The Tim Smal Show

By Tim Smal

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Kristin Meekhof – Healing from grief and loss

Kristin Meekhof, a resilience and gratitude expert, talks about healing from grief and loss.

Kristin is a speaker, writer, and author. She spoke at the 2017 Harvard Medical School’s writing conference, and appeared at the United Nations headquarters. Kristin wrote about the healing power of gratitude for the "Live Happy" book and is the co-author of the best-selling book “A Widow’s Guide To Healing." Kristin is a licensed master’s level social worker with twenty years of clinical experience.

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Jun 08, 2020
Nidhi Chaitow – Conscious rhythm, self-care & eldership

Nidhi Chaitow talks about conscious rhythm, self-care and transitions to eldership.

Nidhi is a psychosocial counsellor and facilitator living on the Garden Route of South Africa. She ran the Drum Cafe on the Garden Route for several years, and discovered first-hand the remarkable healing power of individual and collective rhythm. She has taught transformational drumming, life skills and spiritual awareness to individuals, groups, institutions, non-profit organisations and NGOs across South Africa.

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May 24, 2020
Frank James – Comedy sketches based on MBTI

Frank James talks about his comedy sketches based on The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®.

Frank is a video creator on YouTube who focuses on the arena of personality. He creates comedy sketches based on two personality models, namely Meyers-Briggs and the Enneagram. His YouTube channel has grown considerably since it's inception, as Frank enjoys taking information related to personality typology and making it accessible and fun for his audience.

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May 14, 2020
Candice Winterboer – Codependency and self-care

Candice Winterboer, a life and business coach, talks about codependency and self-care.

Candice trained at the South African College of Applied Psychology as a Coach Practitioner and is a member of the ICF (International Coaching Federation), carrying an Associate Coaching Credential. She started and ran her own business for 8 years in the online marketing industry, and sold it in 2018. Candice's life story involves a lot of travel, as she lived in the UK, USA and Switzerland for various lengths of time.

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May 09, 2020
Rob Arnold – Customer service and business culture

Rob Arnold from RCA Consulting, talks about customer service and business culture.

Rob is the founder and director of RCA Consulting in Cape Town. Rob started a business in 2010 that today has engaged with over 500 retail and hospitality brands in a research and training capacity. By learning from a multitude of different customer-facing environments, RCA Consulting have been able to reshape their clients' approach to their customers, enhance their value proposition and consequently create customer-centric cultures.

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Apr 26, 2020
Carol Williams – Podcasting and entrepreneurship

Carol Williams from The Stellar Effect, talks about podcasting and entrepreneurship.

Carol co-founded South Africa’s first full-service podcast production agency The Stellar Effect in Cape Town with Jason Skippers in 2017. Both performers in their own right, Carol and Jason understand the power of sound and bring a wealth of experience to the table at the creative audio agency. Coupled with a passion for storytelling, The Stellar Effect captures sound as a way to transform both the teller and the listener.

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Apr 16, 2020
Audrey Delbarre – Wine and well-being

Audrey Delbarre from La Petite Nénette, talks about wine and well-being.

Audrey is the founder of La Petite Nénette, a company based in France that runs wine and well-being workshops. Passionate about oenology and emotional intelligence, Audrey has created workshops that explore concepts such as energy and resilience, the pressure and performance curve, mindfulness and self-awareness. She offers seminars for teams in companies to help promote well-being in the workplace.

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Apr 08, 2020
Andrew Maunder – The rise of the no-code movement

Andrew Maunder, a digital product designer, talks about the no-code movement.

Andrew is a product and experience designer based in Berlin who over the past decade has been using a variety of human-centric design approaches to craft digital experiences that delight customers and solve business problems. His PhD studies in Human Computer Interaction sparked a passion for designing mobile applications and services and since then, he's had the privilege of working with many talented researchers, designers, developers, and data analysts both in corporate and startup environments.

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Mar 21, 2020
Gavin Gold – From Cape Town to New York City

Gavin Gold, a singer-songwriter, talks about moving from Cape Town to New York City.

Gavin was born in Cape Town, South Africa and was impacted by music at a very young age. He has recently relocated to New York City where he is currently writing songs with off-Broadway hit singer-songwriter, Steve Schalchlin.

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Mar 18, 2020
Stephen Aspeling – The streaming service revolution

Stephen Aspeling, a film critic at Spling Movies, talks about video streaming services.

