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The standard advice for writing a bio is to write in the third person (as though someone else is writing about you). However, there are a few exceptions to the “third person rule”.

Here are four situations when you should write your bio in first person instead of third-person:

1) when you are writing a mini-bio for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social networking sites. Social networks are informal gathering places, so a less formal bio is appropriate (see examples here).

2) when you are applying for a program or scholarship. Applications work best when they are written in a personal voice, e.g. “I would like to attend X school because…” rather than “John would like to attend X school because…”

3) when the person or agency requesting your bio has specified that they want it in first person

4) if you simply feel more comfortable writing your bio in first person (it’s your choice!)

Don’t get too hung up on the “third person” or “first person” issue. There’s no absolute right or wrong, just conventions. Third person tends to sound formal and professional, whereas first person sounds more informal and friendly.

If you do decide to write your bio in first person, you will also need a version of it in third person for occasions such as speaking engagements when someone else is introducing you.

Bio vs ResumeIt’s amazing how quickly things change in the business and career arenas. For ages all you needed was a resume when applying for a job. Now it seems that not only do you need a resume, you also need a professional bio and maybe even a LinkedIn page.

Holy cow! It’s getting more complicated every day.

Well, one thing that I can help you with is understanding the difference between a resume and a professional biography.

The most important distinction between bio and resume

First thing to know is that a bio tells a story about you, whereas a resume gives a summary of your complete work history. Both describe your background but the level of detail and presentation are different. Between the two, the bio is more interesting and easier to read than a resume.

Some employers want just one or the other, but most seem to ask for both a resume and a bio these days.

When to use a bio

A bio or biography tells a story about you, whereas a resume gives “just the facts.” A bio is a promotional document; a resume is used when applying for a job. Both describe your background but purpose, level of detail and presentation are different. Between the two, the bio is less formal and more interesting to read than the resume.

Use a bio to tell a narrative story about you. This may be for a company website, a blurb at the bottom of an article, or any other use where you need a concise but interesting snapshot of you and your achievements.

Your bio is intended to be a concise, compelling overview of the person. In a paragraph or two, the most impressive facts are provided to give a picture to the reader. The description normally is written in the third person and may include years of experience, some well-known companies, recognized commercial awards, marital status, number of children, and other details.

Frankly, a career biography is basically promotional material: it tells a short story about you in a couple of paragraphs. It’s a summarized version of who you are, what you’re all about, and why the reader should listen to you.

Another way to think about it is that a professional bio is a little advertisement for you – and by extension – for your company as well. It summarizes just the most impressive highlights of your background. In contrast, a resume gives a complete summary of your experience, education, and skills – normally in chronological order.

To sum up, a professional biography is:

  • basically used as promotional material or as an introduction blurb
  • often found in the “about me” or “profile” section of a website, as well as on printed and web materials for motivational speakers, company CEOs, business owners, and book or article authors
  • an overview of the person written in a narrative form (sentences and paragraphs)
  • normally written in the third person
  • usually includes includes years of experience, some well-known companies, and recognized industry awards
  •  may optionally include marital status, number of children, place of dwelling, and other personal details
  • basically a short story and more interesting to read than a resume
  • normally not sufficient to submit for a job application

When to use a resume

A resume is normally required when applying for a job. A resume shows past history and provides in detail, the working experience, job positions and responsibilities, education with colleges attended, skill certificates achieved and trainings completed.

Whereas a bio is usually formatted in paragraphs, resumes are normally formatted in bullet form and chronological order. You need to account for any missing years that may have occurred due to sickness, travelling, family responsibilities or time out of the workforce. In a pinch, you can omit certain areas in your resume if you wish and only reveal them in person when you have an interview.

A resume is:

  • normally required when applying for a job
  • a summary of past work history, education and training (provides in detail the work experience, job positions and responsibilities, education with colleges attended, skill certificates achieved and trainings completed)
  • normally formatted in bullet form and chronological order
  • more formal than a bio
  • usually longer than a bio

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How to write cover letterYou’ve seen an advertisement for your dream job and you know that you’d be perfect for it. Now you just have to get an interview. Write a great cover letter in professional business letter format and your chances of getting that interview will increase dramatically.


