Ever had the question “Tell us about yourself?” asked in an interview and you cringe with nervousness. Perhaps it’s because you have not created or practiced your “All About Me” story in your adult life.
“Tell us about yourself?” Are you comfortable with your answer? Create an “All About Me” story.
Every good teacher worth having in the classroom knows that one to the first activities you conduct at the beginning of the school year in the “All About Me” activity. This is a great time for students to explore more about themselves and find out about their friends in class. The teacher recognizes that each student is a unique individual who brings a lot to the table and writing about themselves helps them develop a sense of self-worth. It’s also a great way for the teacher to connect with their students in a more personal way that can deepen relationships more easily. The culture of the classroom as well as the relationships forged between students and their teacher will be vital to the success of the upcoming school year.
So how does writing an “All About Me” synopsis benefit you in creating meaningful relationships, identifying your purpose and goals, validating your own self-worth, and in exploring future opportunities, try it and see. For all the reasons your teachers found value in this activity, so will you.
An “All About Me” synopsis can benefit you in creating meaningful relationships, identifying your purpose and goals, validating your own self-worth, and in exploring future opportunities.
You may want to start with a simple exercise in describing yourself before you refine your story to more complex thoughts. Perhaps use some of the questions below to help you begin your journey.
- Who are you? How would you define yourself?
- Where were you born? Where do you come from or where have you been?
- How would you describe yourself?
- What was your background? Childhood, schooling, and adulthood?
- What did you always want to be or do?
- What have you done?
- What are your favorite things in life?
- What have you learned?
- What do you love?
I have written an “All About Me” story. It has been revised almost every time I read it as it is even difficult for me to practice this task. Here is my story below:
“As a supportive and trusted, inspirational leader who is passionate about making an impact in the lives of others whether that is through building relationships, promoting wellness, finding one’s purpose, or armoring oneself with resilience, I have always connected with people and purposes.
Throughout my career as a professional educator, leader, and consultant, I continue to find myself always trying to help those who help others to achieve the best quality of life. I find that this purpose manifests itself through what I have learned and what I love to do.
I have learned how to do this by:
- focusing on the process more than the product
- understanding the rules, roles and relationships that are necessary to succeed
- connecting with people in ways to create a spirit of teamwork and a unifying purpose
I love working with organizations and businesses who believe that:
- feedback is the pathway to continuous improvement
- through culture and diversity you build strength
- there is an inherent responsibility to help individuals and communities to grow
Analytical and strategic thinking, paired with a collaborative approach, and matched with authenticity and honesty are my most valued attributes. My clients and colleagues have always stated they enjoy my personal touch with my professional qualities. I have a passion for learning, communicating, traveling, cooking, and the outdoors. My faith, family, and friends fill my spiritual bucket.
My purpose in life has been to help those in need which has allowed me to work with many organizations who are in the social sector assisting others.
My purpose in life has been to help those in need which has allowed me to work with many organizations who are in the social sector assisting others. I am most proud of we can come together around an idea, analyze it, and work together to find processes to bring about solutions.”
The idea is to get someone to know you. Your uniqueness, personality, background, and interest. This allows them to find common ground with you and aids in building relationships. This also helps you to define yourself in new ways and to be more prepared if someone, perhaps in an interview, asks, “Tell us about yourself?”
My hope is you will be prepared with an answer that you are comfortable with and you will begin to THRIVE.