Professor J. Michael Bennett, Ed.D.
For over two decades Dr. J. Michael Bennett served as a rhetoric professor at the University of Minnesota. His award-winning teaching and research on human communication focused primarily on listening, reading, speaking and writing. He earned a doctorate degree in reading.
Mike's first program for Learning Strategies Corporation, Four Powers For Greatness: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, has been acclaimed by educators as the most complete and concise program on the subject.
No other self-study vocabulary program approaches the level of effectiveness as his Million Dollar Vocabulary Personal Learning Course.
As an author and researcher, Mike published many journal articles in various areas of communication, including the College Reading/Speed Reading entry in the "World Book Encyclopedia". He was coauthor of the nationally standardized Nelson-Denny Reading Test, Forms E and F (Riverside Press), and sole author of three important books -- Efficient Reading for Managers and How to Build a Power Vocabulary for the American Management Association, and Four Powers of Communication -- Skills for Effective Learning for McGraw-Hill Publishing Company.
Up until his death in 2013, Mike was active in The International Reading Association, The National Council of Teachers of English, The American Reading Forum, The National Reading Conference, The Speech Communication Association, and the North Central Reading Association, of which he was President and former Editor-in-Chief of their publication, "The Journal of College and Adult Reading and Learning".
Mike first became acquainted with Learning Strategies Corporation when a Twin Cities television station approached him for an opinion on our PhotoReading program. He read The PhotoReading Whole Mind System book by Paul Scheele and enrolled in our PhotoReading seminar before giving his unconditional endorsement to PhotoReading.
The two reading geniuses, Paul Scheele and Mike Bennett, spent days poring over each others work. It became obvious that Mike's talent was worth sharing with our customers, so we commissioned him to create Four Powers For Greatness.