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Here’s How To Read 10,000 Writing Signs In A Minute

Here’s How To Read 10,000 Writing Signs In A Minute

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. – Ray Bradbury

All reading fans remember this saying of the writing guru, Ray Bradbury. A good book is a gift its author bequeaths to mankind. Thoughts of past times live in books, as well as voices of people whose ashes shattered like a dream a long time ago. Everything made, changed and achieved by mankind has been magically saved in thousands of books’ pages.

We all know that reading is not about quantity but quality. When we read, we dive into the magic world of a book; we live other lives, we dream, and we learn. But what should we do when we need to read and analyze a large amount of detailed information quickly? What if we need to read quickly because we have to do research and write a precis by tomorrow? How is it possible to read fast without missing the point and the most essential aspects of a piece of writing?

Everyone can learn how to read fast. The first technique that always comes to mind is speed reading, but although it is effective, it is not the only trick you can use. Read on to find out how to become one of the fastest speed readers who is able to process 10,000 words in a minute.

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    1. Stop listening to the words in your head.

    Many of us have a habit of “hearing” the words in our heads while reading. Don’t listen to them because they always slow your reading speed down. There is a voice in your head that “pronounces” every word you read, and your task is to shut it down. How do you do that? You can try chewing gum or eating something while reading to avoid doing it aloud. Humming can work here as well.

    2. Don’t step back.

    Very often our eyes stop at the word we’ve just read. The reason of doing that is not a word misunderstanding, but a simple habit that slows our reading speed down as well. Just don’t step back every time when you’ve read a word in order only to read it once again. If you have such a habit, it may be difficult to break it at once, but the first step here will be to recognize it when it happens and try to avoid doing it in the future. You may need a little practice, but you will value its benefits for sure.

    3. Don’t read every word.

    Word-by-word reading is not a very good idea if you want to read fast. To get and analyze the main information from what you read, you do not need to read every word and sentence letter-by-letter. Just try reading blocks of words: focus on the middle of the line to read it as a whole, and try to understand its meaning. Once you’ve mastered this trick, you may try concentrating on the center of the page, avoiding reading every line.

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    4. Avoid all possible distractions.

    You may think that you read better while listening to music or sitting in a crowded cafe, but your speed of reading will definitely increase if you reduce all these distractions to a minimum. Try reading in a totally quiet and solitary place, and if it is still impossible to do, you can use earplugs to block out noises. You can also check these 20 magnificent places to read books with pleasure.

    5. Skip what you can.

    There is no need to read every word, sentence or chapter of a book or a document to understand its meaning. A very effective trick here is text skimming, which works well for non-fiction. Try the following strategy: read the introduction to find the main claims, read the conclusion afterward, and go through chapters to find and read the most essential parts only.

    6. Don’t re-read.

    Many people have a habit of re-reading words or sentences once again to make sure they’ve clearly understood the meaning of every word, though it does not make sense in general. To avoid re-reading, try using a simple sheet of paper to cover every line once you have already read it. 

    7. Use your hands.

    It may be difficult for your eyes to concentrate on some particular information, though smooth eye motion is very essential and important to have if you want to read quickly. Simple techniques, like tracing your finger down each line and page you read can help your eyes move forward and concentrate on a particular part of the text. But keep in mind the fact that this trick does not work for everyone, as it can easily inhibit the process of your reading.

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    8. Practice.

    Speed reading is impossible without practicing. One can not simply sit and use all tricks mentioned here at once, because speed reading is not a mechanical process but a skill. No one becomes skilled without practicing, so practice regularly, even when you do not have any deadlines to force you.

    9. Read several books at once.

    Did you hear of Jeff Ryan who was able to read 366 books in a year? Try doing the same by reading several books at once to get more information faster. The trick is to differentiate between the books you read; try reading different genres in order to avoid getting confused.

