You are the kind of person who is interested in improving reading speed. As the world’s fastest reader I’ve discovered a unique way to accomplish this. A method that differs sharply from all other approaches for improving reading speed. Most speed reading programs rely primarily upon mechanical drills for increasing reading speed. You are taught to use your hands to move your eyes rapidly across a page of text. This conditions your eyes to follow your hand at an ever increasing speed. It does increase your reading speed, but it creates a lot of new problems. Especially in the area of comprehension. Let me explain. Since conditioning plays a major role in most speed reading programs. You must always read at your peak speed to maintain your higher reading speed. This is impractical for many reasons. First, there are times when you read for enjoyment and don’t want to finish quickly. Imagine you love Harry Potter novels, and had to wait a year for the newest book. Do you really want to finish it in five minutes? Of course not! The second problem is far more serious. Imagine you learning a totally new subject. You don’t know any of the vocabulary and the concepts are all unfamiliar. You will need to slow down to learn the new words and think about the new ideas. That action will permanently slow down your reading speed in everything. My approach is completely different. I rely upon the psychology of reading to increase reading speed and comprehension. This approach enables people to slow down without losing the ability to read quickly. Incidentally, I wrote another article on the psychology of reading using schematic clues that you can find on my web site as well. Learning to integrate the mechanics of speed reading with the psychology of learning gives you the best possible outcome. You can adjust your speed to meet the learning challenge of the material without compromising you ability to reach top speed when necessary. You will love the even more powerful strategies for learning faster to succeed in your information-rich world. May I suggest you take a moment to look at some of our world acclaimed brain-based learning programs? Forbe's FYI, Men's Health, Red Book, Bottom Line, and over 1,000 radio and television programs have hailed my learning breakthroughs. Best of all you can try any of our programs risk free. Just click on www.howardprograms.com to learn more. We fund our free blog information by offering our premium programs to people just like you who want to learn how to succeed in their information-rich world. Thank you for your interest in my blog. Your are invited to publish this article on your blog or web site to share with your friends. Just go to www.ezinearticles.com and look for Howard Stephen Berg. You can copy as many articles as you want to share. Together we can help make a better world.
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I love the power that comes from reading at lightning fast speed. It frees me from the burden of learning new things slowly. Each day I am able to learn a new skill, and add it to my arsenal of talents for success. However, there is a major comprehension problem linked to speed reading. A problem you probably never thought about. This article will provide the information you need to identify this problem. It is related to how your brain communicates. Let me explain.
Did you know that over 80% of all communication is non-verbal? What does this mean? It means that most of your understanding does not come from the words that are being said, but the manner in which they are being communicated. Let me give you a specific example. Suppose I said to you, "thank you very much." How would your brain interpret this information? You would probably be inclined to say, "your welcome." It certain seems like I am appreciating something that you just did for me. Now let's add some non-verbal communication and then interpret this same phrase. I'll use a fictitious piece of writing to create the proper context and mood:
His brow was deeply furrowed. The anger and rancor so thick you could cut it with a knife. His scowl caused everyone to completely stop speaking. Suddenly, he opened his mouth, and in a deeply sarcastic tone spoke to the idiot who had broken his mother's urn while carelessly tossing a ball about the room: "thank you very much." The way he uttered these words brought a chill to everyone in the room. What would happen next?
Notice how the happy phrase of thanks had a completely different meaning when placed in the non-verbal context of the real world. Now let's see precisely how this is related to speed reading. Writer's often write by listening to a little voice in the back of their head. A little voice that speaks the words they need to write aloud. Many of the words that are spoken contain cadences, tones, and have very specific inflection patterns associated with them. Here lies the problem for the speed reader.
When your read text, you can't see the inflection patterns, and other non-verbal information that is easily accessible during a normal conversation. If the writer has used an inflection pattern, or some other form of non-verbal communication, it can completely alter the meaning of the text you are reading. This inflective problem can cause major comprehension problems while speed reading. Come to think of it, it can cause problems during snail reading as well.
In my next article I will describe a simple solution that can help you to overcome comprehension problems caused by non-verbal elements in text.