Lessons from DMJ: Get Booked As A Guest on Podcasts

In the latest episode of DMJ, we had the pleasure of hosting Josef Schinwald, the CEO of Guest Experts on Air. Schinwald, a seasoned expert in the podcasting industry, shared his insights on the art of getting booked on podcasts. He delved into the intricacies of overcoming initial nervousness, the methodology of securing a spot on a podcast, and the importance of standing out as a guest. Furthermore, he discussed the role of social media in promoting podcast appearances and the future of the podcasting industry.

Notably, Schinwald also mentioned his book on podcast guesting, offering a wealth of practical advice for those interested in this field. This article aims to encapsulate the key points from this enlightening interview, providing a comprehensive guide for anyone looking to make their mark in the podcasting world.

Overcoming Nervousness and Anxiety

Josef Schinwald kicked off the interview by addressing a common concern among many aspiring podcast guests – nervousness and anxiety. He stressed that speaking on podcasts is akin to public speaking, and it’s natural to feel a bit jittery at first. However, he assured that with practice, this nervousness can transform into a sense of joy and fulfillment.

He further emphasized that podcasting can be a fun and enjoyable experience. The key is to embrace the nervousness and use it as a stepping stone to improve and refine your public speaking skills. Over time, you’ll find that the anxiety fades away, replaced by the thrill of sharing your knowledge and insights with a wider audience.

Methodology for Getting Booked on Podcasts

Next, Schinwald shared his tried-and-tested methodology for getting booked on podcasts. The first step, he said, is to research and identify experts in your field. This helps you understand the landscape and identify where you can add value. The next step is to find podcasts where you would be a good fit based on your unique value proposition.

He also recommended using tools like Listen Notes to find podcast hosts’ email addresses and reach out to them. This proactive approach can significantly increase your chances of getting booked. Remember, the goal is to position yourself as a unique and valuable guest who can bring fresh perspectives to the table.

Standing Out as a Guest

Standing out as a guest is crucial in the competitive world of podcasting. Schinwald suggests that one of the best ways to do this is by actively contributing to discussions and focusing on your niche expertise. By sharing your unique insights and experiences, you can add value to the podcast and engage the audience in a meaningful way.

He also pointed out that being a specialist in a specific area can be more powerful than being a generalist. This is because a specialist can delve deeper into a topic, offering nuanced insights that a generalist might not be able to provide. So, identify your niche and own it!

Using Social Media to Promote Podcast Appearances

Schinwald also discussed the importance of using social media to promote podcast appearances. He suggested repurposing podcast content into video clips and sharing them on platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. This not only increases your visibility but also helps you reach a wider audience.

He further recommended utilizing AI tools to format and optimize the content for each platform. Consistent promotion of your podcast appearances on social media can significantly boost your reach and engagement, helping you build a strong online presence.

The Future of Podcasting

Looking ahead, Schinwald predicted that podcasting will continue to grow, with AI playing a significant role in expanding the industry. He cited a projection that podcasting could be a $130 billion industry by 2030, with currently five million podcast listeners.

He also highlighted how AI technology could enhance the podcasting experience, enabling content in different languages and making podcasts more accessible to a global audience. This underscores the immense potential of podcasting and the exciting opportunities it holds for the future.

Book on Podcast Guesting

Finally, Schinwald mentioned his book on podcast guesting, which is available for free on the Guest Experts on Air website. The book provides practical advice on how to get booked on high-end podcasts, making it a valuable resource for anyone interested in this field.

From identifying the right podcasts to crafting compelling pitches, the book covers all the essential aspects of podcast guesting. It’s a must-read for anyone looking to make their mark in the podcasting world.


In conclusion, the interview with Josef Schinwald provided a wealth of insights and strategies for getting booked on podcasts, standing out as a guest, and leveraging social media for promotion. It also sheds light on the future of podcasting and offered a sneak peek into Schinwald’s book on podcast guesting. Whether you’re a seasoned podcast guest or just starting out, these tips and strategies can help you navigate the podcasting world with confidence and ease.

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Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.