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Agents of Ourselves: Part Nine

Finding Your Voice, our writing workshop, met for the third time last week. By unanimous agreement, we decided to share poetry we’d written in our pasts. I can think of few things that call for more vulnerability and courage than reading one’s own poetry. Yet we all did it without hesitation, knowing we were among caring friends and generous spirits. And every poem read precipitated rich discussion, diverse interpretation, shared insights, genuine caring, and profound respect.

This week, Week Four, was scheduled to be our last. We’re going to share the stories of our lives, at least briefly, and talk about the importance of writing them. If we’re moved to continue beyond Week Four, we will. I won’t be a bit surprised.

I remain indebted to those who share the workshop and their hearts with me: Laura Staley, Maribel Cardez, Yvonne Jones, Helen Qiu, and Tom Dietzler. It’s a joy to have earned my place among you.

Everyone else, go write some poetry.

Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brienhttps://obriencg.com/
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.

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