February 21, 2019 - Issue 19-08

Good Afternoon  ,

During the past few years, I've been working diligently to learn to communicate in Spanish. Since I live in Spanish-speaking Argentina, it's important. I'm making reasonable progress.

One thing I've noted is how much better I remember a recently learned word when it's in context. 

Occasionally I review my last several entries in Google Translate. Mostly, that's just a list of words and their translations. No context.

Some entries are phrases. They're much easier to recall because the word becomes part of a thought. A little context.

Even easier to remember is a word used in a whole body of text conveying a complete idea. Complete context.

What's the most common recommendation experts make to those who want to improve their performance in life and business?

To achieve new and better things, most business leaders recommend reading everything you can.

So you read lots of books. What do you do with the information? Is it stored usefully in your memory banks so you can recall it when you need it? Or is it soon replaced by other information so you remember only the latest input?

Jessica Stillman is a freelance writer who often contributes to Inc. magazine. She reports on Bill Gates and Elon Musk's suggestions for how to retain what you read and learn. Just as important as reading!

Just as in my experience learning a language, information sticks much better when it's in context. If it's just random facts, it's soon lost in the clutter. Jessica relates a similar analogy from chess.

So what's the best way to put the world of knowledge into a framework where everything fits into place? Gates says read history! Jessica explains why that works. Check out the very short (1-1/2 minutes) video for Bill Gates' brief reading list to accomplish this. It's at the end of Jessica's article.

Want to get ahead in business, and in life? Read

Want to retain what your read? Read things that organize knowledge, making it all logical and memorable.

John Stevens

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About John

Throughout a career spanning over 45 years my management style has been one of building teams to bring several competent people together to focus on a common objective. I noted early in my career that, in most organizations, there is an enormous amount of time, energy, and effort wasted by people working at cross purposes.

As I transition to life in the Argentine outback, my focus shifts from coaching to helping other business coaches and advisers get their message out to their prospective clients. With my first-hand knowledge of the benefits of effective business coaching, I am uniquely qualified to help business advisers of all stripes convey their message.

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