HOW TO REMEMBER NAMES
You just called the TV repair shop and the voice on the other end of the line tells you
"this is Don Smith". About 5 minutes later you tell your wife that "this
guy" will be out to fix the TV in the morning. You can't think of his name although
you know he mentioned it on the phone. This happens all the time to just about any of us
unless we have learned to concentrate and implant the name in our memory right at the time
we hear it. To do this you first must make a habit of repeating the name back to the
person. This action will remind you to store the name in your "Memory banks"
each time you hear someone's name, and, within a matter of a short time the
"repeating" process can be discontinued.
When you meet someone in person use the same procedure, and in addition, visualize
something different, unusual from the ordinary, or "ridiculous" about their
appearance, position, or actions that "ties in" with their name. You may have to
put the descriptive information on one side of a card or piece of paper and the name on
the other side for a while until it is imbedded in your memory permanently. Look at it
repeatedly, see the "picture" in your mind's eye as you look at the name, or
when you see the name visualize the "picture" you have assigned to the name.
Getting this system to work will require certain changes in your thinking and it may
take several days or several weeks to become proficient. After all, you have developed a
"bad Habit" over a period of many years and it is difficult to turn it around
overnight. This method also works with anything else work remembering, not just names.
When you have occasion to remember something, jot it down and incorporate it into your
list . . . No complicated formula . . . Just a system that works with a little
HOW TO REMEMBER ANYTHING!
As mentioned above a person may train their memory by associating names with specific
illustrations. This works just as well with written information. There are several key
words or a key thought in each paragraph of printed matter that can be associated with an
illogical or ridiculous illustration. It is much easier to remember and recall ridiculous
associations than it is to recall normal and uneventful relationships. As you proceed
through any text choose one or several Key words or key thoughts from each subject and
relate the same to a ridiculous cartoon or illustration. Actually "see" it in
your minds eye as it relates to the key word or key thought. When you have occasion to
remember a particular matter, the "picture" should automatically appear to you
and the entire thought should be recalled. Be sure to SEE the ridiculous picture
associated with the printed matter you wish to recall.
As you proceed through a book, practice seeing a picture and relate it to the key words
or the main thought of the written material. This method of learning should improve your
ability to retain what you read. With sufficient
"practice" using this method, many individuals will be able to develop a
The Key to this memory system is to "see" the "picture" in your
"mind's eye". After you have practiced and mastered the system and are able to
get instant flashback recall you should be able to read most any text material and
visualize ridiculous pictures to associate with the thoughts expressed in the printed
materials. We suggest you prove this system to yourself. As you read the first several
pages of information, "see" a picture related to the words or thought. It may be
rather difficult to "see" at first but by constant effort and concentration
amazing progress can be made. When you have seen the picture, just go on reading the
following subject matter and repeat the process. Don't be concerned that you will forget
the prior subjects! They should remain imprinted on your mind and recalled later,
instantaneously and clearly.
After you have read several pages, recall the first few "mind-pictures". If
you originally "saw" the picture as related to the key thought of the printed
material, you should remember the basic information. Try it! It's interesting! After you
have mastered this learning system, it should be easy to file various programs away in
your memory and recall them as needed to progress in your search for success.
MEMORY AND PUBLIC SPEAKING TIPS!
The same system mentioned on the previous page may be used to memorize a speech by
linking a series of thoughts to a series of ridiculous pictures in sequence. Proper
preparation of your speech is half the battle. Know you subject thoroughly then make an
outline for the introduction, main body and conclusion. Start your speech with something
to startle your audience into complete attention such as a weird statement or funny
In presenting the main body of your speech get the confidence of your audience by
letting them know you know your subject very well. Get your points across without
argument. In making your conclusion you can briefly sum up what you have just stated then
end with a big bang; recommending action your audience should take or suggesting they
change their viewpoint on the subject etc.; finalize with a joke that fits the
circumstances, or powerful word pictures they will remember after they leave the meeting.
Make your outline in large print with plenty of space between lines so you will be able to
look up without losing your place on the sheets. Rely on your memory for the most
important points, including the opening and closing lines.
Practice your speech with a tape recorder and in front of a mirror before the meeting.
Work out any apparent speaking problems or things that don't sound just right. Know what
you are going to do with your hands and determine the better body movements to go with
your personality. Continually make eye contact back and forth across the room. Take time
to think before answering questions. If you don't have the answer, ask another question,
refer it to someone else better qualified to answer, answer in general terms, or change
the subject (like politicians do) complimenting the person asking the
"impossible" question, or by telling a "clean" joke.