How to Write a Short Professional Bio (with 8 Bio Examples).
A biography is the description of a person’s life in a manuscript. Technically, if you write a book on someone’s life, it is called a biography, while if you write this biography yourself, i.e., you write an account of your own life in a book, it is called an autobiography.
How to Write a Bio. To write a bio pick the right point of view, establish why you're qualified, and show, don't just tell. Don't make it all about you. The point of the bio is for the person reading it to know what's in it for them. Now it's time to tailor your bio to where it will live. Bios aren't one size fits all.
Keep it short and interesting so people get all the key information before they stop reading. If the bio is for an event like a conference, only include the details that are relevant to this particular audience. For a general bio, for example on your website, you can provide links for readers to find out more.
So, if I am writing a short bio for blog aimed at work at home mums I might write: “Between wrangling two young children and an aging mum, Nicole Leedham manages to run her own freelance writing business. It’s a juggle, and the balls often drop, but thankfully she had the good sense to marry a winemaker, so at least the cellar is always.
But as always, leave the personal details for a short and friendly mention at the end of the bio. Mostly, your bio will be used by someone to introduce you at a conference or public event so if you write your bio using these tips, you will help them give a smooth and accurate introduction.
An emcee sometimes reads speaker biographies by way of introduction, and short blurbs on speaker qualifications and accomplishments are often published in the conference program. The tricks to writing a good biography are boasting your strengths without being long-winded and avoiding accomplishments irrelevant to the theme of the conference.
Your professional bio is, arguably, the most important piece of copy you’ll ever write about yourself. It’s the first introduction to who you are, what you do, and what you’re interested in—whether a blurb on a social media platform, a personal website, or company team page.