It’s very common these days to be asked to produce a short bio or insert information about ourselves online - particularly groups, networks and for conferences.
And many of us just roll our eyes and think, ‘I’ll do it later’.
I know it. I get it! And here’s why I do.
As we travel back through memory lane to revisit our professional experiences and what we’ve accomplished throughout our careers, we often return with a feeling of stuckness. And that feeling will often turn into overwhelm and have us sending our unwritten bio into the ‘too-hard’ basket. All of this happens because we don’t really know what to say or where to start.
I want to assure you, it doesn’t have to be this way. A trip down memory lane will be enjoyable once you know what you’re looking for.
Here’s how I work with my clients and some of the information I learn about them before crafting their bio.
My clients also worry that including ‘fun things’ may not be relevant. Here’s my response:
By sharing who you really are (beyond a piece of paper or a screen); you allow your reader to connect with you. Showing that you have interests outside of work could be the very thing that gets your foot in the door. You have no idea that the person reading isn’t a massive rock climbing fan or has every one of Adele’s albums and coaches their child’s sport team. You just don’t know. And one of your interests may just make you stand out. It definitely makes you more relatable and offers a point of conversation should that opportunity present itself.
Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine. You don’t have to have a boring bio to be considered a professional.
Once you have these 5 questions answered you can fill in the gaps with your skills, what you believe your greatest assets are, and what your business is about.
If you need help, Monica Kade is a copywriter who works with mumpreneurs and also specialises in personal bios for personal and company websites and LinkedIn. With 10+ years experience in publishing, media and interviews, she can take your work-life experience and summarise it onto a postage stamp if needed. She loves wrangling words into a masterpiece that reflects the essence of who you are. So get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org or visit TheMomentHQ.com
Please note Monica is offering a 5% Spring discount on bio writing services for Women In Focus community members, valid until 18th November.
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