Getting started writing a cover letter

First, take the time to find out exactly who will be reading your cover letter. If the information is not apparent from the job advertisement, phone or email to ask who is in charge of hiring. Then address your correspondence accordingly. Whatever you do, make sure you spell the person’s name, position title and address correctly and find out if they are a Mr. Mrs. or Ms. Your attention to detail in these matters shows initiative and will impress your potential employer.

Make it easy for employers to see you as a good fit

Employers are looking for specific things, so make it easy for them to pick you! In your cover letter, briefly highlight your relevant education, experience and personality traits as they relate to the job posting. Unless the advertisement specifically says “no phone calls”, phone the company and ask for a “Statement of Qualifications” or job description. These documents will give you extra information about what qualities are important to the company and you can then emphasize how you can meet those criteria.

Customize for the specific job

Don’t rely on a generic, one size fits all cover letter. Employers can spot those a mile away. Instead, customize your cover letter to fit the specific position you are applying for. Read the job advertisement closely, and use some of the wording from the advertisement (but don’t go overboard – you don’t want to look as though you were just parroting what they wrote).

Highlight relevant skills, awards, and degrees that address the skills, abilities and personal qualities specified in the advertisement. Make it easy for the employer to say “this candidate is perfect!”

Cover letter format

Cover letter should be written in standard business letter format. In business letter format paragraphs are generally short, and use bullet points where possible. This helps the employer to notice the relevant information while skimming the cover letter.

Keep in mind that although cover letter samples or writing templates provide a useful start (especially to show you the proper business letter format), they are a starting point only. You must customize your cover letter to fit the specific job, and to allow your personality to come through. Any employer will sense a “canned” or copied letter that doesn’t address the specifics of their company.

Whether your start “from scratch” or use a cover letter writing template, be sure to present yourself in a professional and business-like manner in your letter.

I can’t stress enough how important presentation is when writing a business letter. Keep it simple, do not use colored paper or fancy fonts. One spelling mistake or grammatical error is enough to have your application rejected. For the best presentation, use a standard font like Times New Roman or Ariel in an 11 or 12 point size, with one inch margins. Proofread the old-fashioned way. Don’t rely on spell-check because typos have a way of getting past spell-check. One spelling mistake or grammatical error is enough to have your application rejected.

Read your cover letter aloud to yourself or someone else to help identify any awkward or unclear wording. Remember, you will look like a more professional candidate to your potential employer when your cover letter uses proper business letter wording and format.

Example cover letter

A cover letter in business letter format would look something like this, although personalized for the position and highlighting your experience.

123 Anywhere St.
Anytown, USA
Phone: 905-555-5555 jan.employee@yahoo.xm

October 4, 2008

Ms. Boss
Human Resources Manager
Company Name
Company Address

Dear Ms. Boss,

I am submitting my resume for your consideration for the position of __________. I have two years experience in administration, client support and customer service management.

I believe that my work-related experience, along with my drive and enthusiasm, make me an excellent candidate for employment on your team. I was pleased to see your company made the top fifty growing business list in Forbes magazine, and I would be proud to be associated with such a dynamic company.

My proficiency in administrative and office software such as Lotus, WordPerfect, and Excel complement my qualifications.

I would appreciate the opportunity to interview with you at your convenience and hope you will give the enclosed resume your favorable consideration.

(sign your name in ink here)

Jan Applicant


A final thought

In today’s competitive job market it is essential that you write a great cover letter that sells yourself, your skills and your desire to work for the company. Don’t be shy about telling the employer why you would be perfect for the job. After all, they are looking for the perfect candidate and that could very well be you. Good luck!

Write hair salon stylist biographyA good bio is an effective tool in helping to acquire new customers. Here are some guidelines and examples for how to write a  professional hair stylist’s bio.

1. See what’s standard and then go beyond it.

Check out the bios of a few other stylists, preferably those in your own area, maybe even those whose work or salon you know. What are they doing? When you read their bios, what grabs you and what makes you go, “Eh.” Then improve on what’s out there.

