It seems like at every conference I attend, every webinar/teleseminar I listen to, everywhere I turn, there are recommendations for books I absolutely MUST read. With so many recommendations, how will I ever get to all of them? After all, I’ve been reading the same book for the last six months – and it is a good book! I just never seem to be in the mood anymore. I used to love reading books. First it was actual books and then I used the Kindle.
But after looking at a computer all day, the last thing I really want to do is read!
Then last month, I tried an audio book. I love it! I’ve listened to two books in two weeks. Woohoo! I had been putting off audio books for a while. I mean, I’ve listened to teleseminars and I didn’t think I would like listening to books being read to me. I’d have to carry pen and paper with me so I could take notes, so it’s not like I could listen while I’m walking. And then what if the reader talks really slow? My mind would be wandering! And I thought I could read faster than I could listen.
Boy, was I wrong…
I decided to give Audible.com a try. I have an app on my phone and I can do a couple of really cool things! If I hear something noteworthy, I don’t have to scramble for the pen and paper – I can create a bookmark on my phone. When I create that bookmark, I have the option of typing in a note. So let’s say it’s a website I need to check out, I bookmark it and type “website”. So I can multi-task while I listen!
Hear something I want to hear again? With the push of one button, I can rewind 30 seconds. I can also rewind or fast forward, but I like the nice 30-second rewind.
If the reader is a slow-talker, I can speed him up. So no mind wandering happening here!
So if you dread reading a book like me, then I highly recommend audio books. And if you’re already listening to books, share what you’re using.