Have you ever tried speed reading? If you think speed reading is just reading really fast, skimming or skipping words, you’d be dead wrong. You read every single word.
how to speed read
Here’s a tip I give my coaching clients regarding speed reading…
Does it take you a few pages to warm up when reading a book? In the case of speed reading this happens a lot since many people can find it a challenge to steer the ship as they navigate their way through a book. I was never great at reading past chapter two of any book because it would take mental energy to try and understand, hence I had to go back and re-read, to only have to go back and re-read again!
Have you tried speed reading previously and have had difficulties implementing the techniques? There are many challenges to speed reading which mostly include retaining what you read. There’s no point in reading fast if you’re not understanding. Here are a couple of things I usually train my coaching clients that will make your speed reading work.
I was never a big reader. I have no idea how I made it through school. I would read a sentence and almost immediately forget what I had read. Multiply that by a few pages and trying to recall written information was a fairly difficult task. Especially if it was ‘technical’ content, then I would have to go back and re-read many times over. Just so I can fully understand what I had gone through.
I was never a reader. I didn’t read much at school and even throughout my university life. I have no idea how I passed but I was quite fortunate that I did. Then again, studying Information Systems didn’t exactly present you with library of texts to consume. I use to see leaflets and flyers around university for speed reading claiming that you can read twice as fast and improve comprehension, but I just didn’t take it seriously and to an extent, didn’t believe it.