Welcome to The Truth About Dyslexia podcast, up to 20% of the population being dyslexic (at some level) - I wanted to share my journey, what I am learning, doing and understanding to see if it can help other adult dyslexics.
This is not the reading and writing stuff but what it actually means. Enjoy.
Do you sometimes feel hopeless at taking credit? Really accepting that you have done something super well? Is it more likely that you don't really sit with how awesome you are and just run to the next thing?
Maybe you have even learned to pretend that you are thankful.
If you are like many dyslexics we really struggle to take credit for what we do, to sit in the happiness zone. We feel like we winged it. Move past it on to the next thing at speed and try to not stop long enough to enjoy it.
In this episode I show you - you are not along, why it happens and give you a few dyslexic friendly tips to help you out.
Ever feel like the perfectionist of the year - like every year? Are you like super hard on yourself when things don't work out?
Is the picture of perfection so clear in your mind - when you don't meet it you feel like a failure?
Now don't get me wrong perfectionism is not just a dyslexic trait that shows up (a lot!) in adults. But it does show up in specific was and with a specific reason.
Hope you enjoy the podcast - to find out more visit https://truthaboutdyslexia.com
A really common challenge with Dyslexia is the over thinking & over feeling side of life. It can be misunderstood and is rarely connected to the dyslexic mind.
But as you start to see the coronation it will open your eyes.
In this episode we look into dyslexia in adults. We talk about Reading, Writing & all that stuff (spelling, tracking and more).
We dig into trigger words and similar things - the words people truly struggle with and why.
I really wanted to touch on this topic but not get lost on reading & writing along as it is a smaller part of dyslexia than people think.
Dyslexia - What does it actually mean?
You may be thinking is he just going to talk about spelling, reading & writing? We already know that.
Many of you will be thinking... maybe he has a few things up his sleeve to let us in on. Well you would be right. In this episode we will talk about:
- How all kids operate in a dyslexic way up until the age of 3 or 4
- How the phrase 'A picture says 1000 words' can speak to the dyslexic mind with 1 key change
- What key challenges come from Dyslexia that no one told you about
- Why adults need to understand what happens at the root of dyslexia not just at the leaf level.
This podcast is to help Adults with Dyslexia come to terms with the way Dyslexics think. It is super powerful and I hope you love it. If you do give the podcast a like, share or review on your favourite podcasting channel and feel free to take our little 'Adult Dyslexia Quiz' Here.
Adult Dyslexia is one of the biggest hidden challenges I believe in the world today. Many people live with it undiagnosed, comparing themselves to others and asking - 'why don't i measure up?' Using tools to navigate life that were never mean't for them.
It's like at school Dyslexic's were gifted a 6-speed manual Ferrari for a brain - but were only ever taught to drive an automation corolla. It's tough.
This is the first episode in a new series as a starting point for Dyslexic's just starting to listen to the Truth About Dyslexia - It is my story. Through it you will get a taste of who I am - learn some lessons on what Dyslexia is and just maybe you will listen on to more.
This podcast is 1000% FREE and designed to offer real 'aha' moments that will change peoples lives. I hope you love it and want to spread the word.
The present moment, over thinking - trapped in my head. My head sometimes seems like a prison, me like a robot and like I am not in control. But occasionally i get glimpses of the present moment in reality. They are beautiful. If you struggle to be present - this is for you.
I feel I should have done this podcast ages ago. We went through a pandemic right. Took a common cold for me to see it from a new perspective (oh I love you dyslexic Brain).
I have been down with a cold or flu and wanted to share my experience and how dyslexia could help you get better. Please note I am not a doctor this is persona opinion.
In a recent coaching session - i had a little Aha moment. A realisation about being present in my dyslexic mind. It is one of the reasons I value coaching & helping people is that with every session I grow.
I found it so valuable it deserved it's own podcast. In this pod - I touch on:
Being Grounded & Present in the Dyslexic Mind
Do you have to be present only in reality?
How can you bring this practice into challenging times
Why I believe Multi-tasking is not as it seems
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In todays episode I wanted to share a story of a little fight me and Holly got into over the weekend. I have tried to use an easy to listen to story format and weave in a few lessons & reminders for all us dyslexic's in relationships.
Have you ever had a conversation start up in your head? Unannounced its like 2 people are role playing in your mind. Some times it's super noticeable and other times you miss it?
This does not happen to just dyslexics, but it happens to all dyslexic's I have spoken too (in varying amounts).
How can you use this to your advantage to move forward and not just feel the negative effect of a mental fight. Let's dive into it.
