I’ve always been an avid reader — probably at least 200+ books per year. With that said, you can guess that I have a few reading tips I liked to share with you. Lately my reading has been in the form of audio since I’m in my car traveling. As you’ll see audio is amazing once you learn to listen at a faster speed than normal…but all of my tips, tricks, and suggested reading list is below. Enjoy!
Reading Tips: The Benefits of Reading Everyday
1. Reduces Stress – reading is naturally calming and just six minutes has shown to reduce stress. Read full article here.
2. Keeps Your Mind Sharp and in Shape – As you age reading helps to your mind stay sharp. Read the research here.
3. Readers are More Successful — Research indicates that lifelong readers are more successful, both personally and professionally. Read more here.
4. Reading Upgrades Your Mental Operating System – all forms of communicating get updated and improved. See article.
5. Reading inspires you to gain direct experience – “After enough reading, we become charged with good ideas and courage to go out and explore the world.”– Chad Grills. See article.
I was housesitting for a friend of mine and I was so intrigued by his library. He had an incredible amount of books that were all interesting to me – business, travel, history – but how do I tackle a collection that large in 5-weeks time?
Guess what I found on one of his shelves? A speed-reading course. That was the first thing I read. It was worth investing 4 days in the course – I didn’t complete it but I was much faster than I was 4 days earlier. I tackled 12 books over the remaining 4 weeks (that was a huge improvement for me!)
A few years later when my son was about 8, I invested in a speed-reading program for him. First, it improves comprehension. Secondly, it helps to strengthen the musculature of the eye to broaden peripheral vision and improve focus among other things. Thirdly, it helps with memory and the retention of facts.
Since I was home-schooling my son, I was able to refresh myself with the techniques of speed-reading while he was learning.
I’ll share some of the very basics with you about speed reading tips:
1. Examine the book:
– Read the front and back cover
– Read both inside jackets
– Read the table of contents
– Skim through the index for important topics, words, phrases
2. Start to read:
– Use a pointer to finger to move along the lines that you’re reading. Focus on the words at the tip of your finger. Gradually begin to move your finger faster and faster making your eyes keep up, but without losing the meaning of what you are reading.
3. Notice if you’re reading out loud in your head:
– This is very common and almost impossible to stop completely.
– See if you can read without ‘speaking’ the words aloud in your head.
– When you’re finished with the book. Take a moment to write down the key takeaways on one-sheet or less.
– Some people like to write the takeaways on a blank page in the back of the book or leave a separate sheet of paper in the book.
– I prefer to type up a page and keep it in my Reading List folder in Dropbox so I can refer to it from anywhere.
These are just some of my speed-reading tips. If you take a course, or use an app, you’ll learn more. But, that’s a good list to get started on your own.
Speed-reading Apps and Programs:
My Personal Reading Recommendations for Business and Personal Success:
These 3 books are a series and all are valuable:
–Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
–Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior
–Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change
My other favorites:
• Disrupt Yourself
• When to Speak Up and When to Shut Up
• You Are a Badass
• Grit, The Power of Passion and Perseverance
• Getting Grit
• Scrum, the art of doing work in half the time
• The 10X Rule
• Brain Rules, 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, school
• The Power of Focus
Did you know that your library might be connected to HooplaDigital or Overdrive?
You can download books…and, audiobooks (my absolute favorite) for FREE!
When you begin reading faster, you’ll be happy to have free resources to access a wide variety of books, audiobooks, and movies.
You may also want to check out MentorBox…a way to take in the knowledge of top-selling authors in half the time by using:
Video Workshops, Audiobook lessons & nuggets,
Cheat sheet & Memorization booklets, Member Discussions
Check back here from time-to-time.
I’ll be adding more books to my suggested reading list.