Speed Reading: Collection of Articles to Help You Read Faster

Speed Reading: Collection of Articles to Help You Read Faster I read a lot of books, so I am constantly trying new techniques to read faster, while remembering more of what I read. In the days of information overload, where the average employee has to spend about four hours each day just to keep on top of work related reading, where will he or she find time to read books to get ahead? This reality makes a skill such as speed reading and digesting more of what you read a must. I did a blog series on note-taking, and an important aspect is deciding what and what isn’t important information, and that is the case while reading. The 80/20 … [Read more...]

The Wright Brothers and Mastering the Fundamentals

Mastering the Fundamentals

The Wright Brothers and Mastering the Fundamentals There is a popular parable in the Bible that goes like this: “A wise man built his house on the rock. The rain fell, and the flood came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. A foolish man built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” That is the power of mastering the fundamentals - building a strong foundation. This post is in response to James Clear’s post, “The Hidden Power of Mastering the … [Read more...]

How to Interview: What I Learned after 20 Years of Interviewing People

Note from Julia Conn Watt

How to Interview: What I Learned after 20 Years of Interviewing Interviewing is an art, but one that anyone can learn with practice. As an introvert, and someone who grew up in a culture where she constantly heard that children should be seen and not heard, I have sharpened my listening skills over the years. But expert interviewing is so much more than active listening because you can be a great listener, yet a lousy interviewer. In my over 20 years of interviewing, I have made a lot of mistakes, but I would like to think they have made me a better interviewer. I have been interviewed several times, but I am more accustomed to … [Read more...]

Spotting Patterns: Getting the Most from Reading Books

Spotting Patterns

Spotting Patterns: Getting the Most from Reading Books How do you get the most from the books you read? This is a question I have thought about a lot since hosting The Invisible Mentor 2015 Reading Challenge. I believe that the best way to get the most from the books you read is by spotting trends, connecting the ideas from one book to another. That’s an interesting thought, but how does someone go through the process? I find that hosting the Challenge is stretching me, because to do the job well, I have to create the right environment for others to get the most from the books they read. I spent hours at the Toronto Public Library … [Read more...]

The Power of Journaling: Capturing Your Thoughts and Ideas

The Power of Journaling

The Power of Journaling: Capturing Your Thoughts and Ideas - Case Study How do you capture your thoughts so you never miss another great idea? For years I did morning pages after reading Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way, and then I stopped. For several years, I would record my notes every now and again, and forget which notebook I wrote what in. Last year, when I decided to pursue an informal liberal arts education, I decided it would be prudent to capture my thoughts, reflections, and reactions to what I was learning in one place. I started  the process of journaling again, and it has been a powerful experience, systematically … [Read more...]