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I find myself in a bunch of dyslexic facebook groups - Just watching. I love seeing the questions, the deep thoughts but more often than not I see a bunch of very very early - surface level challenges.
Now I understand when you have just worked out you are dyslexic these kind of flashes of what are 'obvious' to me - seem like real 'aha' moments.
I was probably like it when I realised what Dyslexia was. As I write this I think I should actually keep a list of the questions and put them on our blog at https://truthaboutdyslexia.com
but what I have learned and want to get across is - it's about digging deeper. Surface level fixes and solutions will only take you so far & will never be truly fulfilling. They are like the candy bar you buy at the checkout. It seems great for a moment and then ... nothing (if not feeling worse right).
Hey my awesome dyslexics. In this episode i wanted to touch on some stuff in my life I am dealing with, a few notes on the pod it's self and where the Truth About Dyslexia is looking to go over the years to come!
Dyslexics are wired differently. Would you agree?
One of the key strings that ties everything together is - Time.
In this episode I want to chat about Dyslexia & Time - Where I see the challenges, an example of 'Just in time planning' and a tangent or two :)
I had a moment of reflection today. An experience happened where I handled it in such a 360 degree way. It showed how I am applying learnings in my life into the real world.
This podcast is about the Dyslexic (right brained) trait of over reacting when someone interrupts either your hyper focus or your internal visual/emotional world.
This once change has had a profound impact on my relationships, anxiety, health, (insert other buzz words) and so on. I hope you like it.
If you do I always appreciate a review (if you remember to do it) and a share 😃
I am seeing this more and more every day in our support group and others on Dyslexia. Is that dyslexia?
What it says to me is how little the public knows about it. I want to dive into this loaded question and pose another question to get your mind whirrring.
Ever had those days where your brain is like - no. Not today.
It has a mind of it's own right. It can be hard to see why this happens and you just feel broken... or I used to at least. I never would have seen it from a dyslexic perspective until I became more aware of how we work.
It was like the penny dropped.
Hope you love this episode. If you like it feel free to give it a like, review or share on the platform you love.
As I passed the mechanic shop today - I caught a glimpse of my dyslexic mind firing on all cylinders. It was like I was out of my body watching what my mind was telling me. Maybe it was a belief I have - or maybe it is one all dyslexics have at some level?
In this episode I talk about - Hiding from the truth. I even surprised myself at the end with a realisation!
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How do Dyslexics learn the best? Many of us at school, in work, in life are personal development junkies. It's like a drug to learn more. Not always to change the world or become rich (that would be nice thought). But because it makes our ability to problem solve stronger and we love that right.
In this episode I dive into the a key understanding about insight vs information that has come up from doing our dyslexia & confidence webinar - see the replay here - https://go.truthaboutdyslexia.com/webinar
It will make you go. hmm that is true. :)
In this episode we dive into Gavin's experience in being promoted to Principle of a tertiary institution. Not many people think those with ADHD or Dyslexia could do it but this man has.
We touch on
- imposter syndrome
and so much more. I hope you love it.! We also just popped up the replay of our dyslexia and confidence webinar - it’s 🔥 https://go.truthaboutdyslexia.com/webinar
How many times have I beaten myself. Not physically but mentally. If anything I feel like a bully to myself. It effects my confidence.
Dyslexia maybe a label that could be part of the challenge - but it is not the only one. In this episode I want to drop a knowledge bomb on how you can start to grow your confidence.
If you have not got your spot on the next confidence & dyslexia webinar - grab it below.
In this episode i wanted to touch on the Over/Under effect. When we start to change we sometimes go too far in that change that it takes something happening to really come back from it and find the balance.
This is normal, you are not alone you are just Dyslexic - Enjoy.
Also if you have not signed up for our webinar click the link here - https://go.truthaboutdyslexia.com/webinar
I'm not 100% sure the ' ' in the title are in the right place but hey. Who cares really. In today's episode we dive into the Procrastination Trap that catches up with many dyslexics. Why do we do it? What is the actual definition of procrastination?
How does it work with confidence?
If you want more on this and confidence grab a spot on our webinar coming up soon - https://go.truthaboutdyslexia.com/webinar
After a mad day I wanted to talk to my Dyslexic Listeners. I have had one of those days where my words get muddled. My brain and mouth are not lining up in what I am trying to say and it is a bit tyring! Let's dive into a few stories & ideas to help.
If you would like to join us on our Dyslexia & Confidence Webinar Visit - https://go.truthaboutdyslexia.com/webinar
Ever wonder if a todo list is helping you or not? That your dyslexic mind wants to run free and change the world and todo lists are a thing created by the 'man' to keep us trapped?
Well in this episode we dive into different types of to do lists (some are good, some are bad).
