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The Evolution of #timetotalk Podcast by Taylor's Master of Counselling Students to Break Boundaries with Global Guests

#timetotalk has emerged as a vibrant local podcast, fostering impromptu dialogues with a diverse array of guests, both local and international. It sprouted from a simple yet profound vision during the pandemic to nurture authentic conversations, unencumbered by societal norms, solely through the realm of social media. The Founder of this endeavor, Janak Ashok Teckwani, and the Editor and Co-host, Goh Ian Shen, are now pursuing Master of Counselling at Taylor’s University.

Originating from humble beginnings as university students studying Psychology programme and various other disciplines, the podcast delved into an array of topics including Mental Health, Art, Films, while also spotlighting local talents and the unheralded successes of unconventional sources. The trajectory of this passion driven, from its inception during undergraduate years to its current postgraduate phase, epitomized perseverance against daunting odds. The creator deliberately steered away from the allure of social acclaim, prioritizing authentic dialogue and meaningful sharing.

The podcast has featured an array of distinguished guests including notable figures (Linktree: These guests and many others were invited for engagement solely through social media platforms, making the process notably unique. The #timetotalk journey challenges traditional notions of podcast success, emphasizing the value of fostering genuine conversations over the status of guests. Success, in this context, is defined by the ability to facilitate authentic discussions without pretense. The belief that one does not need to be 'big' to engage 'big guests' remains a fundamental philosophy.

This approach prioritizes meaningful interactions with individuals who embody significant work rather than focusing on fame. Engaging with global guests exposes counseling postgraduates to diverse cultural, social, and psychological perspectives, enhancing their interpersonal skills and cultural competence in counseling practice. Interacting with global guests also expands their knowledge beyond traditional classroom teachings, providing insights into various cultural nuances and global issues. The resonance of this narrative extends to both the audience and the guests who have participated in the podcast.


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