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How to Master the Skill of Speed Reading

teacher avatar Bryan Guerra, I Help People Start Home Businesses

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20 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Speed Reading Introduction

    • 2. The Purpose of Reading

    • 3. Use Your Finger

    • 4. Block Out Distractions

    • 5. Make Reading Fun

    • 6. Surround Yourself with Readers

    • 7. Read More to Read Fast

    • 8. What is Your End Goal

    • 9. Upgrade Your Car

    • 10. Listen Instead

    • 11. Highlight and Revisit

    • 12. Write it Down

    • 13. Do Not Finish Bad Books

    • 14. Replace Bad Habits

    • 15. Book Summary First

    • 16. Consistency

    • 17. Your Environment

    • 18. Positive Feedback Loops

    • 19. Mix and Match

    • 20. Speed Reading Project

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About This Class

Learn to read faster, retain more information, get a leg up on the rest of the world, and outwit your Competition.

If you've ever wanted to learn how to speed read more effectively and learn from books quickly, this Course will help you achieve that.

You'll learn faster, retain more of the information you do read, and you'll have a massive leg up on the rest of the world.

See, the simple fact is the world is a competitive place.

But...what if you could learn so much quicker than the other person competing with you for the job? Or the other competing Business? Or the rest of your classmates?

It doesn't matter who you're competing against, learning how to speed read will take you to new heights and beyond them!

Now, I can't read the books for you. But I can teach you how to read them quicker and get more from them.

So, if you're finally read to start your journey, enroll today.

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I Help People Start Home Businesses


