Reading has always been something very close to my heart.
Since reading was something I was constantly engaged in it never seemed like a “skill” that needed to be learnt or practiced.
However, after taking part in a Lightning Reading program by Sanjeev Jayaratnam this perception completely changed.
Reading is like any other skill you learn – walking, swimming or singing.
You have to invest time and effort to learn it and practice in order to master it. There are specific techniques that can be used to enhance it and once you master it, your potential is unleashed in extraordinary ways.
Before attending the program.
I genuinely didn’t feel the need for it.
I read faster than most of my friends and excelled at comprehension exercises. It seemed like a waste of time to sit in a room in order to learn how to read fast.
The reality of Lightning Reading
Contrary to the name of the program and popular belief, Lightning Reading isn’t merely about reading fast. The objective of the program is to help people read more productively.
What does more productively actually mean?
Whether you are a school student, currently reading for a degree or a professional trying to excel in your career, reading is a vital component of everyday life. From books and reports to research papers and letters, any individual would be required to read a significant number of words daily.
Reading productivity is a function of both reading speed and comprehension ability. Therefore, increasing reading productivity includes increasing both speed and comprehension while reading.
Who is Lightning Reading for?
There is no better way to answer this.
No matter how much of a “great” reader you are, lightning reading can help you improve your focus, efficiency and overall productivity. Age, language or background will not be a barrier for you to learn and master this skill.
What if I enjoy slow reading?
This was one of the biggest concerns that I had.
I didn’t want to rush through a novel while I was on vacation. There were moments that slow and leisurely reading was something I enjoyed.
While reading techniques taught in the Lightning Reading program have also proven to increase enjoyment while reading, it doesn’t mean that one has to always read fast.
As Sanjeev very simply puts it, Lightning Reading is only a tool. A tool that gives you the choice and the ability to read at high speeds and high levels of productivity.
Like any other tool you only have to use it when you require it.
Importance of Lightning Reading
- Lightning Reading is a tool that can help you complete your reading more efficiently and productively. This means that you have extra time to engage in other activities.
- Lightning Reading also increases focus and concentration. Therefore, the process of learning can be easier and more enjoyable.
- The skill allows you to retain more information since it allows multiple revisions. This is important when having to memorize content for exams or presentations.
Want to attend a Lightning Reading program yourself?
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Check out my previous post on “Speed reading program“.
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