Also if you want to join us for our Webinar of Dyslexia & Confidence click here - https://go.truthaboutdyslexia.com/webinar
So lucky to get this opportunity to interview Dr Hallowell - One of the world leading experts on ADHD.
*We touch on the differences between ADHD, Dyslexia and High Functioning Autism - his views on how it all works.
*The number 1 thing organisations can do to unleash the power of those with ADHD
*3 Things you can do to make the biggest impact on your life.
It's all a good bunch of gold.
ADHD 2.0 & Other books - https://amzn.to/3tALph7 (the are gold)
His website - https://drhallowell.com (find Tik Tok and more)
Hey awesome dyslexic peeps (and their advocates). Today's podcast is a bit of an update cast with what I am looking at with the pod going forward, I talk about a guest I am interviewing soon, changes to schedules and a new min-podcast I will be releasing which is really exciting!
Is it only dyslexics that self sabotage? How do you see what is really going on? How often does it happen to you? 🤔 This is so common that you are not alone. Dig deeper into what really matters on self sabotage - I open up the lid and have a chat on some great self sabotage stories of my own.
This is a 'BIG' one.
Dyslexia is said to be all about reading, writing and spelling. But for those in the know.. we know it is more. We have an intuition about it.
In this episode I want to talk about the biggest challenge we have.
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Sometimes in the past I feel like I have not really been able to match up the effect with the steps before it (cause). The more steps involved the harder it can be. It feels like I have not been able to clearly learn from some of my mistakes.
I wanted to talk through this as it has been running through my head in the last few days.
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So on the weekend I was getting my game on with the family. Connect 4, memory and some Jenga. Playing the game with Holly's daughter really got me seeing how firm we can be on something that is not right.
It helped me get even clearer on how I see myself and how I operate with changing my own mind and beliefs.
Many dyslexics have super visual minds. It can be powerful but also can create stories that don't really help us in the real world. This is the first time I have recorded a visual & auditory technique you can use.
This one if focussed on reframing the idea of selling something (and touches on money too). It has been super powerful to me. I hope it adds a little value to your life.
This was a super hard episode to record - It was not the episode I set out to record this morning I can tell you that! I decided to hold myself to account on a challenge I had been rubbing up against recently and seeing a lot of friction. I wanted to share how I am starting to deal with it (a way to go).
This tool will help dyslexics who find themselves rubbing up against similar issues like - I am fat, I can't do that etc..
In this episode i want to dive into a couple of Anchors I use to change my state quickly. It's early days in testing this but I am sticking to it and really liking the outcome. Especially the sleep anchor for my over thinking dyslexic mind.
Ever have those days where you just feel like you failed. Like am I broken? Is this dyslexia or was I just a mistake? - Now that might sound harsh but we really do have those days.
If you have then this technique has really helped me see the light. I hope it works for you my dyslexic friend.
Now... I'm not going to say Dyslexics are the only one with confidence issues. They are natural for all humans. But how we deal with them can be a little bit different.
I have said it before if Neurotypical people are a PC we are a Mac. Don't load the wrong program on to your machine right.
In this episode we dive into what actually is confidence?
Why is it hard to nail down?
How do you step into building it?
Want help stepping up at work or in your business? Reach out.
In this episode I get a chance to talk to Jimi Hunt - He is locked down in a hotel trying to get back into New Zealand from Mexico (sounds like the plot to a far fetched movie).
We talk about mental fitness vs mental health. How to look after your mental health (love his take!) and we touch on how he create $20 million dollars of PR for mental health.
Lots of great points that will help dyslexics and to be honest.. Anyone. Enjoy.
Find out more about him here.
If you would like to see his Ted Talk check it out here:
We speak a lot about awareness and acceptance. It is vital for all dyslexics to feel & realise they are not alone. It is a gift that allows you to start to move past (it is a process) some of the pain and struggle that you have lived with all your life.
But what is on the other side of that?
I have been thinking through this for a while, as I learn and filter what I am learning and it has brought me to the concept of:
The High Performance Dyslexic
Taking the awareness & acceptance, starting to release the shame & learn how to master your mind. In this episode we talk about 2 visual techniques which are gold.
If you would like some more one on one help to become high performing - reach out.
Book a time to talk here - https://coaching.truthaboutdyslexia.com
I Don't know about you but as I get older I am less open to change. I don't mean the little insignificant things, but real shifts in my mindset and growth. It's like keeping your body in shape changes as you get older, so does how your mind works.
I wanted to talk through my thinking on this and how it works with our mind and I even make a discovery right at the end. Enjoy my Dyslexic Friends (and friends of friends).
