Writing a personality profile? Here a few tips to ensure that you present the subject in a complete, interesting and engaging light.
Get plenty of quotes. You don’t have to use them all. In fact, the going advice is to get as much as three times the number of quotes you actually intend to use, so you get a decent-size pool to choose from.
Use anecdotes. Anecdotes provide one of the most effective ways of showing a person’s character. You can dig these up from stories told about the subject by their friends, family and colleagues. Find ones that support the facets of their personality you want to show and run with it.
Physical characteristics. I’ve seen many personality profiles that barely touched on a person’s physical characteristics. While some writers would rather highlight the subject’s accomplishments and personality, their physical features are a part of the whole picture. As such, give it proper due.
Defining traits. Dig up the person’s habits, unusual tastes, particular attitudes and shortcomings, as they communicate loads about their overall personality. Do they collect vinyl records from the 70s? Are they closet Britney Spears fans? Do they stock up on Jack Daniels? Are they poor at Math?
Professional work. Work is a highly-defining characteristic for many individuals. As such, finding out as much as you can about your subject’s work life can turn up plenty of details on who they are as people. Similarly, dig up everything you can about their work and businesses.
Goals and plans. To let readers know what they can expect from the subject, make sure to get a clear picture of their future plans. It’s also another window that lets you in on their feelings about their current situation.
Wrap it all up nicely. Use a dominant presentation strategy throughout the piece, as well as tap on the power of a good composition software to help you out. After all, the information is all meat with no gravy if you don’t put the whole thing in a nice package.