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 blog about how to read better and faster. 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 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 the intention of pontificating on reading. 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.
–Danny said, “Read just the opening topical sentence of each paragraph.”
–Ted: “Read the first two sentences and last sentence of each paragraph, and move on.” (He may have been serious, I don’t know.)
Okay. Back to the real world. Here are my thoughts on the subject, followed by a few insights from my son Marty which I found helpful….
One. Just get started. Read something every day. I suspect that most people who read poorly or slowly simply aren’t reading, period. As with everything else in the world, what we do rarely we necessarily do poorly.