Dyslexia & Procrastination. I'm not sure about you but it's like my brain uses the distraction to procrastinate on purpose. I personally think it comes down to 2 reasons why we procrastinate on some things, but then don't on others. Let's dive into this podcast on dyslexia and procrastination.
Also - In the podcast, I say my Instagram handle, but as I looked at it I realised I had misspelt it (😂 had to laugh) So in the name of moving towards what I want to do full time. I have updated it to https://www.instagram.com/StephenMartinCoach
What an episode.
One of the challenges we hear time and time again is around Dyslexia & Work - What does it take to create a dyslexic (or Neurodiverse) friendly environment?
I was blown away in this interview by what the Cookie Time in little old New Zealand.
We touch on everything thing from Mental Health & Emotional Safety in the workplace all the way through to the small shifts that made the biggest difference.
If you are looking to influence your work. Then this is what you need to hear.
#Dyslexia #ADHD #Neurodiverse
Have you ever felt like you are wearing a mask? Being a Chameleon? Riding the thing grey line? I wanted to raise this as I think a lot of Dyslexic & neurodiverse thinkers will connect with it and need to hear a bit more about it. So let's dive in.
I see a heap of stuff about this for kids. But what happens when you step into adulthood. Dyslexia does not go away 'sadly'. But at the same time animal pictures can only take you so far.
In this episode we dig in and look at learning with Dyslexia - What works & what does not as an adult in your job and workplace.
Ever feel one day you are super confident and make decisions you own.... then the next day you can't decide what to have for dinner? It's a real conundrum and makes us feel like something is not right, that we are not really confident and are just faking it. This is a common Dyslexic challenge and I want to tell you a story to see i you can relate.
I have a routine in place, but It keeps changing, I'm getting bored by this routine, my creativity is getting stifled because I keep forgetting something. These are things I hear from dyslexics I talk to, and the one in my head.
In today's episode, I wanted to talk about the pendulum swing between routine & creative freedom. It is a one many dyslexic adults have to deal with.
I am so happy to have managed to get Guy & Suzanne on the pod.
They are shining lights in the New Zealand Dyslexic community, well the neurodiversity community in general. They run the Dyslexia Foundation of NZ, are amazing entrepreneurs and have done so much for schools and kids all around New Zealand and the world.
The idea's around how you can support dyslexic children at school and through lockdown is amazing.
Hope you love the episode and to find out more about what we do visit - https://truthaboutdyslexia.com , Subscribe to the pod and I always appreciate a review!
The stuff around you matters. A crude example is if you could not walk then your house would be designed to support your life. With Dyslexia and ADHD the same is true. You need to set your life up to succeed. In this episode Iook into this.
I wanted to update everyone one the goals I set at the beginning of the year. It has been a whirlwind but I am starting to see it all come together. Trusting in your intuition can be challenging when you have been told how wrong you are for so many years.
Unwinding that training is challenging!
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Sleep feels like my arch-nemesis. It's something I feel like I start winning at then for whatever reason it fights back. I don't realise it until it's too late! In this episode I want to talk about 1 thing specificly I have started taking that is really helping me out. These things - https://amzn.to/3pIYr9x
If you have Dyslexia &/or ADHD you probably have said to yourself - Why do I keep self-sabotaging myself? Do I hate myself? What I traumatised as a child? Is this just what was meant to happen to me?
As I dig deeper into my own mind and see it from new perspectives I see it this way.
Reach out to me at https://truthaboutdyslexia.com
Updatecast is my dyslexic way of letting you in on what's going through my head, what I am working on and how hearing it from this perspective - could help you. In this podcast I dive deep into my mind and some of the perspective shifts (penny drops) I am experiencing.
.. not that kind of Dyslexic tripping... I wanted to share my experience today of getting to the airport. One thing I get a lot is it’s important to know others think like you. So do you think like this?
I wanted to follow up my podcast the other day on stimulants and how our mind needs them. The need is real, you are using them whether you are conscious of them or not. So how do you recognise them and start to adjust what you are doing with them.
The image I refer to in the podcast can be found here - https://www.patreon.com/posts/47339924
Do people with Dyslexia have an issue with Balance? Could improving your balance actually help your dyslexia or ability to focus your abilities? I dive into this new topic (for even me) to share what I am learning and testing on my self.
As I keep my direction this year it is a year of facing my anxiety head-on - changing beliefs that have kept me trapped (read: stubborn dyslexic brain). I want to stand in the mirror at the end of the year and breath naturally and happily that I am relaxed! In this episode we talk about:
Today's episode is a real riff of an episode. You know when a couple of musicians get together and create amazing music just by flowing. I've been taking time to let my intuition shine a bit more these days and wanted to just see what comes out from talking about it. I really wonder if this could be the reason many of us overthink.. so much.
