From Awkward to Awesome: Writing your own Bio

Even the most confident person can struggle to come up with a good response to “Tell me about yourself”. Having to write about yourself can cause the same reaction, leaving you blank. Even if you’re the most interesting and exciting person you know, all of your experiences, talents, and accomplishments can make it difficult to narrow yourself down to a few minutes or a few words. Making it even more difficult, most of us have been taught that bragging about ourselves is rude and conceited which makes jotting down our accomplishments in a humble way tricky.

As a NCCPT Fitness Professional, your qualifications are more than adequate, but there’s no magic way to become good at writing your own bio overnight. Only practice makes perfect so here are some pointers to help you nail your bio on the head.

  • First and foremost, decide what you’re going to talk about. Choose something relevant to the topic you’re writing on. Writing about your high school drama accomplishments will not likely attract potential fitness clients.
  • Write with confidence, but not with arrogance. There is a fine line between the two. While, “I am an experienced weight trainer” is confident, “I have the most weight training experience of any other trainer” can come across as arrogant, even if it is true.
  • Practice writing about yourself. It can be uncomfortable trying to come up with a bio about yourself, but if you write and rewrite and rewrite, it will feel less awkward, more natural, and help you articulate exactly what you want to say.
  • Research biographies for inspiration. There are many biographies out there, fitness related and otherwise. Find a few of your favorites and pick out your favorite parts, then draw on those for inspiration.
  • Be real. Don’t add any made-up information. Even if it doesn’t come back to bite you, you’ll have to keep up the façade.
  • Write multiple biographies. Odds are you’ll need a few different biographies throughout your life. Some may be long, some may be short. Writing multiple biographies of different lengths can help you be prepared and give you the practice to knock your bio out of the park.
  • Choose first or third person and be consistent. There are arguments for and against both, but neither is wrong. It’s generally a matter of preference. While you may have to use one or the other for a specific website or in a specific setting, choose the voice that sounds more natural and less awkward to you.

A good, valuable biography should accurately describe who you are and what you do, any accomplishments or awards for your work, personal information, what you are doing, and your contact information. For example:

Rhonda Adams is an independent fitness trainer. In 2016, Rhonda was recognized by the Magazine of Yoga for her revolutionary methods. When she’s not training the best clients in the world, Rhonda can be found at her local karaoke bar belting Celine Dion songs.

Rhonda is currently developing her yoga studio into a national brand. She can be reached any hour with any questions at 555-555-5555 or rhondayoga@email.com.

Practicing writing your bio and keeping a few versions on hand can help you be prepared to express yourself as awesome instead of awkward. On platforms like Bodies, an innovative, on-demand fitness application that can help bring clients to you, you’ll simply post your bio, available class spots, rates, and let Bodies do the heavy lifting for you.