Booked Out Podcast

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If you’re running an interview-style show, finding guests can be a huge challenge. Where can you find high-quality guests? And if you have no insider connections, how can you get them to say yes?

In Booked Out Podcast, I share all of my email and social media scripts to help you pitch the right guests and get them to say yes. 

I also walk you through my complete workflow to make scheduling simple. 

Lastly, I’ll offer interviewing tips to help get the most out of your incredible guests, since interviewing is absolutely a learned skill that takes practice.

When I first started podcasting, I had no idea where to find guests.

I thought prospects would turn me down in a heartbeat until I looked a little more legit 🙁

But I knew I wanted to run an interview-style podcast, and I’ve always been a hard worker. So I decided I was just going to go for it.

I’d put in a little hustle, do my research, and see what worked.

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I was pleasantly surprised by what I found!

After fine-tuning my pitch and doing extensive guest research, I went from getting no responses to hearing almost all “yesses!” 

And it wasn’t because my resume changed.

It was all because I learned how to position myself and my podcast as the right opportunity to the right people.

3 years, 75 episodes, and 100,000+ downloads later, I've learned so much about podcast interviews.

Not only have I interviewed dozens of guests – including podcasters and online business owners with audiences 10-50x my size – but I’ve also been a podcast guest myself. So I’ve learned that there’s so much more that goes on behind-the-scenes that listeners never see. You have to think about…

Finding guests

There are so many people who could be a great guest for your show. So how do you decide who to pitch, and how can you maximize the odds that they'll say yes?

Learning how to interview

Interviewing someone else is much different than having a regular conversion. If you go into it blind, you'll miss a ton of amazing value and expertise that your guest could've brought to your audience.

Growing your audience

Helping your guest share their episode is a great strategy to build your podcast audience. But you have to lead the way and tell them exactly what to do.

None of these skills are intuitive. But the good news is that they're all easily taught!

I knew I was on to something good when my guests regularly complimented my interview process. And that’s when I realized I needed to teach others how they could be amazing interview hosts, too!

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Booked Out Podcast

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Learn how to find and book high-quality guests, interview like a pro, and ultimately grow your audience with the help of guest promotion. You’ll be turning away guests in no time!

Here's a peek inside the program...

1: How to pitch your podcast

Learn how to pitch your podcast, including the PR materials you’ll need to prepare before you start pitching new guests. 

2: Prospecting & tracking your guest status

Learn where to find the kind of guests who will not only benefit your listeners, but also your marketing efforts. Plus, I’ll teach you how to track your prospecting and how to send an email or DM that hooks your guest and gets the “yes!”

3: Scheduling & Episode Prep

I’ll teach you how to book your interview, set up your recording in Zencastr, and prepare your guests for the big day. This section includes detailed demos of my favorite (free!) tools, plus some insider tips to make sure your guest has a great experience and you get their best content.

4: How to be a Great Interviewer

Interviewing is a learned skill, so I’ll share the top tips I’ve learned after interviewing for the last two years. I’ll also teach you how to actually record your interview, and how to prep your guest day-of before you hit record.

5: Publishing your episodes

How can you maximize your episode downloads? (Hint: your guest is a big part of the equation!) In this section, I’ll teach you how to properly encourage your guest to promote their episode, including what not to do.

BONUS SECTION

Automate your process and have guests pitch YOU!

Wouldn’t it be great if guests started pitching you for a change? I’ve found that there are a few easy steps you can take to help high-quality guests find your podcast and pitch you directly. (After implementing this on my own podcasts, I had to start turning guests away. That’s how many applications I was getting!) 

I’ll teach you exactly how I did it so you can start seeing a small but steady influx of qualified guests for your show.

Within a month, I’ll help you book 5-10 high-quality interviews for your podcast. 

And that’s just the start.

This system can be used again and again to book as many guests as you need. (And maybe guests will even start pitching you!)

Join Booked Out Podcast today!

Learn how to prospect, prepare, and interview high-quality guests for your podcast. Plus, you’ll learn how to make it easy for confirmed guests to promote their episodes, and prospective guests to pitch you on joining. 

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14-Day Satisfaction Guarantee

I know you’ve got what it takes to book great guests that your listeners will love. And I know my experience as both a podcaster and a teacher can help you get there. But you don’t even have to take my word for it!

I want to make this as risk-free as possible, and I also want to empower you to get started right away. That’s why we offer a full 14 days to explore the course materials. If you still aren’t satisfied, email us to show that you’ve done the homework and we’ll process your refund.

hey, i'm melissa!

I’m the founder of Wit & Wire, and I also host and produce Everything is Teachable, the podcast that takes you behind-the-scenes to learn how everyday creators have transformed their skills and passions into online businesses. Within our first month, we hit the charts as the #2 Career podcast in the USA and a top 20 Business podcast in the USA.

Outside the microphone, I’ve been an online (and in-person!) teacher since 2015, with a combined 6,000+ students in my classes and workshops.

It’s my passion for teaching that brought me to start a podcast in the first place, and I later founded Wit & Wire to help more passionate creators like you expand their reach and revenue through podcasting.

Join Booked Out Podcast today!

Learn how to prospect, prepare, and interview high-quality guests for your podcast. Plus, you’ll learn how to make it easy for confirmed guests to promote their episodes, and prospective guests to pitch you on joining. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

This is a huge myth I’m about to bust; you do not need pre-existing connections to book high-quality podcast guests. All you need is a strong pitch and the right approach, and soon you’ll feel comfortable – and confident! – cold pitching prospective guests.

Realistically, not everyone will say yes. And that’s not a reflection on you. It’s more likely about their time and how busy they are! So we’ll make sure you’re pitching enough people to keep a steady pipeline of interviews confirmed and recorded.

This was one of my biggest fears when I started podcasting a few years ago. But I was pleasantly surprised that people were happy to be my earliest guests! They were thrilled and flattered I’d asked them to be featured, plus they knew that my earliest episodes would actually get a lot of promotion during my launch. Then once I had a few episodes released, I was able to share those as proof in my new pitch.

So it’s not as big of a deal as it seems to be brand new! (Phew.)

Well…probably not. At least not at first. In the course, we talk about knowing who will say yes to your podcast, and a big part of that self-awareness is pitching large guests, but maybe not gigantic Sara Bareilles level guests. You have to work your way up in size. 

That said, you can probably pitch guests slightly larger than you might think! I’ll show you how.

Absolutely not! In this course, we’ll talk about why joining your podcast is actually a huge benefit to any guest, so paying them isn’t necessary. (Nor should it be expected.)

That’s a great idea! This course is specifically for podcasters looking for guests – not the other way around – but I do have a directory for my 200+ students in this program to collaborate and do interview swaps with each other.

This course is yours forevah! Feel free to move through the content at your own pace.

I’m here for you! This course comes with email support, and I reply within 2 business days to all student inquiries. (Usually faster!)

Yes! This is a self-paced course, so you’ll unlock all of the videos and templates when you join, and you can go at any pace. Your course materials will not expire.

Join Booked Out Podcast today!

Learn how to prospect, prepare, and interview high-quality guests for your podcast. Plus, you’ll learn how to make it easy for confirmed guests to promote their episodes, and prospective guests to pitch you on joining. (Bonus redeemed automatically at checkout.)

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