Stephen, better known as “Spling”, has been a film fanatic since he first watched the psychedelic elephant dance from Dumbo in the early ’80s and a movie critic since 2007. Now a trusted independent South African movie authority, he’s turned a lifelong passion into a full-time pursuit: reviewing, writing, presenting, promoting and adjudicating film for a host of websites, radio stations, magazines, newspapers, TV shows, festivals and events.

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Mar 14, 2020
Jono Le Feuvre – The South African wine industry

Jono Le Feuvre, a wine critic at Han Drinks Solo, talks about South African wine.

Jono is not a bean counter. He is a bean roaster. Bean roasters carry far more street cred and get to speak at bizarre niche gatherings of enquiring-but-unhinged-minds. They also usually have addictive tendencies. When he is not roasting beans he is pulling corks. Or deftly removing screwcap enclosures.

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Jan 18, 2019
Doug Keith – From punk rock to singer-songwriter

Doug Keith talks about his journey from playing punk rock bass guitar in San Francisco to becoming a singer-songwriter in New York.

If you’ve never heard of Doug Keith but think you’ve seen him somewhere, it’s probably because you have. Although he’s an accomplished solo artist—his first full-length album, Here’s To Outliving Me, was an NPR and Sirius XM favorite—he’s spent much of his musical career on the sidelines supporting other musicians. His first touring gig, playing bass for San Francisco-based punk band The Gods Hate Kansas, started his lifelong love of playing live and touring.

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Sep 14, 2015
Simon van Gend – Overcoming writer’s block

Simon van Gend, a singer-songwriter, talks about overcoming writer's block in reference to his record 'Suffer Well'.

The Simon van Gend Band are an introspective indie/folk/rock band from Cape Town, whose music has been described as "a unique blend of folksie foot-tapping red wine fireside poetry." This trio, with Simon on vocals and acoustic guitar, Eric Michot on bass and Ross Campbell on drums, has released 5 albums to date.

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Aug 24, 2015
Pete Uhlenbruch – Creativity in Reykjavík

Pete Uhlenbruch from Owls Of The Swamp, talks about the creative energy in Reykjavík, Iceland in reference to his record 'Atlas'.

Mysterious, haunting, bewitching, mesmerising; these are terms typically used to describe the atmospheric indie-folk music of Owls of the Swamp, the moniker of Australian born (Iceland based) songwriter and musician, Pete Uhlenbruch.

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Jul 14, 2015
Chloe Clark – Her latest record In Between

Chloe Clark, a singer-songwriter, talks about her record 'In Between'.

Born and raised in South Africa, pianist, singer and songwriter Chloe Clark, started singing at a young age. She joined her first band at the age of 11 and was instantly hooked on music and found her passion for entertaining people. When she decided she wanted to pursue a career as a musician she moved to Durban from her little farm town, Weenen and enrolled at the University of KwaZulu Natal where she studied music full-time and graduated with a BA Music degree in 2013.

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Jul 06, 2015
Tim Millar – Protest The Hero's first Warped Tour

Tim Millar from the band Protest The Hero, talks about their first Warped Tour in 2006, as well as their South African tour in 2015.

Protest the Hero is a Canadian progressive metal band from Whitby, Ontario. Originally named Happy Go Lucky, the band changed their name to Protest the Hero shortly before releasing their debut EP, Search for the Truth, in 2002. In 2005, the band released their first full-length album Kezia on Canadian indie label Underground Operations.

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Apr 28, 2015
Eric Pulido – Taking over lead vocals for Midlake

Eric Pulido from Midlake, talks about taking over lead vocals for the band in reference to their record 'Antiphon'.

Midlake is an American folk rock band from Denton, Texas, formed in 1999. Currently, the band consists of Eric Pulido, McKenzie Smith, Paul Alexander, Eric Nichelson, Jesse Chandler and Joey McClellan.

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Apr 07, 2015
Ryan Culwell – The Dust Bowl in the Texas Panhandle

Ryan Culwell, a singer-songwriter, talks about the Dust Bowl in the Texas Panhandle in reference to his record 'Flatlands'.

When Ryan released his critically acclaimed 2015 album ‘Flatlands,’ Rolling Stone hailed the collection as both “gorgeous and bleak,” and the intervening years of the Texas native’s life could be described in similarly contradictory terms. Culwell has touched the top and scraped the bottom, known true joy and faced pure sorrow, been blessed with luck and cursed by tough breaks.

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Mar 03, 2015