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Valerie Khoo

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FINDING YOUR GENIUS with Valerie Khoo

Wabi Sabi Series

If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be? “Your genius is what comes naturally to you.” “I was once driven by the idea that you should strive to learn new skills and improve on the things that haven't come naturally. After some time, I have learnt that although you can do anything, you can't do everything at the same time. Do the things you’re good at." Valerie Khoo is a writer, artist and business owner based in Sydney. She is CEO of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country’s leading centre for writing courses which has helped more than 75,000 students. She’s also owner of Story Art Studios, where she creates original art, sculptures and designs that are licensed all over the world on products such as stationery, wallpaper, fabric, upholstery, art prints and more. Valerie hosts two weekly podcasts, ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’, is author of several books including ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’ and ‘So you want to be a writer’. She started her career in finance with PwC before transitioning in to publishing and journalism where she was deputy editor of CLEO magazine and a writer for Fairfax for 15 years. She founded the Australian Writers' Centre in 2005. Valerie is a winner of the Telstra Business Awards and was recently the City of Sydney’s Curator of the Sydney Lunar Festival for 2019 and 2020, a 10-day event featuring artists, galleries, and events all over the city. She is one dynamic lady and I felt so lucky to get to sit down (in person over a cuppa) and have a great chat. Please enjoy this wonderful conversation with the incredibly multi-talented Valerie Khoo. ____ Connect and find out more about Valerie here;- For those interested in writing, they have a great newsletter at the Australian Writers’ Centre. You can find it at https://www.writerscentre.com.au/ For those interested in art and creativity, follow Valerie on Instagram: @valeriekhoo Website: valeriekhoo.com Social handles: Twitter: @valeriekhoo instagram: @valeriekhoo Check out her Podcasts: So you want to be a writer:- -https://www.writerscentre.com.au/blog/category/podcasts/so-you-want-to-be-a-writer-podcast/ So you want to be a photographer:- https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/so-you-want-to-be-photographer-transform-your-skills/id957592464 And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:- https://wabisabiseries.com/ Connect with us on Instagram here:- @thewabisabiseries Connect with us on Facebook here - @thewabisabiseries If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

26mins

20 Jul 2021

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1. Publishing Insider with Valerie Khoo, Adrian Beck & Dani Vee

Words and Nerds: Authors, books and literature.

Publishing Insider is the new spin off series hosted by Dani Vee and author Adrian Beck about the secrets of the publishing industry.

27mins

29 Apr 2021

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Interview: 5 Career Lessons I wish I knew earlier - with Valerie Khoo

Professional Development Forum

In this episode, we talk to Valerie Khoo. Valerie falls well outside the box, with a portfolio career as an artist, writer and entrepreneur, as well as being CEO of the Australian Writers’ CentreValerie started her career as an accountant for PwC and was a journalist who wrote for Fairfax for 15 years. She is now a working artist and designer, and for the past two years, Valerie was the curator for City of Sydney’s Lunar New Year Festival, an arts and culture festival that attracts more than 1.5 million people.Valerie says she unwittingly shaped her career through instinct and passion but also learnt some tough truths along the way. Today, she will reveal 5 pearls of wisdom she wishes someone told her when she was starting out.3:30 Find a mentor11:30 Do what you love and the money will follow23:00 Your first career may be the first of many28:00 Your genius is what comes naturally to you36:00 Building your career is about building relationships

46mins

4 Oct 2020

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8 - Valerie Khoo - Writing

The Andrew Paskin Podcast

Entrepreneur Valerie Khoo joins us to discuss her successful artistic and business life, as well as her Puberty Blues style upbringing in the Shire. Classified as an entrepreneur for the A.P.P, Valerie is in fact a polymath. We speak about her passion for feature writing, economics background, writing for teen magazines, freelance writing, founding the amazing Australian Writers' Centre, true crime, crime writing, her passion for surface design, her other artistic endeavours, multiple podcasts and curating the brilliant Sydney Lunar Festival. Impossibly charming and refreshingly down to earth, this is a wonderful conversation! 

