Big leaders also tend to be great readers . That's because books have the power to change you. Books contain information; information includes ideas; ideas change you. Reading a book is one thing, with the ability to remember and use the information is completely different. So, if you want to become a better leader, use these 3 step strategies to help you read better:
1. Lecture . Make a little "recon" of the book. Snoop about the pages and decide if this is a book that's your valuable time. We are all busy and have limited time. Do not waste reading a book that is not going to add value to your life. Make sure you look at these items to a minimum:
– Author : View the author's image. Who is the author of credentials, backgrounds and purposes behind writing the book? This will provide an enhanced insight when you read.
– Contents : This is the roadmap. It tells you where you're going and some of the landmarks you'll see along the way. It also introduces the author's intellectual development and allows affiliates in the mind of the author.
– Size it . Scroll through the pages briefly and review the book. How long are the chapters? Why does the author keep the information? Are there any pictures, explanations or lists? Your purpose is to get your hug in synch with the author. It helps you to process the information more easily.
2. Read actively . Reading actively means actually engaging in the book as you read. You take into account ideas and ideas that are easy to remember later. Here's how I do it:
– Highlight . Some mark a random part of what creates the work. Nothing wrong with that, but I need more intent. When I read a page, I finish the sections that capture the main idea or the ideas on the page. Put another way, I focus on sentences that comprise the entire site. On average, I think there are about 2, maybe 3 main ideas per page. This saving, but critical use of the highlight will pay off when you reach the third step. Oh yes, and I like using yellow.
– Mark Concepts . Sometimes there are ideas or examples that do not lend themselves to highlights. I think of stories or descriptive examples here. For this, I grab a pen or pencil and put a star or bracket on these ideas. I could even follow a few notes in the edges.
– Create index . I create an index of blank pages behind the book about key issues I encounter. All items that I may revise later for research or other purposes, I put in the back of the book. Just write content and page numbers. It will save you a lot of time by giving you quick access to the information. It's priceless.
3. Review . When I finish the book, I left it for a day or two. When I'm ready for my review, I will thumb through the pages from cover to cover, just read the success and mark a part. This is where your focus on the highlight pays off. You have highlighted the main ideas that sum up each page (if you are one on each page). You will be amazed when the content automatically explodes you. Basically, you have created a shorter summary of your book. It's like reading through your own set of Cliff Notes. Meanwhile, your local index in the back of the book awaits you as a research assistant to help you access information about what kind of writing or spoken assignment you have.
This is the only way I did not read fiction now. I love it. It made a big difference to how I read and worked with a book. As far as fiction goes, I would not disturb. I just relax and relieve my mind.