Biography writing… Writing about yourself… Writing about yourself in an appealing way. If the thought of writing your own bio makes you want to assume the foetal position, then grab a cuppa (or vino if you please) and pull up a chair. Your bio should have personality, be authentic while showcasing your talents and offerings, and most of all, serve some very important purposes. Today, I’m going to give you 5 simple tips to get you on your way to writing a brilliant biography.
- Make them remember you.
Before you do anything else, figure out your ‘elevator pitch’ or your USP (unique selling proposition). Don’t worry, this isn’t as scary or difficult as you think it is. What problem do you help solve? What results do you get for your customers? Who are your customers? What service or products do you specialise in? Basically, how are you different to the next person who does what you do?
- Write for your audience.
Know who you’re writing for. Who your reader is (and where they will find you) will determine the purpose, style, language and format of your biography. You’ll probably have several biographies for different uses, like I do. I have different introductions on my LinkedIn (professional) vs my website vs Facebook and social media (conversational) vs blogging and writing platforms (personal) which are all written with relevant information appropriate to what will connect best with my reader (and on that particular platform).
Those I connect with on LinkedIn probably don’t care too much that I am a mother, likewise my Facebook or Insta followers probably don’t go crazy over a long list of credentials. Know your audience (do they differ depending on where they find you?), what they value, what engages them, what builds your credibility, and their trust and relationship with you and write accordingly.
- Quantify your expertise and share your achievements
It’s well known that data and facts build trust and credibility. Quantifying your expertise builds your credibility, and the beauty here is, it doesn’t matter what you do, you can find something that attests to your ability to help your customer or audience. You may weave in some of the following including the:
- year you started doing what you do or year you established your business
- number of years you’ve been doing what you do
- awards, accomplishments or recommendations you’ve been a recipient of
- qualifications, certifications or training you hold
- featured writer/guest speaking engagements you’ve been at
- organisations you are a member of (or even ones you volunteer at/board member of)
- number of children you have, their ages (if of course this is relevant to what you do)
As you can see, there are plenty of ways that you can build your reader’s trust and connection with you. Work with those that best help you convey your ideal introduction to your audience.
- For the love of coffee – be interesting!
I’m sure you all agree, that the online space is very noisy and crowded place. How do you help people remember you? How do you build connection with them? Share something interesting about yourself. You can be as personal or conservative in what you share (keeping in mind who will be reading it!). On a professional platform, perhaps share something safe – are you a cake making ninja by night? Have a penchant for restoring vintage furniture? Volunteer for causes or charities close to your heart? Climbed a mountain or volcano (yes, I actually melted my shoes climbing a volcano in Greece once!). Perhaps you’re in a role which relies more on personal connection than on expertise or credentials? Tell us a short story of what inspired you started doing what you do? When did you first realise a passion for doing what you do? What is your vision or goal?
- CTA = constant temperature anemometry. Just kidding. Call to action.
It’s a sin to post, email, do anything without a CTA these days, and your bio is no different. Depending on the purpose for, and audience of your bio, you might utilise one of the following for your CTA:
- Do you have a workshop / event / article / resource / new product or service launch coming up?
- Do you have a competition, offer or promotion readers can enter or claim?
- Email list your audience can subscribe to?
- Social media handles they can follow?
- Welcome them to contact you with enquiries?
- Currently have wholesaling or collaboration opportunities available?
Your CTA is your oyster.
So here we have it – 5 simple steps to crafting an effective biography that will resonate with your readers, and introduce yourself and your super powers (aka offerings). Remember, your bio should be as unique and memorable as you are, be tailored to your audience and appropriate for the platform, build your credibility, and compel your audience to take action that supports your purpose. Oh, and make sure you write your bio in 3rd person – you may even find the objectivity helpful in writing about yourself!