Do you want to grow better relationships with market influencers?

Are you wondering if interviewing people can help your business?

To learn how interviewing people can help build power relationships for your business, I interview John Lee Dumas for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview John Lee Dumas, author of the book Podcast Launch and host of the EntrepreneurOnFire podcast—a top-ranked business podcast. John’s podcast is a daily show and he has interviewed more than 600 business owners!

John shares how he got started with his podcast, how he attracts so many top guests and why he chose his format and niche.

You’ll discover the benefits that come from the relationships you build through podcasts before, during and after the show is released.

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John’s interview technique when he first started out

John explains that he had to work at his interview technique every single day. The very first interviews he ever did were for the EntrepreneurOnFire podcast.

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John’s very first episode for EntrepreneurOnFire.

He says that if you listen to his first 50 episodes, it’s obvious that he was new to it.

Before John started his own podcast, he loved listening to the likes of Andrew Warner of Mixergy, Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income and David Siteman Garland of Rise To The Top. He noticed that nobody was doing a 7-day-a-week show, and decided to give it a go.

Although he knew he wouldn’t be great in the beginning, he knew he had to start somewhere. So he reached out to people in the space to see if they would talk to him.

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The first nine people John interviewed for his show.

You’ll hear why John batch-processes his interviews for the week ahead, and how many episodes he did before he felt like he had settled in. John is now around the 608th episode mark.

When you host a podcast, you need to come across as authentic. John advises anyone who is hesitant to host a show to just start talking into a microphone and have some fun.

Listen to the show to find out why you don’t have to edit out every imperfection when you first start out.

The underlying premise to the strategy for EntrepreneurOnFire

John says that he truly wanted to build a lifestyle business that he could be passionate about. To be able to do this, he knew he had to grow an audience. He had to become a leader in a particular area, industry and niche.

When John listened to podcasts, he connected with them straightaway. He felt like he was having close relationships with the hosts and their guests—people he had never met. He says it’s like being the third person in a conversation when you listen to these shows.

john lee dumas listening to podcast

Listening to podcasts is a very intimate experience.

For John to be able to do a show, he knew he had to be a little bit different and come up with a unique selling proposition. This is when he had his “Ah-ha” moment for a 7-day-a-week podcast. He realized that if he could interview the likes of Amy Porterfield and Adam Baker, and get them to share their journey on his platform, then he could potentially build his audience.

You’ll hear what John did to help him overcome his fear of rejection so he could build his platform from day one.

Listen to the show to hear the story behind how John and I first connected.

How interviewing the pros has helped John’s business

John’s goal from the very beginning has been to interview people who not only talk about what they are successful with right now, but also share their failings along the way. John really wanted to break it down so it would connect with his listeners in an intimate way.

john lee dumas microphone

John gets guests to open up about their entrepreneurial failures and what got them to that “Ah-ha” moment.

Many of his guests realize at the end of the interview that they have never shared their journey before with their own audience.

You’ll hear why John’s guests are one of the main reasons why his podcast became a top 10 business podcast and was awarded Best in iTunes in 2013.

Listen to the show to discover how John helps his guests spread the word about his show.

Why the EntrepreneurOnFire Monthly Income Report is shared with the public

John explains how he has always admired Pat Flynn, and that one of the things Pat does is share his monthly income on his Smart Passive Income blog. John was amazed by this and loved how Pat was so transparent with what works and what doesn’t work for his business.

So back in September 2013, John and Kate (the content creator and community manager for EntrepreneurOnFire) made the decision to do the same thing.

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The monthly income reports for EntrepreneurOnFire.

These reports include every single way that they monetize all of their different income streams and also break down every dollar amount they spend. This information is then published every month. This allows people to see what works for John, with the hope that they can emulate his successes.

You’ll find out how this information can further help other entrepreneurs build their own businesses, and at the same time attract more business for John.

Listen to the show to find out the number-one question most people asked John when he started out with podcasting as a business.

Some of the unrealized benefits of interviewing people 

John says that the relationships he built with the people he interviewed have been incredible. Giving them a platform to share their experiences has led John to speak at conferences.

You’ll hear all of the high-profile conferences where John has been invited to speak because of the relationships that have blossomed from his show.

john lee dumas speaking

John is now invited to speak all over the world.

John explains that when he first started out, he received major feedback from people like Cliff Ravenscraft and Jamie Tardy. He was able to apply this feedback to his business to make it a success.

The main thing that both Cliff and Jamie were concerned about was how John would find enough guests for his show.

You’ll hear at what point John didn’t have to worry about lining up guests for his show anymore.

Listen to the show to find out how many entrepreneurs a month on average contact John to be on his show.

How John got people on his show in the beginning

John explains how it all began at BlogWorld New York in 2012. It was the first conference he ever attended, and an opportunity to engage with other attendees in the online entrepreneurial world.

It was when he sat in the front row listening to some amazing speakers that he realized he wanted them on a show. So he waited around after the sessions finished and approached them to ask questions and start that initial contact.

blogworld 2012 speakers

BlogWorld New York was the start of John’s journey into the podcast world.

You’ll hear how he got the initial “yes” out of most of them face to face, and what he did to follow up with others he didn’t manage to connect with.

Today, John doesn’t attend as many conferences, but he still manages to fit in four to six per year. He still likes to attend a few, as it’s a great way to meet industry leaders and make those connections.

Listen to the show to find out one of the ways John loves to pay it forward.

How to build key alliances after you interview guests

A great example of how a key alliance has benefitted John in a very powerful way is the relationship he has developed with Lewis Howes.

John explains that he has always admired Lewis from afar for a very long time. He’s a guy who pursues his dream and has achieved so much in life so far.

the school of greatness

John was desperate to get Lewis Howes on his show.

So John reached out to Lewis on multiple occasions to try to track him down for an interview. Once he got a confirmed booking, John prepared like crazy for the interview. It was after the interview that John suggested to Lewis that he should get his voice out there too and start his own podcast.

John helped him come up with the launch for the School of Greatness podcast, and Lewis then mentored John one-on-one for 6 months.

