Writing a Professional Bio

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Below is a Post I found by Stephanie Nivinskus which was very helpful in pointing out and outlining the essential elements that we should include if there ever came a time we wrote a biography about our professional careers. Because, I have been asked to write one, I am now researching ways in which I should write my bio. This blog was very informative and helpful.

How To Write a Bio

Posted by Stephanie Nivinskus

So you’ve been asked for your bio, hmmm?  Perhaps you’re speaking at an event and they need to introduce you. Or maybe you’re posting something about yourself on a social media platform.  Or maybe you’ve been featured in the media and they need something to share with the audience. It’s critical to have your professional bio at your fingertips in this day and age. Good news! You’re going to learn how to write a professional bio right now.  Writing your bio does not have to be the daunting task that you may think it is. Here’s a simple, 15-step worksheet that I use in my small business marketing workshops to help my clients write their own compelling bio. Give it a whirl and see what you come up with. And as always, please do share. I love your comments!

Step 1:  Define your target audience:
Age range: under 18     18-25     26-34     35-54     55+
Gender:  % male _____     % female _____
Education: highschool     college     post-grad

Step 2: Identify where you are most likely to use your bio (list in order of preference)
social media profiles
speaking engagements
media profiles
other _____________________________________________________

Step 3: In 3 sentences or less, explain what you do & what your niche is.  Also explain the benefit(s) your ideal customer receives as a result of working with you. (ex. “I am a certified tax planner in the state of California.  I specialize in servicing real estate professionals.  I take the hassle of taxes so you can focus on selling homes.”):

Step 4:  Identify how you’re different from your competition (ex. “I don’t charge you until I produce results.”):

Step 5: List your top three professional accomplishments: (ex. “I am listed in the ‘who’s who’ of financial planners.”)

Step 6: List up to 3 awards, distinctions or certifications you’ve earned: (ex. “I am one of only four master trainers in the United states.”)

Step 7: List up to 3 professional affiliations: (ex. I am a member of The Society of Professional Journalists). Do not use any acronyms.

Step 8: If you’ve been published or been featured as a professional expert in the media, list details here: (ex.  “I am a contributing writer in Chicken Soup For The Soul.  I am a featured expert on KCBQ.”)

Step 9: If you have a college degree, identify the type of degree and the university name: (ex.  I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University.)

Step 10: What problems do you solve for your ideal customer? (“I translate technical documents into plain English so that the average person can understand them.”)

Step 11: Identify up to 3 personal facts: (ex. I have three children. I live in San Diego. I love to ski.)

Step 12:  Looking at the answers you provided above, what would impress your ideal client the most?

Step 13:  Take a shot at writing a bio with three paragraphs. In paragraph 1, state what you do and why you’re different from you competition.  In paragraph 2, back up your claims with proof by sharing your accomplishments. In paragraph 3 share personal facts and your contact information.

Step 14: Polish your work. Check for spelling errors.  Make sure there are no acronyms or abbreviations being used.  Confirm that your biography is engaging & written in the tone your ideal customer will respond to. Insert powerful words that paint pictures.

Step 15. Smile! You survived! Now, go share this fabulous tool with a friend in need. Because friends don’t let friends publish embarrassing bios.

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WordPress is too SLOW!!!!!

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I am currently working on a WordPress site and it’s driving me crazy how slow it renders. I know that amount of plug-ins and widgets plays a part in that, but there is still help out there if you want your website to run faster without losing content on your site. This video is a little bit outdated, but still offers a solution to the wonderful WordPress problem.

Side note: If you have GoDaddy for your hosting, WordPress runs even slower than other hosting companies. Anyways, check out the video…..

Free Fonts……

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Below is a list of fonts that I found on Cruzine.com and I really loved most of these fonts. I shortened the list to just my personal favorites because they had 100 fonts listed and I figured that might be a bit too much for people to read. Anyways, they are free, so check them out……..

1. Clean Fonts

Delicious-Roman

Delicious-Roman

DiavloBook-Regular

DiavloBook-Regular

HattoriHanzo-LightItalic

HattoriHanzo-LightItalic

Champagne & Limousines

Champagne & Limousines

Caviar Dreams Bold

Vegur-Regular

Yanone Kaffeesatz Regular

Yanone Kaffeesatz Regular

WendelinHalbfettKursiv

WendelinHalbfettKursiv

Padaloma Italic

Padaloma Italic

Monoglyceride

Monoglyceride

Mabella

Mabella

Moloko

Moloko

Gordon Regular

Gordon Regular

Good Times

Good Times

GeosansLight

GeosansLight

Cantarell Bold

Cantarell Bold

SansSerifExbFLF-Italic

SansSerifExbFLF-Italic

Milford Condensed Bold Italic

Milford Condensed Bold Italic

Aller Light Italic

Aller Light Italic

D3 Archism Italic

D3 Archism Italic

Decker

Decker

Cardiff Bold Italic

Cardiff Bold Italic

Droid Serif Bold

Droid Serif Bold

GalileoFLF-BoldItalic

GalileoFLF-BoldItalic

Subway Regular

Subway Regular

Ogilvy Poster

Ogilvy Poster

Gourmand Bold Italic

Gourmand Bold Italic

Bedini Bold Italic

Bedini Bold Italic

Copper Penny DTP Normal

Copper Penny DTP Normal

2. Fancy Fonts

karabinE

karabinE

JAMES HAN

JAMES HAN

VTKS URBAN TIME bold

VTKS URBAN TIME bold

Blaster Italic

Blaster Italic

AddamsRegular

Veggieburger

Veggieburger

Vtks Desgaste

Vtks Desgaste

Platonick NF

Platonick NF

EASYTROUBLE

EASYTROUBLE

Rogers2

Rogers2

NIGHTSTALKER-TRIAL

NIGHTSTALKER-TRIAL

Malgecito

Malgecito

Outlaw

Outlaw

Anastasia Regular

Anastasia Regular

gothical

gothical

TOSCA ZERO

TOSCA ZERO

soma Regular

soma Regular

Faith Collapsing

Faith Collapsing

KILLED DJ

KILLED DJ

Angelic War

Angelic War

VTKS News Label

VTKS News Label

VTKS ROCK GARAGE BAND

VTKS ROCK GARAGE BAND

Thundergod II

Thundergod II

Scurlock

Scurlock

3. Script Fonts

Jellyka Castle’s Queen

Jellyka Castle's Queen

Jellyka – Estrya’s Handwriting

Jellyka Castle's Queen

Jellyka, End_less Voyage

Jellyka, End_less Voyage

the King & Queen font

the King & Queen font

Vtks Beautiful Dreams

Vtks Beautiful Dreams

akaDora

akaDora

Vtks Blank

Vtks Blank

Katy Berry

Katy Berry

Windsong

Windsong

Rechtman-Script Medium

Rechtman-Script Medium

JaneAusten

JaneAusten

Ariston

Ariston

LainieDaySH

LainieDaySH

Toothbrush

Toothbrush

curlyJoe

curlyJoe