Social Media Bio | Cooler Way to Present Professional Credentials

social-media-bio-barbara-rozgonyi Almost two years ago, when I read Rohit Bhargava’s social media bio post, I said, “Hey! I’ve got to do that and I’ve got to write about how cool it is to do that.” Time flies . . . and this format came back to me as I was preparing my presentation for job seekers that’s taking place about a week from now.

In May 2007, I took the first version of my social media bio to an Internet marketing conference and passed it out to everyone with the explanation that this was a new credential format I was testing and I wanted to get their feedback. I got lots of favorable comments.

Here’s the latest version, updated today. Click on the image to expand it or read it in it’s entirety below. It’s not as cool as Rohit’s. But, the Word.doc format works well for anyone who wants to give a timeline at-a-glance overview. You’ll see mine focuses on marketing and technology. It’s easy to email, fax or print out.

This format won’t work for everybody. There will still be times when people will want to see a formal resume. I’m working on updating that format with suggestions for my presentation now.

What would you include on your social media bio?


Personal Tag: Communications Explorer Forging New Frontiers

clip_image002Founder: CoryWest Media

Web Publisher: Wired PR Works

Virtual Event Producer : Ultimate PR Secrets






Location: Western Suburbs of Chicago

Technology/Marketing Timeline Highlights

1992 Submitted sales training project for Parke-David via dial-up modem

1996 Entered the Web with first site; up and running with a continuous Web presence ever since

1998 Ran first user lab at Sears; evaluated a vendor’s online training compliance program at CEO’s request

1998 Managed the first intranet site launch for Sears and created content for home page

1999 Contributed to first Web-based recruiting brochure and Website for global consulting firm

2000 Populated content in Sears credit card privacy site; Organized an all day ewriting seminar for writers

2001 Wrote ad concept messaging for a high-tech music/news player aimed at Gen Y

2003 Produced sold out Writing for the Web conference for writers

2004 Created the Success Summit Series, a marketing guide with a how-to blog component

2005 Released the Marketing Transformations Process, a 60 to 90 day intensive change-based consulting system


Attended Alex Mandossian & Armand Morin’s Internet Marketing Seminar and Armand Morin’s Big Seminar

Completed Candidate University, a nine month program sponsored by National Speakers Association Illinois

Created and presented Video Marketing 101, one of the first video marketing programs in Chicago

Launched ezine and blog


Attended Ken McCarthy’s The System Seminar and The System Intensive

Noted as a fastest growing WordPress blog – twice in one week

Ranked at #60 in PR Power Blog Index

Attended BlogHer ’07 on assignment to live blog

Won a trip to BlogWorld and New Media Expo in the LinkedIntelligence contest

Mentioned in David Meerman Scott’s book, “The New Rules of Marketing & PR

Created Marketing Execution 301, 16 hours, at The Academy of Nonprofit Excellence for College of DuPage

Quoted in Christian Century about Financial Freedom, a debt management course

Profiled in Liberty Suburban News as “Perpetually Plugged In”

Presented Blogging for Business in Chicago, sponsored by PRO and Harris

Speaking: Virtual PR for National Association of Catering Execs DC; Enlivened Writing Workshop for Women Employed


Featured as Online PR expert in “Market with Authority” and on The Bigg Success Show

Designed Hands-on Fear-Free How to Blog Workshop live events

Covered SOBCon08, System Seminar, BlogHer, BlogWorld New Media Expo and Search Engine Strategies [press pass]

Participated in launching Chicago Social Media Club, co-founder, advisory board

Named to Junta 42’s top marketing blog content providers list

Ranked on AdAge Power 150, included on Alltop and named as a leading PR blog on several lists


Speaking Engagements: West Suburban Women Entrepreneurs, It’s Chic to Be Geek, Electrology Association of Illinois, National Speakers Association-Illinois, GraceWorks San Francisco, emcee for Social Media Club Chicago

Presentations: LinkedIn 101, Social Media Sampler

Attending Alex Mandossian’s Teleseminar Secrets Student Reunion event


Producer “Ultimate PR Secrets” virtual PR seminar

Interviews on Behind the Fame Show and The Bigg Success Show

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Speaking/Training: live, live broadcast or via teleseminar, includes built-in promotion and PR components

Strategy/Coaching/Consulting: integrated marketing, blogging and public relations

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