Speed Reading Excellence  The Habits of Amazing Speed Readers

Everyone is more busy today than ever before, yet we need to read increasingly complex and vast material in diminishing time. Speed reading is the skill of significantly increasing your reading speed, while maintaining (and potentially enhancing) your comprehension and recall.

The average English-speaking adult reads 2 hours a day at a reading speed of 220 words per minute (books/eBooks, articles, magazines, emails, web pages, documents, etc.). If you can read only twice as fast, with same comprehension and recall, you have saved 1 hour. Easy mathematics. Speed Reading Excellence aims much higher.

Amazing Speed Readers enjoy their readings more, achieve more and have a great sense of control. They can read and absorb knowledge, experiences and facts, understand much faster than most and recall for far longer what they have read. How can you become an Amazing Speed Reader?

The answer is simple: Train your eyes, hands and brain to effectively read, understand, store, then recall, important information that you want to remember. In a highly-competitive and fast-paced business, workforce and academia environments, speed reading is a gratifying ‘competitive advantage’.

The Habits of Amazing Speed Readers

  1. Eliminate Bad Reading Habits (e.g. regression)
  2. Use Reading Accelerators Efficiently (e.g. hand)
  3. Master Mechanical Movements (e.g. turning pages)
  4. Increase Horizontal Vision Span (see more line words per eye fixation)
  5. Increase Vertical Vision Span (see more lines per eye fixation)
  6. Optimise Eye Movements in All Directions (forward, backward, diagonal)
  7. Optimise Concentration and Comprehension (understand better what you read)
  8. Optimise Retention and Recall (remember more of what you read)
  9. Apply Preparation Techniques (e.g. skimming, scanning, preview)
  10. Understand Writing Styles (e.g. fiction)
  11. Understand Writing Structures (e.g. paragraphs)
  12. Improve Vocabulary (roots, suffixes, prefixes)

As per Aristotle “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”. With Speed Reading Excellence, you have a complete programme with 17 chapters including 3 major Workouts with 16 specific real-world exercises, which will help transform your speed reading into a habit.

Available now on Apple iBooks.

Power Memory Excellence The Habits of Memory Masters

Memorising new information, in any form, is usually achieved by one of the following systems:

  • The Chain; where each piece of new information is linked to the next.
  • The Peg; where each piece of new information is ‘pegged’ (attached) to an already established series or list.
  • The Framework; where each piece of new information is positioned in a predefined section within a framework.

Virtually all memory techniques are intrinsically similar to directing and producing your own short memory movies. The basic theme is that you have two components within a film frame: a picture or character and another picture or character. The first picture/character is called a Peg, and the second is called ‘new information’. The movie contains the (inter)actions of the two. Your aim is to create the most exciting memory movies, so the audience (you) can remember them for a long time to come.

The memory method used in Power Memory Excellence is called ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’, the words in film making when a new scene is to be filmed. The reason for the name is that advancing memory to the limits is essentially about making movies, memory movies. The memory movie has 2 stars in the leading roles:

  • In the Peg system, the Peg and the picture Object.
  • In the Framework system, the Division and the picture Object.

The human brain has a phenomenal capacity to remember images; far greater than abstract numbers or textual words. Hence, the basic theme of all memory systems is to represent each new piece of information with a pictorial, visual Object and then link the Object with the next Object (Chain), a Peg or a Division (Framework). This link is achieved by creating a memory movie, starring the system component and the new Object.

As per Aristotle “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”. With Power Memory Excellence, you have a complete programme with 14 chapters and specific real-world exercises, which will help transform your powerful memory into a habit.

The best memory system for you is the one that suits YOU best, not the author of a book or any other person. We are fundamentally similar, but everyone is unique in their thinking and memory preferences. You have to feel comfortable with the system you choose and find it easy to use in real-life situations.

  • Remember people’s names and correctly link them to their faces. No more embarrassing encounters when everybody can tell if you forgot their names.
  • Remember all your numbers: credit cards, telephone numbers, bank accounts, ATM PINs and everything that has digits in it. No more fumbling for secret notepads, paper clips, organisers, cell/mobile directories and the other 101 places we record numbers.
  • Remember professional lists like presentation agendas and main points. No more sneaking a peek at your notes (they can see you!) to find out the next topic.
  • Remember personal lists like supermarket shopping lists and ToDo lists. No more second trips and the feeling of growing old.
  • Remember dates for all those important occasions: birthdays, anniversaries and appointments. No more guilty feelings.
  • Remember addresses and directions. No more endless repetitions to get the address and directions right and no more apologies for being late because you lost your way.
  • Remember playing cards in ANY sequence. No more lost games, and plenty of entertaining and fun to amaze and amuse. The star of the party; it’s easy.

Available now on Apple iBooks.