Interviewing a CEO on the frontlines of the fight against Covid for a new entrepreneurship channel.
ASTORIA, NYC- I never know what will find when I wake up in the morning and check my inboxes. That’s probably the best part of this work — it’s absolutely, completely unpredictable. I like doing new things, and I like the unexpected. The only given here is that I am going to spend my days asking questions, getting answers, and learning something new. So when I opened my email and received a message from a guy named Nima about a series he was doing for a new entrepreneurship channel called Radivision I was immediately interested.
Basically, they’re doing a series of interviews with 47 entrepreneurs who are running companies who are working on the front lines of the Covid-19 battle. They wanted me to come in and do some of the interviews. $200 a pop. Sounds good.
Radivision has been in development for the past four years and recently just launched. They are trying to become the “ESPN for entrepreneurs,” and the COVIDpreneurs series that I would be hosting some shows for would be their first go at original content.
I did the interview yesterday with David Weingard, the CEO of Cecelia Health. You can watch it here:
It was kind of an interesting experience for me. I prepared like business as usual. I’ve been on live TV / web shows many times before. You get dressed up, go on, say some stuff, have fun, and then go on with your day. But as I was getting things together I realized that I’ve never been on a live show where I was the host before. Very rarely have I ever even published video footage of me doing interviews. I know that my interview style is different that most other journalists — whenever I get interviewed I study the interviewer’s methodology — and I wondered if it would translate well on screen. I got a little nervous … and smiled.
I like that feeling. That feeling where you don’t know is going to happen. The grasping of this feeling underlies a lot of what I do. I crave it when I don’t have it. I would rather go out and embarrass myself then sit in the dugout any day.
My little Chinese sister — who’s like 15 years old now — gave a talk in front of the congregation at church last week. She asked me what I do about being nervous. I thought for a long minute before responding, “Enjoy it.”
That tingling feeling of nerves and excitement is your body’s way of telling you that something is happening.
Stuff happening … that’s really what life is all about.