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How to Memorize a Speech

 

How to Memorize a Speech and Impress Your Audience

As comedian Jerry Seinfeld says, the fear of public speaking is more common than the fear of death.

So when you go to a funeral, most people would prefer to be in the casket up the front than sitting in the congregation.

Imagine if the thought of giving a speech gave you a feeling of excitement rather than anxiety. That would be a dream come true for many people, but is it possible?

Build Your Confidence

One way to boost your confidence for public speaking is to learn better public speaking skills. This is called the Competence/Confidence Loop and it's something you can apply to any area of your life.

You can hack almost any skill by breaking into this loop.

Not very competent at ice skating? Have the confidence to get out there and give it a try. Fall down, get back up again and have the confidence to try again and again.

Not very confident at public speaking? Improve your competence. Like anything, public...

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The New Elements of the Periodic Table

 

Memorizing the Periodic Table: Back to the Drawing Board

In 2013, I published a book on Amazon explaining how to memorize the periodic table.

It wasn’t so much a ‘how to...’ book as a cool brain hack. When you read the book it creates memories in your head – memories of the names of all the chemical elements.

Yes, I know it sounds far-fetched, but let’s just say it taps into how your brain naturally works and leverages a bit of neuroscience geekiness. It really works.

The book became a best-seller, but I still wanted to sell more copies. So what’d I do?

One of my early promotional ideas was to create a whiteboard animation video on YouTube, encouraging people to go and purchase a copy of my literary masterpiece.

The video flopped … kind of.

Nobody went and bought the book, but a LOT of people were watching the promo video.

Pretty soon it was the #1 video on YouTube and Google* when you searched ‘how to memorize...

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How to Remember Names and Faces

 

How to Remember Names and Faces Fast and Easily

"I know your name but I don't recognize your face", said nobody ... ever.

Why is that? Why are we usually much better at faces than names?

Two of the ways your memory is tested on a daily basis is by challenging it to recognize something or to recall something.

When we recognize an image, smell, sound, taste or feeling it's because we've experienced it before. It doesn't require much effort - our mind does it automatically without us even trying.

That's why we're much better at people's faces than their names.

Remembering a face is all about recognition, but remembering a name requires us to recall it from our memory.

The first video above demonstrates the amazing ability of our mind to recognize images, even when we've only seen them briefly. 

Over 80% of people recognize 29 or 30 of the images, and 100% recognize 25 or more. Wow!

So how can you get better at recalling names?  It's all...

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How to Memorize the 12 British Monarchs

 

How to Memorize the 12 British Monarchs 10X Faster

If you’d like to remember and recall all the British monarchs, this video will make you do exactly that in only a few minutes.

Human memory is predominantly visual, and you can take advantage of that by visualizing what you need to remember and connecting it to something you already know. And that’s what I’ll do in this video. Picture each image in your head, and I’ll connect them for you using a crazy story.

When you want to recall the names of all the British monarchs, here’s what to visualize.

Picture the royal throne where the monarch sits. You know it’s the throne of the British monarch because the British flag – the Union Jack – is on the wall behind it.

  1. Sitting on the throne is a queen ant. The first British monarch after the mergers of the kingdoms of England and Scotland was Queen Anne. Queen ant sounds very similar to Queen Anne, so when you picture the...
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How to Memorize the Ten Longest Rivers in the World

 

How to Memorize the 10 Longest Rivers in the World

In this video I’m going to activate the amazing power of your visual memory and make you memorize the 10 longest rivers in the world, in only a few minutes.

The key to effective memorization is visualization and association. I’ll show you exactly what to visualize in your mind, and how to link it to the name of each of the 10 longest rivers. 

Focus on picturing each image in your head, and you’ll be amazed how easily you remember everything. 

When you want to recall the names of the 10 longest rivers, here’s what you’ll visualize. 

Picture a long winding river.

  1. Along the banks of the river and even floating in the water are lots of bookshelves filled with books. The longest river in the world is the Amazon, which is also the name of the world’s largest online bookstore, the famous website and eCommerce store – Amazon. So when you need to remember...
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How to Memorize the 7 Ancient Wonders

 

How to Memorize the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World

I'm going to hack your brain and make you memorize the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World faster and more effectively than you ever thought possible.

