How to Improve Your Memory Quickly

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Having a Good Memory

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Fortunately I have always had a good memory and thought that most people did too, but was surprised how many people out there have trouble remembering events, names and occurrences. I also learned and been teaching a memory technique that is one of the best I’ve come across in years. This memory technique is a product of learning to tap into your potential in order for self improvement.

These days’ people are looking for the latest and greatest in order to be successful. How many times have you just got off the phone after a successful interview and forgot the person’s name that you were speaking with or met someone at a business function and minutes later forgot their name. This could be detrimental to your success in life. William James, a Psychologist said that (and I am sure that you may have come across this statistic sometime in your lifetime) that most of us only use 10% of our potential in our lifetime. That means there is 90% of untapped human potential.

Memory Techniques

I’m going to illustrate that we can tap into that potential by simply using a simple exercise to improve your memory in a short period of time. The mind tends to think and relate better to pictures faster, so here goes the magic. If I suggest to you to think of the word duck what pops into your head ? an image of Donald Duck, a Mallard Duck sitting on a pond, of course you immediately get a mental image of the word that is heard and processed by your brain. You do not immediately think of the word DUCK do you? The problem is that when we were taught early on in elementary school how to memorize they did not use a technique associated with the mental image process. Instead you were just taught to memorize by rote and that was a lot harder and longer process. Well here’s a memory technique that will help you improve your memory and it goes like this if you already had not guessed. If I taught you ten public speaking tips and the next day you tried to remember without using this memory technique you may get three or four but if I you used this technique you would probably remember 8 or 10 and probably in order! Let’s try five to illustrate this example.

  1. 90 % of your nervousness does not show.
  2. Do not try to recite word for word.
  3. Do not memorize your speech
  4. Show up early
  5. Take Deep Breaths
  6. Look for a friendly face in the audience

Now try to memorize these in order then close your eyes and try to recite them. Don’t cheat

After you try to recite and only get a couple then try this.

Associate the six tips with a little story and it goes like this and is based on a horse race

  1. Favorite horse no showed
  2. Jockey was trying to write a down grocery list word for word
  3. Could not remember exactly what his wife wanted
  4. because he was watching his time
  5. Horse had to take deep breaths from running fast
  6. The jockey in front was smiling cause he was ahead

 

Now use this memory association scenario and then close your eyes and try to remember the seven tips. I’m sure that you probably get them all and probably in order because of the logical sequential flow of the scenario. It’s easy to see how using a simple technique can improve your memory quickly!

 

 

Time Management Workshop – Sodexo Campus Services Columbia, SC

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Keys to Team Building with New EmployeesLeaders Speakers was chosen to facilitate a Time Management Workshop for the Sodexo Food Service Group. Rachel Ayalya, General Manager Sodexo Campus Services University of South Carolina contacted Leaders Speakers to facilitate a program that would help her management staff develop more effective time management techniques by changing ineffective habits and how to overcome obstacles. Leaders Speakers one day workshop  showed them how to plan their day well in advance with effective time management tools – how to prepare a Task Plan. We defined and showed how to them establish goals, priorities and activities and how important it is to establish practical measureable and definable goals, define activities associated with achieving goals, and how to define your priorities. The process translates to organizing activities in priority that need to be done that day against the time that needs to be allocated to each activity. Important emphasis was given on how to keep on track and AVOID the distractions that keep individuals from accomplishing their daily goals. We teach that setting goals and Objectives is important. Working without effective time management goals and targets does not establish a “tangible” plan for what you want to accomplish.

Time Management Tips and Strategies

We made the participants aware of the fallacy that some people think they may even have it all in their head, but without an established plan you will go off course and fail to achieve your objectives. Leaders Speakers also showed the group of Managers good time management skills included” How to Tame the Email Monster”. Most employees get bogged down with and are slaves to their email which is a HUGE time waste and can account for many hours wasted hours that could be better spent on other priorities. The group seemed surprised to learn that one of the basic email rules is 99 percent of emails do not require immediate action and 50 percent require no action at all! In the end the Managers learned how to determine sources of time management challenges, use Time Management tools to change habits and behaviors, and Time Management requires discipline.