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It’s that dreaded first question of an interview or application. It’s the premise behind an About You page and an author bio at the end of your guest blog posts.
Tell us about yourself.
Feels weird even hearing it, right? I get a little deer-in-the-headlights when I’m caught off guard with that question or if I’m staring at a 30 minute deadline to submit a short statement about myself for a website or blog.
Why is it so hard to write about yourself?
- There are a few reasons, maybe you can think of more:
- You aren’t sure where to start
- You don’t know what is relevant in this situation
- You are nervous what you have to say will come across as bragging…
- …or worse, super boring
I think the biggest reason why it is so hard to write about yourself is because you don’t know what you want to say.
In my ebook, About YOU: A Simple Guide to Writing About Yourself with Confidence, I have a whole chapter focusing on the question, “what do you want to say?” Sounds a bit daunting, but it really isn’t…why? Because you have the answer already, you just need the confidence and the know-how to share whatever it is.
How do I know you already have the answer? Because you are amazing and have a story to tell. If you didn’t have a story, you probably wouldn’t be blogging, writing that book, doing any sort of memory keeping, or on any sort of social media. So what do you want to say?
Here’s an excerpt from the ebook:
“Instead of spending time crafting a whimsical tale about yourself that you think readers will enjoy, focus on the facts about you and your readers will resonate with your story much more than than if your story involved less relatable things. Think: Let me tell you all why I am awesome rather than: What do people want to hear? Stick to the facts.”
Take a few moments and think about what you want to say. What facts do you know about yourself? Could this be the start of a revamped About Page for you? Maybe an updated Twitter bio? Tell me about it in the comments, I’d love to read what you have.
You can buy your own copy of the ebook and workbook here.
Why do you find it hard to write about yourself?
What do you want to say?