My phones don’t ring!
Building a phone discussion is a lot more strategic than asking your listeners a boring question. It’s about inviting them into a conversation that’s already happening. It’s about compelling them to take time out of their busy morning because they have something to contribute. Try making statements in addition to asking questions. People respond to statements that make them think. People respond to statements that are bold. Think about new statements you can use to personally invite your listeners to call and contribute. Use dry calls, recorded voices of other people on staff and recorded audio clips to spark a discussion! Encourage people to call and encourage one another too! Remind them that their voice matters.
Here’s a few ideas you can shape to invite your listeners into a discussion!
I feel like the only parent who’s kids have regular meltdowns at the mall! Share a story with a bold statement in it. What is the worst/craziest place your child threw a tantrum? Here’s a dry call to get your phones rolling.
I don’t want to lie to my kids, but sometimes I don’t know if they can handle my blunt truth! What’s more important ‘what you say’ or ‘how you say it?” Here’s some dry calls https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BrXODBYibPT7Jqey0iu0k78Mq4jm8JTP
Using only movie titles how would you describe the state of your house right now? (Play some movie clips as you invite your listeners into the discussion!)
Tell me about the time you brought someone to church and things didn’t go well? I can’t be the only one! Ask your listener about the time an invite to church got awkward!
Parents just don’t understand! Who listening was embarrassed by their parent so bad they still remember it to this day? (Play clips of kids melting down in the background – grab audio from Youtube if you don’t have calls coming in yet)
My allergies remind me every April that spring has sprung! What is “the first sign of spring” is for you? (Flowers, weeds in your yard, birds chirping, The first 75 degree day in the forecast, kids playing in the street, Claratin-D ?)
There was a story in the news recently about a teen girl in Minnesota that drove through the front window of the DMV during her driving test! Tell me about the time you almost took the keys away from your teen for ever? Share your first week driving stories! Share the driving lesson you had to learn the hard way!
What’s your family Wally World trip? (The destination you set out for that you never actually got to?)
First time on a plane… where did you go?
What quick weekend getaway ended up costing you SO MUCH MORE than you ever planned! I feel like our drama filled weekend trip to Laughlin, NV ended up costing me the same as a family trip to Hawaii!