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February 7, 2017 36 min

Valerie Khoo is an award-winning feature writer who has been writing for Fairfax for the past 15 years. Her articles appear regularly in The Sydney Morning Herald. She is the author of six books, her latest being Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business. She is a former accountant with PwC but switched careers when she gave in to her passion for writing. She mentors feature writers who want to carve out a freelance writing career as well as entrepreneurs and thought leaders who want to showcase their expertise in their own business book. Many of Valerie’s students successfully publish their work and carve out careers as successful writers.

Valerie has worked at the three publishing giants – ACP Magazines (now Bauer Media), Pacific Magazines and EMAP – and currently works as a freelance editor for several consumer and corporate publications. Her work has appeared in publications such as Voyeur, Silver Kris, Australian Financial Review and The Age. Before becoming a freelance writer 15 years ago, Valerie was features director for CLEO. For seven years, she was also the journalist behind the popular Enterprise blog on,,,, and Along with Allison Tait, Valerie co-hosts the popular top-rating podcast “So you want to be a writer".

In this episode of Breaking Digital I talk with Valerie Khoo, Founder and CEO of Australian Writers Centre based out of Sydney (with offices across Australia). We have a wonderful discussion about what it means to build your profile, the difference between branding, and most importantly how to find your passion. What is remarkable about Valerie is that her true passion is helping people achieve what they once thought was impossible … empowering people to achieve their dreams. Through her years of expansive journalistic experience in the small business and entrepreneurial space she has seen the trajectory between those who tell a good story and thereby become a highly successful online presence and those who simply fade away. She explains how to produce useful and powerful content because “you can’t outsource your thought leadership”. We delve into being why being “helpful” is the key to being relevant in a cluttered online space.

If you are having trouble identifying your brands “hook” or you don’t know if your story feels authentic then you do not want to miss this fascinating discussion about leadership, branding, social media, digital profiles and personal profiles with Valerie Khoo, Founder and CEO of Australia Writers Centre.

Digital Leadership Podcast interviews by Doyle Buehler - The Digital Entrepreneur

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