How to boost your memory – top 9 lifestyle tips for improving your memory

Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 18.10.42Top 9 lifestyle tips for improving your memory (according to A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging). By the way, don’t worry if you momentarily forget your ATM pin number – you really need to start to worry about your memory if you forget what the ATM is used for.

1) Physical (daily) exercise is important and will enhance your memory and decrease the risk of dementia.

2) Cognitive exercises such as doing jigsaw puzzles, puzzles, games and thinking challenges and whenever the brain is challenged will bolster memory functioning and builds reserves.

3) Antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids – include these in your diet and  you will reduce your risk of cognitive decline. Top antioxidant super-foods are: chaga mushrooms, moringa tree, green tea, berries, broccoli, garlic, coco and other antioxidants. Read more about how antioxidants work

4) Have a good night sleep.

Lots of research suggest that sleep is critical for boosting your memory because sleep-loss impairs memory consolidation. The more you learn the more you need to sleep. For examples, babies sleep so much because everything is new to them and they need to process that information during their sleep. 33 top tips on good sleep

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Moringa Tree – The Miracle Tree & Smart Food Tonic to Boost your Energy and Memory

Moringa Tree Leaf Benefits

Moringa Tree Leaf Benefits

Moringa  tree – perfect nutrition for everyone
Meet the moring tree, the most important tree on this planet with the most amazing properties – that ancient medicine claims that prevenst 300 diseases. New evidence and preliminary studies on moringa oleifera suggest that moringa leaves could be a miracle cure for malnutrition and a host of many illnesses (cancer, diabetes, liver and kidney problems, ulcers, anemia, high blood pressure, stress, and  much more). Moringa tree contains a perfect combination of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and proteins (at least 90 nutrients, 20 amino acids, 46 anti-oxidants (which boost memory – but the highest content of antioxidants have chaga mushrooms) and 36 anti-inflammatory) for everyone, especially for the ones who need extra energy boost and are leading busy lives.

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Stress is good for you. If you think that way. Here’s the science why?

We were led to believe that stress is bad for us and can affect our performance. And it is, when you think that way. The new science reveals that stress is a natural response to challenge. The way we think and act about stress can build our stress resilience.
Watch this enlightening TED talk about how to deal with stress that can help you understand and appreciate stress more and live longer (if not save your life).

The most expensive book on the planet at the moment: Bay Psalm Book

Over 14m USD was paid for the most expensive book at the moment (at New York’s Sotheby’s) which is Bay Psalm Book which was published in 1640. Only 1700 copies of the psalm book were published by settlers in Cambridge, Massachusetts and currently there are only 11 copies in existence. The book has 300 pages. Only manuscripts and hand written books were more expensive. In 1994, Leicester Codex (writings and notes made by Leonarda Da Vinci in XVI century) fetched 30.8m USD.

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Coconut Oil – an Ideal Brain Food

There are only two types of fuel your body can convert into energy: carbs/sugar, or fat. Again, ketones are what your body produces when it converts fat (as opposed to glucose) into energy. And a primary source of ketone bodies are the medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut oil. In fact, coconut oil contains about 66 percent MCTs. It’s a super-brain food. Other super-brain foods

While your brain is quite happy running on glucose, there’s evidence suggesting that ketone bodies may actually help restore and renew neurons and nerve function in your brain, even after damage has set in (new research suggests that eating coconut oil can help with Alzheimer’s disease). Interestingly, the mechanism of this MCT-ketone metabolism appears to be that your body treats MCTs as a carbohydrate and not a fat.  This allows the ketone energy to hit your bloodstream without the normal insulin spike associated with carbohydrates entering your bloodstream. So in effect, coconut oil is a fat that acts like a carbohydrate when it comes to brain fuel.

How much coconut oil might you need? The recommendation is to start with one teaspoon, taken with food in the mornings. Gradually add more coconut oil every few days until you are able to tolerate about four tablespoons. It’s best to take it with food, to avoid upsetting your stomach. Read more about the benefits of coconut oil

Summary of The Drugs Don’t Work by Professor Dame Sally Davies: The Drugs Don’t Work!

