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  • okay i'm gonna go ahead and start uh... today's workshop is called memory tricks and
  • the reason that next week's workshop is called more memory tricks is because
  • i know a lot of tricks
  • and i can't get them all in one workshop so more of the same next week
  • if you find today's workshop helpful which i hope you do
  • and you're able to come back next week that would be great 'cause that way you get sort
  • of the full teaching on this
  • if you're not able to make it next week and this is the only one you come to hopefully
  • you'll still get something good
  • my first thing that i'm gonna do with you today
  • is to show you hopefully the power of that word
  • the word tricks
  • i gave a workshop last week called how to remember for tests so that was the first memory
  • workshop but for this one
  • what i want you to try to uh... understand and sort of value
  • is the fact that if you learn tricks or shortcut ways
  • to do things
  • it makes it so much easier to memorize lots of things for school
  • and it makes your memory look even better than it is now
  • and i'm hoping it's pretty good to very good but it makes it look even better and so most
  • of you have probably seen magic tricks performed before uh... either in person or on t_v_
  • and if somebody is a good magician
  • and they do uh... trick and you watch carefully and try to figure out how they
  • move the elephant from there to there or cut someone in half and put them back together
  • if they're good
  • you can't figure out how they did it and your mouth
  • drops open wow
  • but if you find out how they do the trick
  • and you realize ah it's just a cute little trick and then you see
  • the magic trick again
  • it's not so special anymore because the magic is gone
  • well i want to show you two things to start with and i'm actually gonna do this
  • next week too this is like your mental warm up before i get to the
  • main teaching
  • uh... i don't know what your attitude is toward
  • math
  • some people love math
  • some people okay
  • and some people hate math with a passion
  • i ran into a former student today and i said how are your classes going this semester she
  • said fine except math
  • and that's how she says math
  • and so if that's you
  • you're gonna learn something here if you like math great a few of you might have seen this
  • before but again it's not to teach you math as much as it is to show you the power of
  • tricks ok so i'm just going take a few minutes with this and then we'll move into the main a section
  • of the
  • workshop okay
  • if i ask you to do this problem which i don't want you to do actually but if i asked
  • you to do this on paper
  • this is thirty five times what
  • thirty-five
  • now even if math is your weakest subject if you wrote down that problem and you did the
  • problem i think everyone here could come up with the right answer you know it's not that
  • difficult
  • but if i told you
  • that you could actually
  • do this kind of problem
  • in two or three seconds
  • in your head
  • most people even if they're not great at math would think
  • uh... boy
  • you don't know my mind i can't do something like that but if you know the trick it's easy ok
  • so here's how it works
  • when you have a two-digit number that ends in five and you want to square it or multiply it by itself
  • all you have to do is one simple thing and that is
  • look at the first number which in this case is three
  • multiply it by one more than that so
  • this is tough math what's one more than three
  • what's three times four
  • twelve that's pretty easy right well twelve and then
  • you do one more thing
  • and that is stick the number twenty five on the end
  • and then you're done that's it
  • one thousand two hundred and twenty-five is the answer
  • people when i show them that they say
  • wait a minute but how did you
  • and you know what i always say who cares
  • as long as it works you don't even have to know why it works it just does so if i give you
  • sixty-five squared
  • you're supposed to be able to know how to do that quickly unless i've lost you over here
  • which is ok
  • it's six times seven which is
  • forty-two and then
  • twenty five
  • okay and that's it
  • when
  • i show this to people also and they learn how to do it and they think wow that's fast you
  • know that's good one thing that they ask is
  • does this work with all numbers
  • and my answer to that is no
  • if it worked with all numbers we would all be math majors right 'cause this is really
  • easy but there are a lot of other math tricks a lot of them and i'm gonna show you one more
  • in a minute but here's what i wanted to to tell you
  • um... i have actually had
  • students try this before and whether you do this or not is up to you but it's kind
  • of
  • fun to experiment with it or try it and that's this
  • um... once somebody learns how to do this even if they don't understand why it works but
  • they just know the two little steps
  • very often i've had students go up later today to someone they know
  • family member
  • friend
  • classmates somebody and they walk up and they hand them a piece of paper and a pen or pencil
  • and they say this
  • and if you do this this is what i want you to say
  • i want you to choose a number
  • that is two digits and ends in five
  • and you square it on paper
  • and i'll do it
  • in my head
  • and we'll see who finishes faster
  • so in other words trying to show off your great math ability okay
  • so the person looks at you
  • and i've had people even do this with family members who knew they were bad at math
  • and this really blows the mind of somebody like that so they say okay two-digit number
  • that ends in five
  • they say yeah okay how about twenty five
  • and so they write the problem the way that it normally is written
  • by the time they finish writing the problem you should already know the answer
  • and they haven't even started figuring it out yet
  • what's the answer to that
  • yeah six twenty five 'cause it's two times three is six twenty five
  • so what you do
  • to impress them
  • is before they've even done anything you tell them the answer
  • but you don't say it like this
  • six twenty five
  • you have to have an attitude about it you see it this way
  • six twenty five
  • like come on give me something tough and they're going to look at you and they're going to
  • think
  • get out of here
  • and then they're gonna start
  • going through and doing the problem the normal way and then at the end they get the
  • same answer that you got
  • and they're going to look at you
  • i guarantee you and they're going to say
  • how'd you do that so fast
  • if they ask you
  • this is the only time i'm ever going to say this ever
  • lie
  • don't tell 'em
  • say this this is my favorite things say this i can't tell you how i do the problem like that so
  • quickly but
  • i've been lying in bed till two o'clock in the morning everynight learning to move the
  • numbers in my mind
  • and they'll look at you and go wow...