An update cast is an update on my journey. What's happening, what I am trying and learning and more. So enjoy my interesting dyslexic story.
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In today's episode I speak with Stefan Liner.
He is a creative filmmaker & author and we talk about his journey with Dyslexia. Lot's of little discoveries along the way as we chat that will help you along on your journey :).
To check out his short book we talk about at the end visit - https://linerhouse.com/eddie-and-the-lizard-man
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Dyslexic moments & how I deal with them. This one happened to me today, through me for 6 and had me biting my lip. I want to share what happened and how I dealt with it. These things are things we wish we could stop but sadly they are things dyslexics just have to deal with.
I got this question out of a Dyslexia Support group and it is a good question. We live by stories and lived experiences but struggle with writing. Is it possible to get that idea's out of your head and contribute in this way?
Priorities have always been painful for my dyslexic mind. What is more important? Should I just consider my feelings or 25 other peoples and their pets? Is my relationship more important than my job? Is my health more important than my wealth? I need a nap... brain switching off... In this podcast let's look at this challenge.
As you become more aware of yourself and what dyslexia actually means you will see repeating patterns in your personality. They are sometimes subtle and sometimes the opposite. I want to pose the idea that maybe we take more responsibility than we need to. It is something I am exploring in my own life and I want to share some thoughts and solutions I am testing.
You know those days where your mind goes into anxiety, overthink mode - You can't stop it, feels like you are out of control of the ship. I tried meditating and all it did was fuel the beast, I tried watching TV but I could only tell it was only stabilising the beast for a short time.... here's what happened.
Ever feel like your brain just does not have the same system for beliefs, see what is actually true & what it really values? I think our brains do work differently and it appeared in a couple of places this week.
Every year I think. This year can't be as interesting, fun & crazy as the last can it? Every year I surprise myself. Already I am running into challenges, making discoveries and more. I go a bit off-topic in this one in a good way!.
One of the challenges I have is my mind running off like a Rabit with a crack addiction. It can be tiring especially when you are tired. So what is the little hack I use that's easy to remember when you need to focus and concentrate. Take control of your Dyslexic Attention.
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Addiction and anxiety go hand in hand. They may not be the reason you start an addiction but can keep you trapped, feeling you can not escape. The way the dyslexic mind does no help either. I am going to go into what I am doing to help myself and hopefully you.
Australia has not caught on fire so that is a good start - I wanted to share how I am feeling walking in to 2021, how my head is racing off and some of the big obstacles i am tackling myself and will be sharing through the year.
What a gift to be taking some time off to wind down. It has me thinking about what 2021 will mean to me and what I am going to share on the journey in 2021 to add value to your life. Thanks for the people who have reviewed the podcast and shared it in 2020 you are beautiful people.
Woof - the dog barks as it snaps at the lead. Chasing a cat, peeing on a tree or wanting a laydown. I had a really impactful moment this morning as I created some space in my life and the took the dog I am looking after for a walk. I need to take my dyslexic dog for a walk more often.
One of my favourite interviews of the year - Must have been my Christmas Present. Speaking with Brent was amazing we talked about everything from finding out he was dyslexic, the misdiagnosis problem, relationships, trigger words, self-esteem, mental vs physical pain barriers, communication, depression the works. We could have gone on forever. Enjoy it and if you like it - remember to share this story. To check out a great video about Brent click this link - https://youtu.be/YAtDAxLd-Ps
Focus has been a struggle this last month - a million things grabbing my dyslexic attention. It's like everyone goes mad leading up to Christmas, rushing to get things done. So I have been going back to an old technique that has worked for me to get some clear thinking time & doing time into my life. I hope it helps you over the busy times!
2020 has been a crazy one - I wanted to talk about the next steps as we run into a new year, what I am going to be doing & our new 'Make 2021 Your Best Year Yet' Course. It's our first mini-course for Dyselxic's so If you want to have a great year next year - check it out here - https://courses.truthaboutdyslexia.com/bestyearyet
Do you accept yourself for having Dyslexia? Or do you find yourself doing it publically then beating yourself up on the inside? This is so common. I wanted to just talk through my thinking on this as it is one of the hardest things to do.
We will all have our pet challenges with Dyslexia. But this one is one that gets me to this day - it reaches into my soul and even if I look ok on the outside it is like someone lightly punches me in the gut every time.
Hard love is what we need. Do you ever think that when you are backed into a corner you can work out how to talk yourself out of it? Somehow your brain will pull together arguments and let you escape. It's like a defence mechanism. But when we get honest with ourselves there is no escape. Here is what you need a hard talk with yourself about.
