talking topics : for July
Presenters are often encouraged to talk about their own experiences, what they’ve seen, overheard or read and to bring something of themselves to their programme, that way they create a stronger bond with their audience than simply saying ‘that was … this is’.
Appear more conversational, more relatable, more real and build up a connection with your audience who are more likely to stay loyal with random “Talking Topics”.
I remember The “Umberto Show” back in the days on Real Radio (before he sadly passed away) with his phone ins and they were massively popular due to random topics he would speak about.
We have put together a selection of “Talking Topics” for you to use on your segment to engage with your listeners. Remember… It’s stories, rather than opinions and theories, that usually make more relatable content and better ‘phone fodder’.
1. Have you ever slept in your car? – not necessarily just a quick kip, but for a night or several nights. Why? How long for? How did you cope with washing and keeping warm? Where did you park? What did you do with all your things?
2. What small thing has saved your marriage? Perhaps it’s buying a garden shed, or building a den that you can escape to for example. Maybe you bought something for the other person, or learnt how to do something, or gave something up for them.
3. Public payphones – remember the times before mobiles? Did you ever use a phone that changed or had an impact on your life? Perhaps you ran a business via a public phone (apparently Richard Branson started off his business life like this!), or used the one in the street instead of a house phone. Would you ever answer a call at a public phone if it rang as you passed it?
15. I was hoping to save money on a flight for a holiday, and watched as prices tumbled from £500 to £425 on an online travel agent. My high street travel agent couldn’t match that, but did reduce it to £440. Should I support them as they’ve always given me quality service?
16. If you were granted one wish, what would it be? And let’s not have the ‘a million pounds’ or ‘three more wishes’ lines … but something that means a bit more and more importantly, tell me why.
17. What’s wonderful? Fridays, peanuts, morning dew, the scent of fresh flowers on a railway concourse from the flower stall? What about a surprise text saying I love you, Pork Pies, John McEnroe, a glass of something cold, an uncomplicated taxi journey, swapping smiles with a stranger over something you’ve both seen, The Simpsons, toast, a deep bath, a cuppa and the newspaper, a clean shave, Nectarines… Now it’s your turn.
18. How was a holiday ruined for you? Perhaps the food, hotel, flight. Could it be other people’s kids, lost luggage etc?