The relationship between them not only led to them dominating the iTunes chart, but iTunes contacted them to say that they could start a network together, which they called the Integrity Network. It has given them both incredible additional exposure.

the integrity network

The Integrity Network is a handful of entrepreneurial podcasts.

You never know what can come from these interviews, even before, during or after the release. Be strategic about it and amazing things will happen.

Listen to the show to discover how John got my attention after I had been on his show.

Advice when going after high-profile people

John says that the first thing you must do is launch your podcast and get it out there. Initially get some people on the show you can practice with and just have a fun time. This will help you get more comfortable with your interview technique.

You have to build some momentum and traction before you can even consider having any high-profile guests on your show.

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Don’t invite high-profile guests onto your show right away.

Cliff Ravenscraft has a great stat that he likes to share—”90% of podcasts never make it past episode 7.”

Many high-level entrepreneurs are approached a lot to be on shows, and when they see that you are in pre-launch or you don’t have 10 episodes under your belt, they will start to question if you are the 10% who will make it past episode 7. The answer is probably not.

John advises that once you are comfortable and settled in, you should then keep your eyes open. You’ll find out how John was able to attract Seth Godin and Tim Ferris onto his show, and why it helped for him to have nearly 50 episodes already launched at that point.

john lee dumas image for podcast

Check out the full podcast episode with John Lee Dumas.

Listen to the show to find why it’s important to put yourself in the position of the person you want on your show.

Take a Picture: Win Time With Mike!

For the first time ever on the Social Media Marketing podcast, I’ve decided to run a fun contest.

I would love it if you would take a picture of where you are when you listen to the show, and share it with me below in the comment area.

The person I will pick as the winner will receive an autographed copy of my book Launch AND will get 30 minutes with me on Skype to talk about ANYTHING related to their business.

Here’s how:

1. Take a pic of yourself listening to my show using your smartphone.
2. Scroll to the comments section and click on the little picture of a mountain under the words “Join the discussion…” (this works on a mobile phone) and upload the pic and leave a comment.

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Click here to add your picture in the comments section below.

I will look at all of these pictures and will pick a winner within 7 days of the launch of this podcast episode.

If you’re late to the show, then still drop a photo in there for the fun of it, as I would love to see your picture. It helps me to understand where in the world people are listening to this show and I think it’ll be a lot of fun. It’s something that I have never tried before, and it would be really cool if you’d consider doing something like that.

So go ahead and leave your comment and photo below.

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  • Bernard Loo

    Hi! I’m from Mauritius!

  • Nice office Bernard 🙂

  • Darcy pattison

    5:30 am morning walk in North Little Rock, AR. Too dark for a good photo, so I stopped under a street light for a shot of my shadow. I am your Dark Shadows listener. : )
    Great show. I recommended it on my blog this week at

  • Hi from Brighton in the UK. Love your podcast.

  • Guest

    Hi, I am from Mumbai, India.

  • Honored to consider you a friend and mentor Michael. I love the community and team you have built here…GO SME!!!

  • Thanks John!

  • Thanks Lucas!

  • Cool, and you are taking notes 🙂

  • Katha

    Thanks,Yes I always do specially while listening Podcast. I love Social Media Examiner.

  • Jeff Stephens

    Where I always listen to podcasts…my “office”. Another awesome show today Mr. Stelzner! I applied these techniques recently myself. 🙂

  • Jeff Stephens

    pic didn’t work…here goes again…I suck. lol

  • Timlewis808

    Hi! I am Tim from London in the UK! I listen on Sonos – so no headphones!

  • Timlewis808

    I have the same problem. Not sure if it just takes a while to post the photo though. Disqus is not great handling new users!

  • Timlewis808

    Trying photo again.

  • Jeff Stephens

    Awesome as usual John. Continue to be an inspiration to all of us out here grinding for passion.

  • Jeff Stephens

    Yeah, now I doubly suck since the original pic DID show. lol. I’m going to go sit in the corner now.

  • Timlewis808

    Don’t blame yourself, I did the same. Moral: be patient!

  • I listen during my morning workout. I’m now back in my Chicago, office but still cooling down. 🙂

  • I’m from Mercer County, NJ! Greetings! My day job has nothing to do with social media, but the material interests me, and I help family members’ businesses a little with social media.

  • Shelia

    Another great episode Michael. It’s a nice warm day in Texas and I would love the opportunity to talk shop with you before I end up here 🙂

  • Guest

    Social Media Examiner is one of the first sites I go to each morning. Love your posts and podcasts. Thanks for great content.

  • lecharles

    Cheers from Paris Mike. Taking the day off, enjoying the show and on my way to Reims: City of champagne! Kudos SME!!

  • Michael, SME and your podcasts are always a great source of inspiration. Wishing you continued success. Best, Michael

  • Thanks!

  • Thanks so much!

  • Awesome!

  • Very creative Shelia!

  • Awesome Will!

  • Thanks Jeff! And love that Launch is on your shelf!

  • Hey Tim (sideways) 🙂

  • I hope you were at a light when you took this Jeff 🙂

  • Thanks Darcy – All I see is black 🙂

  • Yes it is. You’ve got good eyes! Photo is a little grainy – light bulb went out this morning.

  • Hey folks,

    If you are submitting your picture, it might take a sec to show up, so give it time. If you include a link it will go into moderation.

  • Timlewis808

    It was hard enough for me to post at all for some reason 🙂
    Btw on an iPad in landscape your social button bar can sometimes cover up the article, not sure what you can do about it, but keep in mind next time you are redesigning your jungle hangout.

  • KristiGarrett

    I listen on the way to my day job — but am launching a food blog in July that came to fruition SOLELY because of what I learned at Social Media Marketing World 2014. I’d love to pick your brain some more to help secure a successful launch. Love the podcast!

  • Great episode! I love EOfire, it helps keep me inspired.

  • Thanks Tim

  • So, yeah, I like to work upside down. It’s just this thing I do that helps me think creatively. Yeah, that’s it. Creatively!

