Read Better

We have all been taught to read and, a fairly involved process that culminates in the teenage years if not sooner. However, we then remain stuck with those reading habits . It’s worth taking time to think about what “advanced reading” looks like. This post offers a few pointers on ways that might make your reading more effective. Reading does not have to involve going through an entire book cover to cover, although this is how we do it with fiction as we learn to read. With non-fiction it can be more efficient to dip into and out of a book based on the areas of greatest relevance to us. This is why, of course, all books have a content page. It’s unlikely that entire book in and all of its chapters are going to be exactly what we would want to read. However within any book there probably are some chapters really going to be relevant for us. So starting with the table of contents and picking out maybe two or three chapters out of the 10 or 15 in the book is likely to be in a more useful way to go about reading than just reading every book cover to cover. Ultimately that means you can read more material that is relevant to you across a number of books rather than feeling obligated to read each book entirely, and as a result you can either spend less time reading, or cover more books

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One response to “Read Better

  1. Don’t take this the wrong way, but do we need to be told that we can look at the table of contents and selectively read just a few chapters of a book rather than end-to-end? Really?

    There are many ways to communicate ideas better than to serially read through an entire book. Speed-reading techniques. Book summary services (like summary.com). Mind-maps to convey the basic ideas of a book in graphical, easy-to-remember and -communicate format.

    I like many of the posts on your Blog about risk and project management. This one, however, was not one of them. Please bring your A-game again.

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