Busy busy week, guys. First just to fill you in, the speed reading course went well – increased my reading speed by 50% which I was very pleased about!
Then of course it was my birthday week – and a fascinating talk by Deepak Chopra was top of the agenda in London, plus lots of eating and drinking with family and friends.
Speeding up your reading
For me, it's very important to get through as many novels as I can, to aid my writing, and of course, there are tons of text books you can peruse to help learn how to get published, like, er, How to Get Published, and so on. But funnily enough, I've discovered that the knowledge inside them doesn't just osmose though the cover and into your skin just by owning them! Funny that!
So I set about finding a way to read more of them. Alex at the SpeedReadingCoach.com has a fascinating video you can watch to show you just how fast your brain can assimilate words – do go check it out. Anyway I took myself off to this month's TiFFT – (try it for the first time club) to find out more. Yes I know it's very early in the month and lots of other things might happen later, but this one's so significant it'll probably not be beaten.
In very small groups, the four hour courses can help you read faster by basically not reading slower. Cutting out the things that slow you down – like, going over the same para several times – all help to speed you up, as does using peripheral vision and focus.
The latter is the main reason why I find myself steaming through books when they grip me – you know the 'can't put it down, can't turn the pages fast enough' feeling. Well by tricking your brain into thinking that you're excited by the book by reading it faster, it really does make you focus more on what you're reading, even though you're basically skimming it.
Alex was very charming and an easy teacher – came out with some little gems to keep me and fellow attendee Sophie amused! One I liked was that Einstein said 'imagination is more important than intelligence'! Sophie read faster than me to begin with, but also improved by 30% which thrilled her as it'll help her in her work.
Mine's just so I can read the mountain of pristine novels and 'how-to's' sitting on my shelves but I think it’ll be useful everyday too. I'll be able to read The Sun in five minutes daily now instead of ten! Lol. Anyway I'd recommend it, if you are an avid reader but find yourself reading as fast as you speak (I blame all those years of autocue!)
Why there's no such thing as coincidence
If you're like me and believe everything happens for a reason, you might be the sort of person that follows the works of Wayne Dyer and his 'other wife' (he's joking) Deepak Chopra – the world famous endocrinologist, philosopher and metaphysician.
I love hearing how the universe shares a unified field and how the brain synapses connect at extraordinary speed and how our emotions stem from deep within the skull, but then if you read my blog regularly you'll know I'm geeky like that.
Well it felt like Deepak's seminar on Saturday was custom-made for me! I was accompanied by son Brad and my sister Linda and good pal sis-in-law Nicky, oh and 996 other eager attendees – it was jam-packed. We all had a fabulous day hearing why things happen in our lives and reinforcing my facebook motto 'whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right'.
He had some fab optical twisters too – like this one. Can you see the word? Or the picture? Clever eh? Go to 'alternatives.org' for more of their talks, but at risk of boring you to death, I'll keep this bit short – suffice it to say we learned or brushed up our meditation skills and it was a brilliant way to spend a day in great company and the time flew by! As Deepak says, to make someone else happy is the number one reason for happiness, so I'm glad I made it happen!
Hippo birdie two ewes
Well, hippo birdie two 'me' actually – once again thanks to everyone who sent me good wishes – in fact, I've never had so many – over 300 on my Facebook account alone! I spent the day itself having various lunches and coffees and visits to Chessington Garden Centre and takeaways and ended the night watching the launch of the new The Apprentice!
I was supposed to go up London with Brad but he's just started a new job and had a special event on, so we postponed our 'theatre and meal' extravaganza till Saturday and hopefully we'll get to go to a matinee – I quite fancy the Judy Garland thing but we'll see.
Best present – apart from the lovely jewellery my kids bought me – was the 'Ashes to Ashes' complete box set – thanks mum! All ready for when I finish watching 'Life on Mars' series one and two! I confess I'm not watching as much telly as I used to, since I'm supposed to be finishing my book, but being a John Simm fan, I also found time to watch his new drama 'Exile' – brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Thank goodness for iPlayer! What's the last thing you watched on catch up TV?
Well in the interests of finishing said book, I'm off to a pal's in Devon soon to focus on getting the SFD done – as mentioned previously on here. But watch out over the weekend if you can, for the great new Today's Special Value pilates machine – I'll have it on Sunday evening (15th) I think. Yay!
And next week, I'll report back on another excellent gadget – the new Fuji bridge camera – even higher spec than the one Mat Trim sold out of recently. I'll be launching it on Saturday night next week (28th) so catch it early if you can! See you on air!