In this post, we’ll be looking at how to make a short biography of yourself.
Coming up in this post:
- Reasons to write a short biography
- How to write your short biography
- How long should your bio be?
- Decide whether to write in first or third person
- What to include in my short bio
- Introduce yourself
- Write your profession to sound interesting
- Share accomplishments
- What’s your value to the reader?
- Link to find out more!
- Personalise your biography
- Wrapping it up
Writing a teeny-tiny short biography of yourself seems like it would be a breeze, but when it comes to it, it’s much harder than it initially seems! You have this one shot to make your first impression stick! That’s why your short biography may end up being one of the most important pieces of content you’ll write.
There are many reasons to need a short biography of yourself, here are a few:
- Professional social media bio
- Author for blog writing
- Employee bio for website
- ‘About the Author’ at the end of a publication
- Networking events
- Speaker for an event
- Dating profiles
So how do you write a compact, compelling and persuasive short biography? Read on to see a step-by-step guide to help you through the steps:
A short bio in many ways is a much more challenging thing to write as you have a limited amount of space to sell yourself and achievements while trying to attract the right attention. So it is really important to get what you need within the word count limitations.
One of the most important things to consider when writing your bio is to stick to the number of words they ask you to write. It is easy when it comes to writing bio’s for social media as they will automatically restrict your character counts. But if you are sending a bio from a request, you had better be listening to their criteria!
Getting the length of your bio accurate is so important. Otherwise, if you go over their allotted word count they’ll be making cuts, and they may cut out your best bits to make it fit the criteria.
Some bios require 1-2 lines; others maybe a paragraph or two long.
If you are unsure how long to make your bio don’t be afraid to ask and check.
If it’s not essential or doesn’t add value, then cut it out.
Generally, most professional short biographies are written in the third person. But this does rely on what context the bio is for. If you’ve been asked to write a short biography on yourself for a company website, then this should be written in the third person. But if your bio is for a personal social page, which has a pretty relaxed vibe, then writing in the third person will seem out of place and strange.
If you are writing in the third person: make sure you read through to make sure you haven’t overused “he” or “she”. If these do pop up too often, replace some with your name to improve the flow.
Short bio’s will differ slightly depending on the context, but generally, they will include the following:
- Your name
- Your profession/ experience backed up with evidence
- Your ultimate goal
- Make sure you answer what people are looking for
- Links to contact details/ CTA
Write your name- easy
List current position or primary role- Easy
Writing your name is easy, but explaining what it is you do can be a boring subject.
If you’re a brain surgeon then you’ll generally invite people’s curiosity or interest without much persuasion, but if your profession sounds much less convincing to read more about then there are many ways to peak interest.
Your accomplishments are demonstrations of your credibility. This is what will make people think, “Oh this is why I should listen to you”. – This is especially important as the digital landscape becomes more and more crowded. The evidence you showcase to back up your claims is vital to getting people to take you seriously.
Don’t just list your achievements (such as job title or notable awards), write about the results of your work instead.
While you need to impress, readers coming across your bio are really only interested in what’s in it for them. You may have the most impressive bio, but if it doesn’t give readers something to gain, then your bio is all words and no action. That’s why you need to demonstrate value to your readers.
When discussing your proudest moments or biggest achievements, make sure they are relevant to the publication. Some achievements to consider could be:
- Industry awards.
- Major career milestones.
- On-the-job accomplishments (with numbers and statistics).
- Speaking appearances.
Tell your readers what it is they will gain from you. Avoid them asking “who cares?!” in response to your biography.
An easy way to tackle this is to answer the following:
- Who will read your bio?
- What do your readers need to know?
- How you can help them with their problem or goal?
- State what they need to do to contact you…
The last point brings us to the next section. How can your readers contact you?
It is vital you are getting readers to find out more.
What further action do you want your readers to take? Do you want them to click through to your website? Or to follow you on social media? Whatever the case may be, this is your opportunity to get the reader interested in learning more about you.
You can provide a CTA, contact information or even a link to your work.
Your biography is ultimately about you, so there does need to be an element of ‘human side’ to it to make it personable and approachable, but without becoming too informal such as the “cat person” and “coffee addicts” out there!
Again, think about where your bio will appear, and who is reading it. A good way to demonstrate you’re not a robot is to share your interests, while cleverly making it appropriate for the industry. Or if you don’t have particularity interesting interests, just stating you’re a mum or dad of three can make someone feel a likeness to you. Listing your future goals or life values can also give insight into the type of person you are, and what you want to achieve in life.
This is your chance to make your bio stand out from others and make it memorable or even relatable.
For clarity make sure you do the following:
- Write notes and ideas on your background information:
Mind map your career achievements, with corresponding real-life examples to demonstrate their use.
- Structure and prioritise your biography:
You’ve got your first sentence to grab the reader’s attention, so prioritising the order in which you talk about yourself is important! You can list your biography in the following format.
- Name and job title
- Expertise and role description
- Proudest achievements
- Personal information
- CTA or contact information
There you have it a simple and short guide on how to make a short biography of yourself. If you’re looking for more information on autobiography writing check out our post here: How to write an autobiography about myself?
Good luck with writing your short biography.
If you want to continue with your biography writing, check out The Reliving app.
Reliving – The digital biography app
Reliving is a digital biography app which allows you to preserve your legacy in your own words, voice, picture and video.
Log into your Reliving account where you can follow an easy, ready-made template to manage your photos and memories from your past and real-time. All of your digital media is stored and can be accessed from the cloud. With easy uploads, you can organise and create a wonderful and rich life story to be proud of.
The app also has a journal (diary) feature to track your daily life in real-time. It enables you to track your emotions each day, upload media and favourite the best memories.
An annual overview can be created of your favourite moments, putting your life story into interesting chapters.
For more information on using the app for diary entries see our post here.
You can set life goals, and break down the process by setting yearly, monthly, weekly and daily tasks to achieve it. See more on the goal-setting feature by reading this.
By combining your goal-setting journey with your journaling you have a reliable source of information to revisit when it comes to reviewing your autobiography. You will have kept track of your best moments, emotions, media and your goal process.
You’ll have an accurate account of who you were as a person before your goal was set out, and who you turned into at the end of the journey.
Your personal profile on the reliving app is completely private. Your media is stored in a secure database that only you can access through your account.
When you pass on, your life story is available to your family in a read-only book format. Giving them a detailed, intimate and accurate insight into who you were as a person and what you achieved in your life.
Create your life story today! If you want to find out more about creating your life story digitally, see our post here.