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1. Speed Reading Introduction: Welcome to master the skill of speed reading to get ahead. Now, speed reading is an invaluable skill because once you master it, you'll learn faster. Retain more of the information that you do read and you'll have a massive leg up on the rest of the world. See the simple fact is that the world around you is a competitive place. But what if you could learn so much quicker than the other person competing with you for the job or the other competing business, or the rest of your classmates. It doesn't matter who you're competing against. Learning to speed read will take you to new heights and beyond them. Now, I can't read the books for you, but I can teach you how to read them quicker. How to get more out of this course is perfect for beginners, intermediate and advanced students alike. And if you've never learned anything about speed or knew before, you'll learn a lot of practical tips that will help you improve the rate at which you can consume information. And if you're already familiar with some speed reading techniques, there will certainly be some things in here that can sharpen your speed reading sword and add extra tools to your tool belt. In this course, specifically, we will cover 20 concepts that will increase your ability not just to read faster, but to actually retain more of what you do read. By the end of this short course, you'll also be able to understand a tangible metric. You can measure that shows you how fast you're able to read right now. You'll also understand several important practical tips that you can implement to day so that you can increase that metric drastically over the coming weeks and months and obviously measure results and see how far you've come. Ultimately, that will mean that you're able to learn faster and edge out your competitors over time, whatever your goals might be or whatever industry you know, you want to apply this to, because you'll be improving at a much faster rate than all the others. So without further ado, let's just jump into it. 2. The Purpose of Reading: So before we get into some speed reading techniques, I want you to come to terms with why your goal is speed reading in the first place, okay? To simply be able to read through books quickly is not a worthy goal to chase. What your real goal should be is not to simply read quickly just for the sake of reading books. Your actual goal should be to read, understand, and then be able to implement what you've learned in your life. More of the story, don't just read the read OK. Instead, use books to learn. And then if you can read them faster and learn even faster, then that's obviously a superpower and a great skill to have. Obviously as, as you improve the rate at which you're able to effectively consume books and actually retain the information in the lessons, not just read through. Then at that point, then you'll be an effective speed reader. Now, my goal when I read a book is to only get about three to five lessons out of it that I can take and apply in my own life right away. Because if you try to implement and master everything, often you'll just lead to you being overwhelmed and it will lead to you failing to implement anything. But if you try to learn and retain just three to five things, it becomes very simple, easy to remember and check yourself on at a later date. And that's, you know, an achievable goal that we can all strive for. Remember the 80-20 principle, if you're unfamiliar with what the 80-20 principle basically states, then basically what it states is that 80% of your results come from about 20% of your actions or related specifically to speed reading or the value that you're getting within a book. 80% of the valuable insight from the book comes from only about 20% of the actual words. So your goal should be to retain 80% of the value by identifying the 20% of important stuff that applies to your situation or that can help you currently, right? Not to literally read and retain every single word. So that's why, you know, taking three to five, you know, valuable tips and techniques is a great thing to do. But moral of the story here is do not read. Just to read, you actually want to retain the lessons in the information in it. 3. Use Your Finger: One of the best speed reading techniques that you can implement is one of the simplest, right? So when you're reading, use your finger to track as you read OK, it sounds simple, but it will make a massive difference if you just slowly read with your index finger as you go, right? Most of us, if we're just reading with her eyes, every once in a while, it doesn't happen all that often, but all it takes is a few times the kind of breakup that that process, we get lost with our eyes, right? We we read a paragraph and when we're in the middle of a paragraph, we might not realize what line we're on, but you don't make that mistake if you use your finger to track ok, so use your finger to track your read faster. It's simple, but it's very effective. 4. Block Out Distractions: One of the simplest ways to improve your speed reading is to apply more focus to reading. Makes sense, right? But it's obviously something that a lot of us don't do. Most of us try to read with so many distractions around us. And it really just kind of leaves us fighting an uphill battle. So block out your distractions. Turn off your phone or put it on airplane mode, or even maybe leave it in another room, go somewhere, quiet, time block and let other people know what you're doing. Especially the most, you know, the people that are most likely to kinda warrant your time or attention while you're reading. Perfect example of this might be kids, you know, let them know that you're going to be reading for the next 2030 minutes or whatever it is. It's simple. Yes. But it's super effective, not just for reading, but for work and for life as well. Now, great book on this and I highly recommend you looking into it is the one thing BY