46mins

24 Sep 2020

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193. Tactic: Valerie Khoo on How to Connect To Your Audience

Should I Start A Podcast

Podcasts are one of the best marketing tools you can have for your business or brand in the 21st century. They are not only amazing at spreading your message further, but they can also get you forming stronger audience connections, faster. Welcome to Tactics Tuesday, a short and sweet companion to Should I Start a Podcast hosted by Ronsley Vaz, where each week with the help of a star-studded entrepreneurial lineup, he explores why you should start a podcast, build an audience and how to keep them hungry for more. On Tactics Tuesday, we’ll give you little snippets of episodes filled with juicy tips to inspire, innovate and guide you through to the next steps of producing your very own podcast. If you’d like easily digestible little nuggets of knowledge from podcasting experts and entrepreneurs all over the world, this show is for you. In this episode, we’re talking with Valerie Khoo, journalist and CEO of The Australian Writers’ Centre. With two highly successful podcasts under her belt, So You Want To Be A Writer and So You Want To Be a Photographer, Valerie has a wealth of podcasting knowledge that she’s always delighted to share. We talk about why podcasts can get you a loyal audience and how they build deeper trust. Also in this episode: Why podcasting is the perfect PR and marketing tool How using human behaviour patterns can help boost your podcast Why podcasts are so intimate and connect to audiences faster If you love podcasts, you should start a podcast Why you shouldn’t preach your message  Links: Valerie Khoo – LinkedInValerie Khoo – TwitterValerie Khoo – FacebookValerie Khoo – Instagram

7mins

10 Mar 2020

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Valerie Khoo - Unlocking the creative potential you may not know you have

Her Empire Builder with Tina Tower

Valerie Khoo is founder and CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, which is Australia’s leading centre for writing courses. Over 40,000 students have learnt at the centre and it has campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane – as well as a huge online learning community enrolling from all over the world. Valerie is a former journalist and author of the best-selling book “Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business”. She now combines her love of storytelling with her passion for art and managed a second career as a professional artist. Valerie focuses on creating artworks that serve as a daily reminder of a meaning, emotion or vision for collectors who connect with her abstract style. She has also been appointed as the City of Sydney’s Curator of the Chinese New Year Festival 2019, the third-largest annual event in Sydney (behind NYE Fireworks and Vivid) and the largest celebration of Chinese New Year in the world outside of Asia. An avid podcaster, she co-hosts the popular podcasts “So you want to be a writer” and “So you want to be a photographer”. You can find the Australian Writers’ Centre at www.WritersCentre.com.au and Valerie’s artwork at www.ValerieKhoo.com

33mins

9 Oct 2019

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111: Why Giving in to Your Creative Curiosity is Good for Your Business - with Valerie Khoo

HerBusiness - Business Growth Strategies for Women

The worlds of business and creativity have combined. Exploring your interests and giving in to your creative curiosity can energise you AND innovate your business. It turns out that allowing yourself to be passionate about something other than your business can energise you, and benefit your business. While we may see creativity as an indulgence, the little thing that piques your interest may be the next opportunity to grow your business.  Valerie Khoo, visual artist and National Director of the Australian Writers’ Centre, recently threw herself into the world of art. This sparked growth in her business, her career, and developed her “Creative Quotient”. Valerie is the featured guest in this episode of the HerBusiness podcast. In this episode we look at:  How your creative interests can lead to innovation in your business Why creativity is a vital factor in determining your bottom line How to incorporate creativity into your life The perils of ignoring your 'creative quotient' How to tap into your inner genius Take a listen. And, be sure to subscribe for more great interviews with inspiring entrepreneurs.  Here are some popular recent episodes: Lessons for Living an Inspired, Creative and Meaningful Life with Guy Kawasaki Becoming a Big Deal in Your Niche with Amy Porterfield How to Stop Marketing AT Your Customers and Start Marketing with Them with Seth Godin HerBusiness Facebook Page: https:/facebook.com/HerBusiness/ HerBusiness Network for Women Business Owners: herbusinessnetwork.com

39mins

14 Aug 2019

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133. Valerie Khoo on Giving Back, Connecting with Your Audience and building Your Brand Through Podcasting

Podcast Revolution

Podcasts are a phenomenal way for you to connect with an audience and establish,. or build on, your personal branding to grow your business. Welcome to Should I Start A Podcast where each week Ronsley Vaz, with the help of a star-studded entrepreneurial guest lineup, explores why you should start a podcast; build an audience, and how to keep them ... Read More The post 133. Valerie Khoo on Giving Back, Connecting with Your Audience and building Your Brand Through Podcasting appeared first on We Are Podcast.