The key to effective memorization is visualization and association. I'll show you exactly what to visualize in your mind, and how to link it to the name of each of the 7 Wonders.

Focus on imagining each drawing in your head, and you’ll be stunned how easily you remember everything.

When you need to recall the 7 ancient wonders, here’s what you’ll visualize.

Seven ancient people are standing in a group, wondering. Some have walking canes or walking frames, some are in wheelchairs. They’re all wondering about something – some are scratching their head or chin, and they have thought bubbles above their heads with question marks. Now, when you think of the 7 ancient wonders, you’ll imagine this wonderful group of ancient people,...

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How to Memorize Pi

How to Memorize Pi 10X Faster

To memorize pi 10 times faster than you ever thought possible, you need to do what memory experts do, and use your visual memory.

In this video I’m going to make you memorize pi to 20 decimals by showing you what to picture in your mind, and connecting all the pictures together using a crazy story.

Instead of visualizing a number, you’ll imagine an object that rhymes with a particular number.

To remember the number one you could create a mental image of a gun, or a nun, or the sun. None of the digits from zero to nine rhyme with each other, so you won’t get confused.

Let’s get into it and you’ll see how simple it is. Focus on imagining each picture in your mind, and you’ll be amazed how easily you can recall everything.

  1. When you want to recall pi, picture a large slice of pie. It’s sitting in the branches of a tree, and it’s cherry pie with red cherry filling. Because the pie is in a tree,...
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How to Memorize the Olympic Cities

 

Memorize the Olympic Cities in Under 20 Minutes

Memorizing the names of all the Olympic cities 10 times faster is super easy when you know how your memory works.

Most people use their verbal memory, but memory experts use their visual memory.

In these videos I’m going to hack your brain and make you do what the experts do.

I’ll tell you exactly what to picture in your mind, and I’ll draw it for you as well. Then, your visual memory will do something astonishing and you’ll be amazed how easily you can recall the names of all the Olympic cities.

Let’s do it.

We’ll begin by picturing the Olympic rings, the five interlocking circles that are blue, yellow, black, green and red. They’re painted on the ground, and walking over and playing among the Olympic rings are eight hens.

  1. ‘Eight hens’ sounds a bit like Athens, the traditional home of the Olympic movement and the first city to host the modern Olympics. The...
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How to Memorize the Presidents

 

Memorize the US Presidents in Less than One Hour!

To memorize the presidents of the United States faster than you ever thought possible, you need to do what memory experts do - use visual memory techniques.

I’ll tell you exactly what to picture in your mind, and in the video above - I’ll draw it for you too.

Focus on seeing each image in your head, and you’ll be amazed how easily you can recall everything.

Let’s get into it.

  1. We’ll begin by picturing a washing machine. The 1st president of the United States was, of course, George Washington. Washington sounds a bit like 'washing machine'. I’m sure you don’t need any help remembering the first president, but we’ll use an image anyway because it’s the first picture in our visual story. So picture a washing machine, and imagine it has arms and legs. It’s running down the street, arms and legs pumping madly, and the lid of the washing machine is...
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How to Memorize the Periodic Table

 

Top 5 Methods for Memorizing the Periodic Table

Let’s count down the top five techniques from the most common (aka the least effective and most tedious) to the Rolls Royce of memory techniques that’ll have you remembering like a memory rock star!

No.5 Repetition - How to Memorize the Periodic Table Slowly

Remember how you learned the alphabet? You repeated it over and over ... and over.

Repetition is an important part of the learning process, and little kids have an amazing capacity for repeating things endlessly (and driving their family crazy). But as you get older, you quickly realize that repetition is dull and boring.

Not only is repetition sleep inducing, it’s an ineffective memorization technique. Some amount of repetition is necessary for learning, but you should combine it with other learning methods for the best results.

If you’re a crazy person and you’re determined to memorize the names of 118 chemical elements just by...

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