  • Jeff Stephens

    It’s DC! Of course I was sitting in traffic. Haha

  • Awesome Kris!

  • Thanks so much Kristi!

  • Sunset Vertti

    I love your work! Thank you for everything 😀

  • Repeating visitor from Belgium, Thank you for delivering valuable content.

  • Ronis Gracie

    My favorite marketing podcast. Hello from Rio, Brazil.

  • Loving the show…as always!

    Chris Pilon

  • Ronis Gracie

    Ops. Here it is, at the office.

  • Thanks Ronis!

  • Hi Dider!

  • Thanks for listening Sunset!

  • Hi Michael,

    Thanks for all the great, hands-on podcasts and Social Media Examiner online conferences! Living and occasionally working remotely in beautiful Paradise Valley, Montana, Wearing several hats, I am a web designer/developer, e-learning specialist and also a social media manager for in Bozeman, MT.

    By attending a few of your online conferences, in 2011, and 2012, I created our facebook page at and integrated some of the ideas into our social strategy. You have provided such great information and we are grateful to be prospering.

    So looking forward to listening to your podcasts and reading your blogs.

    Thanks for the opportunity to share:)

    Deborah Lynch

  • Gary Carpenter

    I listen to you because I am so tired of doing this, and don’t want to do it for the rest of my life.

  • Sweet Gary! Is that a huge tablet I see there?

  • Steve Nathan

    Hi Michael. Listening on my daily walk up Te Mata peak in hawkes bay nz.

  • Can I submit my vote for Gary! Keep grinding man… (And I never saw a painter with such clean clothes…must be early)

  • Thanks Ronis!

  • Thanks for walking with me Steve!

  • Listening in from Cambridge, England.
    Keep up the great content.

  • Listening in from Cambridge!
    This podcast was truly insightful.

  • Jeremy David VanHooser

    On lunch rocking out to some Social Media Examiner and walking through the park in my MSU Denver T-shirt.

  • Hey @mikestelzner:disqus and @JohnLeeDumas:disqus. Great show. Pushups while listening to this episode!

  • Thanks Katha! Appreciate you tuning in!

  • Thanks Jeff…that means a lot!

  • You are an ANIMAL Jeff…LOVE it!

  • Time for a Podcast Will 🙂

  • LOVE it Shelia!

  • I love seeing all the listeners Michael..what a great idea! Thanks for sharing mystery guest!

  • I was just in Paris last week! Oui Parie!

  • Glad you enjoyed TSS!

  • eyes on the it! Think of an Audio Blog (Podcast) accompanying your your Food blog Kristi! Just turn your blog posts into audio!

  • LOVE it Kris, and thanks for the kind words!

  • Thanks Sunset!

  • Yay Dider…thanks!

  • Its the best Ronis!

  • Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Jeff Moore

    John and Kate are genuinely two of the most giving and passionate value providers I have ever met. I always find myself rooting for them. I am honored to call them my friends.

  • Hi Michael, this is Jose Melgar, from the Henkel facilities in Guatemala. I’ve been a follower since I found your podcast.

  • Thanks so much Chris!

  • Thanks so much for sticking with me all this time Deborah!

  • Yeah, England!

  • Nice park, thanks Jeremy!

  • Work it Steve! 🙂

  • Sweet! Thanks for stopping by Steve!

  • Wow! Thanks for listening Jose!

  • Gorgeous!

  • Love the UK! Go to the UK Podcasters Conference!

  • YAY! Nice grass!

  • you are BUFF!

  • Hey! Thats our old place 🙂 Jeff, I had the T-Bone last night…UNREAL

  • I love Guate and lived there for 4 months! Lake Attitlan…amazing place 🙂

  • Jeremy David VanHooser

    Yeah I love Denver for the great parks and outdoor spaces. If you’re looking for a great place to host Social Media Marketing World.

  • I would love to!
    What are the dates?

  • Jeremy David VanHooser

    That would have been from the last week monsoon and the beautiful sun this week.

  • Ash

    Hey John,

    I LOVE your show and your enthusiasm.

    I am a huge fan and a keen Podcasters Paradise Proponent. (how’s that for alliteration???!!)


  • Darcy Pattison

    Afraid of that. I processed it a bit and here it is again. PIcs are hard at 5:30 am, but listening to podcasts is easy.

  • Just trying to keep up with the other animals in the Social Media Jungle John!

  • Gary Carpenter

    Just my old Nexus 7.

  • Ron Larimer

    I’m listening in the drive through at 9:30 at night getting my kids milk shakes.

  • Bonnie Frank

    Hi there from St. Louis, Missouri!

  • Gary Carpenter

    Haha! I was just doing some touch up. Thanks for the vote.

  • Thanks for the great insights John and Michael ! You guys are awesome ! John- your podcast episode is coming up on Monday ! Very excited ! -Arturo Nava, Founder Logra Tu Dream podcast

  • Ha ha, another phenomenal interview with John Lee Dumas. Nice to hear him on the other side of the mic. Love the transparency and the amazing story of his journey. Future millionaire in the making… Always an inspiration. May have to listen to this one again!

  • Ash,


  • Strawberry please!

  • Bonnie in St. Louie…I feel like that should be a song 🙂

  • Yay! That was a great ep!

  • Paul…love your positivity my man…and as always appreciate the support!

  • KristiGarrett

    Great idea, John. As soon as I get all the moving parts nailed down (mixed metaphor much?), I’ll consider a podcast. Quite a lot to do for now!

  • High five for working like a bat! 🙂

  • Aloha and Mahalo Michael! I’m Myles coming at ya from the Dubai area (home away, away from home in the Central Florida area)…”Spot on” epic blog post and you have captured EOF’s success journey like no other. Bro John and Partner Kate have seize the day as his podcast audience each have a court-side seat. This is just the beginning of establishing a relationship so much so that listeners will go to extreme measures to download podcasts in remote villages. John leaves many listeners with feelings as if they are hearing his voice on the topic of entrepreneurship for the first time every session through unique conversations with the movers and shakers. The relationship John and Kate set out endures and sustains itself through their systems including a Mastermind, Podcaster’s Paradise, and ultimately enclosed within a framework of transparency. John is the real thing and he hits the sweet-spot and is no flash-in-the pan for sure. As for me, I love listening to John while I hammer out my daily mileage (dream: 7 marathons on 7 continents; half accomplished this year). He and his guests are my running companions…I pictured him running 15 miles in San Francisco…We’re fired up!

