Your Bio called, it said you haven’t looked at it in a while.
Forget where it was? Check the “About” page on your web site. (And LinkedIn, and Twitter, and Facebook, and your Amazon Author Page...)
Gone are the days where people want to look at your resume. Maybe I’m biased, but your diploma is not the headline. Bullet points about past positions will not help me get to know you.
Your Bio must tell a story
This may not apply to biochemical research professionals. But I work with influencers and thought leaders. These people must create connections and build an interesting brand.
Once upon a time
What’s the poetic version of your early days? Lean years, between jobs, youthful ignorance… How did those early years shape you? I’m giving you poetic license.
What’s something about you, or an experience, that isn’t necessarily “Bio” material, but would give insight into your personal quirkiness? If a sense of humor is a major part of how you operate, I dare you to share it. If you’re a nerd, let your geek flag fly!
Start conservatively, and push the boundaries slowly, OK?
Can we turn “failures” into tales of epic adventure? You bet.
Will you be honest, and share how unexpected events and course corrections made you more capable? I hope so
Share successes, too! And be sure to credit others for their part.
Every picture tells a story
Please don't post the photo of you with those white tigers. Just as horrible though, is one that looks like your yearbook photo. Enough said.
Happily ever after
Are you in your happy place in your current venture? Alert your “About” page!
When others read your bio, do they get a sense of the road you’ve traveled?
People throw resume’s in the trash, but they’re eager to connect with a real person.