If you’re serious about meeting someone online, a great narrative profile is crucial. Photos are also important, but people want to find out what you are like just as much as how you look. Your narrative profile is the best place to showcase your personality and tell people what you’re looking for in a relationship. A generic profile that doesn’t say much about who you really are is going to be easily overlooked, so you need to hook your potential date’s attention with some details about what a wonderful person you are. Follow these tips to help you make the most of MSF.
Decide on a snappy profile headline
Just like a newspaper headline, your profile headline should be brief, snappy and, hopefully, a bit witty. You can use it to explain a bit about yourself, tell people what you’re looking for, or just catch someone’s attention by making them laugh.
‘Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it. Let’s do it, let’s … communicate. ‘
‘World traveler seeks first class companion’
‘I don’t know what to write’
‘………’ (Leaving it blank)
Why should people get to know you?
This is your opportunity to really sell yourself. Whilst you might feel reticent about blowing your own trumpet, there’s no room for wallflowers when it comes to online dating. If you’re struggling to describe yourself, imagine how your friends would describe you and write that down. If you can’t imagine how they would describe you, ask them!
Mention what you do for a living, but don’t turn your profile into a CV as people will be none the wiser as to what you are actually like. Talk about your hobbies and interests, your passions and the things you would like to do in the future.
It’s important to make clear at this stage what you’re looking for. Obviously a blow-by-blow account of your dream wedding day is taking things too far, but if you’re looking for a committed relationship now is the time to say, because it’s helpful if everyone is on the same page from the start.
Describe your ideal match
What you don’t want to write is a long list of characteristics, such as ideal job, looks, weight, education, salary and hobbies. It’s a lot for anyone to live up to and can make you sound superficial and picky. Focus instead on values. If you want to meet someone who is ambitious, say you’re looking for someone who is passionate about their job. If you’re looking for someone who is buff, say you’re looking for someone who values their health and takes care of themselves. Writing in this way allows someone to consider whether you have similar values that will make a great relationship, rather than feeling like they aren’t ticking all your boxes.
A great rule of thumb for your narrative profile is to keep things upbeat. We’ve all had struggles in life and we all get grumpy, but don’t show these qualities in your profile. Coming over as negative, snarky, bitter or angry is going to put potential dates off immediately. Keep it light and you’re much more likely to attract someone.
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