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Marty Nemko

Host, Work with Marty Nemko

Marty Nemko was called "job coach extraordinaire" by U.S. News and "The Bay Area's best career coach" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has written 20 essays in TIME's Ideas section, and 1240 for PsychologyToday.com. Previously, his career column appeared for six years in the San Francisco Chronicle and then wrote The Big Idea continuing series on WashingtonPost.com and the Working it Out column on TheAtlantic.com. In his 30th year as a career and education advisor, Marty Nemko has served 5,400 clients and enjoys a 96% client-satisfaction rate. He is a part-time instructor of medical students at the UCSF School of Medicine.

Marty Nemko holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and subsequently taught its graduate school. He is the author of 11 books including, in 2018, Careers for Dummies and The Best of Marty Nemko (3rd edition.) His earlier books include  How to Do Life: What they didn't teach you in school and What's the Big Idea? 39 Disruptive Ideas for a Better America.  His articles are archived free on www.martynemko.com.

Marty Nemko has been a guest on many major programs from The Today Show to the Daily Show to  NPR's Talk of the Nation. Toastmasters names one non-member its Northern California Speaker of the Year. Marty Nemko was a winner, in part because of his KALW program.

  On the Apr. 25, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I speak with head of the Entrepreneurship Center at Ball State University, Mike Goldsby, on how to succeed in business with limited money and technical expertise.

  On the April 18, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Dr. Barbara Nemko and I debate the best ways to develop a personality that works in the workplace.

  On the Apr. 11, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with James O'Toole, author of The Enlightened Capitalists.

  On the Apr. 4, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko: I talk with Bella DePaulo about the pluses, minuses, and challenges of being single in the workplace.

Unemployment is near a 50-year low and wage growth in the most recent year has been, perhaps surprisingly, twice as high for the bottom half of earners as for the top half. That's a favorable environment for workers attempting to negotiate for better pay and benefits. I offer tips on how to prepare practically and psychologically, and, in the actual negotiation, how to stay strong without being unreasonable.

  On the Mar. 21, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I speak with New York Times bestselling novelist Elizabeth George on what it's really like to be a professional fiction writer.

    On the Mar. 14, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer tips for the anxious employee and job seeker.

  On the Mar. 7, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Lisette Sutherland, author of Work Together from Anywhere: A Handbook on Working Remotely, Successfully, for Individuals, Teams, and Managers.

  On the Feb. 28, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Jeff Herman, a literary agent who has sold 1,000 books to publishers and is the author of two books that have sold more than a half million copies: Write the Perfect Book Proposal and Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents (28th edition.)

The publishing world is radically changing. How does one get published in 2019, and is book publishing still worth it in an era in which so many people prefer short-form digital video? Artificial intelligence and social media are having a role in the change too.  How about self-publishing? Do you need an agent? How to use social media in marketing your book. We'll address all that.

  On the Feb. 21, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with long-time San Francisco dog trainer Beverly Ulbrich (www.poochcoach.com) about what it's really like to be a dog trainer: what's surprising, emotional, and whether it's a viable small business to start when it seems there's a dog trainer under every rock.

  On the Feb 14, 2019 Valentine's Day edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife Barbara Nemko and I share the results of Vault's 2019 survey on romance in the workplace, plus tell the tale of how we met in the workplace.

  On the Feb. 7, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I make the case that open workspaces' liabilities outweigh their advantages and invite you to weigh in.

  On the Jan. 31, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with 4-time world champion sumo wrestler, Byambajav Ulambayar about what it's really like to be a pro sumo wrestler.

  On the Jan. 24, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer a step-by-step plan for starting and succeeding in private practice, whether therapist, lawyer, social worker, physician, architect, whatever.

  On the Jan. 10, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with oboist Lana Lee about what it's really like to be a professional oboist. She'll also talk about her transition from being an engineer to musician.

  On the Dec. 27, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I ask you, "Careerwise, what might you do if you were starting over?" To kick things off, my wife Barbara Nemko and I describe what we'd do.

  On the Dec. 13, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Julie Clowes, San Francisco District Director of the Small Buiness Administration about what wannabe and extant small businesses can get from the SBA: training, money, etc.

On the program's 2nd segment, listeners call in with a problem with their worklife. I try to help. I call them Workovers although pummeling isn't involved...usually.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Thursday from 7 to 8 PM on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and worldwide on KALW.org.

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  On the Nov. 29, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer the tips that have most helped my client improve their time management.

  On the Nov. 22, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I dispel or at least provide nuance to common career myths, such as "You gotta network" and "Follow your passion."

  On the Nov. 15, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife and Napa County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Nemko and I debate what's to happen, in an era of ever more automation, offshoring, and giggification, to the many millions of people who aren't tech whizzes or otherwise intellectual giants. We will explore approaches to the problem.

  On the Nov. 1, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Jonathan Haidt about how to get people of different opinions to civilly explore each others’ positions in the workplace or the university. He is Professor of Ethical Leadership at NYU's School of Business, named one of the "top global thinkers" by Foreign Policy magazine and one of the "top world thinkers" by Prospect magazine, Britain's leading monthly current affairs magazine. And he’s co-author of a new book published by Penguin Random House, The Coddling of the American Mind.

  On the October 25, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko I share the essence of my talk at a Stanford University Distinguished Speaker Series: advice on how parents can best help their college students launch a rewarding career.

Is it worth trying microdoses of LSD or mushrooms to enhance one's work efforts? On the Sep. 27, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I explore the extent of what we know and don't know with Johns Hopkins professor Matthew Johnson and Third Wave's Paul Austin.

  Many listeners have called into Work with Marty Nemko asking for advice on how to make a living as an activist. Well, on the Sep. 20, 2018 edition of the show, I'll talk with someone who does it: Lauren Navarro of the Environmental Defense Fund.

AppleWatches and FitBits are being adapted and used in increasing numbers of workplaces. What are the up- and downsides. I explore.

  Many people would like a career in the outdoors but most of those require living outside the Bay Area, for example, in agriculture or forestry. One exception is to be an arborist, a person who plants and trims trees, sometimes very tall trees. What’s it really like to be an arborist?  On the Aug 30, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Scott Wheeler of Urban Arborists, someone for whom money does indeed grow on trees, although it certainly has its ups and downs. (Groan).

  On the Aug. 23, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I offer ideas on how to boost your chances of getting promoted, even if you've been passed over previously.

  On the Aug. 16, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Sarah Kessler, author of Gigged: The End of the Job and The Future of Work. We'll talk about what individuals, employers, and government can do.

  On the Aug. 9, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko discuss ghosting at work: employers not responding to job applicants, co-workers and bosses going silent after promising something, etc.

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