Tommy Kramer Coaching Tip #508: The 3 Questions (REVISED)

Years ago, my first two tips about Content were “The 5 Subjects,” which was about simplifying your show prep, and “The 3 Questions,” a sifting exercise that helps you refine your on-air performance.

“The 5 Subjects” tip was updated last week, and here, in 2023, is an updated edition of the companion piece.  (The 3rd question is different from the original.  Times change.)

The 3 Questions to ask yourself about your Content choices:

  1. Why is it on?
    This is about what matters most to the Listener today.  Don’t settle for less.  If it’s the 20th most important thing on the list of what he or she cares about, toss it.  Generic “any day” or “rainy day” Content is lame.  Today’ show should be about today.
  2. Where are you going with it?
    This is about planning an ending.  You want to have one, even if taking the “First Exit” means you don’t use it.  (That technique is Tip #4 on my website.)
  3. What’s the Emotion at its core?  (Great storytelling is always about some sort of emotional “reveal.”  This is the secret to having a real connection with the Listener.)

Tommy Kramer

Tommy has spent over 35 years as an air talent, programmer, operations manager and talent coach - working with over 300 stations in all formats. He publishes the Coaching Tip

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