  • Steven Parry

    Michael and John,

    Thanks both of your shows rock and I listen to both of them all the time. Thanks for teaching and keeping me “pumped up while pumping iron”

  • Steven Parry

    Does the pic have to be approved…. or is it not attaching :/

  • lecharles

    Any plans to come back to France/Europe? Joined the FireNation
    yesterday 😉 Also have a love story with Chile so very much enjoyed that episode. Un saludo!

  • Hi Michael and John,
    Really jazzed about relationship marketing in podcasting. I have a dozen interviews recorded for my church podcast, which launches next week, (all based on relationship marketing). I listened to this episode at 4am in my dark living room with my 16 year old son crashed on the couch after a long night out (wow). I would love to have both you guys on my upcoming podcast which focuses on how biz can serve causes. I would spend 30 minutes with you recording an interview for this podcast and getting referrals for building relationships with like minded entrepreneurs.
    As a podcast paradiser I’m truly pumped to dive head first into podcasting for cause.
    Thanks for good value today.

  • Hungary, listening to this episode while baking with little brother to father’s bday. I think I’ll listen to it again – I’m pretty bad at multitasking 🙂
    FYI I’m the one on the right.

  • kwimmer

    I’m listening while getting the laundry done.

  • In not so sunny England… Yes, it’s wet! But I love listening to SME on my morning walk with the dog.

  • Trying again! Pic didn’t load from my iPhone.

  • Cool Ron, hope the kids were not bored 🙂

  • Thanks for listening Bonnie

  • Thanks for listening Myles! Well said

  • Thanks Steven for listening at the gym! 🙂

  • Thanks Peter! Are you guys making cookies?

  • Nothing like a podcast to make laundry go by quick huh? Thanks for listening

  • Thanks Julia – It was great walking with you and your dog 🙂

  • That’s more like it 🙂

  • Robert Charlemagne

    Hi! Rob here from London UK, So glad I found this. Look forward to a chat with you.

  • Hey Brad – Congrats on the launch of your upcoming show!

  • Pat Brix

    Good morning and have a great weekend from Chicago!

  • Hey Pat – Looks like you are working this weekend huh

  • Hey Robert! Thanks for listening

  • Yes, and we’ve finished. 🙂

  • Pat Brix

    This was from yesterday but finally able to upload it, lol. Wanted to make sure I uploaded a picture of where I listen to your show. It also looks like I work in the same building as @krissheppard:disqus, lol! Keep up the great work @mikestelzner:disqus!

  • Hi Michael and John

    Great podcast! Looking forward to meeting you both one day. My pic from my home office which I plan to soon be able to make my permanent office.

  • Anisul Islam

    Michael and guys are truly the pioneer! High five from a fan from Bangladesh 🙂

  • FireStarters

    Mercy John, what an epic post!! Outstanding wealth of info here, it’s an entire course worth right here. Great call on asking for the pictures to be posted here. John, you are a rising superstar, I’m excited to watch the next parts of the universe Entrepreneur on Fire will reach next!

  • Not only me, but my dog also love to listen to Michael, especially when interviewing one of my favorite person ever and my mentor, John Lee Dumas.

  • Alex

    Making pancakes for the family and listen to Social Media Marketing!

  • Mahalo Bro Michael…I am fully ignited in this 111 degree heat for sure. I think my iPhone nearly melted from the heat or is it John’s episodes?

  • Mowing my yard. Thanks for another great episode.

  • Neal Taparia

    Hi from the suburbs of NYC!

  • Thanks, look forward to connecting at live event

  • Thanks Steven!

  • Thanks Anisul 🙂

  • Sweet Emilio. What is your dog’s name?

  • Yum Alex 🙂

  • Hey Neal 🙂

  • Gotta keep that grass trim huh Eric 🙂 Thanks for listening

  • Polly Craik

    Listening, embracing and executing the learnings from your podcasts with Lola at Lake Of The Woods, Canada. Photo was edited using The Swag Word app which I learned about by attending SMMW this year

  • Although it appears that I shouldn’t have taken this photo while listening to the podcast, I survived the rollover and was able to post this comment.

    Great interview with John Lee Dumas.

    I look forward to meeting him this summer at the Podcast Movement conference.

  • Hi Michael I like to listen in my car during the weekend. I’ve learned so many things from you, thank you so much, and please keep doing these shows. The most recent show was a real eye opener. There really is so much potential out there, we can really take what is taught each week apply it and change our lives.

  • Victor Manolo Antunez

    Hey Michael,
    I’m a Deck Officer in the US Merchant Marine. Did you see the movie Captain Phillips? Like that. I took this selfie on the bridge of my ship. Yes, I enjoy listening to your show while on watch. But please don’t tell anyone 😉

    I’m getting married this year and for the honeymoon I’m taking the wife on a 1 year road-trip of the Americas in our pickup truck. We’ll depart Miami, head south for Patagonia, then make a u-turn north for Peru where we are going to set up shop.

    My dream: create a podcast featuring the mostly anonymous NGO’s of Latin America. The creative, passionate, local independents doing things like buying school supplies for street children, taking in orphaned monkeys, protecting sea turtle eggs from poachers and all the other unexpected dogooders the road will put on our path.

    Michael, if I win this contest I can only promise you 1 thing: somewhere somehow someplace I will pay your generosity forward.

    Captain Vic

    P.s. For those of you trying to upload photos, after you upload following Michael’s instructions wait until it shows at the bottom of your comment before hitting the post button. Otherwise you’ll find yourself like me deleting and re-posting several times. Good luck to all 🙂

  • Sweet shot Vic! And thanks for the update on the waiting for it to upload

  • Thanks Gary! Nice hat 🙂

  • Hey Mitch – Glad to hear you survived 🙂

  • Nice shot Polly 🙂

  • Victor Manolo Antunez

    It takes a village.

