This website has my name on it. And when your website has your name on it, you want it to represent you well. So, within these pages, I regularly explore the things that shape my world: writing, creativity and the roller-coaster ride that is running a small business in the 21st Century.
My day-to-day life as an author, speaker, mentor, business founder, traveller and people-watcher means that I’ll always have a story to share with you. As an avid media nut and self-confessed technophile, I’ll also give regular nods to my pet topics, technology and productivity. (And let’s not forget my other pet topic – my pets!)
The cogs turn with new posts about three or four times a week. Sign up for my weekly wrap-up (to the right of this page) and you’ll also get my free report on “Storytelling Secrets of Highly Profitable Businesses”, including a guide on how to use Twitter and Facebook and how to create podcasts.
Writing, creativity, business – you name it. (I already have.) ValerieKhoo.com.
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And now I need to clear the room, because the Third Person has just arrived to say a few words about me …
5 facts about Valerie Khoo
#1: National Director of the Australian Writers’ Centre
Valerie founded the Australian Writers’ Centre back in 2005, as just a one-person operation (can you guess who that person was?). Today it’s a thriving community, with more than 30 of Australia’s top writing trainers, journalists and authors all teaching classroom and online courses to students all around the world.
With more than 40 short courses including creative writing, travel writing, grammar and punctuation, business writing, web content and magazine writing, the centre has helped thousands of students get published, score book deals and change careers. In 2010, it was a winner at the NSW Telstra Business Awards and it has also been named by Dell as one of the ‘10 most innovative small businesses in Australia’. She has recently welcomed the Centre’s 16,000th student!
#2: Co-founder of SocialCallout.com
Valerie is co-founder of SocialCallout.com – a new website that brings business brands and social media influencers together to connect with engaged audiences. Social Callout represents a modern-day win-win. Businesses are able to tap into existing markets with the help of trusted social media advocates, while influencers can raise their profile and monetise their own social media brand.
Valerie’s considerable experience as an advisor and investor in startups and businesses, along with her first-hand awareness of the huge potential of social media, made Social Callout the perfect fit.
#3: Author of Power Stories – 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business
Debuting in October 2012 as the no.2 business book in Australia, Valerie Khoo’s Power Stories explores the positive role of storytelling in today’s business environment.
Valerie possesses years of experience as both a business owner and mentor to companies big and small. In Power Stories, she draws on this as she shares real life entrepreneur stories that will inspire readers to recharge their own brand. The book’s eight sections explore ways to build a positive brand profile by using the lost art of storytelling to make authentic connections in all areas of business.
Power Stories is an essential read for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, game-changers and anyone wanting to make their business truly epic.
Whether it’s her Enterprise blog, syndicated on six Fairfax news sites, or her own personal blog, Valerie is never short of a word or two. In 2011, the blog here at www.ValerieKhoo.com was named by Smart Company as one of the 25 Best Business Blogs in Australia. (Her blog for the Australian Writers’ Centre was also listed in 2008.)
But not content with just content, Valerie is also Ambassador of the Best Australian Blogs Competition run by the Australian Writers’ Centre. Last year, this nationwide search clocked up impressive coverage in The Australian, Sky News, metropolitan radio and newspapers around the country, as well as countless mentions on (you guessed it) blogs.
As long as Valerie is within reach of a phone, laptop or tablet, the blogosphere will continue to remain in excellent shape …
#5: Journalist at large
Valerie is an experienced journalist and small business commentator. Her byline pops up regularly via her Enterprise blog in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times, Canberra Times, Business Day and WA Today.
Her road to the newsstand included a Bachelor of Economics (majoring in accounting and a stint at professional services firm pwc) along with a Graduate Diploma in Communication (journalism, public relations). Valerie has since worked at three major publishing houses – ACP Magazines, EMAP and Pacific Magazines.