3 Simple Steps for a Compelling About Us Page

About Us,About Me, Editor's DeskYour About Us page could be the most important part of your site. Are you maximizing its potential?

How’s your About Us page? Have you considered how powerful it can be?

The About Us page provides a wonderful opportunity to really connect with your audience. It’s where you can talk about your background and describe what inspired you to start your business. No one likes to read an About Us page that feels like a reshashed sales pitch.

But some organizations do just that: talk about the company instead of focusing on the human element behind the curtain. It’s as if they copied and pasted information from their product pages.

Let your products and services speak for themselves in their own space. This is about you!

So how do we change our minds about About Us pages? Here are three simple rules to get you started.

Rule #1) Tell your story: You felt a passion and started a business. That’s a story worth telling.

Explain what inspired you to take that first step? Did you see a business need worth pursuing? Did you have a mentor who inspired you? Did you start with a lemonade stand and now own a catering business? We need to know!

But remember, the content needs to be relevant to what you’re doing now. If you’re an accountant, the fact that you played in a garage band in your 20s probably wouldn’t apply here. When you get to know your clients a little better, you can share these details.

Finally, now is not the time to be modest. Like I said, your story is worth telling. Tell it. Be honest and be proud.

Rule #2) Show Yourself: We’re human. We like to see other humans. And not the ones in stock photos. We want to to see you!

Arrange for some professional headshots (no selfies!). If you’re creating a page highlighting an executive team, a group shot is a great way to show team unity. If that doesn’t work, try to use the same photographer for individual shots so the images appear consistent.

Also, the pictures should represent your industry. Web developers have more leeway with fun pictures than financial professionals. Your photographer will be able to help you foster the proper image and setting.

Rule #3) Get Someone to Proofread It: I can’t stress this one enough!

A colleague should be able to tell you if it’s too long, uninspiring, or overtly sales oriented. Be sure to select someone who will be able to pay attention to spelling, punctuation, and grammar issues as well.

In case you’re still skeptical about the power of About Us pages, consider Facebook. When you think about it, that monster is simply comprised of personal About Me pages.

Millions of them.

And Facebook really took off, didn’t it?

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Author Richard S. Todd

Richard Todd is a novelist, screenwriter, and President at The Editor’s Desk. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

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Have a To-Do List? Create a Done List!

to-do list,done listA done list will motivate you to tackle that to-do list, and give you a better sense of accomplishment.

If you’re a first time entrepreneur developing your startup, you will likely have a to-do list.

And, chances are, it’s pretty daunting.

My startup checklist covered three months worth of tasks, covering simple jobs such as business registration and domain name purchase, to more complex projects like conducting a market research survey. And for every task I checked off the list, I added at least two more.

I could only see how much there was to do, and wasn’t appreciating all I had accomplished. It’s not very motivating to look at an ever-growing list every day, without taking the time to reflect on the journey I’d already travelled.

Until I discovered the done list.

Where the to-do list is all about planning, the done list allows you to evaluate how you executed the plan. It’s the perfect balance for the to-do list, giving you a rear-view mirror on how your startup is growing. It also allows you to compare your expectations and results and examine the entire process, empowering you to make better to-do lists in the future.

The done list is also a powerful motivational tool, as it shows you real results. You can pat yourself on the back because you’ve accomplished things! Not intangible goals or wishes, but actual things. At the end of the day, you can look back and be proud of all you’ve done, reenergizing you for the next day.

Your done list may never be as big as your to-do list, but you’ll get more satisfaction from the process by keeping track of both.

As they say, it’s not always about the destination. It’s also about the journey.

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Author Richard S. Todd

Richard Todd is a novelist, screenwriter, and President at The Editor’s Desk. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.