As a dyslexia specialist working in business I get asked many questions that follow general themes. I was at a business start-up seminar a couple of months ago and was asked this question by a young entrepreneur:
6. Which of my difficulties are down to my dyslexia?
I first of all got him to list his greatest difficulties and he gave me his top 4:
- Poor short term memory
- Fear of making mistakes
- Lack of confidence
I then asked him to tell me the top 5 areas where he felt that these difficulties showed up the most. He answered:
- When I am asked to read something quickly
- When I have to take notes
- When I have to write reports or emails that make sense
- When I have to manage my time
- When I have to concentrate on what is being said
We then compared his answers to a broad definition of dyslexia. He could easily see that most of the areas of difficulty were literacy related; he could also understand that poor short-term memory could contribute to time-keeping difficulties and make following speech-based processing in stressful situations progressively taxing.
This meant that he could be quickly reassured that his concentration difficulties in training sessions and his terror of picking up the wrong idea when trying to follow discussions, were not down to his lack of commitment to his business. What it did indicate was a lack of understanding of his dyslexia – if he had understood the ways in which it can impact on processing information he would perhaps have doubted himself less and progressed more easily.
What he took away with him that was the knowledge of the need to thoroughly understand his dyslexia so that he (and perhaps more importantly others) don’t misinterpret difficulty in processing with lack of focus on the task in hand.
*Please note these are an individuals' difficulties and are not meant to be a full description of dyslexia.