Do you have a professional bio? The other day, I was reading about the benefits of an elevator speech and I realized that when we are focused on something important in our lives, we tend to limit ourselves from the most important thing which is to create huge networks that bring in leads to our businesses because that is the essence of being business.

short professional bioSuppose you have a few bucks in your pocket and you want to spend on coffee, so you enter a random coffee house. While you are at the joint, you take a seat next to a stranger and as an entrepreneur you have the shortest time possible for you to initiate contact and give a brief description of who you are and what you do. What would you have said?

The reason why this is important is that the contact you have just met could be your biggest client and the only opportunity you have is the few moments while taking coffee at a random coffee house. Therefore, whenever you come across people from various backgrounds introduce yourself by your names, your occupation, or who you may wish to become in the future.

After those few moments, both of you should be able to know about each other in a professional way. This is what is called and elevator speech. On the other hand, most people cannot go a day without visiting their social media sites. Therefore, it implies that many people are meeting through their personal websites and blogs channeled by various social media platform. And for this reason, it is important to have a professional bio on all your sites.

In this post, I am going to outline five basic things that should be considered when drafting your professional bio for your sites.

  1. Identification

A name is paramount when it comes to identification. Quite of often, people will want to identify with the people they are associated to, and this is the reason why we all have names. Names play a significant role for the purpose of showing reference. Names make it easier to communicate and it is one of the cultures we have carried with us for so many years as humans.

  1. Occupation

Occupation is another important aspect when it comes to developing a professional bio. Since people already know your name, it is important that they know what you are doing for a living. Here, you are required to provide information about where you have been working, current position and what you expect to achieve. Stating your occupation based on the past, present and future help to create a rapport with the people you come across. The importance of doing this is that you want the other parties to feel that they know you for a long time to establish trust and credibility.

  1. Hobbies/Interests

short professional bioHobbies and interest are equally important when you are introducing yourself to another person. People boost their connection through sharing common attributes. Sometimes, common interests and hobbies come in handy to build a strong friendship that could lead to other fruitful events between both parties in a conversation.

  1. Motivation

What is it that motivates you? We all have things that drive us to achieve and accomplish our objectives. Although this might not be a priority as the first three but hey everyone needs to be motivated. The motivation could be your inner drive, your role model, a motivational speaker, a book you find inspiring along with other creative ways of enhancing motivation.

  1. Relationships

Relationships are vital as the saying goes no man is an island. We need other people in life as much as they need us. In your professional bio, it is important to mention if you are in a relationship with someone, married, kids, family, people you have worked with before or companies you are consulting. This is significant to build your persona among other people.