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. Christian B

    Love this post. So true. Especially in Australian customer service!

    I also love French Toast.

    1. Valerie Khoo

      It’s crazy isn’t it?! And next time we catch up, I know what we’re ordering.

  2. Anna Spargo-Ryan

    Besides the completely bizarre logic here … why not TEACH the Tuesday cook to make French Toast? French Toast for everyone every day, instead of just part-time French Toast!

    1. Valerie Khoo

      I know right? If only you and I ruled the world Anna, it would be a much better place 😉

      1. Anna Spargo-Ryan

        Oh yes! A world ruled by you and me would never be short of delicious breakfast 😀

  3. Marc Lehmann

    Another example is where new staff arrive in our business mentally locked into thinking hours worked instead of productivity. I tell them on arrival not to think about hours lost here and there and feeling like you must catch it up. Equally extra hours doesn’t mean you take time off in lieu. I repeat the productivity not hours mantra over and over but again hours worked is the only logical thing in the world to them. It takes some time and effort for me to readjust the thinking.

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Oh I hear you! Unfortunately, sometimes it’s so entrenched that the adjustment never happens. Great to see you at #smdu.

  4. Vivian@MOUSH

    In my corporate life (before becoming a business owner) I was always the person who ended up with far more than my fair share on my plate (as a business owner of course it’s 24/7 but in a different way!). This was because I always wanted to learn more and didn’t mind rolling up my sleeves and going beyond the defined ‘job spec’. Of course this was great for personal development and being a respected employee, and frankly I wouldn’t know how else to work, but I did find that this meant more stress and more hours and more overwork (more than one’s fair share, anyway!). So, as with anything in life, it’s about finding that right and fair balance for oneself, for e.g. in the corporate world this would mean pushing beyond the defined boundaries without getting exploited!

    1. Valerie Khoo

      I know what you mean. I’ve never understood the concept of clock-watching. Even when I was working for other people, I just loved being there because I was learning, absorbing and being given the opportunity to try new experiences. I do scratch my head sometimes at why some people don’t share the same view!