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As a thought experiment, consider this — if I had entitled this piece

Read This: It’s Important.

Would that have had an impact on you?

One of the most important things I coach people on these days is fillers…the awareness and removal of extraneous and unnecessary sounds, words, and phrases.

Phrases, like, you guessed it: kind of.

Um, ah, like, sort of, maybe, absolutely, 100%, right? These words and sounds, more often than not, are fillers. Fluff. What I call content killers. Even the phrase “I think” has the potential to undermine you — because, by the very virtue…


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Enough. When I think of getting another tattoo, the word ‘enough’ often comes to mind. When I think about what I struggle with most, it’s the concept of enough. Enough already. I have enough. Enough is enough. I am enough. I do enough. I often coach others, “you are enough.”

More, more, more — there seems, at least in the Western culture I have been steeped in, this concept of wanting and seeking more. Evermore. Something other and elusive, just outside of one’s grasp. …


I am seeing so many things about finding your purpose these days. (Hell, even I recently wrote an article about ‘your life is your message.’)Perhaps this inundation of purpose-based talk is because Providence just offered us a year’s worth of isolation and, for many, deep inner reflection. Perhaps it’s because many of us are hard-wired or culturally attuned to seek purpose. Perhaps because now more than ever, we are face to face with our impermanence — and we need clarity to create meaning out of this Mystery we call life.

I recently had a conversation with my friend Andrej. He…


Jewel Walker at The Stage Manager in Delaware Rep’s “Our Town.”

One Thing at a Time.

Of the many losses throughout the pandemic, one that I felt most profoundly was the death of a beloved mentor: Jewel Walker. Jewel lived a good and long life. He was 93 when he left this realm. I had the pleasure of visiting him in 2019 at his home in Newark, DE. Sensing then he may not be long for this world, I asked him before I left, after a beautiful afternoon having lunch with his delightful wife Marge, listening to classical music in his cozy home, and just simply being together, “what’s the one…


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Resist: yes or no?

What will it take to let go

And tap into flow.

Buddhist monk and activist Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Our own life has to be our message.” I have spent days contemplating this quote since I came across it.

As a writer and creative, I love riffing on things and following connections, going with the flow. As an executive coach, communications consultant, and educator, I strive to be concise.

That being the case…What is the message of my life?

As someone who shifts between professions and is actively making that shift again right now — mindfully…


Once upon a time, having returned from the Peace Corps in Micronesia, trying to find my footing back in the U.S., I took a job as a live-in nanny for three boys and their parents. Little did I know that being a nanny would weave its way metaphorically into my life as an Executive Coach years later.

How so? Well, one day, as I was coaching a group of high-level executives at renowned Ivy League business school, and in a moment of what felt like improvised brilliance, I told them when it came to giving them feedback, I’d be using…


I teach storytelling in the workplace. It’s a great privilege. Often, when the day begins, people say things like, “I’m not a storyteller,” or, “I have no stories.” By the end of every single session, every person I have ever taught has delivered a story.

In these courses, we take anywhere between 2 and 8 hours to cultivate the story and teach the basic principles of delivering it.

Today what I want to share with you is the initial step — A simple, fool-proof way to come up with a story to tell.

First, know this: Your story doesn’t need…


Cultivating Compassion in the Long Hallway Between

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. -Arundhati Roy

As Arundhati Roy said, the pandemic is a portal, and I believe it is. I’ve come to think of this time and space as the long hallway between. I feel as though I am going from door to door in that long hallway seeking, wondering whether to knock and go in or to keep moving ahead to the great unknown.

I gently place my hand upon…


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As a creative artist, one of the things I deal with is not a lack of ideas but rather distilling and choosing from the plethora of ideas that fill my head.

So this morning, I asked one of my three brothers, Jack Uldrich, if he had any requests for my writing this week.

Jack and I (along with everyone else in my family) are lovers and writers of poetry. So when I put it out there that I was taking suggestions, Jack didn’t hesitate. He texted back that he’d like to hear me riff on Emily Dickinson’s line:

I dwell…


Today I told my friend Julia Mines, who happens to be an extraordinary coach, that I am fully committing to writing. While I love writing, I only tend to do it when the passion arises, eschewing what I believe to be an author’s deep discipline. As an exercise in moving forward with my practice, I will write, at minimum, one story a day for the next seven days.

After my call with Julia ended and my commitment made, I went for a walk, heading up what is known as “Church Hill” in our town. When I arrived at the top…

Catherine Glynn

Founder and CEO of Voce Veritas and Artistic Director of A.R.T. (Audacious Raw Theater). Putting poetry in motion and developing visionaries on the verge…

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