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Volume: VI     Number: 05 Productive Learning Systems, Altanta, GA May, 2009
What's Inside?

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Live Events

Live and Online - This Saturday May 16, 2009 Noon EDT

Introduction to Dynamic Speed Reading 
Join us for a Webinar on Saturday May 16 at Noon EDT

Space is limited.


Reserve your FREE Webinar seat now! Click on this link to Register:


Get an "inside" look at our online learning center and even learn some useful techniques you can apply to read faster and better yourself.


What you'll learn: 

  • We're opening the door to our online prgrams where you can see the program and how it works.
  • 3 basic techniques to get you started reading better and faster.
  • What kinds of materials  work best when you are training.
  • Why most speed reading programs fail.
  • Answers to the most commonly asked questions.
  • Live Questions and Answers


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Continuing Ed

Are you thriving in this economy? Has the bottom finally been reached? Are we collectively pulling ourselves out from the chaos? Are you positioned to thrive?

Whether you are doing well, or whether you struggle, I hope this issue of Continuing-ed gives you helpful insight and tips to be the best you can be.

In this issue, you will find another great article by my friend and colleague, Dr Laurie Nadel about facing your anxiety. It's a great primer for you to consider with all the doom and gloom you hear in the mass media. There are two ways to counter the negative media blitz:
1. Take news fasts - yep, turn the channel, or even turn it off

2. Train your brain for taking Creative Strategic Action. We can help with this. Go to

Additionally, Dr Laurie and I have teamed up to produce a series of recorded teleseminars, Transitioning your Thinking For These Transitionary Times: Move From Chaos to Clarity and Control!"  that can help anyone who might not only be struggling mentally and emotionally during these troubling times, but also teach you the science of how to create real lasting results for your life. We have created a new website (  with all kinds of useful information, tips, and audios, as well as a link to our blog - There's all kinds of free stuff, so check it out. You owe to your sanity! :)

If you are still working, and your organization has downsized, you are probably facing the "do more with less syndrome." That means there is no better time than now to tune up your reading skills. I'll be doing a live online program on Saturday May 16 at noon EDT. Here's a link you can go to sign up for this free 90 minute learning event:
Click Here to Register. Get an edge on the competition. By the way, did I mention it was FREE?

With clarity,


Best Regards,
President & CEO
Productive Learning Systems, Inc.

  Hotline: Workplace Communication

Communication - Seven Verbal Communication Skills

Successful executives, managers and supervisors know that the importance of effective communication in the workplace cannot be underestimated. Poor communication is responsible for mistakes, conflict, and negativity in the workplace. Have you ever thought the following?

Full Article

  Socratic Corner: Innovation and Critical Thinking:

The Two Most Important Critical Thinking Skills

The two most important critical thinking skills are not keen observation nor logic. These help, but both of these come pretty naturally in humans (though we often choose to ignore logic). The skills I am referring to are less common, at least in their fully developed forms. That's sad, considering that they lead to more powerful thinking just about anything else

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  Brain Health & Learning

The First Secret to Eliminate Anxiety

When anxiety strikes, your breathing becomes high and shallow. Inhaling and exhaling become stressful. That's because you probably tend to focus attention on the topic that is worrying you.

Full Article

  Frontline: Best Practices in Leadership & Management

You Are the First Enabler

There is an inherent relation between learning and change. Think about how you changed when you grew up; during those years where you absorbed most new knowledge and experience is where you changed most. And then there comes a time where we tend to learn less. After we have finished school or graduated the urgency to learn more diminishes. We have reached a stadium a status where we are proud of what we know. We have become someone.

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  Information Overload

Eye Span & How It Can Trap You in Reading

When learning to speed read, the saying that a little information can be a dangerous thing still applies. Consider the term "eye-span." Even though I've been teaching people from all walks of life how to speed read for 30 years, I have only recently received many questions about it. For new learners coming into my programs, the question keeps coming up early in training. I don't even use the term in my training. The new learner has read something about it somewhere. There is too much concern for it though.

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