2. Write a bio, not a book.

This is not the moment to launch into your version of Zen and the Art of Hair Maintenance. People reading the bio want to know if the stylist can work with children or create a perm that doesn’t make the recipient look like a prize poodle. They’re interested in results, not theories.

3. Establish a warm and friendly tone.

If you’re a Swiss banker, a certain amount of formality in any document is probably a good idea. However, at least half of the appeal of a good stylist is their personality and how well they can relate to a client, make him or her relax, and how well the stylist listens to the customer’s needs to ensure that the final result is what was desired. For that reason, it’s perfectly fine to start a bio with “Hi. My name is ___________________ and I love to cut hair. I can give you a style that will make all your friends say you look fabulous!”

4. Prove it.

No one wants a stylist who just picked up a pair of scissors one day and started practicing on her dolls. Where were you trained and when? What awards or professional recognition have you received? What are your specialties?

There’s no crime in saying that you prefer to do haircuts instead of color. The wrong time for a potential client to discover that you’re no color expert is when she’s in the chair and her hair has turned lilac. On the other hand, if you have special certifications in hair color, facials, make-up, or any other beauty routine, be sure to list them.

5. What products do you use?

In some salons, you may not have any control over that, but in many cases, stylists have favorite products that they use consistently. If you’re one of those, be sure to say so. Customers are often loyal to particular brands, so if a Paul Mitchell girl reads your bio and sees that you only use his products, she’s likely to pick up the phone and schedule an appointment.

6. Are you a special events maven?

In other words, do you love to do weddings, proms, styles for graduation pictures, etc.? Do you really love to work with small children? Many people who normally give their hair cut at the $7.99 Walk-In Shop have no idea where to go when they need something out of the ordinary. If you can offer that, they’ll come to you.

7. Why do you love doing this?

Let’s hope you do, because again, a stylist’s personality is nearly as important as your technical skills. If you simply love making people look their best, then say so. Share why you chose this career instead of X-ray tech. let potential customers know that when they’re in your hands, they’re in the hands of someone who genuinely cares about making the world more beautiful.

8. Be sure to include the basic info.

People want to know where your shop is located, when your shop is open, and if they need an appointment. Some stylists will accept walk-ins for a shampoo or cut but need appointments for perms, coloring, and special occasion groups. Include all that information so unhappy surprises are avoided.

A sample bio might look something like this:
Hi, my name is _____________ and welcome to my shop/salon ______________. Ever since I gave my first Barbie a wedge cut like Dorothy Hamill, I’ve loved to cut hair. In ___________ I graduated from the ________________ School of Beauty and Hairstyling.

In addition to passing all of my final tests with high scores, I also received certification in coloring, facials, and waxing. I specialize in working with long hair, creating updos and styles that can be worn every day.

I recently took courses in make-up design and application, and I love the opportunity to work on clients before their proms or entire wedding parties. I’ll make certain the bride’s lipstick doesn’t clash with the maid of honor’s dress.
I am available for haircuts and shampoo/styles during regular shop hours, ______________ Monday thorough ___________. In addition, perms and hair coloring appointments are usually available a minimum of 48 hours in advance, and with 72 hours’ notice, my assistants and I can handle bridal and special events groups of up to eight individuals.

Our salon proudly uses _________products, which are eco-friendly, not tested on animals, and hypoallergenic. Our fine lines of shampoos, conditioners, mousses, and de-tanglers are also available for purchase__________ . Nail Boutique is located at the rear of our salon, and our customers get a 10 percent discount on all manicures.
Just as every stylist and salon are different, so will every stylist’s bio. The important points to remember are using this information to establish trust, confidence, and desire in potential customers. Once they’ve read your bio and seen your work, you want them to come to you instead of clicking on the next site. Creating a lively, informational, and friendly bio is a great way to get them in your door.


Free eulogy funeral speech templateIt’s never easy to say goodbye to someone who has been a part of our lives. When that person is gone, there’s a hole where (he or she) used to be in your life. That’s what many of us are feeling today.

