An Overview of the Photoreading Strategy & How it Changed My Life

Whether you are an ambitious student or someone who wants to evolve their learning strategy for business or leisure purposes, Photoreading can provide a fun and alternative way to accelerate your learning. With so many books available on the market (for any given subject) it is common to feel overwhelmed with projects which require high volumes of reading.

So how can we have enough time and energy to read them all? The good news is that anyone can learn how to Photoread up to 25,000 words per minute (a page per second), whilst improving intellectual confidence and having fun.

So in this video I share with you:

1) My personal story for how Photoreading changed my life

2) How Photoreading works and a demonstration of the 5 step process

So press the play button to learn more 🙂


Interesting facts about the 5 step Photoreading Strategy

On average people use 10% of their brains for their daily activities. Photoreading can help you tap into the other 90%.Children naturally use strategies of accelerative learning, especially between the ages of 1-7 as their brains behave like sponges because the rational mind has not fully developed. It is believed (through scientific research) that the genius capacity of a child normally depreciates as they get older. This is based on the theory that the elementary learning styles do not best support creative and intuitive strengths.In the martial world the soft focused vision state is used in combat. Bruce Lee apparently described his combat technique as ‘diffused attention within his book ‘The Tao of Jeet Kune Do’.

The benefits of Photoreading

  • Extract ideas more efficiently
  • Avoid reading books that do not serve you
  • Read ebooks faster
  • Develop intuition
  • Boost creativity
  • Increase job prospects & potential for earning more
  • Build intellectual confidence for presentations
  • Easy to use on a daily basis. Plus a lot more……….

Answers to questions you may have

Photoreading does not have to replace regular reading as there will be material such as a novel, for which you may prefer to use the regular style of reading. I discovered Photoreading has enabled me to process and understand information three or more times faster even when I use the regular style of reading. For example, when I read “The Magician’s Way: What It Really Takes to Find Your Treasure” by William Whitecloud with Photoreading I decided to pick out the key lessons of the story. One day I shall read the novel normally to feel the emotions of the story. By the way I think it’s one of the best self-help books ever written, especially in terms of developing life flow. PhotoReading is great for nonfiction books where the goal is simply to extract the ideas that are important to you. In that case, the sooner you can extract and apply those ideas, the better. It can also be used for technical manuals.

How you can learn this life changing skill

You can learn how to Photoread within a few days with the right practitioner. Perform a Google search to find your local trainer. You can learn more about Photoreading and check out the popular online training course from the Paul Scheele’s Learning Strategies Corporation website. If you are UK based I can personally recommend the Nlpacademy centre which is where I undertook the training. They currently have a discounted offer if you book early so you can save £150 off the normal asking price (which is amazing). Also you can retake the course (anytime) for a third of the price. Go to to signup and please mention that I (Paul Grout) referred you as a fair exchange 🙂

When you’re watched the video, share with us in the comments:

1. You’re thoughts and feelings on the subject

2. Your personal challenges with reading and any questions you may have on Photoreading for me to answer.

Leave a comment below.

Read the video transcript

About The Author

Paul Grout

I'm an coach and author of Creative Flow Evolution here to help you tap into your creative talents and natural flow to build a life you love.


  • Mary Beth Leisen

    Reply Reply December 9, 2013

    Wow… I’d love to learn this! It’d be so helpful in getting through more material. I’m going to try it on my own first, using these steps, to see what it’s like. I often have a hard time shutting off my noisy left brain, so it may be a challenge to get into that relaxed, receptive state. But I was able to see the finger ‘sausage’ effect and imagine the tangerine, so perhaps I’m on my way! Wish me luck! 🙂

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply December 11, 2013

      Hi Mary, I am glad you are inspired to learn the strategy. What I find is that Photoreading evolves through practice. The process has also allowed me to work more productivity whilst being relaxed. As it’s a state dependent activity the practice itself has a vast amount of benefits. Also I am finding myself going into expanded awareness almost automatically which helps maintain a clear focus to absorb information of any experience. Paul Scheele has combined processes that effectively allow the whole mind to be utilized in a productive way. Enjoy and ask me questions anytime.

  • Laurie McLean

    Reply Reply December 9, 2013

    This is really interesting, Paul. It reminds me of SpeedReading but I think uses a different area of the mind, the subconscious mind. I wonder if that’s what we do to a primitive extent when we’re in a bookstore, scanning for titles, reviewing the TOC, the index, the chapters, images, callouts, to quickly determine if this book will meet our needs. A new concept for me so thank you for sharing!