    10. Listen to audio books.

    When you do not have enough time or opportunity to READ all books you need (well, it’s definitely impossible to hold a book in your hands all the time), use a simple trick of LISTENING to them. If you are not an auditory learner, you might have difficulty retaining information in such a way, but you can always try it out and see what happens.

    11. Have a clear purpose.

    It’s very simple. Answer the question: what are you reading this book for? Do you want to get pleasure from the process itself, or is your purpose to get information? Setting a clear purpose can help you with speed reading, because if you read for information, your goal will be to discover the main message and find some specific info in the book, so you will not need concentrate on any unnecessary words, paragraphs and chapters.

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    Need more simple techniques to read fast? Check Bill Cosby’s essay How to Read Faster, where he offered three proven strategies of speed reading which can be useful to anyone. Bill Cosby was a Doctor of Education, and he taught effective reading, providing essential techniques to improve people’s reading skills.

    Learn to read. It may be more difficult than you imagine. Learn to be selective in your reading, read everything with faith and the greatest care. Read everything that feeds your interest, and read everything that’s relevant to what you feel and do now.

    Love a book. It makes your life easier. It helps you understand the colorful and tumultuous confusion of thoughts, feelings, events; it teaches you to respect a person and yourself. It inspires minds and hearts, and it lets you feel love toward the world and humanity. 

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    Last Updated on February 18, 2019

    How to Motivate Employees and Boost Team Productivity

    How to Motivate Employees and Boost Team Productivity

    These days, in a world with cognitive, AI, and extraordinary advances, we have failed at the most basic stimulus: motivation. Why do I say so? Just take a look at these statistics:

    58 percent of managers said they didn’t receive any management training as per a CareerBuilder.com survey. Only 12% of employees leave their jobs because of more money. Research indicates that around 80% of employees leave their jobs due to “lack of appreciation”. Due to fear of failing, more than half of American workers don’t take their paid vacations. 53% of Americans are unhappy at work (not engaged). And 1 in 3 are working in a field they don’t like.[1]

    Archaic people management and HR structures are the root cause.

    “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    So how to motivate employees and boost team productivity?

    Here are 3 key things that you can do to motivate your employees and boost team productivity:

    1. Run Your Team/Group/Company like a Lean Startup

    The Lean Startup phenomena by Eric Ries has been socialized across millions all over the globe. In a nutshell, it is a methodology for developing businesses and products, which aims to shorten product development cycles and rapidly discover if a proposed business model is viable; this is achieved by adopting a combination of business-hypothesis-driven experimentation, iterative product releases, and validated learning.[2]

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    Encourage Your Employees

    When you empower your employees (or family members) to do what they deem to be best for a particular roadblock, idea, or improvement, you create magic. You create genuine trust. You enable innovation. The result is happy, inspired employees who feel they have a say in the grand cosmic stage at work.

    Note that increasing the competency level of employees and coaching and mentoring them along the way is key. You yourself, need to do the same. Nourish your brain – and get a mentor that will keep you at the edge of your game.

    Offer Rewards

    Motivation is also intrinsic. The startups I have worked at offered instant rewards — not just fat checks or equity increments, but Oscar-style nominations.

    The non-monetary rewards were actually more coveted, and grandiose: lunch with the CEO, tickets to an Obama fund-raiser, horse-back riding with a world-class equestrian.

    Compare this to a dodgy, corporate, white-cubicle dinosaur that had a “yearly performance review” where both parties dread the conversation. In a world of instant WhatsApp messages, having a conversation about performance, likes and dislikes cannot just happen annually in 60 minutes. Employees need to be rooted in the belief that their manager genuinely cares about them.

    Give Autonomy

    Another key attribute is autonomy. Most employees start brushing their resumes and cruising LinkedIn when their hands are tied in their current positions: approval forms, long meetings, escalations, and more meetings. In the world of agile and scrum masters, deliberating for the sake of deliberating is poison. You will choke the very employees that giddily accepted the job initially to “change the world”.

