Most knowledge in our current system is stored as written words. Granted some people create info-graphics or cartoons to get their ideas across, but most of it is still stored as old fashioned words. Even new media like blogs are mainly centered around this. Although videos are trending as a means of communication they have fundamental problems with regard to convenience. Therefore being able to read faster using speed reading techniques gives one an egde over the rest.

Job Opportunity = no / Time to learn = weeks – months / Cost = free

Why learn it

  • Cumulative Effect: being able to read fast allows you to absorb new information quicker. Granted you are going to have to understand what’s coming in, but that is an area related to how to study. This skill will increase the rate at which you learn others
  • Gives an Edge: where most people in your surroundings will take a certain amount of time to read a new piece of information, by the time they are done you as a fast reader have had time to think about the matter already
  • Low cost high benefit: most learning resources are free or cheap. During the process of training your reading skills you will also be exposed to the knowledge in your practice material. Thus, time spent learning is time well spent on two accounts
  • Broad Area of Effect: apart from the more serious applications, getting into reading will open up new possibilities in your personal life. many readers report preferring books over movies (me included)

My experience

I have loved reading since I was little. I started with books that contained more pictures than words, and ended up in heavy books with a gazillion pages (by now I just carry them on my tablet). I found that my reading speed is naturally a bit above average due to the amount of practice I’ve had when I was a kid, which offers the advantages described above. One of the great benefits I observed in myself is that my ability to concentrate increased a lot as I started reading (fiction) books.

How to learn it

This post features an interview with Michael Tipper. Michael prefers being called a specialist over an expert, a distinction he will elaborate on in the interview. Starting off with what he thought was a very bad memory, Michael has worked his way up over the years to becoming a specialist on speed reading, memory and learning.


13 year old reading 13,000 words a minute


Interview broken down

Michael Introduces himself

You prefer the term specialist over expert. Why?

How did you become a specialist?

What is the significance of reading in our society? Especially considering the internet and other new media.

Is speed reading an innate ability or can it be trained?

How does the education system handicap it’s students (with regard to reading)?

What is the relation between reading speed and comprehension of the material?

Do you know that feeling that you read a name and are not able to articulate it after reading?

Would you advise speed reading to anyone?

Should interlinked skills like memorization and such be learned separately from speed reading?

Where would you advize people to start learning speed reading?

What are your favorite books (fun and self development)?

The realization that there is a lot of capacity left unexplored is something you share in your presentations. Does that realization expand to other fields as well?

Do you have a golden piece of advice?

Do you believe language precedes thought?


Online resources



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *