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Agents of Ourselves: Part Twenty-Five

We started our Wednesday writing workshop, Finding Your Voice, as a means of developing our voices through writing. We believed that by finding our voices, we could find and better express our agency. We had no idea if we’d succeed. We had no idea where the workshop would lead us.

But succeed it did. And lead us it has.

In last week’s session, we had the inspiration for a group project. You could tell we were inspired because the exchange of ideas between all of us — Yvonne Jones, Laura Staley, Maribel Cardez, Tom Dietzler, and me — was like a fireworks display. And you could tell we loved it and love each other because we laughed much and without inhibition.

I won’t tell you everything we talked about. But you can get a sneak preview here:

It’s a common notion that two heads are better than one. In Finding Your Voice, we’ve discovered a corollary: Five heads are better than two.

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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