EP 75: How To Pitch Yourself To Podcasts & Rock Your Interview

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Over the past month or so I have received a ton of requests from incredible women who want to be guests on the show and I’ve heard a lot of you say that one of your goals for this summer is to put yourself out there and pitch to be on different shows within your niche. So as someone who has both pitched themselves and received pitches, I wanted to give you a few tips on what has helped me to land interviews and what I like to see when someone pitches me! I also wanted to give a few tips on how to be a give a good interview. It’s one thing to finally get that yes from a show that you have been dying to be on but that’s only half the work. You’re about to be placed in front of an entirely new audience so the last thing you want to do is go on and bumble your way through the questions. So i’ll share a few ways that you can rock your interview.


ON WHERE YOU SHOULD START BEFORE PITCHING YOURSELF

I suggest getting organized first! Create a spreadsheet where you can keep track of the show you want to be a guest on, the host name, their contact info, the story you want to pitch, when you sent the initial pitch and also when you followed up.

WHEN IT COMES TO PITCHING YOUR SPECIFIC ANGLE

Try to be as specific as possible when it comes to your pitch topics so that the host can not only get a better idea of who you are and what you do but so that they can also easily craft interview questions.

WHY FOLLOWING UP IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE TO PITCHING YOURSELF

9 times out of 10, you wont get a response until after you send that second email. Which is why following up is so important! Inboxes get cluttered and people often forget to respond but sending a follow up email pushes you to the top of their inbox.

ON HOW TO ROCK YOUR INTERVIEW

To really make a great impression and sound confident, make sure you first know how to clearly articulate your origin story. Where did you start and how did it lead you to where you are today? Again, you also want to make sure you really know what you’re talking about when it comes to your specific topic. This helps with eliminating the use of “umm” and long pauses. If the podcast host sends over the interview questions ahead of time, it wouldn’t hurt to look them over ahead of time so you can have a good idea of how you will respond.


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Alisha Byrd