gary keller. I think I believe it's right up there. I don't know if you can see it right next to atomic habits. Might not be able to see it because it's a little bit for faraway, highly ran the one right next to it, actually essentialism. Both of them are phenomenal books. And basically what they will do is they'll help you improve speed reading by teaching you how to focus on the right things that are currently the most applicable to you right now. Focusing on everything, just the one thing or what's essential in the moment. So check them out, apply them to your life and your speed reading. They'll really help you. 5. Make Reading Fun: Perhaps one of the best ways to speed read more effectively is to make reading fun by incentivizing yourself to do it. Now, make it something that you look forward to and enjoy. For example, do you like the occasional beer? Will then have a beer while you read that way, you perceive it as a much more enjoyable thing instead of something that you have to do. Do you like the occasional piece of cake or the occasional sweet will then tell yourself that you can have one after maybe you hit your daily reading goal, whatever that might be. There are many ways to implement this and either make reading fun or incentivize yourself to do it more. And it's really up to you to come up with something effective for yourself. Because a simple change in the way that you perceive it can go a long way to making you read more and, you know, inspiring you to do so. But also building that momentum and that habit long-term. 6. Surround Yourself with Readers: Surround yourself with other readers. By surrounding yourself with other people that enjoy reading or other speed readers. You'll read a lot more. You'll get a lot better at it a lot faster and you'll be more inclined to stick with it long term. Joined Facebook groups, join forums to in book clubs. Or a simple way to implement this is to kinda have reading time with your family or significant other, whether it's just you and your significant other or you do it as a family. This can really help you get better and learn to read more as well as help them and the rest of your family do as well, right? And me, my fiance do this because we both liked to read. We use it as an accountability metric for each other. Sometimes honestly, when I don't feel like it, she pushes me to and vice versa. She doesn't feel like it. I do. It's very similar to a fitness partner or workout buddy. Think, accountability, This can be great if you have kids too. We all hear parents saying that they wish their kids read more or watch TV less. But kids do not simply listen to what you say and tell them to do. They, they watch your example and they watch what you actually do yourself. Family reading time where they actually see you doing it will help instill that habit in them. Try it out. I guarantee you it will get you and them better results. 7. Read More to Read Fast: All of these tips coming together behind one principle. The more you read, the better and the faster you will read. It sounds simple, right? Like Dell Brian, obviously that, that makes sense. But it's true nonetheless, not only will your reading speed and your skill improve as you do it more, as is the case with any skill literally. But you'll also be more familiar with the topic and you'll learn a lot quicker. For example, by now I've written hundreds of books on marketing. And when I first started to read, I was much slower because that was completely new to, New to the concepts in marketing. And, you know, all those concepts were kind of foreign to me. So I had to kinda slow down as I was reading to understand certain things. But now that I'm super familiar with most marketing lingo and most marketing techniques. I can literally read a new marketing books super quickly because I understand a lot more about the topic and relate to where that offer the author is coming from a lot better. Plus I see the same kind of patterns in the same info. So when I do see those, I can kind of speed past it or skip ahead. So I'm looking for the new information that I don't already know. And this is the same for any subject matter, any niche or really any type of reading in general. Honestly, the more you read, the faster you will read and the better you will retain the information. 8. What is Your End Goal: The next important tip to understand is to understand your end goal and then simply reverse engineer the stepping stones or stairs to get there. When you understand the end goal, your small tasks becomes simple and it becomes a simple stepping stone to get to that goal, remember, where you are now needs to change and needs to improve in order to get to where you want to be. Your income now is a measurement of who you are. That's really all income is. And everyone obviously doesn't read to increase their income obviously. But this is just an example because a lot of people that asked me about how to speed read more effectively are seeking something very, very similar, if not that specifically. So to make more money or become a better spouse, become a better friend, get better at a skill or whatever it is. You need to upgrade yourself and become somebody completely new. That's what I'm reading a book, taking course, listening to an audio book, or going to a conference or whatever. That's all it is, right? It's a stepping stone or a stair to eventually get you to the level where you want to be at. And it can also be really beneficial to outline your end goal first, right? Like who do you want to become? What kind of money do you want to be making and how are you actually earning it? What kind of spouse do you want to be? What kind of person do you want to be and what kind of other, you know, what kind of person you want the people in your community to view us? Do you want to leave a legacy? And if you do, what do you want that to be? You can write these questions down and you can name them all out. And then simply ask yourself, Who do I need to become