The Drugs Don't Work

The Drugs Don't Work

Some books are summarised with the title as this publication The Drugs Don’t Work by Professor Dame Sally Davies who is a chief medical adviser to the UK government on health issues. Her findings are very simple: “We are losing the battle against infections diseases. Bacteria are fighting back and are becoming resistant to modern medicine. In short, the drugs don’t work.” Hence the title “The Drugs Don’t Work.” Her best and most important advise is to wash your hands properly. (Her second tip is to stop demanding antimicrobial medicines when we have a viral infection and to raise awareness of the threat of antimicrobial resistance). Read more about the importance of reading summaries

 

 

A History of Speed Reading and Spd Rdng

Set your purpose for speed reading this article
Before you start reading the article, think what sort of information you would expect to find in this article. Then spend two minutes previewing the article and setting your purpose. After getting into a good state, set your timer for 20 minutes and jot down information from the article which fulfils your purpose.

Sample purposes
Choose only one, or something better of your own.
1 Write a timeline of 6 key developments in spd rdng
2 Find 6 spd rdng techniques I will definitely use
3 Identify 6 spd rdng techniques and the names (and approximate dates) of the 6 different people who originally developed them 

A History of Speed Reading and Spd Rdng

Ever since people have been reading, many of them have been trying to read faster and more effectively. Oddly, though, apart from some early exploration by the US Air Force who held the first formal speed reading course at Syracuse University in 1925, there has been little or no support from educational establishments or governments. Even though you would think there were academic plaudits or increased educational attainments to be gained by the first organization or country to implement a reading programme which could take students beyond the basics, all advances seem to have been made by committed individuals who have remained outside the formal education system, and that is still the situation today.

In an interview with Bill Gates he was asked, “If you could have one superpower what would it be?” He responded with, “The ability to read super fast.”

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The world’s largest collection of photos of the coolest and most interesting bookshelves

Starting with this cool Chuck shelves: the six very flexible plywood planks (4mm thick) that can bend around your possessions – ideally books (to the tune of  €850:).

And follow this link to see the largest collection of the best and most interesting bookshelves in the world. If you’re a book-lover it’s a feast for the eye and the mind. This one below is my favourite, since I only own ebooks now (read how I digitised all my library).

digital books wallpaper

Digital books shelves wallpaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle – La Bible de la Lecture Rapide

Spd Rdng – The Speed Reading Bible translated into French now and available on Kindle

La Bible de la Lecture Rapide Le livre de lecture rapide qui donne les techniques, astuces et stratégies pour lire ultra-rapidement French translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle – La Bible de la Lecture Rapide.  Le livre de lecture rapide qui donne les techniques, astuces et stratégies pour lire ultra-rapidement

Spd Rdg : La lctr rpd, La Bible de la Lecture Rapide Le livre de lecture rapide qui donne les techniques, astuces et stratégies pour lire ultra-rapidement

Spd. Rdng. – La bible de la lecture rapide qui donne des techniques, astuces et stratégies pour lire ultra rapidement de Susan Norman et Jan Cisek

La Bible de la lecture rapide : des connaissances faciles de lecture rapide avec des résultats prouvés que vous pouvez appliquer immédiatement sur tous matériels de lecture (livres, rapports, journaux, manuels, textes en ligne, e-livres, etc…) pour que vous puissiez lire plus, plus rapidement, plus efficacement, que vous soyez un professionnel, un entrepreneur, un étudiant ou un professeur, un tuteur à domicile, ou simplement intéressé par votre propre apprentissage et développement personnel, dans n’importe quel domaine (y compris les affaires, la médecine, le droit, l’informatique, le théâtre et les langues). Cette méthode vous montre, entre autre, comment utiliser vos yeux avec plus d’efficacité, vous aide à mémoriser davantage de choses, à apprendre plus intelligemment, à extraire le sens avec le minimum de données, à vous concentrer sur votre sujet, à identifier les points forts d’information dont vous avez besoin, et en appliquant et pratiquant l’ensemble, en vous permettant de gagner du temps et d’économiser de l’argent afin de remporter plus de succès dans les affaires et dans la vie.

