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Understanding dyslexia in business

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                                                                                                 
  • Multi-tasking
  • 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.

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Most fears occur due to lack of experience, learning to stay calm and trying to make sense of matters is a great way to make decision under pressure and believing that you are making the right decision under those circumstances is essential.

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Some of the factors mention in the article could be improved easily. There are always quick solutions to such problems, for example Poor short term memory could be improved by carrying a little set of notes in terms of bullpoints and reminding yourself of what you were to say, fear of making mistake and confidence issues are very much related, if you fear it, most definately it will happen. For many the expectation they have of themselves is made by themselves, where as even in harsh situations if one manages to keep calm, most probably they will do the task very well, having said that experience has alot to do with it as well, as they say practice makes perfect.

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