Learning to Speed Read

Robot_Toon_Character-53While I have been very busy with my day job and trying to come up with an e-mail campaign for my other website, I have managed to make time to practise my speed reading, with a bit of guidance.
I’ve signed up for a free 10 day trial at lynda.com and am halfway through a simple to follow video series by Paul Nowak entitled ‘Speed Reading Fundamentals’. It has given some strong advice and a few exercises that can be practised daily.

Taking Action

I’d like to make a point that reading/ viewing and research are far different concepts to action-taking. Even though I have started watching tutorials and have read a few texts, I am yet to take much real action. I have practised these exercises for a total of around 40 minutes over a three day period and that’s not realistically enough to see a big or lasting improvement.
So many people (myself included) seem to get a feeling of achievement out of doing the minimum. They believe that trying for 40 minutes and not being able to accomplish something is enough reason for them to say they tried but failed and begin to look for the next shiny idea.
Taking action is the next step. After reading, viewing, learning a little – it’s time to get on the bandwagon and put in some proper effort. This is a hurdle that gets so many people and is obviously going to separate the ‘doers’ from the ‘gooers’ (going to doers).

Extra

While searching on google for speed reading resources I came across something cool on a website called ‘fourhourworkweek.com’.
I instantly recognised the title of this site as my brother was reading a book entitled the same a couple of years ago when he was getting into internet marketing so I had a click around.
The link: http://fourhourworkweek.com/2009/07/30/speed-reading-and-accelerated-learning/
What I came across was the most helpful article so far and in only around 20 minutes I had managed to increase my reading speed by about 250%. It hasn’t been a lasting result, but it did give a glimmer of hope and inspired me enough to go out and purchase the 4 Hour Work Week’ book. I thought why not kill two birds with one stone and learn to speed read using this book as my material!

Taking the First Step to Success! Speed Reading

What do I want?

With the creation of this website I find myself at a point where I feel like I’m at square one. I have a clean slate. I have a bit of knowledge (regarding websites and their creation) under my belt and already have a small headstart, just enough to keep me motivated, however it’s like I’m looking across a vast, infinite blue ocean and I’ve only got a row boat to challenge it with.
I’m no boat builder, but I do know how to read and I have a capacity to learn so It’s up to me to build something that’s going to allow me to sail (or even propel) myself into higher seas, to explore places I’ve never been and to enjoy the seemingly small yet beautiful things Earth has to offer.

How will I achieve this?

I need more knowledge and I know I’m going to begin reading ALOT. Once I’ve found an interesting topic I’d like to learn about it from various books to begin with and then tweak my knowledge and beliefs by taking action! This excites me beyond anything I’ve ever done and I finally feel like I’m headed in the right direction.

So if I’m going to be reading a lot then I also know that I need to learn to read faster as I’m quite a slow reader. I sound out the words in my head and often have to repeat the same paragraphs or passages I’ve already skimmed over.
Therefore the first step in this journey is learning how to speed read!

I’ve done a search on google for ‘speed reading’ and there are various options available, like physical books, digital books, paid video tutorials and even paid software, all of which says it’s possible to do in under 24 hours. I feel like this is something I’m going to find difficult because I’m not a strong reader, but I’m going to give it my best shot.