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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (March 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071703098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071703093
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Talane Miedaner is a renowned life coach and has been featured in Fortune, Glamour, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan and Fitness magazines. She is also author of The Secret Laws of Attraction and Coach Yourself to Success.

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Although you probably know me as a writer, my true strength is life coaching. I'm a Master Certified Coach, the highest designation you can receive in the coaching profession, and have coached thousands of people to reach their goals and dreams. I'm also an adjunct professor teaching a course on Authentic Leadership for Georgetown University's Institute of Transformational Leadership and Coaching in Washington, DC. I absolutely love what I do and work with clients around the world from business leaders, senior executives to government officials. I am the founder of and and am committed to making coaching accessible to all those who are interested in trying it out as it is a life-changing experience. I've married an Englishman and have moved to Devon, England and we now have two young daughters and live by the seaside in a beautiful Victorian house.

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The book is well written, reader friendly and easy to read.
John Chancellor
Talane draws a complete holistic picture of your career/life/personal requirements/aspirations, etc. and lays the process out in seven concrete steps.
Irv Stern
I usually like to have one important takeaway from a book I'm reading.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Unhappy in your current job? Thinking about switching careers? Looking to start your own business? Before you make any move, pick up a copy of Coach Yourself to a New Career by Talane Miedaner.

Unfortunately far too many people fall into a career by luck or accident. And the problem is often compounded by jumping "from the frying pan into the fire." Others have this vague notion that having their own business is the ultimate dream.

No matter where you are in your quest for a new career, take the time to read this book, do the exercises and make some sound decisions that will lead you to the career that is right for you.

The book gives you a seven step system to "reinventing your professional life."

Step one is to "Perfect the Present" - master your current job. You should not undertake a new career unless and until you have mastered your current career. It is too easy to find problems with your current career and think that simply changing jobs will make life perfect. It will not.

Step two is to identify your personal requirements. Unless you know what you need to be fulfilled you are unlikely to stumble upon a career that satisfies your personal requirements. This is probably the most difficult step. It requires a lot of honest assessments and most people would rather skip this step. It is essential.

Step three is to design your ideal life. Step four is to identify your natural talents and abilities. Step five is to identify your passions and values. Step six pulls it all together and step seven is all about managing the transition.

Each step contains a detail narrative of the reasoning behind the step and exercises to help you find your answer.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kate Taylor on May 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
The economy's recent plunge scared up flocks of books about job-hunting, career-changing and employment skills. Their titles -- How to Make Job Loss Work for You, Surviving a Buyout -- reflect the gloom of the times.

Yet one freshly-released book -- "Coach Yourself to a New Career," by eminent personal coach Talane Miedaner-- takes a different approach, sidestepping dark job
loss statistics and despair and challenging the prevalent belief that the jobless should lunge at every opportunity. Miedaner, who in the past 14 years has coached thousands of people, from from budding entrepreneurs to multi-millionaires, instead spurs readers to seek their dream jobs.

She acknowledges that unemployment rates are higher than ever, but says that job-hunting is different for people going after exactly what they want.

"There is no point wasting your life doing something you don't like when there are so many opportunities around us," she says in the book's introduction. "Thanks to technology and the Internet, more than at any other point in the history of humanity, you now have the ability to design and create work that is perfectly suited to your natural talents, your personality, your inherent abilities, and your interests and passions."

That doesn't mean, she's quick to add, that the course ahead is easy. To find that dream job, a seeker must first do some serious self-exploration. They must understand their deepest needs -- or, as she calls them "requirements" -- as well as their strongest values, and most driving passions. In essence, they must decide what matters most to them in life.

The questions require hard thinking, but for those who do forge on, the results will be life-changing. Once readers truly understand what they want, they'll be free to leave drudgery and unemployment behind and move into exciting, ideal jobs. I whole-heartedly recommend this book -- Kate Taylor
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By joel stedman on November 21, 2012
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I read through 10 samples on the topic of career change before settling on "Coach Yourself to a New Career". Save yourself the time. If you are looking for a book that will truly transform the way you approach work, this book is for you. Not just a set of theories or exercises (though there are some of those too), but a way to truly implement a change in your career and life which, in my opinion, are intertwined.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vic on May 25, 2010
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I am a middle age executive that has had some health issues causing some modification and rethinking of my life's work and career. I have read Talane's other books and hired her as my personal coach. I must say that I have found this new book to be an incredible resource and guideline for anyone thinking or needed a new career......or reinventing their professional life. Talane teaches how to identify your true passions and values and create a practical plan to achieve your goals.

Coach Yourself to a new Career has several quizzes and worksheets that help define needs, boundaries and goals. Also in the book I found an annual life plan and career profile that was a great personal resource. I can't imagine considering a career change without this book as a guide.

I found Coach Yourself to a new Career not to be just about career change, but also a guide for making decisions and positive changes in both your personal and professional life. I have also joined Talane's [...] website, as it has many tools to help along one's journey in life.

I know Talane as a wonderful, caring, experienced coach, and those qualities really show in this book. I know it has helped me, and I am sure it will give you the coaching you need to help change your career, and your life.
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