Explore the Many Areas of Life Transition and Retirement.


Reed helps clients address challenges and seize opportunities - especially during times of transition.  He specializes in coaching those age 50 and over, helping them explore and prepare for what's next after a main career.   Reed also provides companies/organizations with customized workshops and individual coaching to help participants determine their readiness to retire by using a life planning approach. 
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    Retirement Readiness Assessments

    Reed is a certified Retirement Options™Coach and administers individual online assessment tools assessing retirement readiness across 20 lifestyle and attitudinal dimensions. Both tools were developed by Richard Johnson, Ph.D., a world expert in non-financial retirement planning.  He also uses an assessment to explore client character strengths to help with volunteer and encore career options.

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    Presentations (in person or virtual)

    Geared for company/community/civic groups, Reed provides a variety of engaging and informative presentations in such areas as:

    • When is the right time to retire?
    • Is an encore career in your future?
    • Finding dynamic volunteer positions.
    • Getting through major life transitions.
    • Finding fulfillment and balancing life.
    • Creating a life action plan,
    • Turning dreams into reality. 
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    One-Shot Life Planning Retirement Seminar

    Reed offers virtual seminars of variable length that cover the basics of non-financial retirement and life planning.  Customized programs can include the Life Options Profile that assesses participant retirement readiness in 20 key arenas and assistance in interpreting the results.   This 2.5 hour seminar is a great addition to any retirement planning program. See more about all programs designed to help employees determine their level of readiness to retire.

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    The 5 Week Explorer Course - For Your Organization

    This five-week live video program provides a cost-effective way for participants to learn about retirement transitions culminating in the creation of encore Life Action Plan.  Explore your level of retirement readiness in 22 key life areas including: work/service, relationships, leisure, personal growth, health/wellness, environment, and financial/legal matters. The seminar includes weekly handouts,  mini-lectures, group exercises, and highly interactive discussions with seminar participants. 

Individual Coaching:

The core of Reed work is in helping clients with midlife transitions. Through regularly scheduled phone or video sessions, Reed works with clients to determine where they want to invest energy and what they want to accomplish. Individual coaching can include coaching on specific areas where a client may feel stuck, or in helping clients holistically look at their next life chapter. Reed helps clients identify and clarify goals and create an action plan to overcome obstacles and achieve results.

Through the validated Life Options Profile™ find out about your retirement readiness in six life arenas: Career/Work, Health/Wellness, Finance/Insurance, Family/Relationships, Leisure/Social and Personal Development.

Couples Coaching:

Reed helps couples sort through thoughts, feelings, and expectations about retirement and how to plan a life being better together.  The transition of more time together can be challenging, yet also open up opportunities for growth. Reed was active with the group Couples Coaching Couples for over 10 years and will share key techniques to enhance and deepen couple connection. 

Assessments Can Help Guide the Way

Reed uses a number of assessment tools to help clients discover insights and add clarity to future directions.  Retirement Options™ assessments tools are only available through certified coaches.  Understand your readiness to retire, along with calling attention to the six core life arenas.  Take the assessment and receive the Profile Report, two coaching/interpretation sessions, and the book, What Color is Your Retirement all for $195.  Learn more about the Life Options Profile.   To help clients identify strengths and values Reed also provides the VIA Institute on Character assessment tool.

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What's Next Seminar - (3 hours)

Via Live Video - For Businesses, Nonprofits and Community Groups

Prior to meeting, participants complete an online profile assessing their retirement readiness across 20 lifestyle and attitudinal dimensions in six life arenas: career and work, health and wellness, finance and insurance, family and relationships, leisure and social, and personal development. The tool was developed by Richard P. Johnson, Ph.D., a world expert in nonfinancial planning through Retirement Options™. The tool is only licensed to certified coaches. The LifeOptions Profile™ reveals powerful insights about retirement lifestyle issues that are easily presented and discussed in group or classroom settings. The Profile provides individuals with a personal, practical and relevant self-portrait of lifestyle needs and insights for future planning.

This three-hour workshop is interactive and balanced with solid practical information, planning exercises, time for reflection and opportunities to share and hear from other participants. Numerous take-away resources are provided. Upon completion of the online assessment individuals receive:

  • A personalized Profile Report Results that indicates areas of preparedness and identifies gaps providing a functional blueprint for retirement planning and transition.
  • The 169 page book, What Color is Your Retirement, by Richard Johnson, Ph.D. This companion publication to the LifeOptions Profile™ is a guidebook to plan next steps. It's full of research and wisdom that helps readers make a smooth transition.
  • Action plan for each participant.

Read more about presentations, seminars, and workshops here.

What's Next Explorer Course:

This five-week live video program provides a cost-effective way for a group of participants to learn about midlife transitions. It is facilitated by What's Next principal, Reed Dewey. Participants take the LifeOptions Profile™ assessment, and learn what their results mean, along with reading the insightful book What Color Is Your Retirement by Richard Johnson, Ph.D., a leader in the field. The course includes one private coaching session in addition to the five week seminar. Participants learn from each other, explore numerous topics and end with a supportive peer community and actionable transition plan.

Presentation: Living the Life You Want* (presently virtual)

(*But Were Afraid to Ask For)

Geared for community/civic groups. Reed provides an engaging and fun introductory 20-30 minute presentation on midlife & retirement transitions for employees and/or members of companies, government, clubs, and faith communities.  Usually many questions follow the talk! Contact Reed to learn more.

Read more about presentations, seminars, and workshops here.

Possible Areas of Exploration

If life were "as good as it gets," what would it look like?

What am I discovering about myself?

How can I make sure I've planned well for this life stage?

How can I get unstuck?

Do I want an encore career, or a part-time job?

What haven't I done yet that I still want to do?

How do I want to grow and learn?

What gives me fulfillment and meaning?


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Get Started and Schedule Your Appointment Now

Call to set up your appointment now and get your free consultation from Reed regarding midlife, retirement, and your future.