How do you make visualisation powerful for more engaging storytelling?
Memory training and improvement begins with enhancing one’s visualisation process in order to tell better stories. Stories is what connects. Stories provide engagement in the brain which helps to remember.
That is how I memorised over 20,000 digits of the Yellow Pages phone book in 24 days – by creating powerful engaging stories connected to abstract data, in this case business names and phone numbers.
The question I get asked a lot is – How can I improve my visualisation process to tell better stories?
Here are two ways you can do this.
1. Random image
When you read or hear a word, you can visualise how you remember it. For example, if the word is a “car” then a random car can pop into your head.
2. Past experience
This type of visualisation is more powerful than having a random image, as your past experience will already have an image associated for the word.
If we take the car example once again, this time instead of visualising a random car, it could be your own car, your neighbour’s car, or any other car you’ve had an emotional connection with. My visualisation used to be Kit from Knight Rider (Getting old I know…)
The benefit of past experience visualisation is that it can evoke emotion. Adding emotion to any visualisation when creating a story elevates your memory of it. I loved Kit when I was young.
You’re not always going to have a past experience or be able to see a random image. This is where further creativity training using memory techniques comes in handy.