Hooking the audience with a question almost always works to build intrigue to hear a story. Brian Sherman, from Sherman and Tingle, WDRV, Chicago, had a lovely summer vacation, until he got home. That’s when he discovered his air conditioning unit and furnace were completely, totally dead. And that the cost to replace all of it would be $14,000. Brian could have just told the story, which would have been good. But he hooked them by asking the audience what happened that cost him $14,000 at the end of his vacation (there’s your hook and intrigue). After a series of wrong guesses, someone got it right, which is when Brian then told the story. This is brilliantly structured and executed to grab the audience to want to hear the story while including listeners.
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