What actually is Dyslexia? I have always found it strange that Dyslexia is defined by its symptoms and not its cause. You don't say a broken arm is defined by not being able to do bicep curls do you - it's defined by the bone in the arm being broken. So why is Dyslexia defined like that? How can you reframe the definition to accept it and understand it better?
At my parents birthday party I was reminded of how my mind works. I have not felt this way in a long time so wanted to share. This is a really candid episode done after a few beers but in the spirit of being my true, authentic self. Here I am.
Many of us have toyed around with mind maps over the years. You may have really enjoyed them or just fiddled with them. In this episode, I talk to the premier expert in mind mapping for Dyslexics Darius Namdaran.
We dig into why 'standard' mind maps don't always work for dyslexics, how to reframe how you see them and what you can really use them to solve problems.
To find out more about what Darius does click here - https://bulletmapacademy.com
Have you struggled to make a massive shift in your life? You think about it and go 'I really want that' but then the dyslexic overthinking kicks in, you get overwhelmed and you go back to doing what you have always done. This has happened to me repeatedly. I wanted to share a technique in a fun way that could help you get over the giant wall of fear that stands in your way.
Now one of my dyslexic listeners must have come up with a time machine right? We are out of the box thinkers and inventors. So I thought while I wait for my turn in the time machine I needed to come up with 3 things I could tell young Stephen (reminds me of young Sheldon) that would make a massive shift. It's a way of reflecting on the lessons that have made a massive change in my life.
Dyslexia stems from your brain's preference for using visual processing over symbolic processing. It has a raft of benefits but also challenges. Each side of the brain is used for different things. But how does our brain really understand and identify the definitions of words and what can that mean for life. Let's take a look.
Dyslexia, Exams & Study - Sounds like a nightmare to many of us. Our brains are not wired for standardised testing right - we are not robots. None of us will put Google out of a job for storing data right. We are more like an algorithm we can take 1000's of bits of information, use logic and come up with an answer.
But that said exams still exist and probably are not going away any time soon. In this episode I dig into 12 Coping Strategies to help Dyslexics cope with the world of tests :)
On my walk today I started listening to an audio book to improve my coaching. I am always looking at new ways to get through to people and I really liked this story about overthinking. When our thoughts come into reality and we get it wrong. Hope you like it.
I have really had a few challenges with focus recently - my plate is nice and full (which I used to hate) now I accept but it does not always make it easy. I wanted to share a key tool I am testing to reorder my focus.
One of the biggest challenges for me is keeping my dreams front of mind. In a busy world my focus gets taken by every passing car. I feel like a dog with my head out the window. How can simply tracking the smallest things in my life make such a big impact.
People say reading, writing and spelling is our biggest challenge. But let's be honest with a bit of technology we can solve that one. It's not easy but doable. What is a harder challenge though is controlling the Rev counter on our mind from racing off into the future and causing us stress and anxiety. I wanted to chat about it today.
I'm not cupid any means, I have tripped through relationships, made mistakes and learned a lot over the years. But as I understand dyslexia (really how my mind works) I am choosing the right tools and making better conscious decisions in how i communicate. This is my number 1 tip and I wanted to bring it to you. Play with it, try it out, sit with it. See how it feels for you.
What I love about this community is the care and intention to help others - but it can be tough - do you know enough? will you break someone 😂? What can you do to make an impact? I have a few ideas that may just help you.
I have always wanted to do this. Have a drink with a fellow dyslexic and talk about all things neurodiverse. Honestly I had a lot of fun doing this and I hope you enjoy it we touch on - Dyslexia & Adhd, hacks we use in our life, what we are drinking, and so much else.
It is longer than other episodes but I hope you like it - If you do reach out on the facebook group or on truthaboutdyslexia.com
Ever had one of those weekends where you are up, down and spinning around? I did this weekend. It was like the weather on an island. It changes from rain to wind to sun all in the matter of a few hours and then back again. I want people who listen to this episode it happens to all of us and it is important to know you are not alone in this.
One of the challenges that never gets spoken about is the Dyslexic challenge with Time ⏰ It is not natural to us, we understand it intellectually but not always how we work best with it. I'm also not just talking about getting places late or way way way too early. Listen in to some lessons I have learned over the years.
As Dyslexics we don't just think outside the box - we kind of live there. It's why we love meeting other dyslexics as it's like we are all tuned into the same wave length. But many of us have been taught 'how' to do things by neurotypical people. Can we trust our own minds on how to get what we want? I dive into this in the podcast today.
