Let’s talk about rejection from potential podcast guests. Why is “no” such a scary word? It doesn’t have to have a negative connotation, and here’s why!
In this post you’ll learn:
- Why rejection hurts from potential podcast guests
- Why “no” is often a blessing in disguise
- How not to take “no” personally
- How to trust the process
- The magic of divine timing
Rejection From Potential Podcast Guests
Let’s chat about rejection, shall we? Rejection is an innate part of podcasting — and life. When you hear the word, what comes to mind for you?
For many, it’s a sense of defeat and more often than not, a blow to the ego. Today we invite you to reframe the way you think of rejection.
We know all too well how disappointing it can be when you invest hours researching and crafting the perfect pitch email. You spend so much time thinking about a podcast guest, mentally willing them to come on your show, only to be ghosted or told “no.”
The reality is that what is so important and relevant in our lives may not be as important and relevant in another person’s life — and that’s okay!
People take “no” too seriously. Someone could read your pitch email while walking into a restaurant and totally forget about it or maybe a friend called their phone when they were just about to respond. There are a thousand scenarios of how and why someone may get distracted, and your email is lost in the process.
The Importance of Divine Timing
At the end of the day, we believe everything happens in divine timing. Though cliché, it may not be meant to be right now. And ultimately, if we admire the people we are pitching, then we should also admire their boundaries and the way that they operate.
Also, the “no” could really be a “maybe later.” We’ve had a few guests on the show who said “no” at first and then eventually said “yes.” When you’re in the moment, it can be difficult to realize that you may not be ready for the guest (or that they may not be ready for you!).
Then when they do come on, they’re able to speak and share a message that is destined to be heard by your audience. In other words, there’s a chance that had they come on the show at a different time (when you thought you wanted them), they would have had a different message that may not have landed in the way you hoped.
Our biggest piece of advice: Trust the process and don’t get discouraged. Never be afraid to follow up and shoot your shot! After all, the worst thing they can say is “no” and is that really so bad?