Isn’t it ironic that the more efficient we become and the more time we free up the more we do? This could be one of the reasons that people resist going on a Speed Reading courses, a fear that if you became too effective at what you do you maybe given more, or take on more, than you are already doing…
What if, though, you were able to learn new skills that YOU could decide when and where to use? What if the following problems could be solved:
1. The overwhelming feeling of having to get through the mountain of reading for work/college/school? What do you think when you look at your reading list, the pile of reports/emails/journals or the never ending emails coming in?
2. Remembering what you read? Many people can read quickly enough but trying to recall what they read is an issue. You can typically hear people saying, ‘Oh my memory is like a sieve!’. What if it became more like a sponge or an elephant’s?!! What would that do for you?
3. Being able to get an overview of the material AND the main salient points. Quite often we are trying to get ALL the different types of information at the same time. This can lead to confusion and also missing key points.
4. Exam revision – how much do you need to learn again, revise and remember to get the marks you want? Exams are all about strategies; what do you use and how well does it work for you?
5. What if you do read slowly, worried that if you don’t read every word you will miss the vital pieces of information? This is how we are taught to read at school – skimming or scanning information is somehow deemed ‘cheating’?!! We can get hung up on our limiting beliefs from school.
6. What if you could actually enjoy the time you spend reading, even if it’s for work or education? Rather than a chore reading can become pleasurable, even when it’s for work!
Many of the problems above are typical of what people want to overcome when they come on the Spd Rdng > Ultimate Speed Reading course, and with a 95% success rate, they leave more than satisfied with the new tools and strategies they gain on the course. The additional bonus of doing the course is that you can put these new skills into practice IMMEDIATELY.
I accidentally did the course in 2011. This may sound weird but bear with me..I had organised for Jan Cisek (co-developer of the Spd Rdng course) to come to Ireland and deliver the training as my husband, a very busy exec, wanted to be a faster and more effective reader. When the weekend came about though he had to go to Japan to his company’s HQ. So, I did the course in his place. You can see the YouTube clip of my after completing the course. I was very excited after as I wasn’t expecting to have got so much from it! My husband did the next course we organised and was delighted with the results.
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I now deliver these courses (among several other personal and professional development programmes) and have run many open and in-house trainings. You can join me for the next open course on Sat 30th and Sun 31st Jan in Dublin at The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. Go to http://www.quantumleaps.ie/other-programmes/spd_rdng_course/ for full details. Minimum age unaccompanied is 16. No maximum age – it’s never too late to learn a new skill! In-house programmes are an excellent way of helping reduce stress levels and increase productivity.
So come and learn how to read more, read faster, remember more and give yourself the gift of time. What you do with that time is up to you!!!
Sara Haboubi, MA, BSc.
Tel + 353 (0) 86 0775452 or email email@example.com
For information on other courses and services see www.quantumleaps.ie
Have you ever wondered how come so many people with Dyslexia can be so creative, talented and are obviously intelligent and yet they find it hard to spell or read? If you are good at spelling and reading you may find it hard to believe that something that seems so easy to you is so hard for someone else. On the other hand, if you struggle yourself, either with a diagnosed problem or without, you may be totally confused as to how these tasks can seem so easy to others and yet appear difficult and complex to you.
In 2010 I met a remarkable woman named Olive Hickmott. She was speaking at the Annual NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Conference in London and was delivering a talk entitled ‘NLP and Learning Difficulties’. At the time I was working at a local secondary school with over forty students with various labels and issues who all had below average literacy and numeracy. I was frustrated with myself as I felt there was something I just wasn’t getting that would make the difference to these young people. When I heard Olive talk the proverbial lightbulb went on. Just as I had been doing, she had been using the traditional NLP Spelling Strategy, as devised by the brilliant Robert Dilts in the 1980s, with children with learning difficulties. The big difference though was that when it didn’t work she didn’t scratch her head wondering what was missing, she asked the students directly!!
This may seem so simple and obvious now but at the time no one was really asking these struggling learners what was really happening inside their minds when they were attempting to spell. Sure there were fMRI scans to show the difference between the ‘Dyslexic’ and non-Dyslexic brain, but these images only showed what part of the brain they were NOT using, not what they were ACTUALLY doing.
Olive has labelled herself ‘incurably curious’, and that curiosity helped her reveal the true nature of the ‘Dyslexic’ brain. The NLP Spelling Strategy is based on proficient spellers and how they ‘see’ words in their mind’s eye, get a good feeling that the spelling is correct and copy it down from the image. This is a strategy that when taught to many students who are not visualising words works very well to help them use the same successful system. Someone with Dyslexia though could be doing all kinds of weird and wonderful things inside their brains that prevents them from adopting the strategy easily. These include, but are not exclusively;
- Feeling anxious and stressed, therefore unable to access the positive state necessary for learning or controlling the internal systems required for learning.
- Having an extremely highly developed sense of mental imagery. This means that 2D images can be formed into 3D objects, images seen from different perspectives, simultaneous multiple screens and images, images moving very quickly and changing in rapid succession, to name but a few.
- Being phobic about looking at words and perhaps numbers (Dyscalculia) as they would make them feel queasy because the external images could be moving and forming strange patterns and therefore hard to read.
- A term I have coined ‘Labelism’, which is where a person with a diagnosis has start to buy into that label so that they believe they ARE that label and all the limitations that the label affords. ‘I can’t learn because I have Dyslexia’, ‘I will never be able to spell’ and most damaging ‘I will never amount to anything because that is what I have been told by an authority figure’. These are some of the statements that I have heard many times from real clients.
Once Olive knew what was happening she started looking at how she could coach these students to adopt and use a more effective strategy that would allow them to spell and read more fluently. She started with how to get students into the optimal learning state before any actual learning would take place. Once the students were able to calm themselves sufficiently so that their bodies were calm but their minds were still alert, she was then able to help them control their mental imagery. The effect of this is that letters and words that would previously have been reversing or jumbling up would now be still, flat and easily seen.
This seemingly simple approach has proven so effective that when a learner, who has been struggling for years, finally understand what they are supposed to be doing internally they realise that they can actually do what others find so naturally easy, and all within a very short space of time.
Since 2010 I have had the extreme privilege of working directly with Olive in developing her process into an easy to learn system that others can replicate and use with themselves, their children or their students. I used her process as part of my MA research and successful helped a group of adult learners with low literacy in a short 4 weeks. With the addition of Paula Montie, a retired primary school principal with over 30 years experience, we finally had the missing piece as to how to deliver to schools. In 2013 an amazing national school in Westmeath piloted the process to see how it could be implemented within the classroom, both mainstream and learning support, with phenomenal results that continue to improve.
If you want to know more about this amazing process and be part of the ever growing community of people using it with such amazing results, you can by attending the next Jumpstarting Literacy & Numeracy Course on the 14th and 28th November in Rathwire, Westmeath.
This is an open course and is for parents, teachers (primary and secondary), literacy tutors, youth workers, in fact anyone who works with anyone where learning is either involved or has been shown to be a barrier to personal growth and progression.
I look forward to seeing you there and sharing with you this ground-breaking and innovative process that is changing lives and empowering learners.
Visit http://www.quantumleaps.ie/other-programmes/empowering_learning_prac-course/ for full course details and to sign up. You can also contact me on +353 (0) 860775452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sara Haboubi MA, BSc.
Master Trainer Jumpstarting Literacy & Numeracy.