10 Memory Training Tips for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

An entrepreneur with a super power memory would be able to easily remember important business related facts & figures to demonstrate that they are the go-to “expert” in a particular field.

This person would also be able to smoothly pitch for business and give presentations from memory without notes to be more persuasive. While the ability to effortlessly recall anecdotes would allow them to quickly build rapport with clients.

A business owner like this would also great at networking because of their ability to remember the names of everyone that they meet, and important things about these people. While valuable new qualifications could be quickly gained because exam material would be easy to master.

The great news is that you can become this business person with a super power memory! You actually already have an amazing memory and with the memory training tips in this article, I’m going to help you unlock your full memory potential. Believe it or not, this is also going to be easy and a lot of fun!

Here are 10 tips that will help any entrepreneur or small business owner to become better at remembering important information;

1. Picture It

Take whatever it is that you are trying to remember and try to turn it into a simple image or series of memorable images that you can picture in your mind. We are very good at remembering things that we see.

2. Hear, smell, touch, and taste It

Beyond visualization, try to involve as many additional senses as you can while trying to commit a piece of information to memory. The more senses that you involve, the more of your brain you’ll be using and the more connections in your mind to the information you’ll be building, so it will be much easier to remember.

3. Be creative and use your imagination

Next, use your creativity and imagination to make what you are seeing and experiencing in your mind crazy, unusual, extraordinary. This is important so that you can take advantage of the psychological aspect to your memory.

With putting forth little to no effort, we can all remember things that are crazy, unusual, and extraordinary in some way.

4. Treat new information like an interesting story

Memory trainingWhile keeping the first 3 tips above in mind, build a story that incorporates the information that you need to remember. Let me show you what I mean by having you commit to memory the following random list of words;

  • monkey,
  • iron,
  • rope,
  • kite,
  • house,
  • paper,
  • shoe,
  • worm,
  • envelope,
  • pencil.

Instead of memorizing the list with brute force repetition, I’d like for you to relax and have fun while visualizing the “story” that I describe.

Picture a (monkey). This monkey is dancing around making monkey noises. The monkey next pics up an (iron). The iron starts to fall, but a (rope) attaches itself to the iron. You look up the rope and see the other end attached to a (kite).

The kite now smashes into a (house). You notice that the house is covered in (paper). A (shoe) appears out of nowhere and start to walk on the paper. The shoe smells badly, so you look inside to find a (worm) crawling around. The worm now for some reason jumps into an (envelope).  A (pencil) starts to write on the envelope.

Read through the story just one more time while visualizing everything described.

You want to see it like a movie or cartoon playing in your head. Go ahead now and recite all of the random words in order by simply going through the story in your mind!

My guess is that you can also recite the words backwards by going through the story in reverse!

This strategy doesn’t only apply to random words. The images can remind you of the key points to a speech or presentation! They could remind you of important points discussed in a meeting, and much more!

5. Recall names

You’re not getting the maximum benefit from business networking if you are forgetting the names of people that you meet. The tips you’ve learned so far can also be applied to getting better at remembering names.

One of the best ways to become better with names is to learn to take a person’s name and turn it into a memorable image. Peter might become Peter Pan. Next, it’s even better if you can then visually connect the powerful visual to a unique aspect of the person’s look using a story that incorporates even more senses while also being unusual.

If Peter has big ears, you could see Peter Pan flying out of one of his ears and when this happens it makes such a loud noise that it irritates your ears.

I realize this might seem pretty silly at first, but this technique for remembering names is very powerful and effective. It works very well and is effective for when you next see the person because it’s all based on how the person looks.

6. Focus and pay attention

Yes, it may seem obvious, but the tips above won’t help you unless you focus and pay attention. We must focus on one thing at a time and pay attention in order to remember effectively. You can train yourself to become better at doing this with practice.

7. Review just before sleep

One cool memory trick to use in conjunction with the tips above is to review important information just before you go to sleep.

Many studies have shown that doing this causes your brain to process and solidy the information in your mind over night. You’ll wake up the next morning knowing the information much better than you did the day before.

8. Use it or you’ll lose it!

Make sure to follow through and use the tips that you are learning in this articular to force yourself to actually commit things to memory. It’s fine to keep notes on paper or in electronic devices, but at least make an effort to commit more things to memory.

Using your memory more will strengthen it. Your brain is incredibly trainable!

9. Watch what you eat

A healthy body equals a healthy mind! If your diet is deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, you might want to consider taking a daily multivitamin.

Also, if you aren’t eating fish or otherwise getting your Omega-3 fatty acids, perhaps consider taking a fish oil supplement. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for proper brain function.

If you find that you are eating too much sugary foods and junk food, reducing the amount of processed sugar you eat is key to sharpen your levels of concentration. Although it is difficult to go ‘cold turkey’ when it comes to sugar, there are many juice cleanses in the UK that are designed to satisfy your sweet tooth via a healthier source of sugar.

10. Get enough sleep

If you are not getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night, eventually it’s going to catch up with you and you’ll notice a sharp decline in your ability to remember things even if you use the other tips in this article. Conversely, getting enough sleep maximizes your chances of reaching your full memory potential.

These memory improvement tips are just the beginning! Anyone can learn to better remember with just a little bit of fun training and practice. Invest some time in developing your memory, and you can soon be enjoying more success in your business and personal life!

About the author

This article has been written exclusively for ByteStart by Chester Santos – “The International Man of Memory”. Chester is an award-winning international speaker, U.S. Memory Champion, and author of “Instant Memory Training for Success” which is available from Amazon.

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