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About Cathy Goodwin

Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D., is an author, speaker and career/business consultant. Your Next Move Ezine: Read one each week and watch your choices grow!
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How To Write A Winning Business Proposal

Q. I’ve been asked to submit a proposal for a workshop to a local group of women executives. Where do I start?

It’s Okay To Be An Art Major!

Parents want to see their children embarked on successful careers. It’s hard to keep quiet when your child chooses a wildly impractical field of study, fails a course or takes a year off with uncertain plans.

Toughest Decision Of All: Give Up Or Get Going?

Many of us are influenced by the sports ethic: Never give up! When a basketball team is down by 20 with 30 seconds on the clock, the players never stop working. The spectators might be filing out, and the winning team might bring every player off the bench, but the game goes on.

Tips To Ignore When Starting A Business

1. “Career freedom means starting a business.”

“Clients often assume they can reach career freedom only by starting a business, yet many people feel truly free in a corporate setting.

Every Mistake In The Writing Book

This morning I received an email from someone who has set up a site devoted to “writing for coaches.” We’ll call the author “X” to protect the guilty — and the nave. Here’s what we can learn from X’s mistakes.

A Back-To-School Reality Check

Career changers often begin their transition with a return to school. These days, you have more choices than ever: online, teleclasses, on-site seminars, and traditional classes.

What NOT To Do During A Career Crisis

You’ve just been laid off or your business has taken a nosedive. Or you realize you need a change — fast. Nearly everyone panics and makes at least one of these mistakes. You’re not alone if you’ve been there!

Surviving a Relocation on a Shoestring

Getting ready to move to a new city? Start a business? Risk a new career?

Nearly always, your first consideration will be, “Can I afford to make this move?” You count up for savings. How long can you live before you lose your house or go on welfare? Can you afford the cost of living in Los Angeles or Boston? Can you find a job in one of those charming low-cost, low-employment towns?

Job vs. Business: Risk Revisited

Many people start a business to “be my own boss” or “find meaning in my work.” Yet increasingly I talk to clients who realize they have few choices in the workplace.

Everything Changes When Money Changes Hands

Last week I got a call from an old acquaintance I’ll call Jasmine. She was getting frustrated with her high-paying but tedious job and wanted to become a life coach.

Hey, Client, This Is Me!

In a crowded market, clients will be seeking personality as they read what you’ve written — they’ll click right past pages that feel “been there, read that.” They’re looking for a voice that says, “Hey, client, this is me!”

Midlife Education or Midlife Crisis?

Returning to school for a midlife, mid-career transition? Wondering how to choose a program? Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D., who spent many years in the classroom as both professor and student, suggests some tough questions to ask before you write your check.

Can I Afford This Move?

Nearly always, your first consideration will be, “Can I afford to make this move?” You count up for savings. How long can you live before you lose your house or go on welfare? Can you afford the cost of living in Los Angeles or Boston? Can you find a job in one of those charming low-cost, low-employment towns?

Ten Things To Do If You Really, Really Hate Your Job

1. Begin focusing on what you want instead of how much you want to escape. When you find yourself sharing the latest horror story, in mid-sentence and say, “What I want to have is…”