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Activity: Write a better professional bio

Jim Babb
Jim Babb

Have you ever been asked to provide a professional bio and felt kinda panicky?

I have, and I know I’m not alone. It seems like a simple thing, but putting your skills and achievements into words—unique, accurate words—can be challenging.

So, at our recent quarterly all-hands meeting, we used a fun activity to un-stick our thinking around bios. The idea is that someone else’s POV can be a better way to see yourself.

Here’s how it works. Ask a trusted friend or mentor for 30 minutes of their time. Have them interview you, using these questions as a guide.

Then, ask your friend to draft a short bio based on your responses (you can always revise later). You may be pleasantly surprised by what you see: Your most confident self, minus any ambivalence, doubt, or generic language.