Are you one of these people who enjoy reading but find it hard sometimes to concentrate for long enough to understand what exactly it is you are trying to take in? Do you have to read books that you’re not really interested in, but have to read as part of your job, or training? It is annoying, and a hard slog wading through page after page of boring text because we have to.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. By adopting a new way of reading, the whole process of receiving information takes on a whole new dimension. New doors of perception are flung open, and suddenly the idea of reading becomes a joyous experience free from drudgery, and strain.
This new way of reading is called “speed-reading,” although describing it as ‘new’ is a little misleading as the system has been around for over 50 years. The fact that it is still used today is testimony to the fact that it does works. It was good enough for American presidents Nixon, Carter, and John F. Kennedy. You may not agree with their politics – but you can’t argue with the fact that having the ability to speed-read must have been one of the reasons they got to be president in the first place.
In a nutshell, speed-reading is the act of reading faster, and maintaining comprehension at the same time. Doing one without the other obviously defeats the purpose of reading faster in the first place, but it can be done, and is not that difficult once the exercises have begun.
It would be fair to say that the speed-reading student does require the desire, and commitment to learn, and be willing to learn how to read all over again as the main foundation of speed-reading relies on ditching old reading habits.
This may sound Draconian, but it isn’t really. It’s more a question of reading “visually,” rather than through “speech”. When we first learn to read we are taught to sound the words out as we read them, and this forms the very basis of how we treat words from then on as we read. When we read now we either still mouth the words as we read, or say them silently in our heads as we read, or at the very least still recognize the words we read with the sound they make, even though we may not actually say the words to ourselves. These ways of reading, which we all do in one form or another, is what needs to be changed when we learn to speed-read.
It is these habits picked up from school that speed-reading tutorials such as 7 Speed Reading aim to massage into new habits to enable people to read faster. 7 Speed Reading is the very latest in computer software to facilitate training, and looks set to become the industry standard with its highly advanced scientifically-based personalized program that all the family can use.
As the need to read ever more boring policies, text books, and bureaucratic dogma invades society – there has never been a better way to make wading through the drudge a lot more easier.