One-on-One Talking with Matt Scott
A notice was sent out to the Seed Spot Entrepreneurs to discuss their entrepreneurial experience this year. It was a call for individuals who often don’t feel heard or seen in the startup space. I responded to the email because less than a week prior I had completely failed an investor workshop. I had five minutes to pitch my business and let’s just say that it was the most painful five minutes I have felt in a long time and that’s in the year 2020.
Listen to the podcast episode Reimagining Impact here.
I know I need to practice telling my story more so that I can get comfortable speaking in public. Public speaking has always been my achilles heel ever since I took my first class in college. Over time I have not gotten any better. However, the need for more people to hear about food allergies issues and possible solutions outweighs my fear of public speaking.
A short while later to my surprise, I received an email from Matt Scott. He’s the founder and host of the Lets Care Podcast. A little bit about Matt: “Matt Scott, a social impact project manager and storyteller currently working as a global community manager and storyteller for NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge at Secondmuse, with NASA, Nike, USAID, the Obama White House, and more.” ~ Lets Care Website
Matt asked for information about my startup timeline and social media. After that, I picked a date/time for the interview and it was all set. I picked the last date and time slot available for an interview. I wanted to give myself as much time to get mentally prepared or let’s be real to cancel as possible.
I did a little bit of social stalking by following Matt on the most popular social media sites. Engaged in topics that I agreed with and was glad that he too found them of interest. I watched the inspirational speeches of other black entrepreneurs and their belief that we belong in the room and the room is better off with a diversity of people.
The days ticked by and with school, volunteering for a non-profit, and starting a new business I didn’t get a chance to focus on my fear. Until the day prior when I received that reminder email. This was my last chance to bail with at least 24 hours’ notice. It was now or never. I sucked it up and wrote my startup accomplishments on a piece of paper. I felt better about how far I had come, a first-time entrepreneur, no funding, participating in a year-long business accelerator and I wanted to share my story. If one person was able to get hope and inspiration then that was okay.
I set up the computer, adjusted my light source to the best of my ability ( I wished I paid more attention to production class), and waited for the meeting to begin. The initial introduction was good and I was feeling anxious, but talking with Matt I was glad that he has completed over one-hundred interviews.
Listen to our conversation here and judge for yourself.
Overall, I was glad that my first podcast experience was with Let’s Care and Seed Spot. I want to thank Matt for being such a gracious and patient host. I look forward to reading about his future entrepreneurial endeavors.
Information about Let’s Care Podcast: “Let’s Care, initially founded as 180º of Impact, is a platform to pass the mic to those that often go unheard in the social change space. We interview unlikely and underrepresented changemakers.” ~ Lets Care Website
For more information about the Let’s Care podcast and to subscribe to their email list, visit www.lets.care
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Little by little I will keep making strides in the right direction towards becoming an articulate speaker. Have you faced any of your fears during the pandemic? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.
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