Friday, November 27, 2020

How to Overcome “You Had to be There” Stories

Isn't it embarrassing to share a great experience or personal story with friends, and have no reaction? So you sheepishly mumble something like, "Believe me, it was great. Must be that you had to...

Performance Tricks to Choose The Right Details In a Story

A good storyteller enriches their content with dramatic, vivid details. A weak storyteller bores the audience by loading them down with details that lead nowhere. Choosing the right details is a mystery to many...

Get More TSL In Storytelling: Drop Audio Bread Crumbs

One of the most powerful techniques of building higher ratings is convincing existing listeners to tune in more. Obvious, right? But that's a lot harder than just trying to be great on the air....

Perspective Is a Key to Effective Storytelling

In a Storytelling workshop, I was asked a question about how often the same story can be told. At first, it seems like a somewhat silly question. I mean, who wants to hear, let...

Storytelling: The Mosh Pit

Virtually every radio segment can be classified as one of four types of content: Personal Stories, Crowdsourced Content, Telling Other People's Stories, and The Mosh Pit. The Mosh Pit is fairly easy to execute...

How To Set Up A Great Story

Here's a really simple topic that worked for the team at K104/Dallas on many levels, but I want to focus on the brilliant way the team executed the setup. In storytelling and on-air break construction,...

How to Help a Cohost Tell a Story

Some personalities are better storytellers than others. But everyone becomes a better storyteller when they have help from an enthusiastic and supportive audience. That's why it's important to be a good partner and help...

How To Create Surprise in Storytelling

Imagine reading a mystery novel. You get to the end, full of anticipation for the unexpected twist. But instead of a surprise, the solution to the mystery is obvious. It was predictable from the...

A Classic Example Of An Amazing Story Arc

Great on-air storytellers have a plan. They brainstorm, prepare and think about how a storyline will be developed. And they execute with precision, loading it with the right details as they build momentum toward...

Exaggeration is a Key to a Great Story

One of the most important skills in radio is the ability to tell stories. Do you want to be a great storyteller? Then it's time to embrace a skill that would embarrass mom. Exaggeration. There...

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6 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Rid of On-Air Crutches

Okay, so this is, like, an article about, ah, all those, um, bad, uh, habits or on-air crutches that Dj's pick up, you know. Know...