THIS IS THE LESSON ABOUT “POWER READING TECHNIQUE: 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.

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Entering the communications age.

  • Top of people in any given field can read/write / and speak effectively.
  • Power READING: Combinations of speed-reading and retention of the main ideas.
  • Your eye takes in information faster than your ear.
  • You don’t have to see every word on the page.
  • If you only see the keywords you would improve your

The way the eye works. It is a series of skips. Often tempted to back skip, which cuts your reading down to a third.

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:

  • Prevents back skipping.
  • Talking in your head.
  • Alters your perception of how fast that you can read.
  • Highway driving vs driving at 30kph


  •  Overview, skim, and scan the entire book.

  • 5-10 minutes.
  • Ask questions, who was author, note credits, predominance in the field,
  • publication date.
  • Look at the table of contents.
  • A glance at reference in the index.
  • Get a feel for the structure of the book.

1. Fastest way to deal with reading is to not 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)

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

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

  • Be clear about what you want to get out of the book

  • What are the main ideas in this book?
  • And What supporting evidence is there?
  • Are the facts up to date?
  • What’s in it for me in learning this material?
  • New about this material?
  • Can I use this material?
  • 3 minutes/chapter. (30 minutes)

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

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

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

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

7 Make Notes and learning maps on the book.

In learning map 10 minutes/chapter (100 minutes)

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

  • 5-10 minutes reviewing the notes a day later.
  • A week later.
  • A month later.
  • (30 minutes total)

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

  • This technique is done 2 times faster than regular reading and you will have over 10 times the comprehension.
  • Power reading is not about reading every word it’s about getting the idea from the book.
  • Variable speed reading


1 Read only material that is interesting and important to you.

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

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

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

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

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

Sequence of preparation

  • 1 lookup all learning maps that you currently have on the topic
  • 2 make more notes off 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 put down all idea’s 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 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.