Slow motion – Water Balloon pops to the face
‘Look at the best martial artists. They move very slowly. The faster you type, the slower it will feel to you, because you surf with your thinking.
The same thing applies to reading. The faster you read, the more time will disappear, because you’ll be able to feed stuff to your brain as fast as your brain can process it.’
So says David Allen, author of business bestseller, ‘Getting Things Done’. Interviewed in Fast Company magazine, David Allen continues, ‘That’s why speed readers have better comprehension. They’ve trained their eyes to recognize stuff as fast as their brain can handle it.’
During over three decades of speed reading training I have taught more than 100,000 executives and students how to read faster.
One of my fastest readers was a man working for an insurance company in Sydney. By the end of the workshop he was comfortably reading over 2500 words per minute, without loss of comprehension. (After our training, most people double or triple their reading rate. Around 9% of people using our rapid reading methods increase their beginning speed, as measured, by 6-10 times.)
During a break, he told me that as a young man he was employed to test drive cars at high speed. Prior to starting the ignition he would spend some minutes deliberately slowing his mind. The goal? To make fast feel slow, to improve reaction time.
Many people report that during a fall or a car accident they experience a slow-motion effect. A frightening experience doesn’t slow time down but jolts the brain to process information at a faster rate, so events then appear to happen slower.
This duration dilation phenomenon may give us a clue to understanding how it’s possible to speed read, to process more data per unit of time.