Like many consultants and speakers, I have fellow speakers that I enjoy doing presentations and workshops with. This past year, we have started doing more community focused workshops and presentations that we have needed bios for either publicity purposes or per the requirements of the requesting organization.
Now each organization has their own requirements so remember to modify these tips as needed. (I just submitted a proposal for three of us presenting a workshop and had a limit of 200 words for us combined.)
SO what is a Speaker bio?
A speaker bio is a brief summary of your education, work history and experience that is relevant to your speaking topic (the focus is on brief and relevant). The organization requesting your speaker’s bio may specify a format and length. These are some speaker bio guidelines that we found useful:
- Keep your speaker biography brief—no more than 75 to 100 words. Biographies that are too long simply don’t get read. Or worse, the organization may summarize your bio in a way that you don’t like. (FYI – I’ve had significantly cut long speaker bios for publicity materials when coordinating event. Keep is short and relevant!)
- Include your current position and a brief mention of work history and experience that is relevant to your speaking topic and audience
- Include academic qualifications, awards, and a reference to published work, but only if applicable to the material you are presenting.