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  Get the Retirement You Deserve Courses
  (Our Pre-Retirement Course)


Why do I need a pre-retirement course?

Although we are gradually getting the message that, financially, we need to plan  
and make provision for the end of our working lives, most people don’t tend to give the emotional, spiritual, domestic, relationship and leisure implications of retirement a moment’s thought. 

In fact, most of us spend more time planning our annual holiday than we do planning the non-financial aspects of our retirement.  Consequently, many retired people report that they ‘wasted’ the first 18 months to 2 years of their retirement – ironically, the time when they were at their youngest.

The best time to attend a pre-retirement course is 2 to 3 years before your actual
retirement date.  In this way, you can give yourself plenty of time to prepare properly and
ensure that you have the best possible chance of making the most of your retirement. 

However, if your retirement date is much closer than that, don’t panic – there’s 
plenty that we can still do to get you ready and the majority of people who attend
my courses are only a month or two away from their expected retirement date.

What will I learn on my pre-retirement course?

On Contemporary Retirement courses you won't be subjected to a series of 'experts' who give talks on a range of retirement-related subjects that are just thinly-disguised attempts to sell you their own financial products and services. 

Instead, you'll have access to me, a Retirement Options-trained coach and 'Too Young To Retire' facilitator, for the whole of the 2-day course.  You'll learn all about retirement and, more importantly, you'll learn how to make retirement work for YOU from the inside out.

First of all you'll learn about the different stages of retirement that you'll progress through
(there are 6 of them).  You'll discover the potential pitfalls of each stage and make plans to help you avoid them - after all, forewarned is forearmed!

Then I'll take you through the Retirement Success Pyramid - my unique system for helping you get the retirement you deserve. The Retirement Success Pyramid will help you to:

  • explore the opportunities and options that are available to you in this next stage of your life and choose the ones that are right for you

  • determine the style of retirement that you're naturally drawn to by discovering your ‘retirement type’ and identifying some good role models for your particular type

  • work out what a successful retirement would look and feel like for you

  • examine strategies which will increase the probability of you getting the retirement you want and deserve to have

  • work out what the component parts of your ideal retirement would be, and then compare your version of your ideal retirement with that of your partner to see how you can blend
    the two together

  • identify goals that will help you attain your ideal retirement (or, if your chances of getting your ideal retirement seem constrained by your current reality, help you identify the elements of your ideal retirement that you CAN incorporate into your life.)

  • consider the expectations that other people (such as your grown-up children and your elderly parents) hold about your retirement and make sure that there is no mismatch of expectations that could lead to conflict later

  • make sure that you stay connected to other people and continue to make new friends
    once you're no longer working 

  • look at ways to help you disengage from work and replace the 5 main benefits that we all
    receive from our work

  • determine if you're the sort of person who should continue to work, in some capacity, after retirement and, if you are, work out what your perfect post-retirement work would be

  • make a new commitment to your mental and physical health and wellbeing so that you're
    fit and healthy enough to be able to enjoy your retirement and, as you get older, to remain as independent as possible and living in your own home

  • explore ways you can develop a satisfying portfolio of hobbies, interests and activities
    and increase the amount of time you spend on activities that bring you satisfaction and fulfilment (rather than just fill your time)

  • investigate how you can plan to meet your future needs, conserve and protect your
    existing resources and build the support systems that will underpin your life as you get older

  • examine how your home environment will need to support you as you get older,

  • explore your potential for becoming a lifelong learner (and discover the advantages associated with continuing to learn)

  • determine what you want your (non-financial) legacy to be

  • prevent yourself becoming one of the 20% of people who get stuck in the 'disenchantment' stage of retirement (which can lead to depression and dissatisfaction if it's not managed correctly)

  • learn how to balance your wants and needs with your partners wants and needs and discover how to avoid getting under each other's feet once you retire

  • explore how you will use the extra time available to you once you retire

  • figure out if you have enough hobbies, interests and activities to keep you interested and connected and discover if there's a balance in your range of leisure activities

  • find at least one form of exercise that you enjoy and are able to sustain and find out what actions you can take to increase the chances of you taking daily exercise

  • discover (or rediscover) your passions in life and how you can actively pursue those passions every day

  • find out your aging style and learn how that can help or hinder you in this next phase of your life

  • discover how your retirement doesn't have to be a gradual decline into old age, infirmity
    and dependency but how, instead, it can be a time of renewal, growth, exploration and purpose

  • draw up your ‘bucket list’ of things you still want to be, do and have in life and learn how to break your bucket list goals down into baby steps you can take daily action on

  • become aware of any limiting beliefs you hold about retirement and the aging process and learn how you can overcome them

And don’t worry – you won’t be just sitting and listening all the time.  Our courses are very interactive, with lots of discussion, activities, quizzes and opportunities to ask questions.  However, nobody will be embarrassed or asked to do anything that they feel uncomfortable with.