44mins

14 Feb 2019

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133. Valerie Khoo on Giving Back, Connecting with Your Audience and building Your Brand Through Podcasting

Should I Start A Podcast

Podcasts are a phenomenal way for you to connect with an audience and establish,. or build on, your personal branding to grow your business. Welcome to Should I Start A Podcast where each week Ronsley Vaz, with the help of a star-studded entrepreneurial guest lineup, explores why you should start a podcast; build an audience, and how to keep them hungry for more. If you’re thinking about starting a podcast, or simply finding a better way to get your message out to your audience, then this is the podcast for you This week’s episode of Should I Start a Podcast could be the grail you’ve been hunting for. We have the business mogul, Valerie Khoo guiding us, with her keynote speech from We Are Podcast, 2015. From the get go, journalist and CEO of The Australian Writers’ Centre, Valerie Khoo, has had an entrepreneurial spirit that would always guarantee her success. With two very fruitful podcasts, So You Want To Be A Writer, and So You Want To Be a Photographer, she is well equipped to give us some advice. Valerie shares with us, what makes a good podcast outside the stats and numbers, how to leverage your brand to make it more lucrative, as well as why a cheap iPod from Singapore and her cat Rex thrust her into the world of podcasting. You don’t want to miss this podcast, which also includes: How one hour of recorded audio could be a goldmine Why podcasting is networking on steroids How your behaviour establishes your brand Why your podcast can get your audience hungry for more Why giving back the love has boundless benefits How commitment can be your biggest strength How to gauge your audience's interests How reviews and ratings will improve you exponentially When interviewing, why thinking like a journalist can be the best tactic Links: Valerie Khoo - LinkedIn Valerie Khoo - Twitter Valerie Khoo - Facebook Valerie Khoo - Instagram

44mins

14 Feb 2019

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83 - The Stories You Must Tell to Build An Epic Business with Valerie Khoo

Content Sells: Attract, Convert & Keep Your Ideal Clients with Content Marketing That Works

To build an EPIC business today you need to connect in more meaningful ways with your customers than you EVER have before... and one of THE most powerful ways to do that is to tell your STORIES. In this episode your hosts Suzi Dafnis and Michelle Falzon talk to Valerie Khoo, author of Power Stories and CEO and founder of the Australian Writers’ Centre about powerful ways to share your stories as part of your content marketing strategy. How do you find your stories? Where should you share them and how can you use them to influence followers and convert customers? It’s all in this episode… along with the opportunity to access a brand new content writing coursefrom Valerie and her team at the Australian Writers’ Centre. Listen to this episode to hear more about: The most under-utilised tool in your small business arsenal How to use stories to demonstrate your “care factor” and bring your customers closer to you How to harness the power of your story with one sentence Why you need to be telling your “Passion” story (and an example of Val’s Passion Story) How to go from a “swirl” of ideas to a fully fledged, powerful story How to find relevance in your story for your audience The one story you need to tell succinctly when you first meet a new customer The single biggest mistake almost all small businesses make on their “About” page on their website The 3 parts to a customer story that distinguish it from “just another testimonial” How “The Biggest Loser” TV show can teach you to write AMAZING customer stories The 3 ingredients you need to include to tell your customer stories successfully How to make your stories easier to share and, importantly, easier for others to tell on your behalf The very first place you should be sharing your customer stories (and it’s not what you might think) Ways to tell stories about your product that your audience will love How Val used the power of storytelling to sell a 2 year old Bunnings outdoor furniture set on eBay that could change everything about the way you market YOUR products The simple piece of advice about your product stories that saves you having to make it “whizz bang” and just gets you started! Also mentioned in this episode: Australian Writers’ Centre Brand new Australian Writers’ Centre content writing course

44mins

18 Jun 2018

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