5 reasons why dyslexics make great communicators – 3
So why do dyslexics make such good communicators?
Reason 3 of 5:
Dyslexics have high levels of empathy
It isn’t just our knack of making complex ideas clearer that makes us strong communicators. We’re also able to use our high levels of empathy and emotional intelligence to create messages that are compelling too.
Gareth Cook, a journalist who is dyslexic, writes for the New York Times Magazine and The Boston Globe, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for “explaining, with clarity and humanity, the complex scientific and ethical dimensions of stem-cell research.”
Dyslexics have a greater ability to sense, understand and respond to how others feel. This allows for a more authentic connection with people and can result in a deeper understanding of their stories and a greater skill in telling them. It’s all part of our ‘Connecting’ skills.
The Right Reverend Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, recognises the strengths her dyslexia brings:
“I love listening and solving problems. I also have a high level of emotional intelligence. I will respond differently to situations than other people.”
Empathy and emotional intelligence featured highly in Bishop Sarah’s previous life, too. Before her ordination, she was the UK’s Chief Nursing Officer. With these enhanced emotional strengths, it’s no surprise that many dyslexics are drawn to careers like nursing, caring, social work and becoming champions of the socially disadvantaged.
In fact, Dame Martina Milburn, Group Chief Executive of the Prince’s Trust and Chair of the Social Mobility Commission, is also dyslexic.
The world needs dyslexic thinking.
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