Six Minutes with Steve Snyder

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Does the name Steve Snyder sound familiar to you? He once read fourteen books on a flight between Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia. His reading speed is about five thousand words per minute for what he calls his “jogging speed.” His sprinting speed is about ten thousand words per minute. At age 15, he began teaching his reading techniques to fellow students. If over the years you have taken or taught our Quantum Reading course then Steve Snyder’s story is familiar. Steve’s reading techniques are the Quantum Reading system we have taught for years to help students increase their reading speed and comprehension.

Steve recently visited Quantum Learning Network’s headquarters in Oceanside, California, and spent some time with us talking about reading, memorization, and the power of the brain. He confirmed that he did indeed read fourteen books on that flight to Australia and even told us some of the titles. He still reads three to four books a day and averages twenty to twenty-five a week. But it was his comments on his powerful brain that stood out the most from our conversation.

According to Steve, “Our memory is 100% accurate. All that good information we have ever learned is still stored somewhere up there. Recalling it is where the difficulty lies.” We all agreed we’d benefit from accurate and timely retrieval of the information we have stored in our brains. When we asked Steve if he has always had an amazing brain his eyes lit up, a big smile consumed his face, and he said with certainty, “I have a great brain, and so do you!”

“Your beliefs about your brain become a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy,” he advised. Steve tells himself every day that he has a great memory. When he notices waiters memorizing his order without writing it down he is sure to tell them, “You have a great memory  . . . and so do I!” He says the “and so do I” reminds him that we are all blessed with the most incredible and miraculous of organs  . . . our brains.

I marvel at how, in such a short period of time, Steve drew everyone in with his enthusiasm, positivity, and willingness to share his journey. I couldn’t help but think what a remarkable man he is. He has taught his reading techniques to hundreds of thousands of people around the world and read thousands upon thousands of books. What an incredible mind he possesses  . . . and so do I!

Check out Steve Snyder’s new book, Focused Passion, available                              



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About Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller was a classroom teacher for 10 years before joining Quantum Learning Network as an Education Development Manger. He currently writes curriculum, designs trainings, and facilitates learning and life skills workshops with educators and youth. Jeff has an MFA in Creative Writing and dabbles in poetry and nonfiction.

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