Want to join me for two extraordinary days?

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Wired for Wonder is a unique two day event, supported by the Commonwealth Bank, that aims to bring together entrepreneurs, business owners and enterprises to ponder a world where anything is possible.

I am excited to be speaking at the event along with  impressive array of speakers including researcher and storyteller Dr. Brené Brown (USA), broadcaster and researcher Michelle Gielan (USA), as well as author and journalist Michelle Grattan (Australia), bestselling writer and journalist Ben Hammersley (UK), and dedicated collector, patron and supporter of contemporary art John Kaldor (Australia).

With conversation jams focused on five key topics:

  • Links between wellbeing and success
  • Women in technology
  • Where is science taking us?
  • Tapping creativity
  • Future of work and leadership

The aim of Wired for Wonder is to “nurture creativity, innovation and development throughout the Australian community.”

It promises to be an exciting event!

(image courtesy of TEDx, youtube.com)


When: Wednesday 31 July and Thursday 1 August 2013

Where: The beautiful NIDA Parade Theatres, 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington, Sydney

Cost: $1390 (2 day ticket)

For any other details, you can find out all you need to know here.… Read more ...

The E-Myth’s Michael Gerber, Lululemon’s Chip Wilson and me

Michael Gerber

Michael Gerber

What do Michael Gerber (The E Myth), Michael Port (Book Yourself Solid), Chip Wilson (founder of Lululemon) and I have in common? We’re all speaking at the Wellness Business Owners World Summit this year.

I’m thrilled to be speaking alongside some thought leaders that have had a big impact on my life.

When I first read The E-Myth by Michael Gerber years ago, it transformed the way I thought about business. Michael Port’s Book Yourself Solid was one of the first books I turned to when I first started my business eight years ago. And as for Chip Wilson … well take a look at my wardrobe – ALL my workout gear is Lululemon.

Chip Wilson

Now, we’re all speaking at the Wellness Business Owners World Summit in June.

Not only am I thrilled to be speaking alongside people I respect and admire, I love the wellness industry. A few years ago, I found that most of the people who came to me for business mentoring were personal trainers, nutritionists, and health practitioners. I’ll admit that, at first, I couldn’t understand why I was attracting people from this industry since I’m not a wellness practitioner myself.… Read more ...

DOs and DON’Ts of going on the telly

DOs and DONTs of going on the telly Valerie Khoo

Last week, I was on Sky Business to talk about personal branding alongside Trevor Young, author of microDOMINATION: How to leverage social media and content marketing to build a mini-business empire around your personal brand.

We were interviewed by Nigel Freitas on the “Technology Behind Business” show. I’ve already written a lot about personal branding so I won’t repeat that here.

In case you get the opportunity to be interviewed on the telly, here are my DOs and DON’Ts.

DON’T assume they will do your hair and makeup. Some shows, like Sunrise, will give you the whole works so that you look like a Glamazon. Not all shows have the budget to do this so make sure you’ve done your makeup before you get there.

My tips for television: Mascara is your best friend. It gives your eyes definition and helps them to stand out. Concealer is your second best friend, don’t leave home without it. And powder is also vital because you can get pretty shiny under those studio lights.

On air with host Nigel Freitas and Trevor Young

DO turn up early.… Read more ...

My life in a minute: In your seat pocket, billion dollar announcement, and where to find me

My Life in a Minute plane

Flying: In your seat pocket
This month, if you’re flying Virgin, reach into your seat pocket and you’ll find a huge report written by yours truly in the Virgin inflight magazine. It’s a comprehensive guide to setting up a small business. The guide starts on page 105. You can view the online version of the April issue here.

I'll pop into your life in the most unexpected places, even your airline seat pocket. (Photo: via @jbarouch)

Cuddling: Gus the Boxer at the Haul wrap party. Years ago, a dog called @GusTheBoxer started following me on Twitter. At first, I didn’t follow him back. I thought: “A dog. On Twitter. I mean really.” Plus, I was in Sydney. Gus was in Melbourne. It would never have worked.

But Gus was so funny and engaging that I ended up not only meeting Gus in real life, but also his human @scottkilmartin. Turns out that Scott was the brains behind sustainable streetwear brand Haul.

I’ve loved Haul products for years now so it was sad to see it close its doors recently. I was honoured to go to the wrap party, cuddle @GusTheBoxer, bid the Fitzroy store good-bye and wave owner Scott Kilmartin off on his next big adventure!… Read more ...

Podcast: My “Power Stories” chat with Timbo Reid (“Small Business, Big Marketing”)

You may remember that a few months ago I did a crazy thing. I drove from Melbourne to Sydney (that's not the crazy bit) with my three furry babies in the car (that's not the crazy bit either). Apart from my two fluffy white cats and one fluffy white dog, the only other thing accompanying me on that v-e-ee-e-r-r-ry l-o-o-o-o-o-o-g trip was 11 hours of Tim Reid's fabulous "Small Business, Big Marketing" podcast.

Yes, my iPod did not have a single song on it. But I had many hours of Tim Reid (more famously known as Timbo Reid) in my ears. He kept me sane on that long journey. Well, initially. After 11 hours … well, I was going a little bit nuts.

Booked for Lunch: Join me on this webinar about “storytelling for entrepreneurs”

BOOKED for Lunch Oct 25 2012 FEATURE
Please join me at the Australian Businesswomen's Network webinar "BOOKED for Lunch: Power Stories" on October 25 where I'll be talking about the importance of making storytelling an integral part of your business strategy.

Announcing my new book: “Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business”

Power Stories-feature
I'm excited to announce that my new book, "Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business", is out soon. I really hope you enjoying reading it.

See you in Melbourne! I’m speaking at the Women as Entrepreneurs event

Women as Entrepreneurs event FEATURE
I'm speaking at the Women as Entrepreneurs event in Melbourne on 4 September. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Sydney Business Month event: “The Storytelling Secrets of Highly Profitable Businesses”

Sydney Business Month event FEATURE
I look forward to seeing you at the Sydney Business Month workshop on 20 September where I will be speaking on the "Storytelling Secrets of Highly Profitable Businesses".

How to give good interview

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It can be intimidating being interviewed by the media. But these four simple tips will go a long way to making it a rewarding experience that will build your profile, and potentially lead to more customers.