    Within a reasonable realm of assessment and deep-dives, trust your employees to do the heavy lifting. Give them access to the knowledge, people and resources that help them directly make the choices that will shape the future of your team, and your company.

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    Eliminate yourself as the bottleneck – and interject yourself as a benevolent, servant leader that is the symbol of high-performing organizations.

    2. Apply the 90/90/1 Rule

    I recently saw a video by Deepak Sharma (a leadership adviser) about productivity and this principle stuck with me. Here’s what it’s about:

    Devote the First 90 Minutes of Your Day to Important Project

    For the next 90 days, devote the first 90 minutes of your day to your most important project—nothing else. Do this for yourself and your employees.

    We usually get sucked into the most wasteful, operational activities in the morning which robs our focus, and steers us into an unwanted rabbit hole. So mute your notifications, avoid the temptation to check your exploding inbox, and scroll your Instagram feed later. Instead, focus on that ONE thing that will provide real value to you, your team, or your business/company/home.

    Apply this rule to yourself – and your team. Your team will thank you. Note: If you’re feeling really stretched for time, you can always hack the rule by testing out a “45/45/1” version.

    A To Do Scheduling System

    Another version of this is to use the Kanban concept, developed by Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota. Kanban is a scheduling system employing boards and cards.

    The most basic version is a canvas with “To-do”, “Doing”, and “Done” boards (or columns). Each activity or task is a “card” that moves from one column to the other. I use Trello (a Kanban-inspired app) that is a key system for my personal and professional life. It allows me to understand my workload, their priority, and due dates.

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    I use importance and effort metrics (scores) for each task to understand what is truly necessary in my life to work on. It negates the FIFO (first-in, first out) paradox that has plagued millions of people. Instead, it allows me to take stock of what is on my plate, and then bite on what truly will move the needle for me, my team, my life, and my company.

    With a limited appetite (at least for some), would you eat the veggies, fries, mashed potatoes and leave the sizzling steak? No, you wouldn’t (unless you are a vegan and ended up in the wrong restaurant).

    Approach your work with a weighted vengeance – and encourage your team to do the same.

    3. Align Passion and Skills to Purpose

    The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, and gives you a sense of meaning, joy and passion.

    “The most fortunate people on earth are those who have found a calling that’s bigger than they are—that moves them and fills their lives with constant passion, aliveness, and growth.” — Richard Leider

    An ace team-member once told me that while she enjoys working for the company we both used to work at, she really hated anything to do with technology. She was more of a “people” person, and did not want to sit behind a desk sifting through lines of code.

    What struck me was that she was in that role for more than a decade and had just spoken up. The good thing is she spoke up. She expressed her desire and interests. And it allowed her to get into a role of her liking within 30 days.

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    Ask If They like What They’re Doing

    If you, or a team member is frustrated, demotivated, or not performing at their best – one of the questions you should ask is whether they like what they are doing. Then genuinely try to help them get to the role they should be in (whether in the same team/company or not).

    There’s a reason why 53% of Americans (and perhaps more or same across the globe) are unhappy at work. A butcher cannot be an ace salad maker. Pursue your passion – and help pave the way for your team. Unlock your potential and theirs. You will command and lead a supercharged team.

    “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

    The Bottom Line

    Sometimes, passion has to be ignited. It is dormant, clouded by busy-ness, buried by wrong career choices, and plagued by non-supportive eco-systems. Some will climb out of it, but we as society — and in the case of business teams — incumbent upon the manager/CEO/leader to foster, grow, and nurture the employee.

    Teach her the ropes. Show her the path. Advise him as you would yourself. Let them lead, and make mistakes. Do not fear them, rather make them the leader you would want to become.

    For your not-so-great team members, understand that it is not personal, it is just not a good fit. Help them move on to the pastures they would be fit to graze on. Hence, hire slow (and fire fast).

    Your team is a reflection of you. Boosting their confidence and helping them achieve the impossible is motivation. Focus on that, and you will have a productive team that you and your company will be proud of.

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