Quick, what did you have for lunch last Tuesday? To whom did you send your last e-mail yesterday? What did you get from the in-laws last Christmas? OK, granted, you may NOT want to remember that, but you get my point.
Now more than ever, we live in an information overload type of culture. Not only are we bombarded with information from all directions, but for many communicators, we keep adding to the project list without adding staff!
How to keep up with everything?
One person who doesn’t have this problem is Paul Mellor of Fix My Memory. Paul was a finalist in the 2008 USA Memory Championship in New York City. He remembered the names of over 90 people in less than 15 minutes, recalled the exact order of over 100 single-digit numbers after reviewing them for less than five minutes and recalled the exact order of a shuffled deck of playing cards after less than a three-and-a-half minute review.
Paul provides memory training to a client list that includes the Ohio State Bar Association, Builders Association of Northern Nevada, Oregon Mayors Association, Kentucky State Police, and Virginia Crime Prevention Association. His work with the latter organization, and its importance to police officers, was featured in this article in The Virginian Pilot.
In a couple of weeks, Paul will be on hand for a highly interactive, very entertaining and fast-moving seminar at the NAGC Communications School in Arlington, VA. Participants will take with them the ability to remember names and faces; the confidence to get through a day without the fear of forgetting something; and the knowledge and application to retain information. Who wouldn’t benefit from those traits?
I know for me, keeping up with all my employees’ projects, deadlines, etc. is a continual challenge. When it comes to remembering things, what is most challenging for you, and what have you done to improve?