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Dyslexia is a learning preference, so how do you use your preferences to shape what you truly want? As the year comes to an end (what a year right) I am starting to reflect on what has worked and what I want to bring into next year and what I want to dream about. Enjoy.
If you are a parent of dyslexic child you know it can be tough to see them come home from school sad and feeling like they failed. Lois Letchford helps Dyslexic Children to read and write. She learned it out of necessity for her own children and shares some great tips and tricks you can learn at home and share.
As I walked and that message arrived I wondered how my dyslexic mind could see so much in such a short time. It could run down rabbit holes, create stories that were not real and leave me brewing anger like it was an intense cup of coffee.
As we grow the Truth About Dyslexia myself, Vanessa & Becky went on a road trip to Wellington, New Zealand to hear from speakers, meet others in the dyslexia community and see what is happening in the space. I wanted to share what was learned from my perspective.
Emails can be a brain ache. Trying to work out what you want to say, spelling it right and sometimes you can even feel a bit of shame when sending something you know is not 100% right.
In this podcast I talk about 5 lessons I have learned over the years.
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Dyslexia and Anxiety are very very close friends. Our minds are a mixture of warriors & worriers (see what I did there). As I sat down this morning with a cup of coffee I remembered back to the stress of having so much on my plate and being so hard on myself when I did not achieve everything. the days where I could only give 75% not 110%. I did into 3 tools I recommend to help you with this.
When I first had the penny drop about what dyslexia really meant (at about 32) It was an awakening. It felt like I had loaded up the awareness gun and was telling everyone I thought was dyslexic - that they were. It did not work quite the way i thought it would - as you can imagine. With Dyslexia awareness day & week coming up in October I wanted to share the lessons I have learned so you can help people like you.
I got to speak with Martin Bloomfield to talk Dyslexia. He is about to finish his Masters Degree and we talk about dyslexic life, learning and writing those giant essay's that get many dyslexics stuck.
I want to feel... X, I want to be.... Y, I want to feel normal - all phrases we say to ourselves on a regular basis. It gets a bit tiring. We start to accept ourselves more and more and how dyslexia impacts but that little voice still sits in the back of our head. Saying your not good enough, or something is wrong, or don't make that mistake again. If you keep making that mistake you are not learning, and if you are not learning you must be stupid right...
I want to dig into this rabbit hole.
I wanted to give my regular listeners and update on what we are doing for the Truth About Dyslexia to create a bigger impact in the dyslexia world for adults, Talk about what I am doing with medication and answer some common meditation questions I get.
Job interview? Sitting your drivers test? Maybe you want to speak on stage (or these days a Zoom). Many dyslexics find there brain run off in 10 different directions, create stories of failure in your head before you have even sat down and it is tough. Here are a few ideas that will help.
Does anyone else have those moments where you are watching something a bit mindless - to give yourself a chuckle, and then you hear one line. A line you have never considered before but it was what you needed to hear in that moment. It bubbles away in the back of your dyslexic mind like a wine wine ageing perfectly until it's ready and delicious. Let me tell you a story about how this happened to me..
By 21 she has spoken on stage at multiple conferences, helped get government legislation in South Dakota for Dyslexia and has a really bright future in helping the Dyslexic community. In this interview we touch on her story, what she has achieved and what's to come.
Topics we listen to but struggle to change - My dyslexic mind runs away and struggles to find peace and it struggles even more to admit I need help. If you want help through the Right Siders Tribe visit https://rightsiders.org/tribe
Someone says something that triggers an emotion.... before you know it 40 scenarios have Been created in your mind, your overwhelmed and flooded with emotion.... For every Ying there is a yang.. what if you could use this sometimes negative Dyslexic trait for good.. let’s dive in
My dyslexic brain 🧠 is not in love with the word organisation. Some days I feel I can do it like a boss.. other days I just want to hide. Here are a few things I’m doing at the moment to take back my time.
Dyslexics are amazing internal story tellers - it’s actually how we operate best. But left unchecked it can cause a lot of negative emotions. I talk about a small story I caught my dyslexic brain running off into.
I have known Bill for years and we have always connected. Bill found out he was dyslexic at a much later stage but it all made sense. We talk about communication tips, speaking from stage (a touch) and acceptance. Really good interview.
Have you ever been stuck in a problem and tried to solve it for wayyyy to long. To a point where it feels so big you are trapped? I have. So I wanted to share the hard truth about how to get out of it.
I love hearing stories of people like me and you, who have Dyslexia. Darren was diagnosed at 36, but always new he was dealing with challenges. In this Interview we laugh about what he did on a job application to get an interview, the landscape of companies working with Dyslexia and talk about his global initiative that he is working towards. It's a really fun interview.
