Studies show that the average office worker has 96 hours
of work piled on the desk on an average day, and only about
45 minutes to spend on it. Hidden in those piles (whether
they are electronic or paper based) are decisions that are
pending - delayed due to overload. 63% of important organizational
decisions are delayed because of lack of necessary information.
In truth, it is not that the information is not available.
The problem is that people can not digest the information
at hand so that it can be intelligently decided upon in
a timely manner. Are you suffering from this overload? Here's
a sure way to get to the bottom of this problem.
Numerous workplace surveys indicate that the average office
worker spends at least 4 hours a day reading, with at least
3 of those hours spent on workplace critical types of material
- e-mail, manuals, memos, internet searches, reports, etc.
It should be noted that a key word in that last sentence
was "critical" to getting the job done. After
building in time for meetings, phoning, voice mail, and
other actual productive tasks, it's no wonder why so many
people look back on their day and wonder, "where did
it go?" If you're feeling overloaded, you're right.
If you are part of today's workforce, more is constantly
being asked of you. Change is what makes the organization
grow and be successful. Each change means more information
to comprehend. However, the skills you need to stay abreast
of all this information have not changed since you were
in early elementary school. Think back to those early years
of your reading skill development. You probably were taught
to read individual words first, and then blended them together
in a sentence. Your parent or teacher monitored your skills
when you read aloud. That continued until about the 3rd
or 4th grade. At that point your schooling changed. You
were given content subjects like history, or science. Your
reading was focused on reading stories and comprehending.
But your approach remained the same - see, say, hear, know.
Although you are probably not reading aloud, you are still
using a four step process of seeing individual words, saying
the words (although probably in your head), hearing the
words, and then finally understanding them. It is still
a slow deliberate process which can lead to having to re-read
because your mind wanders. This causes further problems
including lack of retention. Using this standard approach
will always keep you behind in your reading needs! Your
speed will never exceed about 200-300 words per minute (you
should know that average rate of speech is just slightly
less than that. In other words, you can only read as fast
as you speak). You'll never achieve the competitive advantage
you need to master your field of work. Reading with this
traditional approach will not enable you to stay up with
the competition. To succeed in the workplace today, you
must be able to cut through massive loads of data and information
in a manner that will enable you to comprehend, recall,
synthesize and act on that knowledge. That's what the competitive
Are you overloaded with information? Do you have too much
e-mail to respond effectively and efficiently? Are you fearful
of falling behind your peers in keeping up with what's going
on in your organization, field, or industry? Are you considered
a "cog" in you organization because you're not
keeping up? Does your inbox overflow with stuff that you
don't have enough time to get to? Do you want to easily
read through the newsletters, journals, magazines etc that
are essential for being better informed? Do you want to
take courses or get certifications, but fear not being able
to keep up? Does technical information overwhelm you? Do
you find you forget what you have read?
To fix this problem, the cure is obvious. Today we need
a new approach to reading and information management. The
skills you were taught are not adequate for today's environment.
The good news is that your brain/mind is capable of processing
in the thousands of words per minute range. Think about
that. What if you could bridge the gap between your current
reading rate and the speed of thought? Reading well is quite
simply, "the mind's ability to understand and respond
to printed symbols." In other words, moving from the
4 step see-say-hear-know to see-know. Unless your speed
from the test above was over 400+ words per minute range,
you are probably still focusing on individual words for
each eye stop, or fixation. Mechanically, the eyes can take
in more, but you haven't learned that yet. To cure your
information overload problem, you need a new approach. There
is hope and a cure - Dynamic Reading.
Why Dynamic Reading
Dynamic Reading is not new. Although we continue
to research, test, and improve, the basic techniques date
back through the history of reading improvement, including
our great mentor Evelyn Wood. Evelyn Wood's passion for
reading and reading improvement for all, including those
at the edge of dropping out of the educational system, was
an inspiration to all who met her, and was trained under
her. However, Ms Wood discovered her method almost accidentally
through her own personal experience. Instruction was done
in a rather mechanical fashion without understanding the
how and why. Brain research has uncovered an enormous amount
of data that has led ProductivElearn.com to be able to blend
much of the old approach with new understandings of how
the mind absorbs, responds, and stores information into
a more effective instructional approach. Most "speed
reading" programs focus primarily on the mechanics
of reading - getting the eyes to move more efficiently.
Little or no attention is given to comprehension. Comprehension
is the primary focus of this program. What does it matter
if you go through something at ten gazillion words per minute
if you don't understand anything from it? This program is
a blend of both aspects of reading - speed, or mechanics,
and comprehension! You will learn how to attack a variety
of different types of information and get what you need
from it. You will learn a new approach to reading comprehension
that is consistent with brain research on how the mind best
absorbs information. This includes technical information
as well as journals and trade magazines, e-mail, non-fiction
books, newspapers, online reading and more.
Why Online and Not Live, or Send a CD?
We do live
training! However, many people have a difficult time
arranging the time and finances to do that. Putting the
program online allows anyone with access to a pc to work
at the program in shorter time frames. Providing the program
over the web allows for interaction from a real live person
to serve as your coach. It's the next best thing to live
training. Shipping off a cd or workbook and tapes leaves
all the learning up to you. If you get stuck on a technique
or concept, there is no help! Perhaps you could go to the
site and search through the FAQs, but no one is monitoring
your work for a personalized approach. Online delivery allows
us to see how you are doing with the various exercises.
We can then guide you on to success.
Is Coaching Necessary and How Much Does that Cost?
Coaching is not necessary. However, if you're like most people,
getting some feedback is helpful to keep your motivation
going as well as guiding any corrections you might need.
Think of the last time you tried to learn something entirely
by yourself? Were there times you got frustrated? Did you
feel like giving up? Did you give up? A simple chat with
an expert, either online, by phone, through e-mail, or through
the "student data center" can make all the difference
to your mastering this new approach. The "student data
center" allows us to view your progress on the exercises
and allows you to comment on your experiences. We create
an online dialogue with you. This type of connection to
your coach makes a world of difference especially when you
are developing new skills into more effective habits. Our
coaching process can make the difference in your success
or failure. You will not find this anywhere else. The value
is priceless, that is, if you really need to manage information
as part of your career success. The price for coaching is
free. We know of no other program that does this.
Your Return on Your Investment
Here to Calculate the Cost of Your Reading As you can
see, if reading is important to your personal development
or job success, you will regain your cost of the program
with the efficiencies you gain even before you finish the
program. Besides, you have nothing to lose! We guarantee
your success! Happy reading!