Some of you knew ______ (name) better than others, but you’re here because (he or she) had an impact on your life, and you want to honor that. And because (he or she) did affect you in some way, it’s not going to be easy to say goodbye.

At such a difficult time, it’s important to remember the good memories we all have of _______ (name). By holding on to those memories, we can focus on the good times we had together, and help each other find comfort in this difficult time.

Some of you may remember when _______ (name) was _______ (share a short story about the person such as a childhood memory; be sure to keep it positive). Or perhaps others of you recall _______ (share another positive story from the person\’s life).

Even as a child, _______ (name) made a difference in people’s lives. (Share a brief story about the person’s childhood that shows that he or she had an impact on someone, even in a small way. Be sure to keep it positive.)

_______ (name) was always _______ (list a positive quality about the person such as an honest person, a good listener, a great cook, et cetera). (He or She) always _______ (explain how that positive characteristic affected the person’s life, such as he or she had the best green bean casserole at Thanksgiving). (He or she) was also _______ (list another positive quality about the person), which always came through when _______ (share how others could see this quality in the person).

And more than anything else, _______ (name) was _______ (name another positive quality that really defined who the person was, such as faithful, generous, a community volunteer, et cetera). I remember _______ (share a story about the person that expresses that quality, such as church involvement, donating time and money to charities, et cetera).

It’s hard to say goodbye to someone who had a big impact on our lives. It’s always hard to lose someone you know, to let go of (him or her), and move on. But if we keep those good memories in our hearts and minds, we can find comfort, and _______ (name) will always be with us.

Just by being here, you’re showing that _______ (name) had an impact on you. And that’s a great comfort to me to know that (he or she) touched other people’s lives in the same way (he or she) touched mine. And that’s how I’ll always remember _______ (name).

How to write a good Twitter bio profileThe biggest challenge in writing a good Twitter bio is that Twitter allows you only 160 characters. That means your bio must capture the attention of a potential follower in about 20 words.

Writing 20 words shouldn’t be tough, but it’s actually harder to write succinctly than it is to write at length. Here are five important tips to help you write your Twitter bio, along with some good Twitter bio examples.

Tip #1 – Include Your Area of Expertise
Your expertise should be included in your Twitter bio, showing off what you are good at. This is an opportunity to highlight what’s unique about you so people can decide if they want to follow you. Here’s a good example from a personal trainer and fitness coach that clearly states her area of expertise (helping clients overcome their mental blocks):

@coachkate1 Kate is a Health & Fitness Coach who helps clients overcome their mental blocks to living a healthy lifestyle.

Tip #2 – Use Powerful Keywords
Don’t neglect keywords on Twitter. Using relevant keywords in your bio helps people who have the same interests to find you, and will also help you show up in search results. In addition, using keywords in your bio will help you pop up in Twitter apps that group users together by interest.

For example, can you guess what keywords the @mashsocialmedia bio is targeting?

The latest happenings in social media, plus tips on using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Foursquare and more.

If you guessed “social media” plus the four major social media sites mentioned, you’d be correct.

Here’s another example of someone who does a good job of using keywords in her Twitter bio:

@MyMelange #Italy & #France travel planning, #travel consulting, #food tours Writer. Queen of the carry-on bag. How can I help with your next trip?

I don’t need to tell you that @MyMelange (Robin Locker Lacey) specializes in Italy and France travel planning: it’s clear from her bio.

Notice Robin’s use of hashtags, which makes it even more likely that she will be found in the top results when someone searches Twitter for those words.

Robin finishes her bio with the question “How can I help with your next trip?” which addresses the advice in the next tip – “mention what you offer”. Robin’s clever question makes it clear that she offers Italy and France trip planning services.

Tip #3 – Mention What You Offer
Mention what you offer within your Twitter profile. Show potential followers who you are and how you can be useful to them.

My friend and colleague Natalie Tucker Miller has a company called “Ageless-Sages”, which provides picture books for elders. Here’s how she mentions in her Twitter bio what her company offers, while at the same time including her other main activity as a coach certifier and educator:

@NatalieTM Helping families reconnect through Picture Books for Elders™ Teaching the magic of loving all phases. IAC Lead Certifier, coach educator.

