Surely you also know the following situation: At an event, perhaps a trade fair, someone is coming to you, which is somehow familiar to you. But the name will not be remembered any more. Very embarrassing, especially if you are recognized yourself!

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The good news: there is Methods to change that! With memory techniques you will achieve after a little bit exercise great achievements. A big promise? Surely! But absolutely realistic.

First things first: you are not alone! A lot of people feel that they don't know what to do with their memory satisfied forgotten facts, having trouble remembering names or even a short one Lecture cling to notes.

Thousands of years old, scientifically confirmed, and still not very widespread, various methods make it possible to significantly improve our memory in certain areas and in Everyday life like Job to benefit from it.

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The success recipe can be summarized in three words:

Thinking in pictures!

This is the foundation of memory techniques. When learning content is converted into mental images, it has been shown to activate additional brain areas that are responsible for visual imagery, for creativity, imagination and are also responsible for spatial navigation. And thus included in the learning processes.

Fantasy can be practiced!

But you see “nothing” when you use the Eyes close? Having trouble imagining things that aren't real? Don't try too hard to see anything, especially not a "still image". Think of movements that are part of the situation, as well as sounds, smells, tastes and emotions which triggers an image in you.

Please do not be frustrated, if you still have the impression that you can imagine little. The imaginative ability can be trained, you just have to overcome it! And to think of a picture, even if you do not see it, is the first step.

When pictures become information

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And how are abstract information now converted into images? It is important that the pictures do not have to be exactly for the content. They only serve as an impulse to remember. Please visualize the following situation as well as possible.

In front of you is a huge pile of hay. Since you can not see it anymore, you can fill a gap. Then a shark jumps through and bites a man standing behind it. This one averted with pain.

There's a big box over there. On it is a sack of wheat. A duke comes by and orders in a harsh voice that the owner part as tax must give up. As compensation he gives him coal. Suddenly a wolf comes and scares them both away.

This is how you train your memory

Go through this "story" in your mind's eye two or three times. Concentrate on the terms printed in bold. Then it will be easy to tell the story and above the highlighted terms.

Play the story again and pay attention to the names:

From Weizsäcker

Congratulations! They were unconsciously impressed by the ten German Presidents in chronological order. And you can not think of it in pictures, can you?

How do you remember difficult names?

Thinking of sand in the case of Sandra or a horse in the case of Ross is still easy. But what about difficult names like Mr. Kaczmarczyk or Ms. Nguyen? What kind of pictures should there be for such names? After all, pictures should ensure that we can remember the names.

What is important is that you yourself clear make the pictures just serve as a stimulus to help you remember the name. We must first have consciously understood the name. The best thing to do is to pronounce it yourself: "Hello Mr. Kaczmarczyk, nice to meet you."

Understand the name first

This will ensure that you have recorded the name. And is useful for two reasons:

  1. You remember the name after the first conversation and can then take the necessary steps to remember it permanently.
  2. Your brain picks up the correct name. Associated with an image, this image is enough to remind you of the name, even if the similarity is low.

So your memory is better than you think! My tip: First, think about what name you have in front of you. So there are a lot more Müllers and Webers than Kaczmarcyks. My tip: divide the names into one of the following categories:

Names through occupations

The first category are names that designate professions. Huber, Schmidt, Baker, King, Maier ... Especially the most frequent surnames belong to this. What is the picture? The activity! You can imagine what a miller does or a baker. This is, of course, your picture for the name.

Concrete names

Second, there are also many specific names. Stone, black, large. Here, too, the picture is immediately clear. The stone. Something black. An exaggeratedly tall person.
Sound-like names

More interesting are already names, which only contain something concrete. Seiffert, Biermann, and Dorniek. But as already learned, an impulse is enough! With the image soap, you will therefore automatically get the correct name Seiffert.

Heavy and foreign names

And if all of this doesn't fit? Then it is often a matter of foreign names. Did you know that Kowalski is derived from the Polish word for blacksmith, roughly corresponding to the German “Schmidt”? Probably not.

So we have to find the pictures differently. Here is the trick: choose several pictures! They add to a small picture story. Co-Wal-ski. Imagine Mr. Kowalski walking KO because he was crossed by a whale on skis. Pretty crazy? Sure, of course! But just for this reason absolutely worthy.

Known names

Special case: I already know who…. Also Peoplethat you already know are “images”. No matter if celebrities or from your circle of acquaintances. Things to Learn If you know Mr. Luther, think of Martin Luther. An image for the name would therefore also be the presentation of his theses. This way also works well for surnames that are also used as first names.

If all this is difficult at first, it is normal. Overcome yourself and try. Go through your address book. You already know the people, but what pictures do they have for the names?

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And what do you think of the above names?

My Idea:
Mr. Kaczmarczyk. Images: “Katz” e and “Marzi” pan
Mrs. Nguyen. Image: wish you a “good” appetite

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