Read the sample of French translation of The Speed Reading Bible La Bible de la Lecture Rapide.  Le livre de lecture rapide qui donne les techniques, astuces et stratégies pour lire ultra-rapidement

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To boost your memory make a fist

Fist clenching can boost your memory, suggests a new study on memory. It works because clenching your fist can change the way your brain functions by increase activity in your brain on the opposite side (so if you clench your right fist, activity in the left brain hemisphere increases). If you’re right-handed, the left side of your brain encodes information while the right side helps you retrieve memories, while the opposite is true for left-handed people. This is how to utilise this memory aid: if you’re right-handed you would make a fist with your right hand when you want to remember something, ie a name, fact or number and when you need to recall it, clench your left fist. Other ways to boost memory include: exercise, vitamin B12, animal-based omega-3 fats, proper sleep, and  optimising your vitamin D levels and avoiding sugar which can damage your memory and learning.

Productivity tools: Liquid4 – for finding key info quickly and effectively

Liquid4 is a very powerful Mac tool for research, study, referencing and more. It speeds up finding information and converting date: it helps you to do something with any text selected. It’s very easy to use. It’s perfect for students, business people and anyone interested in personal development. It’s a revolutionary processing tool that will help you get information and answers fast and with less effort. FREE version available.
Just a few neat functions: 1) the convert menu deals with currency, temperature, area, speed and more 2) the copy section’s citation will produce a Harvard reference-ready structure complete with the date 3) translation to more than 30 languages is available in the paid version 4) share function puts any selected text into a Facebook post, tweet or into an email, etc.

Don’t make teenagers read too early

Too early in the morning, that is. Research has shown that the teenage brain doesn’t wake up till 9-10am (tell us something we don’t know!) – and finally there’s a school in the UK which is hoping that exam results will improve since they decided to start a bit later. The UCL Academy in London starts at 10am and school’s not out till 5.30, but already they’re getting positive feedback from their pupils, and attendance and punctuality are excellent (according to the head). They are being supported (and closely monitored) by researchers at University College, London. Apparently the teenage ‘time-shift’ lasts till about the age of 21, but till then, they’re likely to be able to concentrate better, read better, learn better and get better exam results if they’re allowed to get that bit of extra sleep in the morning.

People who read make more money.

It pays to read books

It pays to read books

Grupo Cometa (a car and motocycle dealer, Cáceres, Brazil) pays its employees for reading books. The company developed a reading programme to help employees to enhance their skills and knowledge. To encourage employees to read books the company pays them an extra one month salary at the end of the year. The main purpose of the programme is to boost professional development with books on relations, management and the company’s operations. The programme is voluntary but 80% of 1350 employees who work in 15 shops already joined it. “Some employees made comments that since they started reading, their skills improved, as well as the relations at home, and some even started to study again.” said  in “Uol Economia” CEO of the Grupo Cometa, Cristinei Melo.

 

 

 

 

The World Book Day – 7 March 2013

Who Owns The Future by Jaron Lanier

Who Owns The Future by Jaron Lanier

How are you celebrating the World Book Day today?
I’ve download a few books and will spend 20 minute speed reading them. Just got Who Owns The Future by Jaron Lanier who coined the term ‘virtual reality’. Although the word ‘virtual’ was originally coined by John Duns Scotus in the 13th century (to denote God) who develop a concentration technique for reading sometimes called ‘the duns cap’. Watch an interview with Jaron Lanier talking about the future of internet and why we should be paid for walking down the street.

 

 

 

 

 

German translation of the Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle: SchnlLsn – die Schnelllesebibel: Das Buch ds schnlln Lsns – Schnelllesebuch mit 37 Techniken, Tipps und Strategien für ultraschnelles Lesen (Speed Reading) (SchnelLesen Speed Reading Schneller lesen)

German translation of the Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle

die Schnelllesebibel: Das Buch ds schnlln Lsns – Schnelllesebuch mit 37 Techniken, Tipps und Strategien für ultraschnelles Lesen (Speed Reading) (SchnelLesen Speed Reading Schneller lesen)

die Schnelllesebibel: Das Buch ds schnlln Lsns – Schnelllesebuch mit 37 Techniken, Tipps und Strategien für ultraschnelles Lesen (Speed Reading) (SchnelLesen Speed Reading Schneller lesen)