  • Karina

    Listening to the podcast in the gym! Greetings from a faithful listener in Costa Rica! Thank u for being my mentor! Pura Vida!

  • H Michael, Listening on my iPad while making by breakfast in Leeds, Yorkshire, England

  • Such a great episode. I’m getting ready to launch my Confessions of a Terrible Husband podcast (and another one with my four year old son as a co-host). Without a doubt the hardest thing for me to get started was identifying folks to interview and then getting over my fear of reaching out. So last week I just reached out to 2 people who were newer but aspiring thought leaders in my niche and both of them said yes! Boom!

    Oh, and I listened to the podcast in my living room. Right next to my circus tent. Naturally. Because everyone has a circus tent in their living room. You never know when a stray clown is going to get lost in your neighborhood and need a quiet place to listen to a podcast with you.

  • Michael Green

    Hopefully we’re seeing the growth of a powerful partnership so we can have more fantastic content like this – thanks for bringing this together Michael & John. It was quite timely for some of the next steps in my business!

  • Guest

    Hi Mike. Listened to all your Podcast whilst driving long distance. Would love to get into it myself. Maybe whilst driving if it can be safe, and low background noise? What do you think?

  • Thanks again Michael.
    I’m Donovan from sunny London.
    Fantastic interview with John Lee Dumas. John has definitely inspired me to take my Podcast show more seriously.
    Thanks Michael and John!!

  • Your podcast helps fuel my workout! Today I listened while running on the Pre Trail in Eugene, OR

  • Somehow I missed the picture on that last post, so here it is! I took this just after the workout, and after hearing the full episode.

  • Bryan Caporicci

    Mowing the lawn with Mike and Jon in my earbuds. Great episode!!

  • Bryan Caporicci

    Oops. Picture didn’t add. Mowing the lawn with Mike and Jon in my earbuds. Great episode!!

  • Bryan Caporicci

    I don’t think it’s working on mobile …

  • His name is Roscoe. More like “Mr. Roscoe, lord of the house”.

  • Loved the interview with John! Some awesome help and tips here. I’m gonna start interviewing people soon for my new podcast, this info is gonna help so much!

    Here is me listening to your podcast in my home office!

  • jennifer lehner

    It’s a bad hair day but what the heck. Escaped the kids on this gorgeous Sunday in Shaker Heights, Ohio (Content Marketing World, anyone?). Taking a walk and listening to this great podcast. Thanks!

  • Jeff

    Mowing the lawn has never been so informative! Thanks Mike!

  • Jeff

    Not sure if pic loaded.

  • Hi Mike. I listen to all your podcasts when driving. Photo taken somewhere between London and Edinburgh. UK. Dave.

  • Chad Ingels

    Hey, Mike, I usually listen in the tractor, but was out checking on the corn crop while I was listening this time.

  • Angela

    Listening to your podcast at the local ‘cantina’ and even tried to get the locals to have a listen. 🙂 Hope your daughter enjoys these pics. Really love your podcast and get inspired with each listen.

  • Lars Dahlberg

    Hello Michael! Great listening to you podcast. I’m in Stockholm/Sweden in the old town on my way to a company that need help with content marketing and using social media. I’m sure that we can be relevant for them together best regard Lars

  • PicPresents

    I love all your podcasts and thought that your interview with John Lee Dumas was so inspiring. Podcasts are great for me because they allow me to multi-task. On this occasion, I was making cupcakes for my daughter’s 8th birthday party! Perhaps not the most exciting or business-like photo but that’s what I was doing! Thank you so much for all your amazing content. Jane from Epsom, UK.

  • Hey Jane – Awesome looking cupcakes! Be sure to check out our sister property at

  • Thanks for listening Lars

  • Sweet Angela! Where in the world are you?

  • Cool Chad! I know you are not the only guy listening on a tractor. Where I grew up there were a lot of corn fields

  • Awesome Dave, thanks for the photo

  • Glad to help that chore be a little easier Jeff 🙂

  • Thanks Jennifer and I will be at CMW 🙂

  • Thanks much Rich for listening

  • Hey Bryan – You have to wait for the mobile pic to upload before submitting your comment

  • Thanks for listening Mike and I hope the workout was great

  • Awesome Donovan – Appreciate you listening

  • I know others have recorded podcasts while driving, so why not 🙂

  • Glad you found it helpful Michael

  • Love the tent and thanks for listening

  • Awesome Mike – Looks like you are about to make a smoothie

  • Thanks for listening Karina

  • Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Nope, fruit salad, yum, yum!

  • Angela

    Haha! I’m hanging out with the Star Wars characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Since you mentioned behind the scenes Star Wars, I thought it was very appropriate! 😉

  • Very focused! Love it 🙂

  • Creative!

  • Thanks for tuning in Lucas!

  • Thanks for tuning in CP!

  • See you at the next conference DL!

  • Myles you are too funny! and I LOVE your dedication to the HEAT!

  • Steve, thanks the the kind words! Keep rockin!

  • Go Brad Go!

  • Bryan Caporicci

    Listening to this podcast episode with Jon and Michael while I mow the lawn – doesn’t get much better than this!

  • Yummy!

  • I can’t fold laundry without a podcast playing

  • Love it! Thanks JD! (great initials s 🙂

  • RC in the HOUSE!

  • Love the connections!

  • It will be a great commute! I look forward to meeting you too!

  • NICE! Thx for listening!

  • Dean, just tuned into your Baseball Classics Podcast…what a show for the baseball fan and yes Ted Williams is the best hitter of all time

  • Roscoe is so cute!!

  • I miss pancakes since going Primal…

  • I love the smell of cut grass!

  • Great day! You guys deserve it after that winter!

  • Your dog is posing perfectly!

  • Mid Roll over?! Nice shot!

