It’s dyslexia week this week. So I wanted to celebrate my own dyslexia in this blog and help remove any shame associated with it.
Are you dyslexic or are any of your staff?
I did not find out until I reached university.
A friend who I lived who was dyslexic said that I should go and get tested. At the time it was a surprise for me but it all started to make sense after a while.
With extra time in exams my marks really picked up and I was able to get a 2:1.
I am not ashamed of it, and now my daughter is dyslexic too. The condition is often hereditary. I have found it really interesting to revisit her learning. It has helped me understand the condition more. I am delighted we caught her early as it won’t impact her confidence like it did mine.
There should be no shame in being dyslexic. Especially when there is a strong correlation between dyslexia and entrepreneurs.
Some of the most successful names in the business world are dyslexic. Richard Branson, Lord Sugar, Jamie Oliver and Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad.
Dyslexic entrepreneurs often put it down to developing a tenacious and determined mindset. Things that may come easily to others are a struggle – so you keep striving to keep up. This is what builds a strong work ethic from an early age.
So how did someone who is dyslexic get into PR and Bid Writing?
You may think that these two areas are all about writing. But in fact, they are more about creative ideas and bringing teams together to make things happen.
A great public relations campaign often comes off the back of a great event or project. The more creative you are, the more press coverage you are likely to get. The write up is the last piece in the jigsaw. Same with a funding bid. You need to bring together and create buy-in from multiple parties before you even have a bid to write.
Dyslexic people can be great writers of plain English. This is ideal for newspapers and magazines and in fact funding bids. If the writer can understand it then so will the readers.
Granted it may take them a bit more time.
But with the technology available today there are so many tools to help you write well. My favourite is the Hemmingway App.
Similarities between Dyslexia in Farming and the Equine Industry
A study by Glasgow Caledonian University looked into dyslexia in the farming industry.
It showed bureaucracy in farming and the computer age is having a significant impact on the industry’s development.
Farmers are failing to claim for grants because it is difficult to complete the funding paperwork. The fear of making mistakes and being penalised is at the heart of the problem.
They went on to say that Farmers, in particular, are an economically and socially isolated group.
Coupled with the hereditary nature of dyslexia and the family succession into farming. The condition of dyslexia self-perpetuates across the generations.
So if you are dyslexic, or have any dyslexic team members here is why this is so positive for your business:
1) Dyslexics are great communicators
Because they do not rely on the written word. They rely on verbal and personal relationships. This makes them great at developing a rapport with riding school clients face to face.
2) Dyslexics can delegate
They can sub out tasks and trust people to do them. Rather than micro-manage, as they do this to get by. This makes them great management material.
3) Dyslexics are problem solvers
They can often be confused as daydreamers. But this is how their brain processes problems. They can surprise you with solutions or connections they make during team meetings.
4) Dyslexics are hands-on
They are very practical and like to do things, move about and keep busy. This comes in handy as most of the work with horses is hands-on and there is always lots to do around the yard.
5) Dyslexics are creative
This makes them great at artistic tasks such as clipping the horses. They also come up with super ideas for activities that children to do during our pony days. They enthusiastically join in and make great hosts for these unmounted sessions.
6) Dyslexics have great intuition
Instead of reading text, they read body language. This is a positive attribute for working with animals. They are natural horse people and very sensitive to their needs. This makes them great at handling horses both on the ground and ridden.
If you are a parent, employer, educator or dyslexic yourself you can get more information here.