Read this. Then read this five times faster after a speed reading class at Iris Reading. Choose between a one-day, five-hour class (a $199 value) or a two-day, ten-hour class (a $299 value) to break old reading habits across the knee with a spinning, backbreaking bookmark and replace them with more effective techniques.
With strategies for reading technical material and speed-reading techniques on the computer, Iris courses are perfect for business professionals. Iris's website says it has taught speed reading courses at Lehman Brothers, the former Wall Street investment bank, and HSBC, the world's largest banking group. If your business's leaders read faster than the Lehman Brothers, you can probably avoid a catastrophic fall from grace into a fiery, slow-reading bankruptcy inferno.
Speed reading is great for students who have heavy reading assignments, providing an excellent alternative to hauling massive books at wheelbarrow speed. Iris is currently working with several Chicago Public Schools to help students learn more efficient reading skills. And undergrads at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ohio State University successfully used Iris to spend less time reading textbooks and more time speed-reading thousands of Facebook wall posts. Classes are held in a couple different locations on Saturdays and Sundays; click here for dates and times.
The average person in the United States reads about one Groupon per minute (150–250 words per minute). Most students finish the Iris Reading Program reading two to five times faster without losing comprehension. That means an exceptional student could end up reading five Groupons per minute.
Note: Materials are provided, but you're encouraged to bring your own reading material so that techniques can be applied to various types of reading.
Check out Iris's website to view customer testimonials. Here are a few:
- Students have come to the workshops a little skeptical, but they all leave raving about what they learned and how they can use it. We have presented this workshop to all students from 1st years to graduate and professional, and they have all benefited.” – Kay Robinson, Assistant Director, Ohio Union, Ohio State University
- Thank you very much for all your help this year. You truly had a significant impact on my productivity as well as many others in Ariel’s research department. You should feel very proud of your contributions to Ariel. Thank you again.” – Jason Tyler, Portfolio Manager, Ariel Capital Management
- The experience and outcome was phenomenal! The average student in the class began reading 239 words per minute and ended reading 457 words per minute–results were nearly doubled. – Debra Carson, Program Coordinator, Chicago Summer Business Institute
The First Speed Reader
The first speed reader was born illiterate. Raised in the fields, the boy stumbled into the town library one day with a dream: to read and to do it fast. Six to eight weeks later, the boy, now a man, was able to read a greasy diner menu just as fast as his fellow hayseeds. He lost his field accent, and began to read faster and faster—without losing comprehension. He once read War and Peace so fast it exploded. Word spread. Townsfolk challenged him to reading feats: reading underwater, reading blindfolded, reading while reading the newspaper. All the while he read faster, and more of what he liked.
One night the dam burst. A gushy wave threatened to engulf the entire town in bursty dam water. Because he had finished reading so quickly, the man had time to build a temporary dam in front of city hall, stopping tragedy with the authority of a tome's final punctuation.
That night he was elected mayor, and after a few drinks, governor. But he preferred to remain a humble officer of the library. That year he was given a proper name: Dewey Decimal, the first speed reader to break the thought barrier.