A bio can be one of the trickiest things in the world to write, especially when you’re first starting out. You want it to stand out (for good reasons). You want it to capture you and your potential. It needs to be engaging. Well written. Smart.
How do you do that?
You start by asking two key questions:
Firstly, who am I?
Secondly, where do I want to go?
Answering these questions may be much easier for some than others. Personally, I found it took many years to be able to clearly articulate the answers, even just to myself. (I’m not convinced that I still know the answer to Question 2.)
The answers to both of these questions will help you determine the style and content of your bio, so it’s important to work out… Even if it’s a work-in-progress for a while yet.
Make two lists.
List 1: words or phrases that describe how you want people to see you.
eg. Fun, intelligent, curious,
List 2: professional roles and/or skills that you aspire to.
eg. Radio presenter, social media personality, political reporter….
eg. Skilled interviewer, writer, announcer…
If you’re stuck – ask one of your good friends or TAFE classmates to help you write these lists.
Now write – and then edit
Get a rough draft done as soon as you can. (It’s tempting to put this bit off, but don’t because it doesn’t get easier.)
Aim for a different (but consistent) versions for different platforms:
- WordPress about 100 words
- LinkedIn max 2000 characters
- Twitter max 160 characters
- Instagram max 150 characters