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Pat Williams issues reading challenge at the Library

Pat Williams answers audience questions.Written by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian

Pat Williams, noted motivational speaker and senior vice president of the Orlando Magic basketball team, paid a visit to the University Library on November 10 to discuss the importance for leaders to be continuously reading books. The author himself of 56 books, Mr. Williams began his talk by reminding the audience that the brain is like a muscle-without constant exercise it atrophies. The best way to keep the brain fit is through reading books.

The Reading Challenge

Pat Williams’s “Reading Challenge,” which he issues to audiences throughout the country, is to read a book of your choice for one hour per day, every day, for the rest of your life. Assuming an average reading speed of 200 words per minute, readers who take the Williams challenge will complete one book per week and 52 books per year. Williams also said that reading five books on any one topic will qualify you as an “expert” on that subject. According to Williams, when he travels, the only planning question that sometimes gives him difficulty is which books to bring.

For those who wish to read faster and better, Williams highly recommended speed reading methods, such as the Reading Dynamics method pioneered by Evelyn Wood.

You can view Pat Williams’ Reading Challenge on the video section of his website.