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Target Reading: Overcoming Information Overload On-Site Training

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A seminar to help you read letters, memos, e-mails, reports, and books faster & easier.

Workshop Description/Agenda

A Seminar to Help You Read Memos, Letters, E-Mails, Reports & Books Faster & Easier

Course Description

Why is this seminar necessary

Have you ever experienced "Information Overload"? This occurs when you feel you have too much information to read, and not enough time to read it. As a result, your brain essentially shuts down your higher level thinking skills - which reduces your efficiency (which causes you to miss your deadlines, which causes more negative stress, etc.).

As working adults, we must read volumes of complex, poorly structured material under strict deadlines - combine this with family and social obligations and it is understandable why we sometimes feel overwhelmed.

Fortunately, this seminar will show you how to properly manage your reading assignments through time management, increased reading speed, improved reading comprehension, and effective application of new information.

What will I learn in this seminar?

In this seminar, you will learn how to use your personal thinking style to:

  • Improve your critical reading and thinking skills
  • Improve your concentration skills while reading
  • Increase your overall reading speed
  • Improve your overall comprehension
  • Improve your retention and recall of everything you read
  • Find key information quickly and accurately
  • Decipher complex reading materials
  • Time manage your reading assignments

How is it possible to improve my reading skills in just one seminar?

We will show you how to recognize words and phrases in a way that is common for fast readers. We will also show you how to use your preferred learning and thinking style to comprehend complex material that is outside your field of expertise - an extremely important skill for effective cross-training (or to prepare you for broader responsibilities).

Why didn't they teach this reading technique in school?

This technique was not required in school; basic reading skills were usually sufficient for a normal academic workload. But as an adult in the "information age" the need to read quickly and accurately has never been greater.

Equally important, critical thinking skills were rarely taught in school. In this seminar, we will show you how to read all types of information more critically to help you broaden your perspective. As you recognize the "big picture" while reading you will be more likely to develop comprehensive solutions to complex problems.

How is this seminar different from all those "speed reading" courses?

Difference #1 - Reading Speed

This is not a gimmick course. Many "speed reading" programs will show you how to "view" 5,000 words per minute or faster, which is useful for researching or reviewing material, but it is not reading - it is scanning. To read beyond 1,000 words per minute you must skip words; when you skip words, you lose comprehension.

As you know, simply having a general understanding of the reading material is not always sufficient. Technical materials, for instance, require a slower, more comprehensive reading approach during certain sections. Our reading methods actually work like a car accelerator pedal - you will learn how to adjust your reading speed to match the material.

In fact, by the end of this seminar you will see a dramatic improvement in your reading speed and comprehension. As you continue to apply our reading methods, you should be able to exceed 5,000 words per minute for "light" reading or research work, and average 600 words per minute for more challenging material. NOTE: The average reading speed for adults is 250 words per minute.

Difference #2 - Reading Comprehension

A fast reading speed improves efficiency only if the reader comprehends the material the first time through. Therefore, this seminar involves a heavy focus on reading comprehension. We will show you how to structure each reading assignment to ensure the pertinent information is "locked" in your head for quick comprehension and even faster recall.

To help you immediately apply this new skill in your current job you will actually practice our reading strategies on your own work-related documents (while in the seminar).

What does each seminar participant receive?

During the Seminar

A Target Learning Participant Workbook which includes:

  • All Target Learning reading strategies
  • Step-by-step guidelines for implementing the strategies
  • Templates for note-taking (for before, during, and after reading)
  • Templates to help you remain organized and on time (while reading)
  • Color-coded dividers for easy reference to all the strategies

After the Seminar

TL Advisor Program: Participants will have online access to their instructor for six months following the seminar (no extra charge).

Sponsor Background:

Stephen Gexler is the Lead Instructor for Target Learning, Inc. He holds a Master's Degree in Adult Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Training Systems Development. Stephen has successfully taught contract programs at the following organizations since 1989:

Schools & Colleges

Williams College, Bowdoin College, Wesleyan University, Yale University, The Citadel, Hartwick College, Bridgewater College, Susquehanna University, De Anza College, Connecticut College, Stephens College, Choate-Rosemary Hall School, Heathwood-Hall School

Business, Non-Profit & Government

Citicorp, BF Goodrich Aerospace, U.S. Government Printing Office, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Defense, MoneyTree, Inc., Verizon, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, GMAC Financial Services, BSMG Worldwide, U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Stallion Oil Fields, ICMA Retirement Corporation, Syngenta Seeds, Inc., Padgett-Thompson, SureWest Communications, Genentech, NASA - Jet Propulsion Lab, American Hospital Administration Professionals (AHAP), Keppel AmFELS, Broadcast Worldwide, WRS-R&S, LLC, Oasis, Impact Ministries, DP Wolff, Inc., Association of South Carolina Oncology Managers (ASCOM), Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-Op (UFPC), Casino Arizona, Eagle Mountain Casino, Roebbelen Contracting

Subjects Taught

Management Skills, Leadership Skills, Team-Building, Executive Coaching, Public Speaking, Communication Skills, Business Writing, Speed Reading, Listening Skills, Memory Improvement, Customer Service, Interviewing Skills, Technical Writing, Creating a Positive Work Environment, Business Grammar, Writing Policies & Procedures, Managing Projects & Priorities, Learning Styles, Dealing with Difficult Employees, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Accelerated Learning, Time Management, Study Skills, Communication Skills

Overall, Stephen Gexler has more than 25 years of professional experience in business and academic environments.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who would like to read all types of material significantly faster with improved comprehension

Additional Information

Training Provider: Target Learning, LLC

Course Topics: Business Skills Training > Reading Skills

Training Course Summary: A seminar to help you read letters, memos, e-mails, reports, and books faster & easier.

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