Or, if you don’t like the title above, try this one: How to read a 500 page book in 30 minutes! And retain 90 percent of what you read!
That’s the come-on which led some of us to pay for the Evelyn Wood speed-reading course some years back. It was not money well spent in my judgement, although I did discover how a few people in this world manage to pull that off. (If your experience with that course was better than mine, congratulations.)
A friend who is an editor for a Christian news service suggested that, since I’m a constant reader, I should write a blog on the subject of reading and how to do it faster and better. As a trained editor, she tends to read critically and thus slower than she’d like.
That hit me like the time another editor asked me for an article on gluttony. I had consumed three large meals that day. But I thought, “Who better than me, who knows the subject so well?” I wrote the article and it’s still circulating the globe in cyberspace.
So, I opened the laptop with that intention. But first, I decided to put the question to my friends on Facebook. How to read faster and more effectively. The answers were many, some helpful and several silly. For instance, the latter…
–Bob recommended the Jeff Foxworthy method of “reading more gooder fastly.”
–Ken suggested, “Rd onl fw ltrs, dnt dwl on evy wd. Dnt gv u!” Someone needs to buy Ken a vowel.
–Luther learned to cut his reading time in one-half, he says, by turning two pages at a time.