Reading business books without taking action on what you learn is a waste of precious time.
How much more productive and successful could you be if you actually took action on the ideas you learned from reading?
It’s easy to do. Here’s what an adult learning expert once shared with me on how to learn more from reading.
Start by paging through the book. Notice what the chapter titles, subheadings and bullet points have to offer. Write down any questions that come up as you leaf through.
As you start reading highlight areas that you want to remember and review later. Make sure each of your questions from the first exercise are answered as you read each chapter.
Take notes and create action steps as you read. At the end of each chapter recap the steps the book offers.
Follow this advice for each chapter. At the end of the book, go back over your notes and highlighted areas, starting with chapter one and do the steps outlined.
A few great books to start with are:
Purple Cow by Seth Godin
How to Become a Rainmaker by Jeffery Fox
How to Get Everything You Can From Everything You’ve Got by Jay Abraham
Webify Your Business by Patrick Schwerdtfeger (this is an easy one because Patrick provides action steps at the end of each chapter).