Valerie Khoo


This is the personal blog of Valerie Khoo – artist, author and podcaster. Valerie is passionate about exploring the worlds of creativity and business. She is co-host of the popular podcasts ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’. Valerie is a mentor to artists, writers and business owners on how they can turn their passions into thriving professional practices. She is author of ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’. Valerie is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses.

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  1. Helen Crozier

    I so agree with you here. I think that it is a very dangerous idea to reveal all – especially if it shows that your demonstrate unprofessional traits. A little humility may be charming at times and transparency is always appreciated but I would suggest that in this case the writer gave out too much information. I hope things improve for her soon.
    kind regards

  2. Carol Jones

    Greetings Valerie from rural Australia.

    I’m a tad bit late. This article was posted 18th January 2014. Today is 6th October 2014. Almost 9 months! But the topic is relevant at any time.

    I agree with you. And Helen Crozier below. I have a policy of NEVER sharing bad news. Or sad news. Anywhere online. And only on a need to know basis with my friends. Some things I never share with anyone other than my partner of 37 years.

    And I share very little that’s personal online.

    I’m always eye popping amazed at bloggers who share stories of their depression. Suicide attempts. God almighty rows with their significant others. And their children. And their family.

    Yet it doesn’t deter them from being popular. Some of the most popular blogs online are everyday stories about all of the above.

    But for men and women in business, I think it’s best to have boundaries. Sure, talk about the ups and downs. Because they’re real. And every business has them. But I’d much prefer to read how someone turns their business around. Or makes a silk purse out of a sows ear. Rather than read about – as Seth Godin put it today – the slow melting down of a business.

    But then. Some people have a strong need to complain. And to paint a picture as dark as possible.

    Me. I prefer reality with a sunny outlook. It lifts the spirit of everyone around you.

    ~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