4 x AUStralian memory champion
Helping people improve their memory
4 x AUStralian memory champion
Helping people improve their memory
For many years I believed I had a bad memory. I was never good at remembering names. I used to forget as soon as someone said something to me. I was horrified of speaking to a group people, anxious that I’d forget or say something silly. I barely even read as I’d get mentally exhausted attempting to read, and re-read, and re-read, only to forget what I had read! Yet this all felt normal to me. I thought this was life and I accepted that my memory was not good. If I had any memorizing to do, I would either work twice as hard and exhaust myself out mentally, or just not even bother.
Then one day a friend told me he could memorize forty random objects in any particular order. After hearing that I knew I had to test him. Surely enough, he memorized random words I gave him perfectly. I immediately thought to myself, wow that’s a cool trick and asked my friend to show me how the trick works. He told me there was no trick to it. It was all memory training and memory techniques.
I was now fascinated by this concept of memory training. As I researched more I started to learn how memory training worked. I would eventually also memorize random objects. As my interest grew I found memory techniques to memorize playing cards, exam questions, numbers, and realized that these systems were not just cool tricks, they empowered individuals with key skills to solve problems – the main one which is forgetting stuff!
My memory training research eventually led me to discover that Australia had a ‘memory championships’ where individuals came together from around the nation to compete in events such as remembering the most names, numbers, playing cards, and other events that nothing a little memory training couldn’t handle. My friend and I entered the Australian Memory Championships in 2002. I came second and he third, and we broke several memory records along the way. From that point on, I realized that I didn’t have a ‘bad memory’ as I once accepted. I only had an untrained one.
Since that moment I’ve won The Australian Memory Championships the last four times I entered, broken many records, competed internationally in the World Memory Championships, cheated death, memorized two Yellow Pages phone books in just 24 days, written two bestselling books on memory, The Yellow Elephant and How to Learn Almost Anything in 48 Hours, appeared on television and various other forms of media, including two documentaries about the brain, developed a memory book app which had over 100,000 downloads on Android and iOS, and obtained two Masters degrees, all within the time I got married and had three children.
Memory training didn’t just give me a better memory. It gave me self-empowerment, confidence, motivation, self-discipline, and new-found skills to help others and take on the world. I’m now fortunate and grateful to use these skills to help others who want to improve their memory by running memory training and workshops, coaching, mentoring, keynote speaking and seminars so that individuals may realize their potential and achieve success. If someone like me with a once ‘bad memory’ could do it, so can anyone else. Which is why I was approached to be Todd Sampson's memory trainer on the TV documentary Redesign My Brain. Watch below to see how he improves his memory to compete at the World Memory Championships in London.
Tansel Ali is a 4-time Australian Memory Champion and one of the world's leading memory experts. He is most famously known for memorizing 2 Yellow Pages phone books in just 24 days. His coaching was featured on the award-winning TV documentary 'Redesign My Brain' where he trained TV celebrity, Todd Sampson, to successfully memorize the order of a shuffled deck of playing cards at the World Memory Championships in London.
Tansel is the author of the best-selling book,'The Yellow Elephant' and 'How To Learn Almost Anything In 48 Hours'. A sought-after speaker on the topics of memory, learning, and personal development, Tansel is also a celebrity ambassador for Crohn’s and Colitis Australia helping others to live a better lifestyle and an award-winning multicultural ambassador for the Australian Football League (AFL) promoting cultural diversity in the community.
"The one-on-one coaching sessions with Tansel have seriously been one of the best investments I have made for my personal and professional development. Tansel is very supportive in his teaching style and provided me with the tools and knowledge to realise the full potential of my mind. I feel a lot more confident in my role at work and feel like the sky’s the limit now with my personal and professional goals. It’s now up to me to practice what I have learnt with the assurance that Tansel is available for support even after the intensive 5 week course has been completed. Cheers Tansel – you rock!"
Liz O'Loughlin, City of Monash
"Thanks so much for our coaching session! I was able to learn all 36 songs in a week, around working full time. The gig last night was a success! Thank you for sharing your techniques, and also helping me regain my confidence with my memory... Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!"
Amanda Canzurlo, Musician
"Tansel is an outstanding personality. Working together with him has not only changed my life but most of all my mindset. It is amazing to see what the human brain is capable of – with Tansel I boosted my brain power and self-conscience. In summary: Tansel is the most lateral thinker I know. Thanks for sharing your knowledge! "
Markus Finke, Adobe
"I've engaged Tansel's services for the last few years and what I find incredible about him is, regardless of whatever project I'm working on, he has such amazing lateral thinking and always provides advice, fresh ideas and perspectives along with practical skills on how to deliver a better service."
Mo Elleisy, Customer Experience Manager
"Tansel is a fantastic facilitator and memory coach. His close attention, personable style and adaptive approach makes him a very effective facilitator and coach "
Marwa Khalaf, Manager
“It changed my life from almost nothing to a great memory man, now I can memorize anything whether it is a list of items, answers or formulas, even calendars :)"
Pravin Pandey, India
"I love trying new things in life and testing myself. After hearing Tansel on ABC Radio earlier in the year, I knew that I had to meet him and try memory training first hand. In less then a month, I found myself remembering things I would originally forget. The speed reading in particular has been a terrific skill that I have acquired and will always use. To show that the training does work, I have been able to memorise 30 cards in a row without fail – going for 52!"
Lucas Couper, Business Owner
"Tansel is a fantastic trainer and his ability to think outside the box and motivate you to doing things that were near impossible only minutes ago is incredible. I’ve used and received his training several times over our years of knowing each other and would regard him as a rare treasure that never fails to deliver results for your team or business! "
Mohamed Elmasri CEO, Entrepreneur
"Being a comedian with a bad memory is not funny. The number of times I've stood onstage, mind totally blank, in a spotlight, in front of hundreds of people, sweating bullets, sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it. So when I got a script for an audition for a play, I thought to myself, "Crikey! I can't even remember things I write myself let alone things other people write." So I went to Tansel, the memory doctor for help. After only one session and a few days practise not only did I know my part, but I knew everyone else's in the play as well and did the audition from memory, with the utmost confidence, no script in hand, which gives you more freedom to act and shows the auditioners that you've put in some work and that you're serious. I'm using these techniques in my comedy and they work a treat. Tansel has probably added a few years to my life, stopped a few grey hairs and saved me from a few deaths on stage by taking away that stress of not knowing what's coming up next. Thanks, my man, you're a magician…what's your name again?"
Hung Le, Comedian
"Tansel's impact as a teacher is remarkable. I have seen his clients grow rapidly in their capacity to remember. He is a master of memory but also of sharing how anyone can do it."
Mark Dobson, Performance Coach
"Tansel has been my memory coach. He helped me a lot to improve my memory, learn new techniques and apply them to my personal and professional life."
Tarek Fahmy, Strategy Designer
"I found that the Speed Reading course has helped me improve my reading speed & understanding of technical material that I am exposed to day to day.”
Naci Basak, IT Specialist