How I Approach Busy Powerful People and Influencers

The podcast “The Nishant Garg Show” started without knowing anyone in the mental health and mindfulness industry. Why am I specific to only mental health and mindfulness industry? When I reached out to people, usually their first question was “what’s this podcast about?” Therefore, I had to pick a topic that I cared for and had been personally practicing for some time. If I had chosen a topic I wasn’t passionate about, I’d have given very early on. So, the key is to focus on the topics you care and passionate about. Fast forward, I’ve covered many other topics such as trauma healing, relationships, leadership, and more, as my interest level grows and I evolve with time. Growth is never a linear process – not sure who said this.

I had to start from somewhere. Some of the kindest friends said yes to be on the show in the beginning to boost my confidence and courage. You will need more courage than confidence when you literally know nothing about the podcasting or any new venture. Remember – courage over confidence.

I knew that if I want to go further, I can’t just rely on a few friends. I had to try something else. To begin with, I started connecting with people on LinkedIn and start pitching my little heart. I had zero experience in cold messaging. As they say, you just start, keep refining your approach with time, and observe what’s working and what’s not.

As of writing this, I must have done thousands of cold-pitches. I had a lofty goal since beginning although I didn’t know where exactly I want this podcast to go. My only intention was “building skills and developing connections” in this process even if I stop doing this so-called podcasting. I, personally, am not a fan of the “networking” as I am a person who likes to create deeper connections with a few souls only. I don’t believe in creating superficial connections with many-many bodies.

Cold pitching is not an easy thing. Know that, busy people and influencers won’t have time to respond to you even when you’ve a perfect pitch. When I was approaching someone busy (almost everyone was busier than me ;)), I always made sure to keep it short, sweet, and clear, and tried to make it easy enough for them to respond with either YES or NO. Did this approach work? Yes, it did to get me to this stage, but not all the time. Most of the time, I didn’t get any response. It was a practice ground for me to become comfortable with NOs and No Responses, and still is.

Your patience is going to be tested. When you don’t have a credibility, it’s really difficult to get people to say YES. However, it’s possible though. It’s a numbers game. When you’re just starting, don’t start with reaching out to people with a huge following – I did that mistake so many times early on. Your message will be lost in the overwhelming requests they receive or you will get a NO by their assistants. Here is the thing, be nicer to the assistants – they are the gatekeeper and they can let you in. So, be nice even when they say NO. You never know when the equation changes.

I realized that if I approach 100 people, at least 10 would say YES. That’s it. That’s all you need. It’s a numbers game. Now, after launching 167+ episodes, I very rarely cold-pitch people and I purely rely on referrals and connections.

Cold pitching is very time consuming and I strongly believe that it’s the best option for anyone starting afresh. In this process, you will learn to take NOs and rejections less personally. Busy people already have a lot on their plate, hence, the timing and luck definitely matters.

I was lucky enough to get some big influencers (Guy Kawasaki) early on. May be, they read my emails when they were in happy mood or less busy, who knows.

The first step is to test with different email templates. Be precise and clear with your message why you’re reaching them. Don’t write pages of emails – no one has time for that.

Don’t be pushy and salesy. Follow up 2-3 times over the weeks/months. It’s ok if you don’t get a response. The world is full of amazing people. If one says no, there is always another amazing person who will say yes. NO isn’t a rejection if we look at it from different. It simply is that they are not enrolled in your mission.

In my messages/emails, I showed empathy at the end by giving them the clear exit if they don’t have time to respond or uninterested in my pursuit. Ex: I understand that you get such an inbound request all the time, and If you have read my email this far, it means a lot to me. I am not in a rush to do this. Thanks in advance.

Two books, which really helped in understanding the purpose and mission, and being comfortable with rejections, are The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life and The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact.

I started capturing each cold pitch that worked for me in my go-to Evernote. To inspire you that it’s possible to make this happen from zero level, I’ve copied some pitches below. Nobody wants to be enrolled in a podcast; therefore, I had to create a mission and purpose around it, because we all human beings want to be part of a bigger purpose. I am glad to share that this little show is helping some people live a fulfilled and abundant life and they are the source of ripple effects.

Template 1:

“Hello X, I hope you are well and I will be brief here.

My name is Nishant. I’m originally from India and now live in Austin, Texas, USA. I am an Engineer and the Podcast host of the show “The Nishant Garg Show” where I invite world-class experts including Researchers, Psychologists, Business Tycoons, Mindfulness Experts, etc,  to share tools and practices to improve the quality of life. I am on a mission to help people live a fulfilled life and live more mindfully.

You have been on my mind for a while and have heard about you many times on Tim Ferriss and The Trauma Therapist Podcast. Thank you for making a difference in society.
My intention from this email is to invite you to my podcast as a guest, and I’d be honored to have you join me in this mission and share your wisdom with the listeners. As of writing this email, I have published 112 episodes in just 10 months. I understand that you get such an inbound request all the time, and If you have read my email this far, it means a lot to me. I am not in a rush to do this. Thanks in advance.

Much Love to you and Gratitude.”

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The Top 20 Blogs Visited from 2020

This is the list of Top 20 blog pages visited(in decreasing order) in 2020. Some of the blog pages are a result of the podcast.

Blog page visit is different than a podcast download/listen. Every blog page(corresponding to a podcast) covers guest details, links to the podcast, how to connect with the guests, and much more.

This is the list of Top 20 blog pages visited(in decreasing order) in 2020. Some of the blog pages are a result of the podcast.

Blog page visit is different from a podcast download/listen. Every blog page(corresponding to a podcast) covers guest details, links to the podcast, how to connect with the guests, and much more.

I covered the Top 20 podcasts downloaded/listened to in another blog.