in order to actually get this and make this my reality. What kind of books do I need to read? What kind of content do I need to consume? And the list goes on and on. Outline it, PowerPoint, storyboard it, whatever. I don't care what you do. Just do it and get clear and then revisit it, set the sale of your metaphorical sail ship and use books and other content to head in that direction, get clear. And then it's not a matter of if it's simply a matter of when. 9. Upgrade Your Car: One of my favorite metaphors is to think of yourself as a car. That's right. I want you to think of yourself as a car. The truth is most people give up on reading and learning because they don't see an immediate or quick ROI from it. But it can help to think of yourself as a car in this sense. And reading new books as improving your car or scooping it up. Every book that you read, every audiobook you listened to, every course that you take. Think of it as kind of you upgrading your metaphorical car. Just read a new book. What great. That means that you just put a new spoiler on your car. You just listened to a new audiobook. Awesome. Well, maybe that's a new paint job. Okay. Guess what? You just took this course right here. Think of that as getting new rims. You just upgraded her rims. Now I realize that this is not the nineties and the days of the fast and furious anymore. But honestly this metaphor, if you use it, can help you to perceive reading as more beneficial and more of an immediate ROI, which will obviously change your perception and inspire you to do it more. Because reading won't give you an immediate ROI. That's the reality of it. You don't read a book and immediately it changes your life over night is not how it works unfortunately, but it will change your perception. Help you see the world and the opportunities around you better, and help you develop new and valuable skills. So try to think of yourself as a car and think of reading as kind of making upgrades as you do it to your metaphorical car. 10. Listen Instead: Now, one of the easiest ways to spear he didn't read faster, isn't to actually read at all. You can use audiobooks and listen to your books as well. And this has the same overall effectiveness as books obviously provided. You're not trying to multitask or due to many, many things at once and not actually paying attention to the information that you're hearing. Plus you can obviously speed up the audio book slightly faster and get through it quickly so that you can learn and get through books faster. And honestly, some people read, they learn better listening than they do reading, and that's totally fine. The ultimate goal is not simply to read, it's to retain the knowledge, learn, and be able to implement the important lessons in your life. If you do that better with audio, then there's nothing wrong with that at all. Now, I personally use Audible, which is the audio platform for a lot of audio books. Almost every day, if not every day, especially when I'm in the car driving, as well as when I'm taking my dog for a walk. After I'm done recording these lectures right here, I'm literally gonna go take my dog for a walk and pop inaudible and listen to audio books. I highly recommend that you add audible and audio books to your arsenal as well. If you haven't already, chances are you probably have another thing that you can use as well as Kindle. Now, Kindle is great simply because you can store so many books on it and it's great to travel with. But it also reads to you just like auditable does. And you can speed it up just like you can with audio books. Both the Kindle tablet and the Amazon Fire both through this as well. I highly recommend looking into both of them. So remember, one of the easiest ways to read faster isn't to read it all. 11. Highlight and Revisit: Another valuable tip to retain the most valuable insight from books is to highlight and then revisit and come back to them. Now, I would honestly rather read a great book ten times then ten mediocre different books. But like we've already covered, even great books still do abide by the 80-20 principle. Even the greatest book isn't 100% amazing. So by highlighting, as you go through a book, you can literally highlight the 20% of the book that brings 80% of the value in 80% of the insight. And this tip is in valuable, instead of just reading books and then putting them back on the shelf. I challenge you to highlight important points as you go. And as you read that way, you can always come back to them and revisit them in the future. And that way you'll know ahead of time that you can always hop back on the bookshelf and reread the most important things. You know, quickly. You don't need to memorize or master the entire book and you don't need to memorize and master right that second, that's totally fine. I do this all the time to every once and awhile, all these books behind me that I've already read are all highlighted. Every once in a while. I'll go back and I'll reread the highlights of a certain book to gain new perspectives, gain new insights that I might not have known right? And often because I'm a different person with new life experiences and new insights from other books and life experiences that have already had that I've read. In the meantime, I can come back with a different perspective and learn something completely new from the same exact information that I've already highlighted. Often the same highlights speak to me in a different way and I gain different insight that I might not have gotten the first time around. So this is super crucial. And if you're not doing this already, I recommend trying it. It's a complete game changer. 