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13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring
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Too many business owners write professional bios that are the literary equivalent of sleeping pills.

Don't fall into the same trap of writing only about your professional history. Include a few fun facts about your personal life, like this one: I know all the words to the opening song on Talent Roundup Day (Friday) on the Mickey Mouse Club from the 1950s. When I mentioned this in a blog post, I was deluged with comments, especially from Baby Boomers who remember the show.

Trivia like that gives people an unexpected and sometimes humorous look at your personal side, quirks and all. Whether you're updating your LinkedIn profile or creating an About Me for your website, be sure to weave in fun facts or include a separate section at the end called "Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Me." If you do public speaking, weave them into your introductions. Authors, tuck a page of fun facts into your media kit. You can even include this personal trivia in short profiles for things like your Chamber of Commerce directory.

Here are 13 ideas to get you started.

13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

Your childhood

Your childhood
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How did your childhood prepare you for your job today?

Best-selling author Henry DeVries began one of his bios like this: At the age of 6, Henry began working on the family dairy farm. When his parents learned of Henry's plans for the farm when he inherited it, they decided to sell. Forced out of the agriculture industry at the age of 12, he turned to writing. Life highlights include covering pro sports for the Associated Press, serving as president of San Diego's third largest PR firm and losing $13,000 on the last question of the TV game show "Jeopardy!"

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13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

Dream occupation

Dream occupation
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What's your dream occupation-- the one job you'd love to have if you weren't doing what you're doing now?

13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

First car

First car
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Describe your first car and what you loved or hated most about it.

13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

Talents

Talents
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Do you have hidden talents most people don't know about?

13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

Accomplishment

Accomplishment
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What one accomplishment are you most proud of?

13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

Mistake

Mistake
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What embarrassing mistake have you made that has taught you a lesson?

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13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

Most unusual item

Most unusual item
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What's the most unusual item in your desk drawer?

13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

Favorite sports team

Favorite sports team
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What's your favorite sports team and how far will you go to show your support? Business coach Stephanie Sammons includes Fun Facts like this one on her "About" page: "I LOVE the Dallas Cowboys and I wear cowgirl boots." (In my own bios, I often refer to myself as a Green Bay Packers fan and confess to wearing a Cheesehead hat.)

13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

Your pet

Your pet
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Share something funny or endearing about your pet.

13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

Guilty pleasure

Guilty pleasure
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What's your guilty pleasure? Mine is reading the National Enquirer online.

13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

High school yearbook

High school yearbook
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How did people describe you in your high school yearbook?

13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

Best friend

Best friend
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Who's your best friend and why?

13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring

Bucket List

Bucket List
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What's on your Bucket List?

Get a head start right now by stating a fun fact about yourself in the comments below.

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  • 13 Fun Facts That Will Make Your 'About Me' A Lot Less Boring
  • 1. Your childhood
  • 2. Dream occupation
  • 3. First car
  • 4. Talents
  • 5. Accomplishment
  • 6. Mistake
  • 7. Most unusual item
  • 8. Favorite sports team
  • 9. Your pet
  • 10. Guilty pleasure
  • 11. High school yearbook
  • 12. Best friend
  • 13. Bucket List
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