later extended to his wider family and it is something that sticks in his mind.

Monique Wright and David Koch interview Jennifer Hawkins. Credit: sunrise

The tip was officially inculcated in him after he interviewed “the nicest guy in the world you’ve ever met,” Hollywood actor Matt Damon.

“A few months later (tip from Jennifer Hawkins), I was interviewing Matt Damon, who was out here promoting the Bourne Identity movies that I love.

“We sat down for the interview and he said, ‘I love your boots,’ and I was like, ‘Let’s go!'”

Kochie teases that it was “love at first sight” after that compliment from Damon.

Michael shows Kochie and Nat the mango trick. Credit: sunrise

As for a trick, the host says he loves advice from chef Michael Weldon, who appeared on Sunrise, to make a mango salad.

Michael showed the “trick” of removing the mango flesh with a jar.

“We’re big mango eaters around here and I married a girl from Lismore – mango country – we eat tray after tray of mangoes,” the outgoing host elaborates.

“I hate cutting them up.

“That advice changed my life.”

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Dustin Huang

Dustin Huang is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dustin Huang joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: dustinhuang@24ssports.com.

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