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

Don't let your professional bio fall flat. Here's some advice on how to inject a bit of personality.
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 only about your professional history. Include a few about your , 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 post, I was deluged with comments, especially from 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 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 , 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.

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 . 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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Your dream occupation

Your 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?

Your first car

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

Your hidden talents

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

Your proudest accomplishments

Your proudest accomplishments
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What one accomplishment are you most proud of?

What you learned from your biggest mistake

What you learned from your biggest mistake
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What embarrassing mistake have you made that has taught you a lesson?

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The most unusual item in your office

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

Your favorite sports team

Your 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 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.

Your guilty pleasure

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

Your pet

Your pet
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Share something funny or endearing about your pet.

Your high school yearbook superlative

Your high school yearbook superlative
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How did people describe you in your high school yearbook?

Your best friend

Your best friend
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Who's your best friend and why?

What's on your bucket list?

What's on your 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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