England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Personal and organisational development

Speed reading


Can’t make this session? Check out the other dates we’re running this course.


You may have heard of mnemonic devices before but have you ever created a mind map? The intellectual demands of councillors and officers are hefty, but the techniques you’ll learn in this stimulating training will help sharpen your memory skills and enable you to excel in your role.

Plus, we will also focus on how our brain absorbs and processes information, including the relationship between the eye and brain.  Understand different types of reading styles and how to learn new, positive reading habits. Learn specific techniques to improve your ability to process and absorb written information.

Key outcomes

  • Understand short and long-term memory functions
  • Use memory techniques including chaining and word association
  • Create mindmaps for retention and creativity
  • Understand the barriers to reading and adopt different reading styles
  • Co-ordinate eye movements better to minimise any poor reading habits
  • Improve retention of information using specific techniques

Who should attend

This is an essential course for members and officers who need to be able to read and summarise information from written text faster and more effectively and also need to be able to store and retain lots of information.

Your LGIU Trainer

Miranda Smythe has 30 years of experience helping organisations (mainly local governments) identify learning gaps and develop tailored, creative strategies to address their goals. Miranda is also involved in local community development activities and provides mental health awareness sessions for many not-for-profit organisations. She is chair of a local homelessness charity and has been instrumental in developing and facilitating community leadership initiatives in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

What others are saying about LGIU training

Was a worthwhile session, and I will be recommending it to all new and returning councillors after the May election since speed reading is a skill they’ll need in their new roles. Thanks for a grand time!

– Flora, from Stirling