Follow PAUL McKENNA"s simple formula for sharpening your mind and he"ll show you… How to speed read 65,000 words a minute


Follow PAUL McKENNA's simple formula for sharpening your mind and he'll show you… How to speed read 65,000 words a minute

Bookworm: Become a masterful reader with Paul McKenna's guide

Bookworm: Become a masterful reader with Paul McKenna's guide

Over the past two days, I have shared with you techniques for clearing away barriers to your learning and a system for improving your concentration.

Today, I shall share techniques to help you to read and absorb information at great speed and to improve your memory.

LEARN TO SPEED READ

Take a look at the following paragraph:

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Despite the jumble of letters and numbers, you can make sense of it because your mind has a natural ability to sort through data and pick out the most relevant bits.

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New book: All the tips here are extracted from I Can Make You Smarter by Paul McKenna, to be published by Bantam on Thursday at 10.99

New book: All the tips here are extracted from I Can Make You Smarter by Paul McKenna, to be published by Bantam on Thursday at 10.99

You can experience the kind of soft,
easy focus that activates your peripheral vision by pointing your index
fingers at one another and bringing them closer together until you can
see the ‘blip finger’ that appears in between them.

Once you can do that consistently, apply the same soft focus to the pages of a book.

With
your goal clearly in mind, skim through the book to get a sense of its
structure. Notice what’s in the table of contents, chapter headings and
separate sections — the terrain of the book.

Now, put the book down and sit in a
relaxed, comfortable state. Move your attention about six inches above
and behind the crown of your head.

If
it helps, imagine a tangerine is floating at that point and imagine you
are viewing what you are reading from on top of the tangerine. This is
another trick to open up your peripheral vision.

Keep
your eyes relaxed and focus on a point in the distance slightly above
the top of the book. In your peripheral vision, you will begin to notice
a ‘blip page’ appear — like a smaller rounded page between the two
actual pages.

Move your
eyes slightly downwards until you can be looking directly at the book
but still see the blip page in the centre. Now, simply turn the pages
one at a time at a rate of about a page every two seconds.

You
are not trying to read the words, but simply letting the information
imprint itself directly into your unconscious mind. When you finish the
book, put it down and close your eyes.

Allow
the information a bit of time to settle before going back to it, just
like you would take time to allow a good meal to digest.

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