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Secret to writing a good bio

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Often in the world of work, you will be called on to write a short, professional biography to post online or in print. It’s easy to fall into the trap of maximizing every accomplishment and qualification in an attempt to make yourself look as good as possible. But if that’s the route you take, you’re sure to fail, writes Jonathan Rick of communications firm Jonathan Rick Group.

When you refer to yourself with terms such as “powerhouse,” “expert” and “guru,” you don’t impress anyone; you just make yourself look like a braggart and a jerk.

To make yourself look appropriately modest and gracious, skip the adjectives and stick to the facts when you sit down to write your bio. If someone else has bragged about you by giving you an award or an honor, it’s fine to include that information—just credit the source.

— Adapted from “The Art Of Writing Your Own Bio: How to Toot Your Horn Without Sounding Like a Blowhard,” Jonathan Rick, Fast Company.

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