Tips and Tools to Read More Books More Quickly

Productivity

When we stop learning new ideas, strategies, and principles, we are limited in both the vision we set for our team, and our ability to move our team to that vision. One of the ways we continue to learn is by continuing to read, thus the phrase, “Leaders are Readers.” Few would argue with the benefit of reading, but many argue there are too many roadblocks to consistently read. You are busy running a business, tending to families, and serving in the church. How is there even time for reading? Here are a few tips and tools to help you read more books.

3 Tips to Get Through More Books

Only read good books

Your schedule is already crazy. If you are going to make time for a book, make sure it’s a good one. Don’t waste your time on books and resources that aren’t engaging. The point of reading is to learn so you can be a better leader for your team. If the source of information isn’t engaging enough to keep your attention, chances are the ideas won’t be implemented in a way that engages your team.

Read Faster

Easier said than done, but like most things, practice improves performance. The more you read, the faster you get. You can also get creative with how you consume information, such as using audio books or reading book summaries. Keep reading to learn about some tools that will help your creativity and speed.

Ditch the Distractions

Analyze your schedule and reduce or limit any time-wasters. Whether it’s an occasional Netflix binge or an extra round of golf, make the commitment to invest in yourself as a leader. Ditch the distractions and consume more books.

4 Tools to Get Through More Books

Audible

Listening to books allows you to consume information while completing every day activities, such as driving, eating, exercising, and running errands. Audible is a leading audio book platform that provides thousands of titles for a monthly subscription price, allowing you to listen from your computer or your mobile device through the free Audible app. Get more information and sign up for your free trial here.

GetAbstract

Not every book needs to be read in its entirety to walk away with worth while ideas. GetAbstract does the work of summarizing books so within a matter of 15 minutes, you can walk away with the book rating, top take-aways, a full summary, significant quotes, and an author biography. Similar to Audible, GetAbstract can be leveraged on multiple devices through their free app. An added bonus is the ability to purchase subscriptions at a team or company wide level, giving you the opportunity to invest in each employee in your business. You can get started here.

Amazon Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited offers one of the largest libraries to choose from with many listening and reading options. Kindle also allows you to listen and read across multiple devices, leveraging the Kindle app. One of the differentiating features of Kindle Unlimited is the ability to switch from audio to text at any time across all devices. This allows you to begin reading at home, and continue the book in the car. Check out their pricing and additional information here.

OverDrive

Not only is OverDrive completely free to use, it provides access to a massive digital library as it connects you to your actual library. Overdrive connects with your local library, just like you would a physical library where you can borrow and enjoy free ebooks, audiobooks, and more. All you need to get started is a library card.

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  • Kevin Miller Bio

    With over a decade of experience in marketing leadership, brand management, and business development, Kevin has helped numerous companies refine and implement plans to create exponential growth.

    Prior to joining C12, Kevin led a successful Florida-based brand strategy consulting business focused on growing small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurial in spirit, Kevin also has a diverse background in launching start-ups as well as helping struggling or stagnant businesses develop a new course of action. His experience incorporates knowledge from multiple industries including textile manufacturing and design, medicine, real estate, technology, web development, and the creative arts.

    After attending the University of Central Florida where he studied Music Performance, Kevin became involved in worship arts and youth ministries, serving for several years in various leadership roles. He and his wife Beth, an elementary school administrator, have been married since 2000. Together with two sons Kyle and Kamden, they enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking, hunting, fishing, and backpacking.

  • Troy Blackmon Bio

    Troy came to The C12 Group in 2008, with a diverse background in executive leadership, sales development, team building, and operations. Through his role as VP of Field Operations, he is committed to serve, equip and encourage CEOs and business owners to lead thriving companies that honor the Lord and serve people.

    During his tenure at Chick-fil-A, Inc. Troy learned that business excellence and glorifying God in the marketplace go hand in hand. Troy managed a P&L of $35+ million in revenue and coached business owners in operational excellence and improving financial results.

    In addition, Troy has been involved in leading small group ministry, including planting a church in Seattle, WA. Troy was formerly Partner at OneAccord, a management-consulting firm focused on accelerating revenue for mid-market companies. While at OneAccord, Troy was privileged to work with numerous technology companies in senior leadership positions, managing sales, marketing, and business development activities. Troy most recently served as the President of a technology private equity group, where he led the management teams of 4 portfolio businesses.

    Troy is married to his high school sweetheart, Shanna, and has been blessed with 4 children. He enjoys golf, cycling, and mountain biking with his family.

  • Mike Sharrow Bio

    Mike joined C12 as a member in 2010 while serving as an executive pastor for a large church in Texas and owner of a healthcare strategy consulting group.  Prior to that, he had served in a variety of leadership roles in both operations and sales corporately for the Walgreen Company, financial services as well as strategic development work with Health by Design.  In 2011 he exited his commitments to join the local C12 practice in San Antonio as an associate chair serving CEOs across that market.  In 2013 he and a partner acquired the greater Central Texas region and stewarded it as it grew to a team of 8 full-time chairmen serving nearly 150 leaders.  Mike is passionate about collaboration, strategic planning, Gospel initiatives and BHAG endeavors.

    With a background spanning Fortune 50 corporate settings, startups, non-profit and local church, Mike has been discipled into an integrated life perspective around the calling all believers share to be disciple-making disciples and ambassadors of Christ across all vocations and contexts.  It was in 2005 when God revealed to Mike the perils of a “sacred versus secular” duality in life and since then he’s been on the adventure of living one life in Christ, with work as worship, business as ministry and life as mission.

    Mike grew up in Alaska, graduated from Trinity International University and the Loyola Graduate School of Business.  He married his bijou of an Iowa farmers daughter, Jacqui, in 2002 and they have 2 girls, Elayna and Sophia.