  • Glad you enjoyed GS!

  • Thank you for your service!

  • Pura Vida! Love it Karina 🙂

  • What an international crowd we have here! Amazing!

  • Sounds like an amazing show ATH!

  • MG…so glad you found value!

  • Erik Fischer recently did…51 minutes long!

  • Rockin DG, honored to have inspired!

  • Thanks a great running trail if I ever saw one!

  • Thx for listening!

  • Rich, glad you received some value!

  • Bad hair day? Looks pretty solid to me 🙂

  • Perfect multi task!

  • 10 and 2 😉

  • Love it! I miss this scene from my Kansas days…

  • Disney!

  • Good luck Lars!

  • Honored to inspire Jane!

  • Nice grass Bryan! Doesn’t get that green here on the SD coast 🙁

  • Bryan Caporicci

    Should have seen it AFTER I mowed it … yeow!

  • Thanks for listening Bryan!

  • Love listening to the Social Media Marketing podcast every week. Even upside down.

  • Thanks KC! Glad you are “hanging in there” 🙂

  • Cool, John Lee,

    Thanks for your podcast series, I love them and typically listen while rebounding (small trampoline) on my i-phone. Your enthusiastic interviews inspire my business thinking.

  • I listened to your podcast today with Rob Montana John Lee, excellent, will listen to more of your episodes. I particularly appreciate the audio quality, superior production.

  • Hey, Mike! I’m a blogger and a social media teacher from Vancouver, BC. The weather here has been beautiful lately, so yesterday I took my bike out for a ride, and stopped at the beach. Here I am listening to your podcast at the beach. 🙂

  • Rebecca Anderson

    Hi Michael and John. I take my dinghy out to Happy Island and listen to your podcast on my phone. I am a Social Media Consultant in the United States Virgin Islands. You are a great source of inspiration. I hope you continue to make social media change my world!

  • Shawn Augustine

    Great episode Mike! Love listening to all of my favorite #podcasts on my power walk each morning! It’s the perfect way to start my day!

  • Awesome! I was at the beach too yesterday 🙂

  • Awesome to see you out on the water listening Rebecca 🙂

  • Awesome Shawn 🙂

  • Thanks Mike. For some reason my picture didn’t upload from my phone.

  • If you are ever in Ohio, we have a 10 acres you can mow and smell all day long. We are givers that way.

  • Victor Manolo Antunez

    John, you are welcome.

  • Guest

    Hi Michael, a huge thanks for your show! Your informative, down to earth style keeps me Iistening every day on the way to work at my new start-up in Paris. Our website brings the best of Paris adapted to tourists coming to the city. We just got accepted into the world’s first incubator for tourism (woohoo!) but as the only native English speaker in the office (originally from Kelowna, Canada) and solo running social media, I really look to your podcasts for daily guidance 🙂 So, the moment you mentioned the contest I snapped a pic of me listening while walking by the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, Paris. Thank you again for your great shows and crossing my fingers I might get picked as your expert insight could be of a huge help to connecting with our international audience. All the best!

  • Michyl Culos

    Hi Michael, a huge thanks for your show! Your informative, down to earth style keeps me Iistening every day on the way to work at my new start-up Parisianist(.com) in Paris. Our website brings the best of Paris adapted to tourists coming to the city. We just got accepted into the world’s first incubator for tourism (woohoo!) but as the only native English speaker in the office (originally from Kelowna, Canada) and solo running social media, I really look to your podcasts for daily guidance 🙂 So, the moment you mentioned the contest I snapped a pic of me listening while walking by the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, Paris. Thank you again for your great shows and crossing my fingers I might get picked as your expert insight could be of a huge help to connecting with our international audience. All the best!

  • Congrats on your new start up and thanks for listening Michyl!

  • Brendon Clement

    Hi. I am Brendon from Trinidad West Indies
    This is me ever so glad to be listening to your show Michael!

  • Thanks for all the great podcasts, Michael. You and John are excellent examples of delivering valuable content without the extraneous chit-chat. I appreciate that you appreciate my time! (Photo: This is me listening to the podcast on the way to to beach at 10pm last Friday night!)

  • Larry Quicksall

    Hi Mike! My favorite time to listen to your podcast is while I’m doing various chores at our farm. Today I happened to be doing my beekeeping tasks while listening to your show. With the help of your podcast I am putting together Crossroads innovative trainings, an educational business to help counselors take their practice to the next level. I would love the opportunity to talk with you and gain your insight into how to take my business to the next level.

  • fitJaime

    I listen in the car! Usually on Mondays between dropping my older daughter at gymnastics and picking up my younger one from preschool. Then I continue listening as we drive back! As a busy mom, the car is my podcast vehicle 🙂

  • Thanks Brendon 🙂

  • Sweet Larry! You are my first beekeeper!

  • Awesome Jamie! Thanks for listening

  • Cool and thanks Janet!

  • Darryl van Rooy

    Was listening in my van when you “told” me to take a photo, so I jumped out and took a selfie at the closest road sign.

    On my way from cleaning mattresses from one bedding outlet to another. Listen to you every week. Now I’ll just “transition” over to the photo I took.

    Thanks Mike.

  • Thanks for stopping for me Darryl 🙂

  • Tyler Culbertson

    Walter and I enjoy your podcast every week…although Walter might enjoy the walk more;)
    Thank you for consistently sharing incredible and usable content.
    Keep up the epic work!

  • Saying Hi and listening from Noosa, Queensland on the most perfect winter day.. <3 <3

  • Michyl Culos

    Thanks so much Michael!

  • Frances Bowman

    Always great info I can put to use right away. Listened while driving to work (But parked when I took the photo)

  • Robert Cook

    From the oil fields of south Texas,

  • Tiffany LoRe

    Here I am after listening to this week’s podcast, one happy camper! As you can see I wasn’ t driving ( waited until I reached my destination).

