As a Dyslexic I have issues with different aspects of verbal and written language. One of my pet peeves is people leaving phone messages. Callers have a tendency to start their message by saying their name quickly, launch into their message which can go on and on and then finish by saying their phone number so fast, it’s practically unintelligible.
I believe there are people who can catch these numbers but as a Dyslexic I am challenged trying to write numbers down in the correct order, especially phone numbers. I will usually get the first two and a couple more somewhere in the sequence of numbers and always reverse the two middle numbers in the last set of numbers. So for example: 1-800-346-0925 becomes – 1-8??-3??-?296
This means I now have to go back and play the message several times to get the name and phone number and some of the message. This drives me crazy. I often don’t get the number right anyway.
Here are some suggestions for people leaving messages because you never know if the person writing the message down is numbers and word challenged.
- When you begin say your name slowly and clearly, who you are with if applicable and your phone number.
- Say the phone number slowly and clearly and then repeat it.
- Keep your message short and clear
- End your message with your name and phone number said slowly and clearly
Now the person writing the message will be able to write your information down the first or second time and have a better chance at getting it right.
One benefit of this approach is the person writing the information down won’t give up on you and not bother taking your message down because they are tired of replaying your message.
If you are talking to someone on the phone giving them information, slow down. Spelling your name out loud slowly is also helpful. Finish by asking if they need anything repeated. People who have difficulty writing things down tend to be embarrassed asking to have it said again.
I personally believe most people would appreciate phone messages slowed down.
Thank you for listening on behalf of Dyslexics everywhere.
Dyslexia Victoria Online