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Author Dwayne Melancon is always on the lookout for new things to learn. An ecclectic collection of postings on personal productivity, travel, good books, gadgets, leadership & management, and many other things.


Now, type with your hands

Today on Talking Story, I'm a guest author with a post on learning - thanks to Rosa Say's focus on learning this month. In the post, I talk about why I'm glad I was required to take a typing class in high school. The post is more about learning than specifically about typing, but I've gotten a couple of comments (on and off the blog) about people who wish they'd taken typing (or paid more attention in typing class).

If you are not happy with your current typing skills, all is not lost. I highly recommend the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing as a means to rapidly improve your typing skills. This is a very well done, interactive teaching session that adapts its lessons based on your initial typing ability and progress as you use the product.

You start with a test to establish a baseline and guide you to the appropriate starting point. At each step of the way there is a nice mix of instruction, practice, and testing. And, you can do it in nice little chunks, as required for your schedule. I got it a couple of years ago, at the advice of David Allen, and improved my accuracy while improving my typing speed by about 25%.

Or, you could always use the speech-to-text product I mentioned in my last post. But I still think typing is a foundational skill in today's environment.

If you try out (or have tried) "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing", I'd love to hear how you like it.

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