Speed Reading

  • Date:

    10 September 2020

  • Location:


  • 15 December 2020

John F. Kennedy could read at 5000 words per minute (wpm) and Jimmy Carter could read at 3000. What about you? What’s your reading speed? The average Australian reads at 220 wpm with 60% comprehension.  We all have the potential to at least double or triple our reading speed and improve our comprehension. And depending on our motivation, read at thousands of words per minute.

Who should attend

Councillors and senior staff.


You will learn the basic principles of speed reading with improved comprehension.  You will learn how to at least double your reading speed and improve your comprehension.  You will also learn how to improve your memory and use mind maps to store information.  Once these basic skills have been understood, they can be applied to a whole range of documents.

If you are studying, you will develop enhanced skills in essay writing, note-taking and exam preparation.

  • concentration
  • enhanced comprehension
  • previewing
  • punctuation
  • paragraphing
  • peripheral vision
  • skimming
  • scanning
  • flexible reading strategy
  • memory
  • mind mapping


The facilitator will use group discussions, council case studies and local government oriented examples, to help you transfer your learning to the workplace.


Roz Townsend is a leading international speaker, trainer and best-selling author specialising in interpersonal communication, leadership and learning.

As an accredited mediator and experienced faciliator, Roz brings her skills to large-scale facilitations and small group learning.