Adults across the world are being diagnosed as Dyslexic. What do you do next? What does it really mean? And why do they give you a brick of text with your report on 😂. In this podcast I dive into the world of adult dyslexia, late diagnosis and more
We sat on the couch, her eyes 👀 looking at me waiting for a response. Without spurting off non-sense I decided to picture what it was like and how I felt and this realisation I am going to talk about today - made a difference in my dyslexic brain.
What next? What’s important? Why am I even doing that? Man I’m sick of running around like the Tasmanian devil after being neutered! We have all had times where these questions appear, so I wanted to share a thought or 2 about picking what to do next.
You have probably heard me talk about the Right Siders Tribe but what really is it, why have we put so much time & passion into it and what should you expect. I pour my heart out on this one to all the dyslexics and adhd'ers out there!
Shona reached out to share her story to help empower women with Dyslexia. She is strong, switched on and has battled the challenges we all have and built a successful life. She share her wins, losses and the challenges she faces. Hi 5 to Shona for sharing her story.
As I am still on my dopamine - habits buzz. I wanted to run through what I am studying and simplify some of the recent learnings. If you think better habits could help you and your dyslexic mind.. listen on
Dyslexia screening has always been a challenge. Be it a text based quiz or a super expensive session if you can find a time to be diagnosed. But what if the future of technology could find a middle ground. A scalable way of screening for Dyslexia.
In this episode I talk with one of the Dystech founders about there journey, how the app works and there vision. There is a great metaphor in there to explain how this app could literally change how Dyslexia is seen in schools & potentially how schools work!
Who would have thought - these words could mean 2 different things. On a drive yesterday this phrase was brought up and it got me thinking about how 10 seconds can make such a massive difference in life.
Mind running off? Used to it, but tired of it at the same time? What can you do to shift or break the cycle? What I do is a little tactic called a moment of Bliss and I wanted to share it with my Dyslexic and ADHD tribe to see if it will help you break that over thinking cycle.
First interview we have done for a while. This is a longer than usual episode where I interview a member of the 'Adult Dyslexia Secrets' group and we gain insight into a his journey to finding his super power and navigating the challenges that appeared.
My mind went off on a tangent this morning to look at solving a challenge I have and I wanted to share that stream of consciousness - you may just connect with this thought process and find a golden nugget to apply to your life. Just play with the idea.
I wanted to double down on this concept with more clear examples as it’s so important in my life and I know it will help others with Dyslexia and ADHD apply positive action towards the change they want and the direction they are moving
Beat our selves up is an art to us, we move faster than others but is it ever good enough - I wanted to share some acceptance of my habits and say a few words (I have even thrown in a goat sound - see if you can spot it)
Something that I have done before - but is important to do again. I will walk you through a story of where I first heard about this and think the concept is awesome for the ADHD and Dyslexic community - for more gooogle - Ted Fear Setting Tim Ferris
Words can be a challenge for us, definitions don’t always match with the greater world 🌍 . We don’t always notice it but the definitions for words have a game changing impact in how we see ourselves so today... we are diving into 💓 Love.
If your like me, then you send a lot of email. It can be tough to get your thoughts out so others can understand them. The tool I am going to talk about today is called Loom (https://loom.com) and it may just help you!
Isn’t life busy. Our minds always fixated on what’s next. When we get a moment our brains freak out and we find distraction in so many ways. Not to let our brains go quiet. I have a few thoughts that may help.
Stories that will inspire. If you can build your awareness and acceptance you will thrive. This podcast is from 2 sides - that of a partner or family member of a dyslexic or adhd person and from the person themselves.
Do you have something’s that fill you with passion and excitement? Then you will also have small tasks that seem so simple you struggle to get done. In this episode let’s dive into these and a few solutions to get them sorted.
Is Virtual Reality the new way to learn if you have Dyslexia? What will it mean to class rooms and the world. Video I mention in the episode can be found here - https://youtu.be/2rm3QSijn1k (London test) and for the Spanish class have a watch here - https://youtu.be/mWBpJuGoL1g
I need you 👈 to help me and the team understand your biggest challenges and what you want to overcome that would make a super big impart. Thank you in advance to the awesome people I know will respond to this call.
After a really clear, vulnerable and eye opening conversation. I wanted to share 3 techniques that are so valuable for letting out emotions (something we are not always great at - even if we think we are). To help you move on from your past.
Bare with me. But this is my first ever Active Meditation. I have made it visual for dyslexia and to do my best to hold your attention I have kept it short. Listen to the intro and if you want to listen again it starts at 3 mins 40