Daily Archives: November 24, 2008

Bio

How do you describe yourself in a short paragraph (or two)? It’s a common problem, especially for those who write articles or give presentations on a regular basis.

I was asked to provide a bio for an article I’ve just written for one of our internal newsletters, and I ended up plundering and cannibalising some of the text from my blog’s About page.

Andy Piper is a Consulting IT Specialist with IBM UK. He is part of the Software Group Development Laboratories, and has a role as a customer champion working on defining product futures, closing sales, producing collateral and improving software consumability, particularly around the WebSphere brand. Andy also spends a lot of time with the folks from the IBM Emerging Technologies team who run the Eightbar blog, debating anything that is new and cool. He is a regular speaker on various topics ranging from WebSphere to Virtual Worlds to social software.

The other description I have is the much shorter and pithier tagline:

social bridgebuilder | photographer | techie

… which I think elicits a greater sense of *who* I am and *what* I’m interested in, as well as provoking discussion ("what’s a social bridgebuilder?")… but it might be a bit too brief and not descriptive enough.

Would anyone care to help me refine the bio paragraphs?

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