12. Write it Down: I also recommend that you turn highlights an important insight from the book that you just read into notes or blog posts or video summaries. You'll learn that information many times over instead of just one time. You'll learn at one time in, when you read it. One time when you highlight and revisit it again one time by writing it down and then one time by teaching it. Not to mention, you can obviously monetize it a number of those things as well. So I recommend that you try that it will help you kind of go over the information multiple times. Not just once. 13. Do Not Finish Bad Books: Now it's important with anything in life to be a finisher that's 100% certain. And it's important to finish the books that you start. That should always be your goal. Now, that said if you already have a history and I want to hit this home. If you already have a history of finishing books and you start a book that isn't good or doesn't speak to you, or you simply just aren't feeling or it's not interesting you interesting to you. You do not have to finish it. Okay, move on to something else. That's totally word that's actually totally worthy of your time. Now I believe which one was it? It was The Art of War by Sun Tzu, very short book. I've tried to read that thing like five different times because so many different people have recommended it to me and don't get me wrong. Like I take people up on recommendations for books all the time. But that's one in particular that like so many people that I look up to who have recommended and I've tried curry that thing like I think at least five times and every single time I'm like This is boring. It's not really, it's not speaking to me. I'm getting nothing from this and so I don't have to simply read it just because other people recommend it. And I think that I showed right. If I have a track record of finishing books and if you do as well, then in that case you don't actually have to read the book. Okay, move on to something else that you'll actually get value from. Now. On the other hand, if you do have a history of not finishing books, then obviously this this method and everything, but I just said is not for you and throw it out the window. Okay. In that case, you most likely have a habit of quitting things and you kinda need to tackle that ahead of time before we move on to the actual finishing books types of thing. Okay, so become a finisher first and foremost. But if you already are a finisher, then you do not have to finish the books that you start. If they're not that good. 14. Replace Bad Habits: A great way to improve drastically is to replace bad habits with new good ones. Okay? So in this case, we're going to replace bad habits with reading or learning via audiobooks. For example, in the car, if you usually listen to the radio or you usually popular your phone on and listen to music. Instead, try listening to an audiobook, replaced the bad habit that brings you not, you know, not much value, if any at all, and replace it with a good one in listening to an audio book. For another example, like in the shower, if you usually don't listen to anything or you listen to music, again, try listening to audiobooks before bed. If you're usually watch TV, try reading a book or even listening to an audio book or an insightful podcast. As you fall asleep, you'll sleep a lot better because you won't be staring at the, at the blue light from the TV, right? You sleep a lot better. You'll fall asleep a lot faster and you'll be getting in and getting better insight and not doing your brain with, you know, alternative realities and pictures and stuff like that. Don't get me wrong. I also love watching TV from time to time and I do it all the time with my fiance sometimes even before we go to bed. But the more you replace bad habits that bring no value to your life like TV, for example, with positive habits that make you better like reading, the quicker you'll see exponential results in whatever direction you're hoping for. So if you implement this overtime, you'll be such a more valuable person. You'll get so much more insight. You'll learn a lot faster and obviously, you'll be able to read a lot faster too. 15. Book Summary First: One of the best speed reading techniques that I've learned is to watch or read the summary of the book first. Okay. If you watch and read the summary of a book ahead of time. If it's nonfiction, obviously, if it's fiction, you don't wanna do this, probably you'll get better, a better just of what the book is about and what the book's overall message is trying to convey, to convey with to you, as well as the important lessons and the important messages in the book already, write. That way you'll know exactly what you should be looking for and what you should aim to take for it as you kind of read through and you don't need that. Kind of slow down and read every single thing. You can kinda just look for the important messages, right? That way you can skim past unimportant stuff, read it quickly. But then when you come across something that you know is a little bit more important, you can slow down and focus more on that. Okay, this is an invaluable speed reading technique. So read the book summary or listened to a summary of the book on YouTube. A lot of times they have like five or ten minutes short, summaries up the book, listen to those or read the book summary first, and then go about reading the book. 16. Consistency: It's honestly all about consistency. You don't aim to read one book a day, ok? Or, you know, a couple of books a week or something ridiculous, right? Instead, you aim to read a little bit every single day. You want to shoot for consistency and build momentum. That's how you get better and develop a positive habit with literally anything. But it obviously applies to speed reading and reading as well. You want to strive for consistency when setting out to read more set obtainable goals, okay? Do not try to read a 100 books this month or five books this week or one book today, okay, that doesn't work and it will just eventually lead to burn out. Now, are there people out there that do do that? Of course there are K and you can potentially be one of them if you want to be. But that is not where you start, OK? If you set an unrealistic goal and you fail to achieve it when you're beginning, it will just discourage you or burn you out. And if you want to build momentum, that's the way that you want to do it, right? You want to build momentum. You want to enjoy the process as much as you possibly can. So instead, maybe you set a small goal of like five pages a day, or ten pages a day, or two chapters this week or something, right? Starts small, build momentum and eventually you will get up to that point, right? That's something that everybody can do and everybody can start with, then slowly increase that over time and it will become easier and easier and easier. You don't start by throwing yourself into the metaphorical fire. Build consistency. 