This is a question that’s been in the back of my mind for some time now so I thought that I’d throw it out to you for discussion.
Several years ago I attended a presentation on writing. The main speaker had to give a little biographical introduction about herself before she spoke. This particular speaker really focused in on her kids during the biographical part of her speech. In fact, the bio was mostly about her kids.
Personally, I enjoyed the speaker’s presentation AND her biography. I thought the focus on kids added warmth and made her seem real.Â Since the time I spend with my kids is something that I value highly I felt that I could really relate to her.
I was shocked when, at the end of the presentation, a woman that I had been sitting with commented on how unprofessional the speaker had been.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Well, she focused way too much on her kids. I just think that was really unprofessional of her.” My companion said.
If you haven’t guessed by now, I’ll tell you. My companion was an unmarried woman with no children. In the interest of disclosure I should also add that the presentation was NOT about working at home or anything related to children.
What do you think? Should your children be mentioned in your professional biography? If so, how much of a mention should they get?
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