What Are The Right Skills For Both Job Hunting And Career Promotions?

Even though you are working or self-employed, we believe success is a life-long learning-game. Google: New York Times on 7.02.2010:

Jobs Go Begging in The Hunt For the Right-Skills.

So What, Who Cares, I am OK

What are the Right-Skills anyway? Keep it simple – Simon.
Basic skills means your can read and do arithmetic at a 9th grade level. Sure, it is
harder than that TV show – Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, but the test
for basic skills is not looking for a reincarnation of Al Einstein.

Recession or Depression

The depression of the 1930s lasted over ten-years – from 1939 to the beginning
of World War 2, December of 1941. The present honest rate of U.S. unemployment,
June, 2010 is 16.5% not the newspaper number of 9.5%.

How come? In addition to the 14.6 million without work are another 11.02 million
who Washington admits have given up the fight to find a job. These figures are equal to the low end of the Great Depression unemployment.

Wait. How many of U.S. citizens are Employed? Answer: about 154.2 million. Nothing to sneeze at, huh? Unemployed among teenagers is presently 25.7% and for Black-Americans, 15.4%. Really, these numbers fit the Great Depression – in 2010.

Last numbers you should know. How many citizens in the U.S.? Almost 310 million
How many in the world? 6.9 billion. Learn these two population figures – U.S. - 310
million, World, 6.9 billion. Lifelong learning means knowing this.


Wait. Human Resources departments say they are seeking Aptitude, not just specific skills. Aptitude is a talent, cleverness, and the smarts to learn new skills.
They want new hires to have the right attitude, mind-set, and IQ to pick up
new knowledge and the right working behaviors to succeed.

President Obama wants new Stimulus money to train for these new jobs, but
Congress has rejected training appropriations. Now what? How do we grab up the
demand for new hires – “going begging”? They pay $18-23 per hour – up to $800 weekly.

The Power of Reading as an Employment Asset

Human Resources departments take reading for business purposes very seriously.
They pay thousands of dollars to train their employees from factory level to executives to improve their reading and comprehension levels.

Are you aware of how slowly you presently read? The average adult reads about 200
words per minute and wastes hours daily because they struggle with the fundamentals of decoding, storage and retrieval of information.

Silent or Aloud

When we were kids in school the teacher read aloud to us. Later we were taught to
read silently without moving our lips or making auditory verbalization.
Today 98% of adults read one-word-at-a-time, and hears each word pronounced in
their mind. So What? It slows us down to a crawl – we call it snailing.


Even though reading should be silent there are times to alternate by reading some
paragraphs aloud in a whisper. The only listener is you. Why read aloud?

Reading is a visual process starting in the rear of the eye, the retina. Light is detected and the eyes create electro-chemical impulse in the neurons. It is the photoreceptors – the rods (120 million) vs. the cones (17 million) that transmit
the impulses to our Optic Nerve on the way to our brain.

It is then sent to the Primary Visual Cortex (V-1) in our brain for comprehension and memory. A duplicate of what we read in V-1 also registers in our Larynx. It is as if we are mentally verbalizing each word we read.


Thinking, using our PreFrontal Cortex, plus repeating aloud what we are reading
creates Neuro-Muscular Memory. Using both areas causes engrams – memory traces that improve retrieval of information. Google: Broca’s and Wernicke’s Areas.

When we add our Vocal Chords by reading aloud, to our left-brain neurons of comprehension, our neurotransmitters enhance our long-term memory of what
we read.


Powerful reading occurs when we use our three (3) dominant senses – Vision by
seeing the words, Auditory by hearing the words we read in our mind’s ear
(auditory reinforcement), and last Kinesthetic (touch) when we use a pen in our hand to Pace and Underline the words we read. We use our Ear plus our Vocal Chords to read and remember better. No Pacer and you stop at each word.

When we read (whisper) aloud, the sound passes from our larynx (voice box) and bone to our brain. The sound to the brain exclusively from our ears is NOT as good
as utilizing both structures. The additional memory neuro-pathway (ear and vocal
chords) helps double your long-term memory.

Reading Skill

Read silently for 15 minutes and stop. Now summarize the gist of what you have read in a loud whisper. The combination of silent and aloud reading improves
your attention and recall of what you have read. In 21 consecutive days of practice
your reading speed will double and memory improve permanently up to 50%.

Fusiform Gyrus

The structure in your brain that registers and stores the shape of NEW words in your vocabulary is located in the fusiform gyrus of your brain. The same area contains the faces and body shapes of all those we recognize. Understanding metaphors also occurs in the Fusiform Gyrus.


Speed reading begins with using a Pacer to force your eyes speed up. A pen or a
laser pointer is the tool to double or triple your reading skills for your career.
You do not learn that in school, but it will improve your career.

You can go from about 200 wpm to up to 800 words per minute through 15-minute daily practice for 21 days. Learn Pacing and reading aloud and you will be prepared for a new hire or a promotion in your present career.


Would you have a major competitive advantage over your competitors by reading
and remembering three (3) books, articles and reports, when your peers can hardly finish one?

Contact us for a free; no strings attached major report on speed reading. It can improve your career and your life.

See ya,

copyright © 2010 H. Bernard Wechsler www.speedlearning.org

Author's Bio: 

Author of Speed Reading For Professionals, published by Barron's.
Business partner of Evelyn Wood, (1907-1995) creator of speed reading,
graduating 2-million, including the White House staffs of four U.S.
Presidents: Kennedy-Johnson-Nixon-Carter.