Technology documentation and the time it takes to read all that stuff …..

I speed read, I learned it a long time ago and it is the only way for me to keep up with all the information I need to take in and study to keep up-to-date on technology. sometimes I really think all the “lifetime of learning” stuff sux as it takes away all that time from golf and my dogs …aaehhhh and the kids AND the wife of course!

But I digress – one of the ways I deal with this issue is speed reading. I can take in long texts with good comprehension and retain it well when I speed read. Quieting the inner voice, skimming over pages faster than the eye can follow to just “take it in” all that. I usually tend to print allot if I want to speed read as I use the technique that makes your eye follow the fingers. That technique does not work well for me when reading on a computer screen that sits in front of me on the desk. I don’t have an electronic reader device (Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.) and I imagine I could use the technique there as well but on a computer screen it is hard.

Enter the play from left stage:

One of the other consultants here at the client I am working at currently introduced me to this website and I love it. Basically you can highlight a chunk of text, click on a button on your toolbar and it takes you to where it then flashes the words in front of you ion the screen. Using I can read at speeds in par with my “manual” technique as the site allows you to control how many words it flashes at a go, how fast it goes though a text, font size, etc. . .

Every day I have to go through multiple 1000 – 5000 word technical articles, knowledge base documents and often I just don’t have the time to do print and read right before a meeting or a presentation when I might need that information. Now I feel I can. My normal “cruising speed” is somewhere around 550 – 600 words/minute for good comprehension, and faster when I just want an overview of the document content. Now I can even go though documentation WHILE SITTING IN THE MEETING and then be able to talk about it. is free, they also have links to software that will teach you how to speed read and I might look into that. I am trying to increase my speed to an average of 850 – 900 words/min and above if I can. l maybe that SW will help, who knows.

Go and give it a try – and here an official THANKS to Jim Knight who introduced me to and a shameless plug for you to visit his site and have a look at his products.

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