In addition, I'm not interested in filling the room to make more money - we never
accept more than 10 people onto a course to allow for plenty of conversation and interaction
within the group.

Course fees are £397 per individual and £697 per couple.

You'll receive your own copy of my 224 page 'Get the Retirement You Deserve' study pack and
lunch and mid-morning/mid-afternoon refreshments are included. 
The cost of overnight accommodation IS NOT included in the course fee.


Course Dates for 2011




25/26 January


Get the Retirement You Deserve

15/16 February


Get the Retirement You Deserve

15/16 March Manchester Get the Retirement You Deserve

12/13 April


Get the Retirement You Deserve

17/18 May


Get the Retirement You Deserve

14/15 June


Get the Retirement You Deserve

19/20 July Manchester Get the Retirement You Deserve

13/14 September


Get the Retirement You Deserve

18/19 October Manchester Get the Retirement You Deserve
22 /23 November Manchester Get the Retirement You Deserve
13/14 December Manchester Get the Retirement You Deserve

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Do you have questions before you book your course?  Don't have time to scroll down to find the answers? Use these quick links to the most frequently asked questions:

How much does it cost?

Why should I choose a Contemporary Retirement pre-retirement course?

How do I book my course?

Why should I choose a Contemporary Retirement course or coaching package?

Good question! 

Well... first of all, I’m passionate about helping people like you to get the 



most vital,

most productive,

most energetic,

most prosperous,

most fulfilling retirement you could possibly have, whilst, at the same time, helping you to balance having the kind of retirement you want and deserve to have, with planning to meet your future needs.

Secondly, unlike other companies who offer the standard, pre-retirement, financial/estate planning fare, I prefer to adopt a much more holistic approach to retirement.  My courses, which combine proven life coaching and self development principles and practices with current thinking in retirement life-stage planning, help you to excavate your dreams, desires and wishes for this next stage of your life and then use them to design your ideal retirement.

Thirdly, my certification as a Retirement Options™ trained retirement coach and Too Young To Retire™ facilitator, combined with my life coach training from CoachU and the Graduate School of Coaching, and the fact that, for over 20 years, I have worked with individuals and groups as a Life Coach, Manager, Lecturer and Trainer have helped me develop a fun, compassionate, practical, down-to-earth coaching and teaching style.  (And the fact that I took my first retirement at the ripe old age of 43 means that I know what I’m talking about when discussing both the expected and unforeseen challenges which you may encounter once you retire.)

In addition, at various stages of my life I have either been or still am:

  • married
  • divorced
  • a long-term singleton (for 7 years and I enjoyed  
     (almost) every minute of it
  • a co-habitee
  • a step-parent, complete with KIPPERS (Kids In Parent’s Pocket Eroding Retirement Savings)
  • an employee
  • a manager
  • a small-business owner and
  • a landlord

- which all means that I have a wide range of life experience, which, in turn, makes me aware of and sensitive to the many and varied needs of my clients and course attendees.

Finally, my free, ongoing Retirement Success Group means that you can continue to receive retirement support during those first few months of your retirement when everything feels strange  and new...

Retirement Success Group

Attend a Contemporary Retirement pre-retirement course or book any of the retirement coaching packages and receive ongoing support via our monthly Retirement Success Group free of charge for as long as you need it.

Every month you will have the opportunity to ‘meet up’ with me and other newly-retired people like yourself via a telephone conference line.   Within this group, you will have the opportunity to:

  • explore the options available to you in this next phase of your life

  • ask any questions that you have about retirement and have them answered

  • share any concerns that you have and find out how other people are tackling their retirement challenges

  • share your news and successes

  • be inspired and motivated by hearing just what other people are doing with their retirement

  • receive coaching on pressing issues

  • pair up with a retirement buddy – if you would like to be paired up with another newly-retired group member with whom you can keep in touch via phone and/or email to discuss retirement-related issues, I will do my best to arrange this.


How much does it cost?

Course fees for all courses are £397 per individual and £697 per couple.  Lunch and mid-morning/mid-afternoon refreshments are included.  The cost of overnight accommodation IS NOT included in the course fee.  You will be provided with a file full of materials and you don't even need to bring a pen or paper - they're supplied for you.  Payment of course fees is only due 30 days before the start of the course but early completion of a course registration form is recommended to secure a place on the course of your choice.


How do I book my course?

Just choose your preferred course date.  Print off and complete a copy of the booking form (which tells you everything else you need to to know).  Then, send the form to me to reserve your place.  Payment of your course fee is due 30 days before the start of your course.


Course fees are
 £397 per individual or £697 per couple

All courses and coaching packages include free, ongoing support via my
Retirement Success Group
(See above for full details)

Call me, Ann Harrison, on 0560 282 2130 or email me at ann@annharrisonlifecoaching.com for more information 

  (without obligation and don't worry, you won't be inundated with
advertising emails afterwards).



Lead Coach Ann Harrison 

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