Here’s another good example that shows how to mention what you offer in an engaging way:

@danielgoh Beer hawker, entrepreneur and owner of The Good Beer Company. Food fanatic. Avid geek. Blogger and social media enthusiast.

When you read Daniel’s bio, you instantly know that he’s interested in beer, food, business, blogging and social media. Pretty efficient use of 19 words!

Tip #4 – Write with Personality

Last, give a sense of your personality in your Twitter bio. Are you funny, sincere, sarcastic? Don’t be afraid to be real – that’s what people enjoy. Letting your personality shine through takes a profile from ho-hum to intriguing – which will make people want to follow.

Looking again at Daniel Goh’s bio above, you get a sense of his personality from the use of words such as “hawker”, “fanatic” and “geek”. Someone who uses those types of descriptors is probably witty, unpretentious and enthusiastic about his interests. I follow Daniel, and I can tell you that he’s definitely all three of those things!

Tip #5 – Remember, It’s All Public
In the previous tip I advised “Don’t be afraid to be real”. I’m now going to put a caveat on that. Remember that everything you write on Twitter is public and shows up in the search engines, even if you’ve deleted it.

That bitingly funny Twitter bio you wrote and then deleted after realizing that it could offend some of your customers? It’s not really deleted. It’s indexed in the search engines for anyone to see…forever.

Even if you just use Twitter for friends (and not for business purposes), keep in mind that business contacts can and will read your Twitter page. Unlike Facebook, Twitter is a completely open platform; people do not need permission to follow you. Sure you can block someone; but they can still do a Google search for site:twitter.com/yourtwittername and see every tweet you’ve ever published. Try it.

Socializing on Twitter is not the same as socializing in the privacy of your own home, or even your local coffee shop. As my mother used to tell me about gossip, don’t say anything you wouldn’t want published on the front page of the newspaper. Twitter is the digital age equivalent of the front page of the newspaper. So yes, be real and be professional as well.

How to set fees for coaching consulting contractsSetting fees is one of the hardest things to do for independent professionals such as consultants, coaches and therapists.

People think consultants (and other self-employed professionals) make exorbitant hourly rates, when in fact they are often just making the equivalent on an hourly basis as any typical employed professional.

As someone who has been an independent coach and consultant for the past 20 years, I get tired of envious people making little digs about my rates. These people don’t have a clue about what’s involved in setting fees, and why consulting fees are necessarily higher than employee hourly rates.

How do you set professional fees?

A good way to start is to multiply by 2.5 the hourly rate that you would earn at a job doing similar work. So if you are a human resources consultant and you know that similar work pays $40 an hour plus benefits (benefits are usually at least 20% on top of an hourly wage) then your calculation would be:

If an employee costs:

$40 + 20% for benefits = $48 an hour

Then the consultant should charge:

$48 x 2.5 = $120 an hour

This calculation is just a rough starting point. You would also take into consideration factors such as competition, reputation, specialized skills, supply, demand, and the economy.

Why do you multiply by 2.5?

In consulting the rule of thumb is that you will spend about 40% of your time in unbillable activities such as writing proposals, marketing, administration, travel, and office administration. You also need to budget in about 20% of your fee for overhead costs associated with rent, equipment, insurance, professional development, sick days and holidays.

That leaves the remaining 40% for billable activities, which are activities that you can actually charge the client for. This formula is sometimes referred to as the 60/40 rule.

In a 40 hour work week, a consultant will typically bill about 16 hours (40% of 40 hours) to clients. That’s why consultants, coaches and therapists need to build in overhead to the hourly charge-out rate.

Let’s look at an example

A consultant — let’s call her Elizabeth — charges $150 an hour. Presuming she works a standard 40 hour work week, the 60/40 rule tells us that she charges clients for 16 hours and makes $2400 (even though she worked 40 hours overall in her business). Do the math and we find that she is actually earning $60 an hour.

