His first book, A Whack On The Side Of The Head, is also good.
To simplify business, try Robert Townsend's Up The
Organization, Tom Peters' Thriving on Chaos and Ricardo Semler's Maverick!
For three books on effective learning, try one of Tony
Buzan's many books, Accelerated Learning For the 21st Century by Colin Rose and
Malcolm J. Nicholl, and Maximizing Your Learning Potential, by Jacqueline
Frishknecht and Glenn Capelli.
If you're a teacher, maybe read The Everyday Genius
by Peter Kline, SuperTeaching by Eric Jensen, and The ACT Approach: the artful
use of suggestion for integrative learning, by Lynn Dhority.
For more about your brain, try The Amazing Brain
by Robert Ornstein and Richard F. Thompson, Inside The Brain by Ronald Kotulak, and
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman.
More books are suggested at the back of this book. But
in your own field ask the nearest expert to suggest a beginner's guidebook.
9. Relearn how to read - faster, better,
Amazingly, few people know how to read properly. And
we're not talking about super reading techniques at thousands of words a minute.
Let's start with two questions: Do you think you could
regularly read four books a day and absorb the main points?* Have you read a newspaper
If you answered the first question no, and the second
yes - think again. If you read a daily newspaper in any major city, you've read the
equivalent of at least four books. And the Sunday editions of the New York Times, Los
Angeles Times or any major British paper are equal to dozens of volumes.
And how do you read a newspaper? You read only those
things you are interested in. And how do you know? Because newspapers are divided into
sections, so you only read the sports pages if you're interested in sports, the business
pages for business. But even then you don't read every sports story or every business
article. Newspaper headlines highlight the main points, and make it easy for you to
select. Even the writing style of newspapers makes it easy to glean the main
* In almost eight years as a radio talkshow host, Gordon Dryden read, on average,
15 new books a week - well over 6,000 in total - and generally skim-read tow or three
others a day, using the techniques covered here.
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