17. Your Environment: Now environment is crucial. Focus on improving your environment and making it more reading friendly. That will help you read faster, ok. For example, I place a candle by my bed, and that inspires me to read before bed, as well as when I wake up. Okay, and I also have the Kindle app on my phone because let's be real. We all hop on our phone when we're in the bathroom. Okay? But instead of scrolling Social Media and mindlessly looking at what everyone else is doing, I read by using the Kindle app, okay? And sometimes I also have several books in the bathroom or my Kindle instead of magazines as well. Again, environment should be reading friendly, that will help you, okay? It's less friction and it will inspire you to do it more. Now I also use audiobooks while I'm in the shower. I've trained that habit, you know, into myself and I have a waterproof speaker literally right outside my shower so I can get that done when I get in the car every morning to go to the gym, or literally anytime I get in the car, I have audio books playing automatically because I don't listen to the radio. Okay. And that's again, environment. I don't have to consciously make that choice. You get the picture. Environment has a massive impact on what actions that you take subconsciously. But you can hack your environment and a lot of ways and make it more impactful and beneficial toward your goals. Obviously, in this case, it's reading. 18. Positive Feedback Loops: Another one of the best ways that you can inspire yourself to read more is to reward yourself for finishing a book, or reward yourself for hitting your reading goal or hitting your target consistently, no matter what that target is. Ok, build that positive reinforcement loop and you'll be training your subconscious mind to replicate more of that behavior that you got rewarded for. Positive feedback loops are one of the strongest principles in the world around us and we can use them to our advantage. So try inspiring yourself to read more by rewarding yourself afterward or hitting your targets. And let positive feedback loops slowly snowball into getting you where you want to be. 19. Mix and Match: Finally, one last strategy that really helps me read more and stay excited about the books that I'm reading. So they never really get to stale is mixing and matching books, right? So for example, pick out three to five books no more than this. You don't want to get crazy and pick out like a 100 or this really won't work that well, but maybe three to five. And instead of reading them one at a time, read like ten pages of one, write or read a chapter, then read some of the next book, and then some of the next book and the next book and then cycle through them like that, right? Mix and match with about three to five books. Max, I don't recommend doing this for everybody obviously. But it can kind of help people that have short attention spans. And it can also kind of spice it up if you're reading a lot or you're looking for kind of a different approach that you haven't tried before. It also does help keep you intrigued. So you're not kind of getting bored with the same information over and over again. And some studies have shown that it increases your attention if you know better than if you read one book all at once. Because you're kind of constantly shocking your brain with something new and new insights and new material. Now, I've read some of those studies and I'm honestly not sure if you know which way works better, but I am sure that this will keep your interest. It will help pique that curiosity constantly and it will keep your brain receptive to new ideas. 20. Speed Reading Project: Okay, so it's project time now we're going to tangibly measure where you are currently. So you can see firsthand just how much you improve by implementing these tips for your project. Specifically, I want you to take inventory of your reading speed right now. You can do that by timing yourself and seeing exactly how many pages you're able to read per minute currently, to get the most accurate measurement, I recommend doing this multiple times at different times during the day, preferably at least two times. So that's the project that we're going to implement right now. So time yourself for five minutes and see how many pages you read in that five minutes, okay, then go about your life and come back at a later time than time yourself again in a few hours from now, again, set the timer for five minutes and see how many pages you read by doing this at multiple different times, what will give you a more accurate measurements? So you get more accurate data in a more accurate metric. Okay? Then add the amount of pages that you are able to read in total by ten because we did ten minutes until it okay. To see how many pages that you were able to read, on average permanent. Now, your main goal should be to improve this metric by establishing your baseline right now, then implementing what you've learned in this course, you can track your improvement over the next weeks and months and see the results for yourself. So I really hope you enjoyed this course. Make sure to post your results in the coarse project area. And if you have any questions at all, just let me know and I'd love to help you out with it. So with that being said, I hope to see you in the next one.