- Determine your purpose and match it to your audience.
The first step to writing your bio is to identify who you’re writing for. Your bio is your first impression to your audience. The basis of the bio should clearly and effectively describe who you are and what you do.
The bio you would write for a personal web page should have a different vibe than the bio you would write for a college or a career pitch. Make sure your tone fits your bio appropriately. Make sure it is entertaining yet formal yet professional, or personal.
- Look at example bios pertaining to your audience.
Google is great when it comes to writing a bio. If you search for bios in your field you can look at examples through the google images. This will pull up the top biographies that have been used and written by other people. Mirroring these bios will give you a map of how to structure your bio. It isn’t cheating it is actually the smartest thing to do as most of these images are top bios approved by google.
- Identify important facts about yourself pertaining to your audience .
Build your character. For example, if you are a singer list others singers you have performed with. If you are a basketball player list height, weight, game scores, etc. If you are a public speaker list all the speaking opportunities you were involved in. Include social media links where people can find your work for proof.
Credibility is key.
- Write in the third person.
Write in third person. people love to read bio’s like the are reading for the Grammy Awards. It sound way more professional, and less like bragging rights.
For example, begin your bio with a sentence such as “Delila Jones is a public speaker from Chicago,” rather than “I am a public speaker from Chicago.”
- State your name first.
This should be the first thing you write. Never start an introduction without your name. People need to know who you are iin order to relate the facts about what you do. Give your full preferred name, and make sure it is your legal name.
For example: Leticia Ramirez
- Questions to answer in your bio so people understand who you are.
What are you known for?
What do you do for a living?
How much experience or expertise do you have?
Be up front about who you are. This is what they want to know. Stating the facts up front is important. Then go into the fun stuff. This should begin your first or second sentence.
Tyler Hendricks is a national singer. He has performed with major artist such as …
- Be proud about major accomplishments, if applicable.
Do not list all of your accomplishments like a resume. However, do list at least two. People want to know that you are being recognized by others. If you have awards, or articles written about you then it is important for your audience to have an idea of where you are in your career, and that your work is important to others.
James Jackson is a dancer for the All times Dance group. James has choreographed several of the groups performances. These performances have won recognition at the American league Awards.
- Include personal, humanizing details.
People also want to relate to a few of your hobbies. It gives them an idea of who you are outside of work, and how they can best work with you.
James Jackson is a dancer for the All times Dance group. James has choreographed several of the groups performances. These performances have won recognition at the American league Awards. When James isn’t choreographing dances for the team, he enjoys taking his son to soccer games and the movies.
People want to relate!!!
- Finally include information on current and future projects.
In one to two sentences let people know you are constantly involved in your career. Inform your audience of your future and current projects. They need to know that you are very stern in evolving yourself in your career and always eager to work.
- Include contact information.
After stating your future projects let your audience know how to reach you.
Email address, social media handles, and phone number
- 250 words is the perfect amount for a bio.
Try not to extend to 500 words. You are not writing a book. Bio’s should be read within 7 minutes with a quick understanding of who you are and your future missions. Write like you are being introduced at the Grammy’s and you should produce a perfect bio.