“Today was awesome … Thank you for opening my eyes and sharing your beautiful stories.”

“I was so, so thankful for your level of openness … Your story moved me.”

“Excellent.” “Fantastic.” “Beautiful.”

 Want to hear people saying these things at your next event?

Email caroline [at] awishcomeclear [dot] com to request a keynote, breakout session, interview, or presentation.


Speaking at TEDxBirmingham’s 2016 All Star Salon; photo credit Kate Rexrode Smith Photography

Full Bio

Caroline Garnet McGraw is the author of You Don’t Owe Anyone: Free Yourself from the Weight of Expectations (Broadleaf Books, April 2021). She’s also a speaker and coach who helps women who are really good at doing what they’re supposed to do, to start doing what they’re MEANT to do. She’s the creator of A Wish Come Clear, a community of thousands trading perfectionism for possibility.

Caroline is represented by literary agent Angela Scheff of The Christopher Ferebee Agency. Caroline’s writing has been featured on the front page of HuffPost Women (where her essay went viral), as well as on Momastery and other major websites.

Caroline has given two popular TEDx talks with 20,000+ views, as well as keynote presentations across the country. She’s the creator of The Clarity Course Series and The Confidence Course Series, featuring top speakers such as Adam Grant, Amy Cuddy, and Samantha Arsenault Livingstone.

In addition to coaching with private clients, Caroline has coached for HeartCore Business, one of INC 5000’s fastest-growing companies. She also coaches for acclaimed composer, conductor, and recording artist Deborah Hurwitz of Cobalt Coaching.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle says of Caroline’s work: “[It’s] totally freaking beautiful … Goosebumps. You are a SERIOUSLY good writer, sister. It’s my favorite- simple, clean, raw, kind and brave. LOVE.”

Past Speaking Engagements & Praise

Click here to view a full list of Caroline’s past speaking engagements and praise; you may also visit CarolineMcGraw.com.

Most requested keynote and workshop topics include:

  • How to trade perfectionism for possibility
  • How to make progress on your purpose
  • How to gain clarity
  • How to build confidence
  • How to support autism families and siblings of individuals with autism

Sample Interview Questions

  1. As a recovering perfectionist, what are your top tips for others who are terrified of making a mistake?
  2. How do you define perfectionism?
  3. What are some common misconceptions people have about perfectionism?
  4. How can perfectionists grow their confidence and stop playing small?
  5. In your work as a coach, you help people make progress on their purpose. How do you help them get unstuck and move forward with their dreams?
  6. How did you come up with the name, “A Wish Come Clear”? What does it signify?
  7. You talk about Native American artisans who weave small, purposeful mistakes into their blankets. Why does this metaphor have profound meaning for you? How do we apply this idea to everyday life?
  8. Many of your pieces focus on the idea of spiritual homecoming; what’s your spiritual background, and how does that inform your writing?
  9. You’ve written a great deal about your brother, Willie, and how having a sibling on the autism spectrum and behavioral challenges has influenced you. What would you say to parents who are concerned about providing support to siblings such as yourself?
  10. What would you say to someone who thinks, “I can’t trust myself, I’m not good enough” … ?

Sample Video: Caroline’s TEDx talks

Keynote Presentation, Heart of L’Arche Fundraising Breakfast

April 25, 2018; over $135,000 raised to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

A Wish Come Clear Video Trailer

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