German translation of the Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle: SchnlLsn – die Schnelllesebibel: Das Buch ds schnlln Lsns – Schnelllesebuch mit 37 Techniken, Tipps und Strategien für ultraschnelles Lesen (Speed Reading) (SchnelLesen Speed Reading Schneller lesen)

Die Schnelllesebibel : die leichte Kunst des Schnelllesens erprobt und erwiesen für Sie zur sofortigen Anwendung jedweden Lesematerials (Bücher, Berichte, Zeitschriften, Anleitungen, Leitfäden, Lehrbücher, online-Texte, E-Books etc.), so dass Sie mehr und schneller und effektiver lesen können, ob Sie als Berufstätiger oder als Geschäftsperson, Unternehmer, Student, Lehrer oder Privattutor tätig sind oder Ihnen einfach an Ihrer eigenen Lernverbesserung und Ihrer persönlichen Entwicklung gelegen ist (einschließlich Business, Medizin, Jura, IT, Schauspielkunst/Theater und Fremdsprachen). Wir zeigen Ihnen u.a., wie Sie Ihre Augen wirksamer nutzen können, sich an mehr erinnern, Ihr Lernvermögen abrufen und den Sinngehalt eines Textes mit einem Minimum an Aufwand erfassen können, sich auf die Absicht Ihres Lesens fokussieren, die wichtigsten Punkte (Hot Spots) der benötigten Information finden und das alles in die Praxis umsetzen können. Das Endresultat wird so aussehen : Sie werden mehr Zeit für sich haben und dabei Geld sparen, wobei Sie gleichzeitig erfolgreicher im Beruf/Business und Ihrem Privatleben werden.

Read the sample of SchnlLsn – die Schnelllesebibel: Das Buch ds schnlln Lsns – Schnelllesebuch mit 37 Techniken, Tipps und Strategien für ultraschnelles Lesen (Speed Reading) (SchnelLesen Speed Reading Schneller lesen)

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How to think like Sherlock Holmes?

Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe"),

Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe"),

What can we learn from Sherlock Holmes in terms of speed reading and reading in general? Reading is just one part of the learning process ie getting information in and then thinking about that information makes it ours and useful. But having the right ‘speed reading’ mindset before approaching any written material will also help to get better quality of information (knowing what to look at and what to overlook – ie the previewing technique). Sherlock Holmes was a perfect example of a lifelong learner following his particular type of scientific method. Sherlock Holmes would approach his cases with a specific mindset and a goal (similar to speed reading SMART purpose). Constant feedback loop was also essential to Holmes learnings, tells Maria Konnikova, author of a new book Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes.  Watch her talking about how to think like Sherlock Holmes.

Italian translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle: Lttra Vlce – La Bibbia della Lettura Veloce: Il Libro della Lettura Veloce con 37 Tecniche e Strategie per la Lettura Super Rapida (Lettura Rapida, Lettura Veloce)

Italian translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle

La Bibbia della Lettura Veloce Il Libro della Lettura Veloce con 37 Tecniche e Strategie per la Lettura Super Rapida (Lettura Rapida, Lettura Veloce)

La Bibbia della Lettura Veloce Il Libro della Lettura Veloce con 37 Tecniche e Strategie per la Lettura Super Rapida (Lettura Rapida, Lettura Veloce)

Italian translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle: Lttra Vlce – La Bibbia della Lettura Veloce: Il Libro della Lettura Veloce con 37 Tecniche e Strategie per la Lettura Super Rapida (Lettura Rapida, Lettura Veloce) 

La Bibbia della Lettura Veloce: facili abilità di lettura veloce con risultati comprovati da applicare immediatamente a qualsiasi tipo di materiale di lettura (libri, relazioni, riviste professionali, manuali, libri di testo, testi online, ebook, etc) perché tu possa leggere molto, molto più rapidamente, più efficacemente, sia che tu sia un professionista, un imprenditore, uno studente o un insegnante, un educatore in casa o semplicemente interessato nella tua formazione e nel tuo sviluppo personale, in qualsiasi campo (incluso quello imprenditoriale, medico, legale, informatico, recitazione e le lingue straniere), mostrandoti, tra l’altro, come usare gli occhi con maggiore efficacia, ricordare di più, accedere alla tua intelligenza di apprendimento, trarre il significato da un minimo di contenuto, concentrarti sul tuo obbiettivo, trovare i punti caldi delle informazioni necessarie e metterle tutte in pratica, con il risultato di risparmiare tempo e denaro mentre ottieni maggiori risultati sia nel lavoro che nella vita.

