I don’t know about you but I’ve never really bought into the idea of “speed reading”.
You’ve probably seen people like Howard Berg, who is hailed as “The World’s Fastest Reader” that sells courses that supposedly teach others how to do the same.
Sure, he seems to be legit…but I’ve bought courses like his and speed reading just never seemed to “click” for me.
And that’s a total bummer, because I certainly understand the advantage of being able to read fast.
I mean, most all the knowledge and wisdom you’d ever want to learn is inside of books, so the faster I’m able to read, I know that the smarter and wiser I’ll become.
But how can I get that information inside my brain without going through the mind-numbingly slow process of having my eyes read every single word on every page?
The good news is that there are other alternatives to speed reading!
One of them is by listening to the books on tape or audio through services like Audible.
Audible has probably the largest collection of books on audio.
And since it’s owned by Amazon, pretty much any popular book that you can find on Amazon, you can also find on Audible.
The advantage of listening to books instead of reading them is that you can multitask.
Now, you might not be able to catch every single line and remember every word verbatim, but it still gives you the opportunity to get that information downloaded into your brain in a relatively short amount of time.
It will still take you several hours to get through most books, since you have to listen to someone else read it to you.
But if you wanted to spend a whole day listening to a book while you do some other task, you could definitely blaze through most books in a single day.
Now, if you wanted to speed this process up and be able to digest the main bullet points of a book in far less time, I encourage you to check out a service called Blinkist.
Blinkist is essentially a CliffsNotes version for books, and provides not only a short, couple page written summary of the highlights covered in the book, but it also has an audio version of that written summary that you can play and listen to as well.
These summaries only take about 15 minutes, on average, to complete.
So, with a service like Blinkist, you could actually “read” or get the main gist of several books within a couple hours.
This increase in efficiency can significantly boost your output and productivity, since you’ll be consuming more information in less time.
So, if you suffer from the curse of being a slow reader like me, don’t worry, there is hope.
You no longer have to try and force yourself to master the art of speed reading.
There are alternative solutions 🙂