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Speed Reading ?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by GrizzlySquad, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. GrizzlySquad

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    I've been entertaining the thought of speed reading. I think it would be a great skill to have.

    Does anyone have experience with this ?
     
  2. Panther28

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    yes, its a great skill to have, when you can read faster than most people, you can gain skills faster than them too.
     
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  3. Marsilirus

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    Speed reading is not really a skill, it's like in the first grades when someone read the text fast and someone could barely read it.
    You don't need anything except words to practice this, try to read them as fast as you can and repeat that until your good enough.
     
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    I would certainly consider speed reading a skill...
     
  5. Marsilirus

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    I don't see it anywhere close to a skill, people who read faster just read more.
     
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    I actually read about 500 words a minute and that seems to be a little above average from what people tell me. I never took any classes for that or anything but I do read an awful lot.

    Reading quickly with comprehension will increase your ability to get more done and be more efficient as a business person for sure.
     
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    Yes, it does helps a lot. I believe there are certain tools around here as well which can help you out in improving your reading skills.

    Here are the links to the tool and the thread:
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    http://doofoodoo.com/
    
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/blackhat-lounge/660832-how-fast-can-you-read.html
     
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  8. Marsilirus

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    Not exactly a speed reading test, it also involves a lot of other factors and it tests them too.
     
  9. GrizzlySquad

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    Thanks for the links ! Appreciate that.

    I do read a lot , but I want to read a new book everyday or so with as much comprehension as I can pack in a short amount of time.

    And yeah speed reading definitely seems like a technique that requires cultivation rather than an extension of the ability to read.. From what I see so far , you are training yourself to read larger phrases at a time and skim for important info - how is that not different from reading in a linear word for word way.
     
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    Thing with speed reading is are you actually taking the time to digest ?
     
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    I believe the idea is to learn to pull desired information out of the book at the sacrifice of what may be insignificant nuances. I could be wrong , I have no experience with it yet...
     
  12. Marsilirus

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    I am no speed reading professional, but you - my friend - are on a wrong road.
    While speed reading is great, it does not allow you to read through out books and analyse them correctly.
    What you really want is teaching yourself to take in important data and drop the non-important one, speed reading won't help you in that.
     
  13. GrizzlySquad

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    Oh okay , you're NOT a professional. Gotcha. I'm not trying to read sci-fi and I'm not worried about missing the details of mrs. jones breasts in an erotic novel. I'm trying to take in information at a higher rate than I can by conventionally reading. Do you have experience that tells you that speed reading would be of no assistance to me ?
     
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    I read about a new speed reading app earlier this month and the demo looked very impressive. It flashes each word at you individually, which feels odd at first, but you do get used to it surprisingly quickly. The tool was called Spritz and there is a demo on their site where you can set the wpm - spritzinc.com
     
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    a skill is defined in the dictionary as: the ability to do something well; expertise.

    Is being able to speed read not considered as being able to read well? Well, it is and is most certainly a skill aquired over time and practice.

    Anyways, this pretty much describes speed reading: speed_reading_1.jpg
     
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  16. Kaistar

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    Yup, this is my take on it as well but the problem I see is that if you are reading up on a subject you are seeking knowledge about it, therefore you are inexperienced in the field.
    So how can you decide at a mere glimpse of the text what is desired information and what is insignificant ?
     
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    i'm surprised at all the noob replies here. please continue to read slowly, and leave the information assimilation and opportunity management to the experts. :)
     
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    People seem to be confusing the idea of 'speed reading', a term commonly used to describe the skill of rapidly reading and digesting material at a greater than standard speed, and 'skimming through text', where you look through text rapidly barely paying attention to it.

    Speed reading is a brilliant skill to develop, I would also recommend the Spritz tool for certain situations and as BTB said earlier, general reading helps greatly also - although there are also specific techniques you can learn to improve 'speed reading' specifically.
     
  19. GrizzlySquad

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    Right , I just tried out the tool and I'm kinda blown away already. Will work on developing my techniques though.

    I appreciate all the advice, to those being helpful. :D
     
  20. Marsilirus

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    A picture with no logic.
    Not a very clever one.