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The logical levels of Spd Rdng (speed reading)

We’re giving a presentation at the NLP conference in London (Sunday 11th November 14:15 – 15:45). The environment will be the workroom/classroom/ebook reader and the behaviour will be the new reading skills and getting into a good state. Participants will learn actual spd rdng skills, shift their beliefs about reading and take on the identity of spd rdrs as they consider how this will affect their lives and future (higher purpose). We expect that most participants will double their reading rate by applying their different learnings.

Scrolling on iBooks 3.0

The latest version of iBooks features scrolling facility as an alternative to page turning. Unfortunately, they’ve missed the trick. The only way to scroll is to push with your finger which covers the text you’re trying to read. Why didn’t they advantage of the tilt facility which has been used on some apps where the angle of tilt allows you to control the speed of scrolling. The bonus was it reminded me of the brilliant video explaining the difference between books and scrolls. If you haven’t seen it – take a look now.

Information overload? Keeping up to date with speed reading.

Information (overload) this is the fastest growing phenomenon  on this planet. Information is superabundant. According to The Economist the amount of digital information increases tenfold every five years. But another source (EMC2 – responsible for the World Information Growth Ticker above) says that, “The world’s information is doubling every two years. In 2011 the world will create a staggering 1.8 zettabytes. By 2020 the world will generate 50 times the amount of information.” In another study “How much information?” researchers Hal Varian and Peter Lyman measured the total production of all information channels in the world for two different years, 2000 and 2003. Varian and Lyman estimate that the total production of new information in 2000 reached 1.5 exabytes. They explain that is about 37,000 times as much information as is in the entire holdings Library of Congress. For one year! Three years later the annual total yielded 3.5 exabytes. That yields a 66% rate of growth in information per year. So, nobody knows exactly how much information there is and how fast it’s growing but we know for sure that there is far too much information that we can process.

Half life facts - How information goes ouf to date

Half life facts – How information goes ouf to date

And information changes and goes out of date all the time (as suggested by this book ‘The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date‘ by Samuel Arbesman. Smoking has gone from doctor-recommended to deadly. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe and that Pluto was a planet. For decades, we were convinced that the Brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. Eating meat used to be good for you, then bad, then good again – now it’s a matter of opinion. I have no idea any longer whether or not red wine is good for me. In short, what we know about the world is constantly changing. Information overload = information unload. Much of what we believe to be factual has an expiration date, but the good news is that we can see it coming (according to NewScientist).

That’s why speed reading can help you to keep up to date with information in your field.

Physical Fitness in Childhood Leads to Higher Reading and Math Scores

Research has shown connections between fitness and brain health, which leads to better brain function and cognitive skills such as reading and memory. According to co-author Trent A. Petrie, PhD (University of North Texas): “Cardiorespiratory fitness was the only factor that we consistently found to have an impact on both boys’ and girls’ grades on reading and math tests… This provides more evidence that schools need to re-examine any policies that have limited students’ involvement in physical education classes.” Previous research suggests the same for mental acuity in seniors (and to remodel the brain), so physical fitness is equally essential for all age groups. Read more…

Smile – enjoy what you’re reading. Tip #7 for speeding up your reading.

>7 Smile – enjoy what you’re reading
Summary: Being in a happy, positive frame of mind makes it easier to take in information. Even faking a smile can have a similar effect.
Your state can strongly affect how well you read at any given moment – and therefore there are several techniques designed to get you into the best state for reading. The first is simply to smile. And even when you relax your face, keep the smile in your eyes. Feel your inner smile.
Research has shown that people understand better and take in more information when they’re happy. So the happier you are, the better reader you become.
Further research has shown that the physical effect of smiling can affect our mood positively (it releases endorphins, the happy hormones) and make us feel even more like smiling. So if you don’t initially feel like smiling, ‘fake it till you make it!’
And yet more research indicated that seeing someone else smile, or even just looking at the picture of a smile, can cause you to smile.
DO IT NOW… Smile

Watch this informative talk about the benefits of smiling

 

How to digitise all your books – and carry your digital library with you at all times. Book scanning made easy.

