If I had a pound for every person who has asked me if having dyslexia means I cannot read or write, then I would be a very rich woman!
I found out that I had severe dyslexia at the age of 23, which I was initially shocked about. This unexpected diagnosis made me realise that I needed to implement additional coping strategies into my working life, so that I could continue developing myself as a Marketing and PR professional.
Fast forward seven (cough cough) years (cough cough), I could not be happier with how much the dyslexia diagnosis has changed my life for the better. I am a lot more confident in myself, understand my strengths and weaknesses and continue to excel in all projects that I work on.
If you have concerns about hiring a dyslexic freelancer to complete a project on your behalf, then don’t be. Dyslexic professionals can offer you a wide range of invaluable skills, which will be a real asset to your project.
Fast Problem Solvers
Dyslexic people are usually considered as slow learners, but this is a myth, in fact one of the best assets that a dyslexic person possesses is an ability to solve problems by offering invaluable solutions in short time frames. As a dyslexic professional myself, I am always thinking of what can be detrimental with a project and what I can do in order to overcome those obstacles. This gives me the ability to be well-prepared for projects and ensures that I always deliver outstanding work for my clients.
I have spoken to numerous dyslexic entrepreneurs about their fast problem solving skills, with many of them stating that they follow a similar approach to myself, as this equips them with the skills to best support their clients if ever an obstacle arises.
Thinks Outside the Box
It is a well-known fact that those with dyslexia will suddenly have a surge of inspiration and can generate ideas and bespoke strategies in speedy timeframes and in an unconventional way. I myself have had some of my best ideas when driving, picking plants at the local garden centre or even when I am watching my favourite soap on the television. A dyslexic person will also think differently compared to a non-dyslexic person, for example, if you were presented with a picture of a tree, a dyslexic individual is more than likely to focus on the surroundings of the tree instead of the actual focal point of the image. This means you will receive a more in-depth analysis which looks at every possible angle to ensure the best for your business.
People with dyslexia tend to think things through via visuals instead of words. Numerous research states that people with dyslexia who think through visuals tend to have an enhanced picture recognition memory, demonstrating that dyslexics are usually highly gifted individuals who are more likely to produce well-detailed and superior work because of their well-thought through visual process.
Driven to Succeed
Dyslexic freelancers usually are highly motivated and ambitious professionals and will go to huge lengths to produce work which goes above the expectations of the client. They are also a very loyal bunch and take immense pride in the work they produce for you; I for one am one of these people, who gets a buzz from excelling on projects and loves nothing more than creating high quality work, which fulfils the client’s needs. I and many other dyslexic professionals are very enthusiastic and love nothing more than supporting businesses with achieving their goals.
By hiring a dyslexic freelancer, you will not just be getting someone to ‘do the job’, but you will get a well-rounded and proactive individual, who will look at your task from a different perspective and help you shed a new light on your project, business or personal needs.
Have you worked with a dyslexic professional before? If so, how did you find the experience and what did they achieve for you? Or are you the dyslexic individual? If so share with us what you find beneficial about being dyslexic. Comment below!
About the Author:
Ellen is a Marketing, PR and Social Media professional with over seven years experience in the industry. She has worked with some of the UKs biggest brands and loves nothing more than working on content marketing projects, social media strategies, digital campaigns and more.