Dr. Woody's first book signing at Books & Books: The YOU Plan is a guide for anyone in career transition.

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Dr. Woody to hold first book signing at Books & Books, Coral Gables: The YOU Plan is a guide for anyone in career transition, seeking their first job or looking to find success in the New Economy.

Are you trying to get back into the workforce? Or looking for your first job? Perhaps you’re thinking of going out on your own? If you fit into one of those three categories then you need to read Michael “Dr. Woody” Woodward’s The YOU Plan. This simple and engaging book helps readers answer five fundamental questions to building a successful career in the New Economy.

“The YOU Plan offers provocative insights and practical guidance for anyone seeking to take charge of their career in these challenging times,” explains Dr. Woody. “Thriving in the New Economy is going to require an entrepreneurial mindset. It’s no longer about chasing opportunities, it’s about creating opportunities.”

An entertaining and informative speaker, Dr. Woody’s first book, The YOU Plan (Keynote Publishing, $14.99), is based on the VIPER approach he developed for his private and corporate clients. The VIPER approach is a stepped process for developing a career plan to help graduating students and transitioning professionals alike, make informed choices that will lead to happy and successful working careers. As Dr. Woody states: “It’s about creating a sense of personal certainty to deal with the uncertainty of today’s job market.”

According a recent survey by Gallup, nearly 30 million Americans are underemployed. A survey by the Conference Board research group estimated that just 45 percent of employed Americans are satisfied with their jobs – the lowest level recorded since the group started studying the issue more than 22 years ago.

“At a time when so many are trying to find new direction for their lives, The YOU Plan offers a clear, practical guide to assessing who you are, and where to go,” said Modesto A. Maidique, President Emeritus of Florida International University and Executive Director of the FIU Center for Leadership. “Young and old will benefit from Dr. Woody’s thoughtful and provoking insights.”

Dr. Woody’s book, available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble online, and select book stores, helps readers gain better self-awareness, focus and commitment designed to push them towards creating their own destinies. By sharing useful and relevant case studies, anecdotes and exercises, Dr. Woody helps readers hone in on their personal career path.

“The YOU Plan is not about resume writing or tips on where to find your next job, it’s about setting a path, goals and taking responsibility for yourself and your own success,” explains Yolanda Harris, Founder and President of The Keynote Group, a full-service speaker management company that is representing and supporting Dr. Woody with his speaking engagements, workshops and appearances. “During this current recession, his expertise is particularly applicable to a lot of people.”

Prior to opening his own consultancy, Dr. Woody was a management and human resources consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (PwC) and a project manager for IBM Business Consulting Services in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Woody is scheduled to make an appearance at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Monday, April 5, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Companies, associations or meeting planners wishing to book Dr. Woody to speak at an event should call The Keynote Group at (954) 791-7991.

About Dr. Michael “Woody” Woodward

Dr. Woody is a CEC certified executive coach and management consultant trained in the organizational psychology. He is the founder and president of the Miami-based consulting firm Human Capital Integrated (HCI) which focuses on management and executive development. For more information visit http://www.DrWoody.com.

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