Center for Coaching Certification

Cultural Bios

Some of you are familiar with cultural bios and for others the idea is new.  What is a cultural bio?  It is a verbal or written description of you that includes how you define yourself in terms of class, gender, ethnicity, race, culture, family, career, and more.  It means being vulnerable in sharing which in turn creates safety for others to be vulnerable in sharing. Cultural Bios

At https://penandthepad.com/write-cultural-biography-6121457.html is a great article on writing a cultural bio.  At castle.eiu.edu › standard4 › EDF2555_assign is an assignment used in schools for writing a cultural bio and interviewing someone who is different.

What are the reasons for cultural bios?

The Pros:

  • Invites Connection
  • Indicates Open Acceptance
  • Supports Rapport
  • Demonstrates Awareness
  • Opportunity to Share Who You Are
  • Helps Others Share

The Cons:

  • It can be a risk.
  • Fear of misunderstanding.
  • Some feel it is overdone.

When and where are cultural bios used?  In social media, on websites, and during introductions, a cultural bio can be a fabulous tool for a coach to put themselves out there and invite connections.

During coach training some schools start with cultural bios and others use them later on the coaching journey when there is a comfort level amongst colleagues in the coaching certification program.

When and where do you recommend cultural bios be used?

 

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