Elizabeth’s husband — let’s call him Ray — is employed at a university doing work very similar to what Elizabeth does in her private consulting business. Ray makes $50 an hour, which on the surface seems a lot less than Elizabeth’s hourly rate of $150. But keep in mind that Ray gets paid for every hour he works, so $50 x 40 hours a week = $2000. This is less than Elizabeth’s $2400 a week, but add Ray’s medical benefits and paid holidays and it comes out about even.

Tired of the comments?

The next time someone ribs you about making the “big bucks”, tell them about the 60/40 rule. Or do as I do. Smile and say, “You could do it too! All you have to do is give up your benefits, paid holidays and regular pay cheque – and take the leap.” That usually makes the point.

cyclist at top of steep mountain

Do you ever feel that you’ll never overcome certain habits? You’ve tried everything, and still can’t change your behavior? It can be frustrating and discouraging.

Instead of feeling discouraged, consider hiring a habit change coach or joining a coaching group. As the saying goes, “The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over, and expecting a different outcome.”

What is habit change coaching?

Habit change coaching is directed at making positive changes in an individual’s lifestyle, attitude and behaviors. Like other forms of coaching, habit change coaching is grounded in principles from several different psychological approaches, including:

• Positive psychology
• Cognitive behavioural theory
• Motivational interviewing
• Applied relaxation training
• Appreciative inquiry

The two key principles of habit change coaching

1. The client decides where to go

The common thread through these various approaches is that the coach supports the client to make their own decisions about the habit change. A trusting and supportive atmosphere is used to explore the client’s feelings – positive and negative – regarding the proposed change.

Rather than operating as an expert, the coach takes the role of trusted advisor to the client. The coaching session is more collaborative than typically seen with other professional relationships, and a lot of attention is place on co-creating solutions.

2. The coach drives the car

This is not to say that the coaching session is entirely client-driven. Quite the contrary: the coach employs directive use of empathic listening, points out discrepancies in the client’s reasoning, and identifies areas of resistance. The coach follows a structured roadmap to help the client talk about the how and why of change, which leads to making a plan of action.

What happens in a habit change coaching session?

A typical habit change coaching session lasts 30 – 60 minutes and follows this structure:


  • The coach invites the client to talk about the desired habit change.
  • Talk about current behavior. The coach encourages the client to talk freely about what the client likes and dislikes about their current behavior.
  • Talk about behavior change. The coach asks the client to talk about what the positive and negative aspects of habit change would be for them.
  • Summarize what client has said. The coach summarizes the key points of what the client has said to check their understanding of the client’ perspective.


  • Acknowledge challenges and affirm strengths. The coach regularly and explicitly acknowledges challenges the client faces, and points out personal strengths the client has already demonstrated.
  • Ask for decision. The coach asks the client what they want to do.
  • Are they ready to make a change?


  • Brainstorm ideas. The coach elicits the client’s ideas for habit change.
  • The coach may also contribute suggestions, but only after client ideas are exhausted.
  • Develop action plan.
  • Set up conditions for success.
  • Identify obstacles to change and develop support structures.

How to write a bio for motivational speakerA speaker bio is a brief summary of your education, work history and experience that is relevant to your speaking topic (the focus is on brief and relevant). The organization requesting your speaker’s bio may specify a format and length. If they don’t, follow these speaker bio guidelines:

  • Keep your speaker biography brief—no more than 75 to 100 words. Biographies that are too long simply don’t get read. Or worse, the organization may summarize your bio in a way that you don’t like.
  • Include your current position and a brief mention of work history and experience that is relevant to your speaking topic and audience
  • Include academic qualifications, awards, and a reference to published work, but only if applicable to the material you are presenting

Getting started writing your speaker’s bio

To start writing, use a point form method or use a speaker bio template. A bio template is just an outline for you to fill in the blanks. You can list out the following points:

1) Profession
2) Years of experience
3) Awards or achievements
4) Contact details

Speaker bio examples

Joan Smith is the Chief Innovation Officer for PeopleCAD® and a frequent speaker at industry events. For the past four  years, Joan has written a monthly magazine column called “Industry News”. She started using PeopleCAD® software with Release 1.0, almost 20 years ago. She also taught at the university level for several years. Her latest book is entitled PeopleCAD® Demystified.