The main reason I wanted to digitise all my books was to have access to them at any time (on my Mac, iPad, iPhone, online) and also to be able to search the whole e-library rather than just individual books. And I wanted to get rid of my bookshelves, because I was moving house. Also Google’s attempt to digitise all the books on this planet has got a bit stuck – this is my one small step in the same direction.

Book digitising in 3 easy (but quite time consuming) steps:

Step 1. Get a double-page scanner and paper guillotine cutter – Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M Document Scanner and A3 guillotine paper cutter photo trimmer heavy duty. Better still borrow them (which is what I did) or share the cost if you buy it, either directly or on eBay. The scanner is a good investment (I’ve scanned all my tax documents, etc).
Step 2. Cut/chop off the spines of the books with your guillotine. Keep the pages in order.
Step 3. Run the pages through the scanner (very straightforward and it scans both sides at the same time), but you need to flick through the book to check for stuck pages. (If the scanner detects pages that are stuck together or several pages going through together at one time, it will stop which allows you to sort out the problem and continue – but you want to avoid this if possible.) Both sides of the page are scanned at the same time (but you can set for a single side scan if you’re scanning just a document). Because it’s a small scanner you can do only 50-100 pages at a time depending on the type of paper.
You can’t scan bigger than A4 formats. You can save the files in different formats – I’ve chosen pdfs. The scanner can convert the images to text if you choose that option, but it will slow down the process so I’ve opted out of that. Instead I converted the pdf images to text later using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Pro (OCR: Optical Character Recognition – Documents > OCR Text Recognition). This software converted the whole folder which made the pdf fully searchable and editable – but this did take a few days (for all 700+ books).  I tend to read ebooks on my iPad now and iAnnotate PDF  is probably the best app for reading and editing pdfs.

A part of about 600+ books digitised

A part of about 700+ digitised books

A couple of tips from me and Tom (who did it first and lent me his scanner and the cutter – for which I’m very grateful – he’s a great NLP trainer and has some interesting NLP online courses:  http://www.nlptimes.com/)
1. There will be lots of blank pages at the back of the books – reuse them as scrap paper. But remove them before scanning. Good eco-karma.
2. Flick through the books to check for stuck pages, especially at the beginning of the book. Also for bookmarks and post-it notes that might be there – these might jam the scanner. I kept the folded corners intact because this is one of the ways I mark important information. The key value of this process is that I wanted the wisdom from the books ie all the underlining and highlighting and comments I’ve made. That’s the true value of digitising books. I don’t need more raw knowledge or information – I could easily get these books as ebooks at a later date. What is valuable is the work I’ve already put into the books when I’ve sped read them and noted what is key to me.
3. As a byproduct of the scanning process – I’ve downloaded (photoread) lots of books just by flicking through them to check for stuck pages. Downloading is one of the 37 speed reading techniques that we teach that primes the brain with the information from the book so when you work with the book it’s easier to process.
4. You can name the files later if you need to. I used APA (American Psychological Association) format which I had to use when doing my Masters in Environmental Psychology which goes like this: Norman, S., Cisek, J. (2010). Spd Rdng – The Speed Reading Bible. Amazon: Kindle.
There are other referencing styles.
5. Because I was scanning lots of books every day – about 10 books/hour my fingers got quite dirty. The tendency is to lick your fingers to turn or check pages. DON’T DO IT! Some books can still have some unpleasant chemicals in both the paper and the ink – you don’t want to ingest the toxins. So don’t lick your fingers – check out The Name of The Rose (book or film)  – oops I’ve just spoiled if for you – sorry. But actually, knowing the ending of the book is good for your learning.

In America they have a book digitizing service available for as little as 1 USD/book –  I wish there was somebody here in the UK doing this – it would have saved me about 6 days of scanning.

I’ve filmed the whole process and will publish a video about it shortly so bookmark this blog now.

