Thank you for your interest in being a guest on The Productive Woman podcast. It's a privilege for me to be able to share with The Productive Woman listeners the experiences and insights of other women. Before you reach out to me to propose yourself or someone else as a prospective guest on the podcast, please consider the following:
The role of guests on The Productive Woman
First, my guests typically don't come on the podcast in their capacity as experts in a particular subject area, but as women who are willing to share transparently about how they manage their own busy lives. In the context of that discussion we usually touch on the guest's particular expertise, profession, or passion, but that's not the focus of the conversation. The Productive Woman is not a platform for experts to share their teachings or expertise. The Productive Woman's sole purpose is to offer women “the tools and encouragement they need to manage their time, life, stress, and stuff so they can accomplish the things they care about most and make a life that matters.” I do that through sharing life experiences and lessons learned–my own and my guests'–so we can all learn from each other and get ideas about what works and what doesn't.
The best way to get a sense of how we approach productivity on The Productive Woman is to listen to a few episodes of the podcast, especially some of the recent episodes featuring guests (click here and here and here for some recent examples). Please don't approach me about being a guest on The Productive Woman if you've never listened to the show!
The kinds of guests I'm looking for
Second, I try very hard to bring diverse perspectives to the podcast. For me, that means I look for guests from a variety of professions, viewpoints, ages, geographic locations, life stages, nationalities, and so on.
Honestly, I get many, many emails each week from coaches of various types who'd like to speak to The Productive Woman listeners. I have, in fact, featured several coaches this year. At this point, I'm looking for guests whose primary job or profession is not coaching. (I love and support coaches–I am a coach!–and often refer my listeners and masterminders to other coaches, but it's important to bring a wider variety of perspectives to the podcast for the benefit of the many listeners who are not coaches and who are looking to learn from the experiences of other women whose lives are more like theirs.)
As I'm writing this in the summer of 2017, I'm particularly interested in talking to professional women (e.g., professors, teachers, lawyers, executives, doctors, engineers, etc.), women with regular 9-5 jobs (or jobs involving shift work or unusual working schedules) with or without a family, students, and stay-at-home moms. If you're a woman who listens to the podcast and fits into one of those categories–and especially if you live somewhere other than the United States–send me an email!
Limited spaces for guests
Third, I only have a guest on the show usually about once a month or so. That means the openings for guests are limited to perhaps 12-14 per year.
For now, women only (sorry guys)
Finally, I currently invite only women as guests on The Productive Woman podcast. I have nothing against men–I've been married to one for almost 4 decades, I've raised 3 of them to adulthood, and throughout my life many of my best friends and most supportive mentors and profound teachers have been men–but for now, because of the role guests play on The Productive Woman podcast, I'm welcoming only women as guests. I revisit that decision every year, so that might change in the future, at which point I'll update this page, but until further notice, I won't be inviting any men as guests on the podcast.
Are you a fit?
If, after reading the foregoing, you think you're a perfect fit and would like to be considered as a guest on an upcoming episode of the podcast, please click here to send me an email for more information about the process.
In the meantime, best wishes for great success in your endeavors.