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Speed Read to a More Productive and Happier You by Henry Toi

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Speed Read to a More Productive and Happier You
by Henry Toi, Brain Capital Group, Singapore

Speed Reading Your Ticket to Success Increased reading speed is perhaps the most easily attainable improvement in personal skills. However few are aware of their need to increase their reading speed. Most of us are currently reading at the same speed we did when we were 12 years old. In almost every other area of life we have made improvements and developed skills to match our output, except for one - our reading speed.

In a 1953 Harvard Business Review article on speed reading it was reported that the average American reads at about 250 words per minute. An academic article in the Training and Development Journal in 1972, cited the average reading speed of Americans at 250 words per minute. Current literature on reading speed estimates that the average reading speed globally is about 200 to 250 words per minute.

It is amazing that over the past 60 years, the world did not witness an increase in reading speed. Yet a 2003 study by the University of California, concluded that global information doubled every 3 years. No wonder we are suffering from information overload!

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Mindwerx has a public Speed Reading to Accelerate Learning and Manage Information Overload workshop in Melbourne on 20 June 2012.