SXSW 2012: How to Remember Anything: A Teach Yourself Guide

Mark Channon
How to Remember Anything, Author

Presentation Description

“How to Remember Anything” shows how a radically improved memory can add real value in life and in business and can help build your career. Mark Channon, Actor, Hypnotherapist, Product Manager and author of Teach Yourself How to Remember Anything, will take you on a whirlwind tour of the memory techniques inside How to Remember Anything. Guiding you through a set of key examples on how to remember names, books, presentations and more. Mark was one of the first Grand Masters of Memory in the world and creator of BBC’s Monkhouses Memory Masters.

Presentation Notes

Relaxing makes you concentrate better, so whenever it is you’re in need to remember something make sure you are just that.
Break down words into pictures, as pictures are easier to remember.

  1. Chain Method: you can remember words by chaining them into a story with images, even if the words do not correlate with a logical story. Mark gave an example of this method to everyone, and had someone regurgitate the main points precisely.
  2. Names: This is a multi step method consisting of 4 parts:
    • Prime Yourself: What’s interesting about the person you’re going to talk to? It’s easy to look around you and figure out what is all brown, but if you are only concentrating on what’s brown it’ll be hard to then reiterate what was blue.
    • Listen to their name
    • Create an image and imagine a short story about their name
    • Repeat their name back as you think of the story
  3. Memory Networks: System to correlate items to body parts. For instance, correlate each item from your toes to your head: feet, knees, thighs, butt, stomach, chest, head. This same method can be used to correlate numbers to objects around you. A television could be #1, a speaker could be #36, etc. This same method can also be used to remember passwords.
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