The Work : Deliver Me From This "Client"!

In which words fail me.


Every time I use this word, “client”, when referring to someone I’m coaching…


Every. Single. Time.

It sounds mercenary. It sound too businesslike. He sounds bloodless. It sounds sterile.

“Student” infers a power dynamic I’m not always comfortable with. Sometimes it fits, sometimes it really, really doesn’t. I coach folks older and more experienced than me all the time. I know that doesn’t preclude my being able to teach them something, but… it doesn’t feel right in my mind our mouth.

“Colleague” is close, but not always it. 

“Collaborator” is true but awkward.

Any ideas? Hit me up in the comments section, below.


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Christopher Gurr is an American theatre artist and educator known for playing a wide range of roles on Broadway and across the U.S. as well as the more readily accessible reaches of Canada.

Native Southerner, Midwest educated, with chapters in Northern California and southern Appalachia he currently makes his home in New York City.

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