I hope you will enjoy reading and listening to the podcast as much as I have enjoyed working on this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Please enjoy!

#1: Dr. Tho Ha Vinh — Learning from Thich Nhat Hanh, Gross National Happiness, Buddhist Teachings, Special Education Work, and More

#2: Dr. Mickra Hamilton – Epigenetics for Precision Performance

#3: Dr. Alexei Vranich on Thinking like an Archaeologist, Stoicism, Bio-mechanics of Breathing, Meditation, Happiness, and More

#4: Michael Bunting — Ethics and Values based Mindfulness, Inner Inquiry Work, Mindful Leadership, Developmental Practice, and More

#5: Raj Raghunathan, Business Professor, Author – If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?

#6: Dr. Tasha Eurich — Increase Your Self-Awareness, Importance of Feedback, Meditation, and Effective Decision Making

#7: Kirk Parsley, M.D. — Former Navy SEAL, Physician to the SEALs, and Sleep Optimization Expert

#8: Dr. Jonathan Fisher on Heartful living, Suffering, Meditation, Deep Connection, Acceptance, and More

#9: Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP – Choose Honesty, Honest Liars, The Psychology of Self-Deception

#10: Sam Himelstein, Ph.D. — Trauma Informed Care, T.A.P. Practice, Trauma Informed Mindfulness, Parent-Child Relationship, and More

#11:Celia Landman — Mindfulness, Compassion, and Forgiveness

#12: Jennifer Shapiro-Lee — Coping with Uncertainty, Building Better Mental Health, Grief Process, Psychotherapy, and More

#13: Elizabeth Perry — Being in the Now, Surrender, Faith, Detachments, Escapism

#14: Jessica Zaia – Intuition Development, Healing, Soul Calling

#15: Garrain Jones — From Homeless to #1 Bestseller, ‘Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life’

#16: Janet Attwood — The Passion Test, Mastering Self-Love, Wisdom From Spiritual Masters, The Power of Ritual, and More

#17: Joe Johnson on Happiness, Meditation, Books, Emotions

#18: Dr. Tracy Ochester, PsyD – Mental health, Psychology and Mindfulness Interconnection

#19: Rha Goddess — Inner Peace, Stay True, Get Paid, and Do Good

#20: Tools, Techniques and Basics of Podcasting to Play a Long Game

Please enjoy. Thank you so much for all your support. Your support drives me to do the work. This belongs to you all.

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Short Life Advice From The Best — Andrea Goeglein and Jill Bolte Taylor (#117)

This episode is part of my new experiment where I combine some nuggets from the episodes done with Dr. Andrea Goeglein and Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor.

Dr. Andrea Goeglein altered the truth of her age and got a job at a Wall Street brokerage firm at 14.  By 24 she opened her first operating business – a Haagen-Dazs ice cream store in Reno, Nevada.  Many businesses and a PhD in Organizational Psychology later she felt she had experienced enough stress and anxiety to be an expert. Today she is a Success Catalyst and known as Dr. Success™.  Andrea is the founder, curator and author of the Don’t Die™ self-development collection of books.  Her latest book is Don’t Die Waiting to Be Brave. As an expert in Applied Positive Psychology, she is your success Sherpa, guiding you as you climb the mountain of success.

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist who experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain in 1996. On the afternoon of this rare form of stroke (AVM), she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. It took eight years for Dr. Jill to completely recover all of her physical function and thinking ability. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight:

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Listen to the full episode with Jill Bolte Taylor at https://nishantgarg.me/2020/07/01/dr-jill-bolte-taylor/

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Debra Stangl — Sedona Soul Adventures, Focus on the Next Step, The Journey to Happy and Spiritual Awakening, and More (#112)

How Embracing The Concept That Nothing Is Wrong Can Transform Your Life

-Debra

Debra Stangl is the founder of Sedona Soul Adventures and author of the #1 International Best Seller The Journey To Happy – How Embracing The Concept That Nothing Is Wrong Can Transform Your Life. Debra was a divorce attorney for over 20 years in Omaha, Nebraska before a spiritual re-awakening in 1999 in Sedona led her to leave her practice, embark on a 3 year journey of personal healing, culminating in the founding of Sedona Soul Adventures in 2002. Sedona Soul Adventures does life changing, relationship-saving retreats that are custom designed for each individual and couple. The retreats consist of one-on-one or two-on-one private sessions, utilizing over 50 of the Master Practitioners in Sedona. SSA was named “Best in Sedona” in Retreats in 2020, “Best Marriage Retreats in the US for 2020” by Guidedoc and one of the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in the US in 2019.

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Book: The Journey To Happy: How Embracing the Concept that NOTHING IS WRONG Can Transform Your Life

Connect with Debra : Website | Sedona Soul Adventures | Instagram | Twitter | Youtube

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Questions I ask:

  • You had a spiritual awakening in Sedona in 1999. Could you please speak to that?
  • What was your self-talk when you were working as a divorce attorney?
  • Would you mind talking about your mom? How was your relationship with your mom?
  • Energy and Healing work?
  • We all have some negative emotions, painful moments and letting go surrendering isn’t easy, how did you develop that compassion for your dad?
  • If someone has never done any sort of energy healing work, how should they start?
  • How do you help couples stay together?
  • and much more!

The Nishant Garg Show:

This show is about extracting information on Mindfulness, Personal Development, Spirituality. I am on a mission to spread Mindfulness and I’d love for you to join me in this movement.

Subscribe to the Newsletter. You won’t be spammed! I hate spams too! You will receive only one email every Friday on the latest published podcasts

For any question, please contact me.

If you have enjoyed listening to my podcasts, please subscribe to the new podcast updates on Itunes please provide your reviews on Itunes which will really help me.