The lessons you gave us are great, I also read "The Complete Idiot`s Guide to Speed Reading" book and my reading improved considerably. This helped me a lot with my online schooling, a colleague taught me to use the Text Aloud software and I listen to lessons while driving back home from work.
In the last 10 years I’ve read more than 500 books, listened to more than 100 audiobooks and a few thousand blog posts. And I’ve learned ways to “hack” content consumption. In other words, I’ve learned some techniques that allow me to learn twice as much in half the time.
How to Consume Audiobooks Faster
Audiobooks are great. You can listen to them when you’re driving, working out and walking your dog. I use the Audible app for iPhone and set the playing speed to 2X or 3X.
How to Consume Podcasts Faster
Mixergy is my favorite entrepreneurship podcast. Andrew Warner interviews entrepreneurs so you can learn from their successes and failures. You can set your iPod/iPhone at 2X for podcasts, too.
How to Consume MP3 Tracks Faster
I use an iPhone app called SpeedUp.
How to Consume Videos Faster
I use VLC Player and set the speed at 2X.
How to Consume Books Faster
I have a few different techniques here:
How to “Read” Blogs Faster
I use software that converts text into audio so I can listen to blog posts while I’m driving or walking my dog. If you have a PC, try Text Aloud. If you have a Mac, try this tip. And if you have an iPhone, try the Speak It app.
The Amazon Kindle reads books to you, too.
How to Learn Something Specific
Books, video and audio are great ways to learn new topics. If you don’t know anything about Facebook marketing, this would be a good way to get started. But once you understand a topic and want to have a specific question answered, such as “how can I get a vanity URL for my Facebook page?”, these are some of the things I like doing:
What’s your favorite way to consume content?