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  • GTD Fast - my personal view

    I recently listened to the GTD Fast audio. I was intrigued to listen to it after reading some favorable comments about it here and there.

    Frankly, I was disappointed by it. I expected to hear something more practical, implementable, specific. In my view the presentation tended to run on and some of the main points were lost to me. In my view, reading the GTD book is much more useful than listening to the GTD Fast audio. If one doesn't have adequate knowledge of the GTD methodology as expounded in the book, she or he would find it quite difficult to implement the methodology merely by listening to the GTD Fast audio.

    I hope I shall not be judged as a heretic for expressing the above views, but I'll be very interested to hear any arguments refuting what I wrote.

    Anyway, I undertake to listen to the audio again in the near future. Come to think of it, I should add this to my Someday/Maybe list.

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    GTD Fast -- Personal View

    Personally, I got much more out of the first 4 CD's or so and got very little out of the mind-mapping/consciousness stuff at the end, which I found a little wha wha-whoo-whoo.

    Overall, though, I greatly enjoyed it, felt I got my money's worth and use it for a periodic motivational "blast."

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    • #3
      GTD Fast was not meant to be a GTD book replacement.

      Originally posted by DoingIt
      In my view, reading the GTD book is much more useful than listening to the GTD Fast audio. If one doesn't have adequate knowledge of the GTD methodology as expounded in the book, she or he would find it quite difficult to implement the methodology merely by listening to the GTD Fast audio.
      I do not think that GTD Fast was meant to be a GTD book replacement. It was a supplementary product for the book.

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      • #4
        Maybe this is as simple as the fact that you aren't an audio learner. Some people learn best by reading, some by watching, and some by listening.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DoingIt
          Frankly, I was disappointed by it. I expected to hear something more practical, implementable, specific. In my view the presentation tended to run on and some of the main points were lost to me. In my view, reading the GTD book is much more useful than listening to the GTD Fast audio. If one doesn't have adequate knowledge of the GTD methodology as expounded in the book, she or he would find it quite difficult to implement the methodology merely by listening to the GTD Fast audio.
          Have you listened to the audio of the GTD book? Dry as dust, IMHO it is much better to read the book. On the other hand, I enjoy listening to the audio of the snippets that make up the Ready for Anything book, perhaps more than the book. I think the GTD Fast CD's provide a lot of the background for the book, so you can understand the why behind the what better. It's also a good motivator for many people. But the implementation is really in there, too, and the workbook provides experiential learning as well.

          Based upon your language, I suggest that you currently view GTD as a methodology, an algorithm if you like, which one implements. While this is certainly true, I can also make a case for GTD as an existential stance. I think the relevance of phrases "mind like water" and "presence in the moment" (which DA does not use, AFAIK) are clearer after listening to the tapes.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Michael Hyatt
            Maybe this is as simple as the fact that you aren't an audio learner.
            It's true that I prefer to read something in order to learn as opposed to listening to the topic or watching a demonstration of it.

            One thought that comes to my mind is that if one were to watch DA giving the presentation, complete with his facial expressions and gestures, with the proper gaps between sessions etc., it would be a different and possibly better experience than just listening to the audio.

            Without meaning to repeat myself, I should say that I intend to listen to the audio presentation again in the near future. Perhaps I will then change my mind about the effectiveness of the presentation.

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