My life in a minute: Bloggers, startups, and strange looking canapés, 31 August 2012


Eating: Breakfast with a dynamic table of wonderful people at the Business Chicks Breakfast in Melbourne last week. I don’t get out of bed at 4.30am for too many things (I had to drive into the city from the Yarra Valley that day)  but hearing Ita Buttrose speak is one of them. Ita certainly didn’t disappointment. However, even more exciting was being able to share the experience with some amazing Melbourne peeps including wonderful Sydney Writers’ Centre graduates Anna Spargo-Ryan, Robyn Box and Rose Wintergreen.


I hosted a Sydney Writers' Centre table of writers, bloggers, publishers and awesome writerly types.


Yours truly with the gorgeous @planningqueen blogger Nicole Avery


Belinda Weaver from Copywrite Matters and Jasmin Tragas from Problogger


Sandi Sieger (organiser of Melbourne Writers' Club), yours truly, and talented songwriter Rose Wintergreen


Visiting: Innovative Melbourne startup accelerator AngelCube, which operates out of the co-working space Inspire9 in Richmond. I chatted to AngelCube founder and fund manager Andrew Birt (thanks to Steve Sammartino for connecting us!). Stay tuned for an upcoming article on what Andrew is doing.

This week I also dropped into Sydney startup incubator Pollenizer to chat to Mick Liubinskas and his team about what we’re doing at

Hosting: The Sydney Business Awards Reception for finalists at the Town Hall. I love a good business awards event. I think there’s something truly energising about being in a room full of over 300 amazing entrepreneurs. The atmosphere is exciting and there are so many like-minded people in the same room. This is my third consecutive year hosting this event for the City of Sydney and it’s great fun.


I bumped into the lovely Suzi Danis, community director of the Australian Businesswomen's Network, finalists in the awards


Check out the unusual canapés. This was the "edible garden" although I wasn't quite game enough to try it


Reading: Then it was back on the plane to Melbourne where I opened Qantas mag to see Sydney Writers’ Centre mentioned in an article. Soon after, I opened marie claire and read about Sydney Writers’ Centre being a great place to do online writing courses. To top it all off, my new business was in this month’s PR Report.


From this month's Qantas magazine


marie claire September 2012


Yours truly, Katrina Allen and Michelle Palmer in The PR Report


Redecorating: In an attempt to improve my productivity here in the Yarra Valley, I’ve rearranged and redecorated my office here. Okay, I’ll confess. That’s just a fancy way of saying I’ve been to Kikki.K and Officeworks too many times.


Rocky exploring the new drawers


Rex has claimed my new reading chair as his own


Watching: Puberty Blues. I loved the book. I loved the original movie. And now I’m loving the television series on Channel 10. This is because I’m a “Shire girl” from way back. I remember when “Byron” came up to me after school to tell me that “David” wanted to “go around with” me. I said yes, but I must have lived in a parallel Shire universe to the one depicted in the show – because there were no panel vans or jars of Vaseline in sight.



Finally: Before anyone thinks I’ve moved south for good, I haven’t. I’ll be back in Sydney in a couple of weeks and am looking forward to the warmer weather!

About Valerie Khoo

Valerie Khoo is founder and national director of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country's leading centre for writing courses. She is a journalist, blogger and author. Her latest book is "Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business" (Wiley). Valerie is a keynote speaker, small business commentator, and investor and mentor to startups and businesses in Australia.
  • edenland

    LOVE this post, and all of your amazing news. Wow .. take my hat off to you, Valerie! xx

    • valeriekhoo

      You, my dear, are the amazing one :)

  • Rose Wintergreen

    Felt so lucky to be your guest at the Business Chicks Ita Buttrose breakfast! Ita was inspiring and entertaining, but so are you! Was fantastic to finally meet you in person. Looking forward to catching up again soon. Hope you’re using that pamper pack you were lucky enough to win in the raffle. With all that to-ing and fro-ing between Sydney and Melbourne and all the projects you have on, you need it!

    • valeriekhoo

      So great to have you there Rose!

  • Anna Spargo-Ryan

    It was such a treat to be on your table to see Ita, Valerie. Thank you for having me :)

    • valeriekhoo

      SO thrilled to catch up with you guys :)