  • Thanks Tyler 🙂

  • Hi Lauren – The weather looks awesome (reminds me of Hawaii)

  • Thanks Frances and glad you parked 🙂

  • Hi Robert – My first oilman! Thanks for listening 🙂

  • Thanks Tiffany 🙂

  • Super nice to meet you 🙂

  • I’m a huge fan of The Man J.L. Dumas (my dog too)!

  • Nice pic Hugh 🙂

  • dfab123

    Disregarding your advice, here I am taking a “selfie” while listening to the podcast on the way to work. Great way to make use of a 25 minute commute to learn something new. Although I am only 25 min. into the John Lee Dumas podcast, I found it really exciting. I’ll definitely be dialing into Entrepreneur On Fire content too. Thanks.

  • I love EOFire! Great interview! I listen at my day job making costumes for theatrical productions with my friend

  • Hi Michael – My son and I love your podcast and listen to it on the drive home from school. Keep up the great work! (We were stopped at a red light by the way :-))

  • Sarah Bell

    I’m listening! In my car (don’t worry…parked to take a selfie!) en route to the hospital for my “real job”. I get excited listening to an interview like this that makes an escape seem possible!

  • Really? Can’t believe you lived here! I’m so glad you enjoyed Lake Atitlan. Hey, you should consider doing a tour of conferences in Latin America. I’ll bet those events would sell out very quickly. Saludos!

  • Gero Pflüger

    I’m listening to this episode while on the couch at 1:30 a.m. in Hannover, Germany. Bad lighting, sorry for that. 😉

    Great show, Michael. I always enjoy it!


  • I’m always waiting for the next Friday to hear a new episode. I noticed you took the time to thank almost every person in this episode. Thanks!

  • Awesome and I can see that your eyes are on the road, good man!

  • Thanks Morgan

  • Thanks Brendan and do tell your son I love his smile

  • Thanks Sarah and I love the reflection in your glasses 🙂

  • Thanks Gero!

  • Gero Pflüger

    Hm. My selfie dosen’t show up? I try that again.

  • Gero Pflüger

    Upside down?? Meh. 🙁

  • Sarah Bell

    You bet! I’m working my way through your archives as I am new to your podcast. Thanks for all the amazing content. I must admit…I get overwhelmed! I am confused about where I should get started!

  • Jeff

    Taking out the trash? Always better with your podcast blaring!

  • Thanks Michael. I will! He actually loves listening to the podcast and keeps asking to be on my podcast. He’ll be so excited you replied to our comment. Thank you!!

  • Mike

    I am in Sydney, Australia listening to your podcast while driving to our clinic. But stopped at lights when I took the pic

  • Sarah Stahl

    Busy mom of 3 soaking up all I can from your amazing podcasts in my spare moments… Yup these are my only spare moments! Thought you would get a laugh after the free shower listening tool you shared. Yes! It works great!

  • asalgado

    Listening from Mexico City!!! Great podcast!!

  • I listen to the podcast when walking to work around the Töölö Bay in the center of Helsinki. On the way I have a pretty spectacular view, which this photo does not do justice. In the background you can see some city landmarks such as the Finlandia House, the National Museum and the Parliament.

  • Listening at work. Oklahoma City.

  • Hello from Dorset, UK. This is me at work.

    I would also like to say awesome podcast Michael. I must check out the website more as im normally on the go when listening to your podcast. Looking forward to the next. Neal

  • An hour later I still can’t see my picture here… Hmm.

  • Just out walking the dog. Shame this wasn’t yesterday as it was sunny and blue skies. Cant win them all. Nice to see people from all over the joint popping up here. Have a great day, Great show…..

    John in South Norfolk United Kingdom!

  • Hey Mike, one of my favourite podcasts from your series. John is such a great guy. And what better way to enjoy listening to you guys while I was coming into land at Sydney, Australia.

  • Great Podcast. I am from New Zealand and it is Autumn here and I was out int the garden blowing leaves and collecting them up. Great to be able to listen to you and enjoy the garden. I then go and make a list of all the great ideas I hear and implement them on my blog and elsewhere. Thanks for all you do Michael and team.

  • Jon O’Connor

    It just had to be the one where I was in bed…listening early morning. Had to do the reverse-selfie to get the flash. Great episode!

  • Too funny Jon! Thanks for listening

  • Thanks so much Barry

  • Awesome Josh and thanks for listening

  • Thanks John for taking me (and the dog) out on a rainy day 🙂

  • Thanks Neal! Looks like you are in a nice warehouse

  • Thanks Joshua

  • Pelle Chamliden

    Hello from a livingroom in Sweden ! Listening to your podcast with a streamer (the silver object on my chest) that wirelessly sends audio from smartphone to my hearing aids. The dogs likes to chill out meanwhile

  • Sweet and thanks Aino – All of your pics showed up 🙂

  • Awesome and thanks for listening 🙂

  • “Soaking” Now I get it Sarah 🙂 Thanks for listening

  • Thanks Mike

  • I do that too Jeff. Just don’t drop me in that can 🙂

  • Lena Lillier

    Riding on one horse and having the other with me in halter on a ride in the beautiful Swedish nature is a great occasion for learning from you and your guests, Michael!
    Thank you for all you do, you are with me in the forest all year around! 🙂

  • Wow Pelle! I am so glad such technology exists and thanks for listening

  • Wow Lena! I think you are first person I know of who listens while riding horses

  • Gregg Cooke

    Hello from FL and the makeshift office!

  • Podcasts and morning coffee, a stimulating start to the day. 🙂 I love the photo contest idea. Good stuff!

  • My photo didn’t show up 🙁 Hope it works this time!

  • Brandy Maslowski

    Hello, hello, Michael! I listen when I walk. It’s a gorgeous cool morning here in Summerland, BC Canada. Have a great day!

  • Hey Gregg! Thanks for listening

  • Thanks for listening Lynford!

  • Thanks for taking me along Brandy 🙂

  • Sarah Romero

    Shower University, baby! Rub-a-dub-dubbing to Social Media Marketing podcast in Palm Springs, CA.