Dr. Jones heads up the post graduate program at the Health Sciences Hospital of Alberta. His numerous professional publications focus on his research and clinical interests in the psycho-social aspects of hospice care. His current research focuses on the tools of orthomolecular medicine in palliative medicine. This is Dr. Jones’ third year speaking at the CMA annual conference.

Variations in speaker bio style

Sometimes, a different style is needed when the age group is known. If you need to speak to young people in a Career Guidance Day session, your bio needs to be less formal and certain sentences can be rephrased. Instead of this formal style:

Charles Granger, CPA founded the Financial Planner SBO systems to track hedge funds for the bank. This system enabled the bank to monitor and project profits and ultimately offered a prudent way of multiplying the banks overall capital.

You could write something that young people would understand and better relate to:

Mr. Granger made a lot of money for Citizens Business Bank by using a system he patented.

To summarize, a speaker bio is:

  • used as introductory or promotional material
  • an overview of the person written in narrative form
  • written in the third person
  • brief and relevant to the speaking engagement topic
  • a summary of education, experience and achievements

A template makes writing a speaker bio quick and easy!

Does writing a speaker bio seem like just one more task on your long to-do list? If so, get a fill-in-the-blanks bio template written specifically for professional speaking engagements. You’ll have it all done and complete within the next 20 minutes. (Note: choose the bio template that relates to your main profession.)

How to Write a Music Bio

The purpose of your music artist bio is to introduce you and your music to the world. Your bio needs to be informative as well as creative if it is going to make an impact on those you wish to impress.

Impress? Yes, you want your musician bio to impress. Even though you may feel that your music should speak for itself, you still need to provide fans, agents, journalists and others with some compelling words about you and your music so that they decide to engage further with you. You want them to read your music artist bio and think “wow, this musician sounds interesting. I want to learn more. I may just give them some of my hard-earned money/time/space”.

So what should be in your music bio?

1. Introduce yourself. Start out by saying who you are and what you do. “Jane Z. Smith sings traditional blues songs” conveys your name and style clearly and economically.

2. Use plain language to present yourself professionally. This is not the place to be cute, cryptic or ironic (unless that’s part of your band’s image and branding).

3. Don’t make them guess. Please, please, please don’t say that your music is unclassifiable. Not only is it a boring cliche, but booking agents need to know what kind of music you perform in order to book you in the right venues. Think of it this way: if you love Thai food the best, and you’re really craving Thai food tonight, and there are literally thousands of restaurants in your city, which restaurant would you choose: “Yummy Thai” or “Mystery Restaurant”? I thought so.

4. Keep it short. The shorter your bio, the more likely people will be to read the whole thing. Start out by writing everything that comes to mind, and then edit, edit, edit. Ideally your bio should be no more than a couple of paragraphs long. As songwiters know, much can be conveyed in a few words!

5. Showcase some of the most important achievements of your career. If you’ve received awards or performed with other well-known artists be sure to mention that. This will allow your audience to know that your talents are respected by others in the industry.

6. The first couple of paragraphs should be given to what is going on right now with you and your band. If you are expecting to have a new album or CD ready for release soon, give the date so that your fans will be ready to purchase it. Give dates and locations for where you will be if you are going on tour.

7. Give some personal background. Your fans will want to know what made you want to enter the music business, and how and when you met the members of your band. Let your audience know what adversities you had to overcome in order to get where you are today.

8. Ask for help. Writing a bio on yourself is different than any other kind of writing. Almost everyone finds it difficult to write about themselves. Where to start? What to include? More to the point, what to leave out? You’re a musician, not a technicial writer. So ask a writer friend to help you with your bio, or consider using our musician bio template or band bio template to get a professional bio in the correct style and format.

Let’s face it, writing a music artist bio is not easy. In fact, writing your bio is probably one of the most difficult things you’ll have to do in your music career. The good news is that once you’ve written a good basic music bio, you’ll only have to update it for various situations (e.g. longer, shorter, focussing on a specific audience).

If you use these tips to help you write a music bio, you will certainly create a compelling story that will help your music career.

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