I first heard Paul Scheele being interviewed on KSTP radio in the Twin Cities. I heard only a few seconds about being able to tell how a person is thinking by watching eye movements.
At the time I was doing a lot of newspaper and magazine writing. I wanted to do a story on him, and I needed him to teach me something about this NLP he was talking about.
We got together, and I spent a day with him and Mark Kinnich, his first business partner. (This was back in 1981, the first year of Learning Strategies Corporation.)
The experience totally blew me away.
I wrote four articles on them. They got hundreds of new clients. They put me through their training, and we became friends.
In the ensuing years I hired them for a couple of projects and they hired me.
In 1985 Paul called me up and asked, "What if you could be taught to go through a book as fast as you could turn the pages."
I was again blown away.
I took to it immediately, scoring 80-100% on comprehension tests. I had no doubt I was capable of doing it. I had thought about it all of my life. I just had no idea how to do it.
Within a couple of months I was hauling my office furniture up the elevator. Paul's partner Mark was quitting to head a human resource department at Honeywell. Paul and I put everything else he had been doing on the back burner, and we focused on developing this thing we were calling PhotoReading.
The evolution has been more in how we teach it than anything else. I was PhotoReading at 693,000 wpm back in 1985.
It has been a fun ride, and I love it. It is great to come into the office every day.