  • yes, as you can see from the hat we are a marquee company and this is our storage unit. would rather be internet employed long term though. 😉

  • Jörn Hendrik

    Yeah Mike. Best wishes from Berlin. Heard this episode while riding my bike through Brandenburger Tor. Love your show, keep up the good work!

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  • I’ve just got back from my morning run in Hertford, UK. Thanks for another great show!

  • Sidra Collins

    Hi from Ramat Gan, Israel! I love your podcasts!

  • Michael, very much enjoy the podcast. I am a fan. I listen while I run and train for races. Here I am finishing the last part of a half marathon 21 KM mark in London, Ontario.

  • Thanks Jim – It is great to run with you!

  • Thanks for listening Sidra

  • Thanks Ben! Great to hear from you

  • Thanks Jorn!

  • Good old shower training huh Sarah 🙂

  • Debs Davidson

    Love listening to your pod casts whilst dog walking here in the beautiful sunny Kent countryside in England!

  • jfoley

    Driving to work

  • Awesome! Nice to see you Debs

  • Hope you were at a light 🙂

  • Wow, inspiring! This is actually my first time listening to the show and shame on me for that. 🙂 I’ve been following John and when I saw this interview I knew that I had to listen. Well I’m glad I did. You guys got into some of the particulars of John’s strategies that I haven’t heard before. I’ll probably have to listen again and take some notes. Anyway here’s a picture of me listening while I was working out on my bike (with my dog keeping me company)!

  • Jillian Pierone

    Belvidere, NJ – working from home in my daughter’s playroom..

  • Jillian Pierone

    not sure why the photo didnt post… AND i just read Mike’s comment about it taking a second to show up. lol

  • ChristyCamren

    5:30AM hike. 🙂 This was my first time listening to the podcast. I listened to your interview on Amy Porterfield’s show about Twitter and loved that you gave such easy to implement tips. Looking forward to learning more!

  • Colin

    Listening to your podcast from my studio. Your podcast literally exposed me to the world of marketing, and now I’m implementing it to help myself turn my music hobby into a career!

  • Listening to the show while taking down the ropes course after a day of climbing with 4th graders.

  • I feel very inspired right now, after many months of what I would describe as discouraging. I feel like I have some ideas that could gain some traction.

  • Thanks Paul – Glad the show has given you some ideas 🙂

  • Wow Nick, that looks really cool!

  • Wow Colin – So glad you are digging into marketing as a result of the show

  • Thanks Cristy – Welcome to the show, I hope you keep listening 🙂

  • Yeah it never did Jillian

  • Sweet Melissa! Love the dog

  • Gary – You are the winner! Congrats!! Please email Jen@ our domain to arrange for your prize.

  • I have selected a winner, but I would still LOVE to see your picture.

    I have found that is can take a while to show up (sometimes hours). The key yo getting it to work is to make sure the image fully uploads before you post your comment. And if you are interested, here is the winner:

  • Harriett Seager

    Hi Mike, I’m walking the dog (white thing behind me) and listening to your awesome podcast at the same time. It’s become a ritual. I’ve learnt so much from you and am so grateful, thank you. I can’t begin to imagine how much I’d learn in a 30-min skype with you…..pick me…please!!! All the very best, Harriett

  • Jillian Pierone

    Attempt 2.0

  • Jillian Pierone

    Attempt 3.0 – Attempt 2.0 never even made it out of the gate…

  • Jillian Pierone

    I’ve determined that this plugin doesn’t like me.

  • Harriett Seager

    Good choice!

  • Thanks Harriett!

  • Hey Mike. Love this idea. I realize it’s too late for the contest, but wanted to post a few pictures anyway. My first day of unemployment and I knew it was time to get back into running. Here is a picture of me getting ready for my 4 mile run with my dog, Morocco. The timing was perfect. Also, pretty sure you and John inspired me to start a new podcast. Stay tuned. Oh, and that other picture, yeah, that’s Handley Trail!

  • Ahhh. Pics didn’t attach.

  • one more pic

  • Peter Duncan

    From my office!

  • Bart

    Fun to listen to during my bike ride, The Hague in The Netherland

  • Sweet DJ!

  • Catching up on my podcasts. You only have yourself to blame, Mike!

  • Antonel Neculai

    Great podcast! Michael Stelzner never disappoints!

  • Thanks Antonel!

  • Hey I recognize that green thing in the background

  • Thanks Bart!

  • ChristyCamren

    I have been. I was listening in my new (to me) car yesterday and it got to the end of the episode where you’re talking over the jungle music. It sounded like my car was broken and rattling and I freaked out a for a minute! Lol.
    Thanks for creating such great content!

  • Yessir! Best discovery everrr.

  • Steve

    I did stop the car to take this. Every Monday morning, I cue you up as I head out of the foothills near Denver to work. So, imagine Sentinel Rock in Perry Park as you’re recording.

  • Dave

    Both of you guys are providing huge value and inspiration. Thank you

    My tent pic.

    Thanks John and mike.


  • Animated_Anna

    Always ready for another portion of news from you and your team! Sunny hello from Dublin, Ireland!

  • Sweet, thanks Anna

  • Sara

    This is me. I wasn’t sideways when I was listening. But walking to the train in the rain.

  • Thanks for walking with me Sara 🙂

  • Denis Smith

    Am glad that I found this site. I have already downloaded the mp3 on social media and will load it to my mobile to listen it on the go. Thank you.

  • Pavlos Greece

    Am on the Tube in London

  • Hey James is that a waterproof speaker?

  • It certainly is. It was Michael’s 35th Discovery of the Week.

  • Sad that I’m upside down but hey-ho! I download your podcast and listen while I poo-pick the alpaca, clean the chickens and check on the sheep. Just about to launch an online retail store and need all the help I can get. Your podcast is brilliant and gives me fresh perspective and ideas every time I listen.

    I’m now trying to think how to use my blog content (The Arches at The Larches) of the last 5 years in learning how to be a smallholder, (some quite funny) to benefit the complimentary online store.

  • His name is Roscoe 🙂

  • His name is Roscoe 🙂

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  • Awesome! Safe sailing

  • Thanks Michael!