Keep what you have learned in your memory: think in pictures!

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Never be stupid again if you meet someone and forget their name! This is possible with pictorial learning.

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Boris Nikolai Konrad 57Boris Nikolai Konrad is a speaker, memory trainer, memory world champion and multiple world record holder by name.


From the author:



Think in pictures

If you think about images for all names, you will always know who you got to know in the future. One step is still missing to address the people with the correct name.

Unfortunately, this is often overlooked! And then the customer stands in front of you, but the name is still not there. If the embarrassment is accepted and the name is asked again, it comes “Aha!”. The picture is back ... So was everything in vain? Of course not.

"Depict" people

But the images for the names are only useful if they are also linked to the people. To do this, you must also convert them into an image. "And how is that supposed to work now?" ask rightly.

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In any case, it does not go like with the camera: Even if we look at someone concentrated, no exact image is burning in our brain. The visual impression is fleeting and quickly forgotten when we look elsewhere.

What is he doing?

The trick: you have to be the person imagineHow you do something in your imagination that you are not really doing right now. As a result, you automatically remember the overall impression of the person, and in turn use your imagination and your imagination.

And what do you let the person do? Of course something with the image of the name. In your opinion, therefore, let Mr. Bauer deal with a field on a tractor. Woman tree climbing a tree. To fill a bucket with Mr. Eimertz, and to bring Aydin an egg, like a servant (Ei-dia for Aydin).

Is not that rude?

Occasionally I am asked if this is not rude. I think: Quite the contrary! They know that the name described ancestor before generations ago, but has nothing to do with its present bearer.

They know that your image is made up and only serves to remember the name. And if you know the name at the next meeting, your goal will be reached. If you also smile automatically because of the funny picture, so much the better!

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Repeat over and over again

No matter what you learn, no matter how you learn, you have to repeat what you have learned to keep it permanently. “Great!” You say, “I read something about learning techniques and in the end I have to repeat….”.

"Yes but!" - I answer. Yes, indeed you have to. But, with learning techniques you can memorize considerably more in a short time and by skillful repetition you will really have it ready in the long run.

What is often done wrong

In the brain, different processes are taking place, which process the recorded content unconsciously. Much of this happens even during sleep. This is also necessary in order to create the most effective network of information that takes up relevant information without consuming capacities for non-essentials.

The only problem is that too many things were "sorted out" that were important. What do we keep in the long term? Emotional and moving - if your daughter tells you that she is pregnant, she does not have to repeat it - pictorial, and above all what we have used repeatedly.

Information that leaves traces

If you have learned a lot in one day without repeating it, it has left very little mark on the brain, so it's often forgotten the very next day. Better: only five times, for the correct distance, repeat

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To avoid this, the first repetition is recommended after about an hour. Important: Repeating does not mean learning new things. You simply go through the contents once more and check whether you know everything. How often you should repeat something depends heavily on previous knowledge and complexity.

5 repetitions

For most content, including names of people you meet, I recommend five repetitions. This also applies, for example, to the route method that I present in my audio book “The Perfect Name Memory” and with which you can memorize information, facts and entire lectures in the correct order.

After an hour - but definitely the same day After a day After a week After a month After half a year

The first repetitions are the most important

Especially the first repetitions are very important, so that the contents are at all sensibly integrated into the existing ones. Unfortunately, this is often done wrong in school and study: the subject is only once a week, the homework is only started the day before.

There is then already much away again, because the first repetitions were missing. But once the first repetitions have been carried out, the distances can then be rapidly increased.

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And by name?

Remember the name there is the problem that you can not re-order new acquaintances to repeat the names and faces. But that is not necessary!

If you just go through the mind every day, you know everything you did yesterday, yesterday and a week ago, how the people looked, and what pictures you had designed for the names, that's enough. And it means that you can recognize the people even after weeks and months and welcome by name.

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  1. Rene on the PC

    Great post, I always have such problems to remember something and now finally a solution, thanks!

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    Tips from the memory world champion: How to keep the learning in the long term #Education

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