THIS IS THE LESSON ABOUT “12 POWER READING TECHNIQUES: BRIAN TRACY’S POWER READING AND WRITING”. Personal Notes on Brian Tracy’s Power Reading and Writing. There is an overabundance of information in our age currently. It’s more a matter of filtering and selecting relevant information to keep up with the current.

Entering the communications age.

  1. Top people in any given field can read/write / and speak effectively.
  2. Power READING: Combinations of speed-reading and retention of the main ideas.
  3. Your eye takes in information faster than your ear.
  4. You don’t have to see every word on the page.
  5. If you only see the keywords you would improve The way the eye works.
  6. It is a series of skips.
  7. Often tempted to back skip, which cuts your reading down to a third.
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Choose a book you want to read.

  • 1 Read two or three words from the beginning of the line
  • 2 Finish reading two or three words
  • 3 Put your hand on the page and sweep down the page as if you were brushing breadcrumbs from under the printed material.
  • 4 Discipline yourself to do this for 20 minutes at a time.

Why it works:

  1. It prevents back skipping.
  2. Talking in your head.
  3. Alters your perception of how fast you can read.
  4. Highway driving vs driving at 30kph
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  1. Overview, skim, and scan the entire book.
  2. 5-10 minutes.
  3. Ask questions, about who was author, note credits, predominance in the field,
  4. publication date.
  5. Look at the table of contents.
  6. A glance at references in the index.
  7. Get a feel for the structure of the book.
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1. Fastest way to deal with reading is not to read a book that isn’t worth your time.

2. Preview: a glance through each chapter.

3. minutes per chapter. (30 minutes for the book)

  1. Look to see if it will add to your knowledge.
  2. 3 Sketch out what you already know about this topic.
  3. Alerts your mind to what is coming.
  4. 3 min/chapter. (30 minutes)

4. Create questions so that you read with purpose when you begin.

  1. Be clear about what you want to get out of the book
  2. What are the main ideas in this book?
  3. And What supporting evidence is there?
  4. Are the facts up to date?
  5. What’s in it for me to learn this material?
  6. New about this material?
  7. Can I use this material?
  8. 3 minutes/chapter. (30 minutes)

5 Read for key ideas… read the text one chapter at a time.

  1. 15-20 seconds per page.
  2. Underline new ideas, put ticks or question marks or explain marks in the margin
  3. 8 minutes per chapter (80 minutes for the book)

6 After view, for the pattern of the material and the difficult ideas.

  1. Re-read the chapters stop at difficult sections
  2. Look for the pattern of the argument
  3. Figure out how all the information related to each other.
  4. Read allow sections that you didn’t
  5. 10 minutes per chapter (100 minutes)

7 Make Notes and learning maps on the book.

  1. In the learning map 10 minutes/chapter (100 minutes)

8 Review your Notes, next day, next week, and next month.

  1. 5-10 minutes reviewing the notes a day later.
  2. A week later.
  3. A month later.
  4. (30 minutes total)

9. Total time 6.5 hours for a serious 250-page textbook.

  1. This technique is done 2 times faster than regular reading and you will have over 10 times the comprehension.
  2. Power reading is not about reading every word it’s about getting the idea from the book.
  3. Variable speed reading
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1 Read only material that is interesting and important to you.

  1. Refuse to read things that aren’t valuable to you at the moment.
  2. Use skim and scan to read magazines and News Papers.
  3. Go straight to the article and rip it out. Throw the rest of the magazines away.
  4. Always read with a colored pen or highlighter.

2 Reflection and Clarifying of the material after you read it.

  1. Stop and re-read the key points and see if you understand them for yourself.
  2. POWER WRITING. (20 minutes into cassette)
  3. The better you can write: the better you can think
  4. The more you can accomplish; the better decisions you can make, and the respect you get from others.
  5.  More control

11. Concentrate more on “the what” than “the How”.

  1. Free your creative powers.
  2. Cannot write and edit at the same time.
  3. Write freely first… then go back and edit it.
  4. Consider it as two separate functions. Writing and editing.
  5. Use Learning maps.

12. Sequence of preparation

  1. Lookup all learning maps that you currently have on the topic
  2. Make more notes of any reference material that you require for the project.
  3. Put the subject in the middle of the blank page.
  4. Make a branching mind map of all your thoughts on the do a free flow mind map and put down all ideas even silly ones.
  5. Look at the mind map
  6. Create a new mind map of themes and learning clusters.
  7. Now write in a fluid form don’t judge or criticize or edit just write it all out very quickly and move from one cluster to the next.
  8. Do Nothing. Let it sit in your subconscious for a time. Incubate on the topic for a while.

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