If you follow us on Twitter (twitter.com), you’ll see that today we suggest taking a speed reading course to help you zip through all of those memoirs you’re reading as you write your own. A lot of people think speed reading is a bunch of “malarky,??? as we used to say.
Full disclaimer: I used to teach speed reading with the company I recommend, Iris Reading (irisreading.com). I’m not currently associated with the firm, but I learned a lot by going through the training and watching how the course improved people’s reading habits. I now do read faster than I did before I became involved with it. Everyone can speed up a little or temporarily, and if you continue to practice the methods you can permanently cut your reading time significantly.
The key is to silence the little voice in your head as you read. You still see every word, but instead of hearing each word you have to let your brain recognize the words almost as you would recognize a face. Sometimes it’s fun to read slowly and really savor a book—I hope people do that with your autobiography when you complete it! But, typically, we read in order to gather information as quickly as possible. Don’t fall for any company’s claim that you can learn to read 10,000 words per minute. Iris sets realistic goals and holds affordable classes all over the country. Can’t hurt to try!