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June 5, 2013

How to retain more of what you read

Shane Parrish:

One of the keys to getting smarter is to read a lot.

But that's not enough. Reading is only one part of the equation.

We're going to borrow a tip from Robert Cialdini, author of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, to make our reading go deeper and stay with us longer.

Cialdini revealed a trick that he uses, to a reader of Farnam Street, who was kind enough to share it with me.

While on the flight to Omaha, he was reading. He took notes on the material itself, and every time he completed a chapter he pulled out a sheet of white paper and wrote a single page summary on what he had just read. He places the paper in another folder. This is how he gets his learning deeper and this also enables him to refer to summaries in the future.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at June 5, 2013 12:18 AM
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