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Learn How to Speed Read

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Language:  English
The more you have to read, the less time you have for everything else, so a faster reading speed pays back with every document. In this book, we give you a practical toolkit to speed up your reading.
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Most people would like to read more quickly. Reports, legal documents, emails: the more you have to read, the less time you have for everything else. A faster reading speed will pay back time with every document. So it’s understandable that Speed Reading techniques have been popular since they were first publicised in the 1950s. In this book, we will explore how most people read, what techniques are available to adapt and improve your reading, which tools work, and how they can be used to make real gains. Along the way, we’ll test your progress so you can see how the tools work for you.

About the author

After a career in learning and development in the NHS and in telecoms, Terry Pearce founded 360 Learning Design in 2005. Since then, he’s helped thousands of learners to improve their communication, approaches, and results. Terry’s passion is deconstructing complex, deep or unfamiliar management and personal effectiveness topics and creating practical, engaging learning materials.

  • About the Author: Terry Pearce
  1. Introduction 
    1. Can I really learn to read faster?
    2. What the evidence says about speed reading
    3. So, I really can learn to read faster? 
    4. Tracking your progress 
  2. The right approach for speed reading 
    1. What do you mean by ‘reading’? 
    2. The importance of goal focus 
    3. How the right mindset can help 
  3. Changing how your eyes work the page 
    1. How you read now 
    2. Using bigger chunks to read faster 
    3. Avoiding backskipping to improve reading speed 
    4. Check your progress 
  4. Controlling the path your eyes take 
    1. Using a guide to moderate reading speed and focus 
    2. Setting rhythm and pace when reading 
    3. Check your progress 
  5. Scanning and skimming 
    1. Scanning texts for key information 
    2. Skimming texts for an overview 
  6. Getting smarter with how you process ideas 
    1. Previewing 
    2. Developing Your expectations around structure 
    3. Working with different paragraph types 
    4. Check your progress 
    5. Using idea-based word groups 
    6. Using grammar to recognise idea-based word groups 
    7. Conceptualising and visualising for speed and comprehension 
    8. Check your progress 
  7. Troubleshooting 
    1. Your environment 
    2. Your posture 
    3. Subvocalising 
    4. Vocabulary 
    5. Screen issues 
  8. Making a lasting difference to reading speed 
  • Appendix: comprehension tests 
  • A Five ways to use the power of anchors in learning 
    • Questions 
    • Answers 
  • B Leaping the hot-cold empathy gap to aid learning 
    • Questions 
    • Answers 
  • C Handling behaviour change barriers: Yes, it applies to you 
    • Questions 
    • Answers 
  • D Stephen Covey’s ‘Seven Habits’ in the 21st Century 
    • Questions 
    • Answers 
  • E  Framing and communication: Choose your words carefully 
    • Questions 
    • Answers 

About the Author

Terry Pearce

Terry's passion for helping people learn has led him to spend twenty years in the Learning & Development industry. In that time, he's won awards for learning programme design from the London NHS Modernisation Agency, the Healthcare People Management Association, and Reed Learning. Working with FTSE100 organisations and public sector bodies across a wide range of personal development and effectiveness topics, he has helped thousands of learners improve their personal impact and add value to what they do.

His approach of breathing life into topics by making materials practically-focused and interactive has seen him in demand in creating a range of interventions including ebooks, videos, integrated programmes, online courses, learning games, sessions using live actors, sessions using apps, interactive 'choose-your-own-aventure' stories, storytelling events, teambuilding sessions and coaching sessions. He produces and hosts a training design podcast and is an active member of several L&D communities, bringing to them his specialist knowledge of designing learning that works with how people prefer to learn. He's the Leader of the London chapter of the L&D support organisation Trainer Talk.

As the founder and lead designer of learning design consultancy 360 Learning Design since 2005, he has worked with recognised organisations across the world to help individuals better represent their organisations and get better results managing themselves and their interactions. His recent studies and focus have been on using games and storytelling in learning and development, and a new business venture in this field is currently in the works. He's based in London.

The key topics around which he has created the majority of his learning and development materials are:

  • Developing Personal Resilience
  • Writing like a Professional and a Human Being at the Same Time
  • Helping People Learn Effectively
  • Handling Difficult Situations Assertively
  • Innovation, Creativity and Problem Solving in the Workplace