Spanish translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle: Lctra Rpda – La Biblia de la Lectura Rápida: Un Libro de lectura Rápida Con 37 Técnicas, Sugerencias y Estrategias para la Lectura Super Rápida

Spanish translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle

Lctra Rpda - La Biblia de la Lectura Rápida: Un Libro de lectura Rápida Con 37 Técnicas, Sugerencias y Estrategias para la Lectura Super Rápida (Técnicas ... y Aprendizaje Acelerado)

Lctra Rpda – La Biblia de la Lectura Rápida: Un Libro de lectura Rápida Con 37 Técnicas, Sugerencias y Estrategias para la Lectura Super Rápida (Técnicas … y Aprendizaje Acelerado)

Spanish translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle: Lctra Rpda – La Biblia de la Lectura Rápida: Un Libro de lectura Rápida Con 37 Técnicas, Sugerencias y Estrategias para la Lectura Super Rápida

La Biblia de la Lectura Rápida: destrezas fáciles para la lectura rápida con resultados comprobados para que las apliques en seguida a cualquier material de lectura (libros, informes, revistas profesionales, manuales, libros de texto, textos online, e-books, etc.) para que puedas leer más, más rápidamente, con mayor eficacia, tanto si eres un profesional, un empresario, un estudiante o un profesor, un educador en casa, o simplemente te interesa tu propia formación y desarrollo personal, en cualquier tema (hasta en Ciencias Empresariales, Medicina, Derecho, Informática, Interpretación e Idiomas), demostrando, entre otras cosas, cómo usar tus ojos más eficazmente, recordar más, acceder a tu inteligencia de aprendizaje, extraer el significado de un mínimo de contenido, enfocarte en tu objetivo, encontrar los puntos calientes de la información que necesitas, y ponerlo todo en práctica, con el resultado de tener más tiempo libre y de ahorrar dinero mientras consigues más éxito en los negocios y en la vida.

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Parents using more words (33 million) help childern with their future achievements

Common sense and speed reading suggests that if your vocabulary is large you’d be reading faster and more. Now a US study suggests that the amount of talk between parents and children can predict their future achievements better than class, race or income. Frank Field, the UK government adviser on poverty, found that a child from a middle-class, stable family has on average heard 33 million words before it starts school. And that is 23 million more words than a poor child. (Obviously, he means the amount of talking, not the amount of unique words. English language has only over 1 million words.) Field suggests that poor parenting skills in deprived families lower a child’s prospects by the age of three. Field started a pilot schemes in Birkenhead to teach the art of parenting which will include a detailed ‘highway code’ agreement for parents, a ‘parenting curriculum’ at school and rites of passage.

Where do innovation and creativity come from?

Creativity and innovation seems to be the flavour of the month. Watch this video with the key authors who wrote books on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship: Matt Ridley, Steven Berlin Johnson, Jonah Lehrer and Peter Sims. They talk about why brainstorming doesn’t work, why it’s essential to cultivate eclectic connections and how to get the next great idea in a warm shower. All the books written by the speakers are highly recommended for anyone interested in creativity, innovation, success in business or is an entrepreneur:
 Jonah Lehrer: Imagine: How Creativity Works
Matt Ridley: The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
Steven Berlin Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Seven Patterns of Innovation
Peter Sims: Little Bets – How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge From Small Discoveries 

Book bags by Olympia Le-Tan – too small for iPads

Olympia Le-Tan, book bags clutch selection

Olympia Le-Tan, book bags clutch selection

You can’t judge a book by its cover. Olympia Le-Tan, French kooky accessory designer (who honed her craft at Chanel and Balmain before setting up her own label) puts a new spin on this saying. The book-bags are bounded with silk, hand embroidered with black satin and lined with Liberty print poplin and with £1000 tag (sold out at time of writing this blog). Michelle Williams, Natalia Vodianova, Natalie Portman, Clémence Poésy and Tilda Swinton are fans of Olympia Le-Tan. Unfortunately, the size of the book bags is just a bit too small (6″ x 8″ x2″) to carry iPad (7.31″ x 9.50″ x 0.37″) but otherwise perfect for the Kindle.