You’re sitting at your desk, twiddling your pen, and thinking what am I doing still here, sat at this desk? Why aren’t I over there at that desk, in that office? You know, the one next to the Manager? There might be many reasons – but there might actually only be one. You just haven’t got that edge that Jones has. But why has Jones got the edge? Because they are using their brains just that little bit harder than you.
And their eyes.
Chances are they are damned good at reading stuff. The kind of stuff that is important in their job, and the kind of stuff that gets them noticed in society. And it’s not necessarily that they have had a good education, and been to Oxford. They may just have learned how to read fast – how to speed-read.
Speed-reading is reading like normal – only with a big difference. The accent is on the way words are formed together, rather than the way they sound. The idea is to stop reading the words as individual single items on a page, and instead take them as chunks of text.
It’s also about sifting through what is important in the passage you are reading, and what is superfluous to your needs. Obviously this relates more to informative texts, rather than works of fiction as the act of reading a novel is principally for pleasure (although there is no reason why you can’t use speed-reading if you want to whiz through Harry Potter for example).
Generally speaking though, speed-reading can be used for any reading, as once the skill has been attained it can be adapted for all sorts of reading material from the Encyclopedia Britannica, to DIY manuals, to the Bible.
There is a famous story of the college kid who spent several weeks off sick, missing vital lessons in the process. He turns up for the midterm exam having managed no revision at all. With just twenty minutes to go before the exam begins, the student picks up a copy of the textbook, which forms the basis of the exam, and declares proudly that he is about to put his speed-reading skills to use. The rest of the class howl in derision – but the student skims through the book just one and a half times, gathers the information he believed he required, and sits down to take the exam. The end result – he gains the second highest score in the whole class.
That is the kind of power speed-reading can provide…and why learning tools such as 7 Speed Reading computer software is proving such a hit with aspiring speed-readers. Covering all aspects of speed-reading, 7 Speed Reading is the very latest in expert tuition comprising video lessons, and in-depth exercises for people of all ages, with a thorough, and expansive series of high-quality personalized tutorials, and individual tracking to monitor student development.
If you want to keep up with the Jones’s – or even better them – than there has never been a better time to start learning the art of speed-reading.