Even if you’re a decent writer, writing your own bio or mission statement can be a challenge. If you’re having a hard time with it, try talking it out with a friend.
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Recently, a good friend of mine was struggling to write a quick bio about herself for her website. “I’m good at getting my point across when I talk,” she said. “But I can’t convey that message when I’m writing.” It’s hard to write about yourself. To help work through it, we tried an exercise. I simply asked her to tell me, as a friend, what her mission statement was, and I wrote it down. When we were done, we had a page full of info, and we could highlight her best lines. From there, the bio pretty much wrote itself.
Most people have a hard time talking about themselves, but it’s easier with someone you trust. When you’re sitting there, with a blank page in front of you, maybe you’re thinking about all the strangers that will read your words. Maybe you’re worried about making a good first impression on them. That’s natural, and it’s hard to be authentic when there’s that kind of pressure.
Talking it out with someone familiar can help get your point across in your own unique voice.