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply December 11, 2013

      Hi Laurie, yes I believe you are right. Even before I took the photoreading course on I discovered that we can intuitively locate information from a book we have read at an earlier time (even years before). There has been occasions when I picked a book up intuitively to find the answer to what I straight away. Photoreading actually advances this ability even more.

  • Melissa

    Reply Reply December 10, 2013

    This is so fascinating Paul! I love reading but I have so many books I want to read that I never end up reading them because I’m so overwhelmed. I’m going to pick one of the books on my list and try this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply December 11, 2013

      Hi Melissa, thank you. The main reason why I decided to learn the 5 step process was to overcome the feeling of overwhelm. With so many books and the vast amount of online material we need all the resource we can to aid our journeys. I would certainly recommend you to find out more about the course, as it will bring many wonderful gifts 🙂

  • Terry Gotham

    Reply Reply December 13, 2013

    I was wondering if you had any specific feedback for people attempting to learn large amounts of technical information. I really like the video and I’m trying to figure out a way to practice because this is HUGELY necessary for me!

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply December 16, 2013

      Hi Terry, the best way to learn the practice is to attend a workshop with a Photoreading Practitioner. Alternatively you can purchase the online training from Paul Scheele’s website (links above). I found that there is no substitute for learning the process with an expert. You can find some useful links above or google for your local practitioner. It’s worthwhile and takes a few days (normally over the weekend) to get to grips with the practice. It will give a lot in return if used frequently. Good luck Terry and thank you for dropping by.

  • Kimberly

    Reply Reply January 20, 2014

    Definitely an interesting video and certainly food for thought. Definitely something I plan to look into more.

  • Allan

    Reply Reply April 5, 2014

    Hi Paul,
    Just want to ask if photo reading can used when taking exams such as the IELTS (International English Language Test System). Thanks..

  • Feno

    Reply Reply May 14, 2014

    Does this work for no-traditional books (e-books, reports, etc)

  • shah

    Reply Reply May 29, 2014

    Hi Paul,
    Very informative.I think the key challenge here how you maintain to practice it.The more you practice the more stamina of your mind and eyes will increase but if you stop it,it will drop tremendeously.

  • Nita Mendoza

    Reply Reply June 22, 2016

    Hi Paul. I’m trying to learn photo reading and your video is very helpful. Is it possible to just photo read books without immediately activating them? Like can I photo read several books on a particular topic and leave out the last step which is activation?

  • safa

    Reply Reply November 30, 2016

    Hi Paul,

    really enjoyed the video! I have done the course from learning strategies. So far I can see the cocktail sausage and blip page. But, I can’t see the blip page when the book is laying on the table at 45 degrees!

    Does that matter?

    Also when I am photoreading I can recognise words on the page – is that bad?

    Umm – it would be great to get your feedback.



  • Ashwini

    Reply Reply June 12, 2017

    Hi paul. I remeber i used to do very well during my high school, was top in math,didnt really read much or cram books, would listen to class,never finished reading the syllabus for exams, but just before going to exam i would turn pages very quickly,not more than 3-5 seconds a page and would go and sit in the exam..and when i read questions i could go back to the picture of pages in my mind,focus on the exact line i am looking for,find answer and write it, but most of the answers would come from the lessons taught by teachers in the class…i would have never read that chapter again,but would just remember everything every teacher has taught in every class, i would even tell the date and time of that class. my teacher would ask me to write down some math questions on the board for the students to solve while he had to check assignments, i would not open the text book and remember the question in the math textbook,i could remem page number, paragaraph,main,number of questions and all the question and write down the exact question. i never spent any minute trying to remem any questions,everyone thought i was genius, I Memorised whole periodic table with all the details when i was in 10th std.. i did that in 2 days..,I even solved one the challenging problem given by boards which two mathematics teachers and one mathematics professor told that the question itself is wrong.and that was probably a printing mistake … no one solved it in more than 600 students and 20 teachers.. i dont know how i did all that, now…i can hardly remem anything,its been so hard these days to remem just the 40 pages of what i study…i know no one believes all this,no believed when i told i haven’t read for my exams during my high school, i really never did. i dont remem any tricks or techniques of doing that… it was just too easy and pictures of pages would flow through my hands were shivering when i was watching this video,because i was in the position once, capable of remembering anything. I wish i would get that back, i wish to know how to get that that i saw how yo do that..i am going to try and hope it works..i could not see the sausage with 2 fingers close to my eyes.. i will try and do that when i am relaxed and het back to you. Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful skill to master a book in min and helping so many students like me.god bless you. Thank you

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