Many people believe memory training is just exercising your memory.
Whilst this may be true, there are many other real world benefits of memory training. Here are 7 to get you started:
1. Problem solving
Solving problems require the ability to see connections, patterns and sometimes the mental capability to think outside the box.
By using visual exercises, techniques as well as various approaches such as mind mapping, you can boost your problem solving ability and be valuable to many people and situations.
2. Public Speaking
Many people fear public speaking! The embarrassment of forgetting your speech and looking like a fool in front of an audience has surely crossed many minds.
Remembering your speech using memory techniques is one benefit, but even greater is having the ability to understand your message so deeply and the impact it has on your audience is what we should be doing when speaking in public right?
3. Effective communication
In my book, The Yellow Elephant, I talk about encoding abstract data into meaningful information. This occurs through visualisation of the abstract into images and then into stories.
If you can understand this concept you can tailor your message so that people not only understand you, but you communicate in a way which is far more engaging and powerful.
That leads on to storytelling. Did you know memory training and improvement is really just storytelling?
In memory championships we memorise thousands of digits of numbers and hundreds of random shuffled decks of playing cards. Individual numbers and cards have no meaning.
So what do we do? We create stories out of the numbers and cards in order to memorise them.
The winners of memory championships are the mental athletes who can create the fastest and most mentally engaging stories. The more you train your memory, the better you will get at storytelling!
5. Managing stress and anxiety
When we are stressed and anxious we are telling ourselves a story. Playing out those negative narratives has a dramatic affect not just in our brain but also in life.
Knowing memory techniques allows you to be mindful of your narrative situation and can help you create better narratives, since you now know how to make better stories!
You can also make past negative stories weaker, and the positive ones even stronger!
6. Increasing mental performance
As a 4-time Australian Memory Sports Champion I have significantly boosted my mental performance to win and break memory records.
Self talk, confidence, negativity, procrastination, managing time, were all taken care of because I knew how to control my mind as well as train it to the point where I was constantly in flow, even in the most challenging of situations.
7. Speed reading
Many believe that speed reading is skimming and skipping words, to “get the gist”. This is incorrect. Speed reading is being able to encode a group of words into images quickly with the use of techniques.
So in essence, you are visualising the groups of words in context, which in turn assists with greater comprehension and retention.