(1) How did memory techniques originate?Most of the techniques I teach come from the ancient Greeks. Back then, everyone was educated in what was called the “art of memory.” Somehow that got lost over time and nowadays we don’t teach it at all in our educational system. We’re expected to remember a lot of information, but we’re never taught how to remember it.
(2) When you say that you can “superpower” memory, what do you mean?When you force yourself to commit things to memory and recall them, your memory will automatically improve. That’s one aspect. Another aspect is learning techniques that will allow you to memorise specific types of information, such as names and faces or information that contains numbers – a perfect example of using memory to build business knowledge.
(3) What’s your technique for improving your memory?I’ve broken my teaching into three main principles. One is visualisation of the image, so you take whatever it is that you are trying to remember and try to turn it into a simple image or series of memorable images. Beyond visualisation, try to involve as many additional senses as you can while trying to commit a piece of information to memory. The more senses that you involve, the more of your brain you’ll be using and the more connections in your mind to the information you’ll be building, so it will be much easier to remember. Next, use your creativity and imagination to make what you are seeing and experiencing in your mind unusual and extraordinary. This is important so that you can take advantage of the psychological aspect to your memory. With putting forth little to no effort, we can all remember things that are unusual and extraordinary in some way. Find out what advantages lie in store if your next goal is to develop your memory Image: Shutterstock By Shané Schutte
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