My life in a minute: On the cover of “Working Women” magazine; and the secret to saving relationships


Shocked by: the news my book Power Stories debuted at number 2 in its category!
I’m still pinching myself. My book Power Stories officially hit stores this week. And yesterday I got news that it debuted at number 2 in its category (Richard Branson was number 1)! I actually can’t quite believe it – thank you so much for all your support!


Rambo helping me sign more copes for those who pre-ordered the book


Freaking out at: Looking at myself
This magazine came in the post yesterday and when I opened the wrapping I came face-to-face with … myself! It was bizarre. Working Women magazine is published by Women’s Network Australia.

You can read the story here.

Watching: Opera Australia’s Lucia de Lammermoor
My lovely friend Cindy invited me to this opera, performed in three acts. Set in Scotland and sung in Italian, it had English surtitles so that those of us who don’t know how to translate melodious Italian words sung with high-pitched angst could understand what was going on.

I haven’t yet mastered the skill of simultaneously watching the performers and reading the surtitles so I think I might have missed a few key plot points along the way. Nevertheless, I felt like I got a good old dose of culture. And, as if on cue, Sydney Harbour turned on fireworks during both intermissions.


Of course, they don't let you take photos at the opera so here's a pic of the half-time drinks.


Chatting to: Denise Mooney from Clickable Copy
Denise is a great interviewer! You can listen to your podcast where she interviews me about the book and how to use storytelling in business here.


The talented Denise Mooney


Excited by: This week’s Sydney Writers’ Centre meet up
We had our first ever meetup with our graduates and wonderful members of our community. This is now going to be a bimonthly event and the next one is on Tuesday 4 December 2012. Stay tuned for details!


With our wonderful students: Jane Copeland, yours truly, Maria Tedeschi, Susannah Hardy


Loving: this product is going to save relationships
I know this is totally from left field but I discovered this product this week and I’m convinced that it’s going to save relationships. I don’t know about you but if I’m dating a guy and I see him take a sponge to wipe the floor and then use the same sponge to wipe the dishes … I’m out of there faster than … something really fast. That’s a deal breaker for me.

As a business woman, I love great ideas. And I can’t believe this hasn’t been created before. Every sponge is COLOUR CODED and clearly labelled so that you know which one should be used for the bathroom floor, kitchen and so on.


Simply Clean's range includes sponges for the bathroom floor, toilet and bathroom


Simply Clean's sponges for stainless steel, gloss, dusting and kitchen


Trust me, this is in no way a sponsored post. I just love the concept so much. And I bet I’m not the only one who shudders when people use sponges with no regard to where they’ve been before. You’ll know from my previous post this week that I’m not exactly a domestic goddess. But I will lose it if you mix my sponges. So whoever is behind this product: you’re a freaking genius!

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.
  • Kerri Sackville

    You FASCINATE me!

    • valeriekhoo

      I think I can safely say that you are the first person who has ever said that to me.

  • Laney

    Congratulations in your book Valerie. Move aside Richard Branson! I too have a ‘thing’ about sponges and cloths. I code to each room and purpose too! A kitchen cloth should never touch the floor!

    • valeriekhoo

      Thanks Laney! And I’m glad there are sane (and hygienic) people like us out there!