My life in a minute: Radio segments, fluff balls – and still getting cosy with Richard Branson

Life in a minute 2 Nov 2012 POST

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So excited: To be interviewed on The Business Woman Radio
I was interviewed by the lovely Amanda Rose on her radio segment about my book Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business.

If you’d like to listen, click here, and look for the the interview on 10 October 2012. I hope you enjoy it!

Amanda Rose


Feeling: Warm and glowy thanks to former student Kelly Exeter
This week I read a blog post by Kelly Exeter called “The course that changed my life” – and it took my breath away. Sometimes, you can wonder whether you are making a difference – even just a small difference – in helping someone achieve their dreams.

So when I read about how Kelly’s life has changed since she completed our online course Feature Writing for Magazines and Newspapers, I was not just touched, I was floored. And honoured to have been given the opportunity to play a small part in helping her pursue her passions. (Thank you Kelly.)

I can honestly say that my life is so much richer thanks to the students I’m privileged to meet, teach and learn from. You can read Kelly’s post here.


Kelly Exeter


Still pinching: myself that Power Stories is still at number 2!
I got word from my publisher yesterday that my book Power Stories is maintaining it’s spot at number 2 in the business/management category, only behind Richard Branson. They’ve also had reports that it’s selling out in some airports. Thank you so much for all your support. And thanks also for the posts and pics you’ve Tweeted and Facebooked about the book.

Here’s one I received yesterday from a fab reader. I love the fact that it’s right near author Michael Lewis (okay, I know that’s only because our surnames are next to each other in the alphabet!) because I TOTALLY LOVE his books. Secretly, I want to grow up and be Michael Lewis.



Loved: Chatting to Peter Williams on the Preneur podcast
I love the Preneur podcast. So I was so thrilled to be interviewed by Pete Williams about storytelling for entrepreneurs in the world of business. You can listen to it here.

Struggling: To take three furry babies to the vet at the same time
It’s time for yearly vaccinations in the Khoo household. And that means wrangling Rex (fluffy white cat); Rocky (another fluffy white cat) and Rambo (fluffy white dog) into the car. I then pray to the Almighty Parking Gods that I’ll get a spot right in front of the vet (I did), and hope they will behave while we’re in the waiting room (they didn’t).

It’s an exercise that has to be seen to be believed. In the examination room, the three fur balls run riot. There’s white fluff EVERYWHERE, I curse my inane decision to wear a black dress and then the vet announces that Rocky is ready to do a poo so we better get home soon. By the time I’ve paid the bill (and re-mortgaged my home in the process), and rushed home for the sake of Rocky’s bowels (not to mention the inside of my car), I’m completely exhausted. Thank goodness it’s only once a year.







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.
  • Kelly Exeter

    Ah bless you Val – thank you for the lovely mention and I am thrilled I was able to floor you :) Thank you again for creating the amazing SWC and the wonderful community that goes with it!

    • valeriekhoo

      It’s the people in the community that make it so special. Seriously. I love it!

  • Amanda

    Rambo is the cutest dog. Ever.

    • valeriekhoo

      I think so too!

  • Amanda Rose

    Love the MASSIVE picture of me Valerie LOL xx