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Yes, I do both writing and editing. I'm sure that even if you know how to
speed read, when you need to look for transposed letters and misplaced
commas, you can "turn it off" and read normally for the details. But even for
editing work, it seems like speed reading might be useful to quickly go
through a large document to see the organization and a broad view of the
content. Then you can go back through carefully for the detail work.
For those who have requested it, I will post a summary of responses to my
WorkgWords -at- aol -dot- com
In a message dated 97-04-18 13:04:55 EDT, LaVonna writes:
> Earl wrote:
> > I am considering taking a speed reading course. As you know, our work
> > involves reading a great deal of technical material, and I believe that
> > improved efficiency and retention such courses promise would be very
> > I'd appreciate any of you who have done this telling me about your
> > experience.
> Earl, do you need to edit as well as write? If so, you might do
> yourself more harm than good with a speed-reading course.
> I've never taken one, but such courses have been introduced in other
> seminars that I've taken. I've listened attentively to the
> introductions and decided that the "reading for concepts" approach
> is OK for managers, but bad if you need to edit.
> Remember this
> PARIS IN THE
> THE SPRING
> and others like it? People miss errors such as this because they
> are looking for concepts. This would kill an editor or a writer
> who is expected to self-edit.
> My 2 cents,