Hey savvies! Welcome back to another episode of the podcast. In today’s episode, we’re talking all about how to politely decline guest pitches. 

If your inbox is anything like mine, you are constantly getting pitches that are less than ideal so your options are to either ignore them (which is totally fine to do on occasion) or you can respond and let them down easy. 

I know sometimes if the pitch is really off, I have responded and given them some unwanted feedback, but usually that ends up being a waste of time. 

So let’s dive into how to politely decline guest pitches so that they aren’t left hanging. 

If it’s not a fit for right now but might be in the future //

You may get some pitches in your inbox that aren’t a great fit for now, but it could be a topic that you’d be open to having on your show in the future so obviously you don’t want to burn that bridge. 

Tell them that you appreciate them reaching out and this is a topic you’re definitely interested in having on your podcast, however, you aren’t ready for this topic quite yet. You can either tell them that you will circle back when you’re ready or tell them to reach out to you again in 30, 60, 90 etc days or in 3-6 months.

If it’s not relevant at all and you don’t want them to pitch you again // 

If the topic(s) proposed make absolutely no sense, then it is okay to just respond back and say that you don’t think that topic is a good fit for your audience. You don’t need to go into too much detail if you don’t want to. Sometimes I will and sometimes I won’t. It just depends on the day really. 

I’d love to know, how do you usually handle bad guest pitches? Do you ignore or do you respond? Head on over to @podcastingforentrepreneurs on Instagram and let me know.