  • and they'll say wish i could be as good as you are
  • and then here's the hardest part you have a straight face no smiling or what ever you
  • look at 'em and say well
  • you keep working on it and maybe one day you'll be as brilliant as i am and that's hard for
  • you to say because you know that it's just a simple trick
  • but what they think when you're able to come up with something that fast is that you're
  • basically doing this
  • and you're doing all these
  • things and you're not doing any of that
  • well it's kinda nice
  • to be able to do something like this
  • and impress somebody ok now
  • if they ask you a day or two or three later if you see him again and they say
  • can't you tell me how you do those problems so fast i'm still thinking about that
  • go ahead and say all right i'll tell
  • and then show them this
  • and watch their great admiration of you just drop and they'll just look at you like they thought you
  • were special because it's not special but if you don't know how to do it
  • it looks fantastic okay so that's the idea with tricks and then i'm gonna to show you one other
  • really fast one
  • and then i want you to uh...
  • kinda get ready for the main teaching today i don't know how many of you have ever seen this
  • but it's even uh... more fun for me than the other one
  • if you're given this problem which is not hard to do it all but it just takes a little
  • while to get it done
  • if you know the trick you can do it one second
  • okay what's six plus two
  • eight
  • done you didn't even multiply anything
  • and it's a multiplication problem that's pretty odd ok
  • fifty-four times eleven
  • five plus four
  • and so it's five ninety four
  • so you can do that in one second and the other person still
  • du that
  • and you look so brilliant
  • okay and it's cuz you know the shortcut you know the trick ok so that's the idea and again
  • i'm going to give you a few more of those next week
  • some people have said can you do a whole workshop on math tricks
  • i should probably do that sometime i know a lot of them
  • one of the things that i love about this about these math tricks is sometimes when people
  • learn how to do em
  • and they show em to somebody and the other persons impressed
  • it's the first time in their life that they've ever felt power over numbers because they
  • hate math
  • and they start to kind of
  • get into it a little more well
  • one of these days maybe i'll do that
  • but for today the main thing that i want to do as i want to show you
  • uh... three specific things that have helped students to score higher on tests ok
  • first one
  • and this is kind of uh... the first of two similar ones is i'm gonna explain a little
  • bit about how acronyms can be used
  • to help you get better grades on tests
  • and uh...
  • the big key and i'll explain this more in a couple minutes is that acronyms normally are words
  • and they're made up of first letters of other words and all of you have used these before
  • in your life
  • but most people didn't even know what they were called and so i want to give you three
  • practical examples of how
  • these can help you under the pressure of a test
  • to remember everything that you're supposed to
  • okay the first one
  • is sort of a common
  • idea for an acronym and that's the word homes
  • and this word is a very common word that everybody here knows but actually
  • this is this great powerful memory trick
  • and it doesn't so much look like it when you see it but it is
  • this is a help in a geography class more than likely and it's to help a person to memorize
  • the five great lakes that are in and around the state of michigan
  • and memorizing five things for a test
  • no big deal
  • but if you had
  • a hundred other things that you had to learn
  • the trick is how can you stare at all of those when you're studying and then when you get
  • to the test remember em all wouldn't you may be forget one or forget two or forget three
  • so the way that acronyms are almost always written
  • is vertically
  • works better that way
  • and then i'll just go ahead for this one so you can kinda get an idea
  • these are the names of the five great lakes huron ontario
  • michigan
  • erie
  • and superior
  • okay and again those five things by themselves are not that tuff to learn or to remember
  • but i wanna show you something uh by the way when i teach students
  • how to create acronyms and how to write em
  • it usually works really well
  • when you do this when you're done i was kind of encourage that
  • and that is to draw a box around it so that the actual acronym kinda pops off the page
  • makes it a little easier
  • to remember
  • well if you were required on your test in geography among other things to write down the names
  • of the five great lakes and you got to that question and you thought okay
  • i studied that
  • i know that was in my notes or in my book and i know i had it somewhere and you're trying
  • to just find one of the lakes here and here one back here
  • and you're just searching for em
  • that's a lot of pressure
  • uh... on a test
  • but if you've memorized this which just takes a little practice
  • then when the test comes all you should have to do is write
  • these five letters and everything else should just come spilling out of your brain
  • uh... acronyms work well for people because each one of the letters is kind of like a
  • little hook
  • that you hang
  • a word on and so it tends to even under a nervous
  • type of situation on a test
  • it all seems to come back to a person more than if they just stared at the names
  • and hope that they would remember that
  • okay so again
  • uh... this is a word the word homes
  • made up of first letters of other words
  • um... the second one i think we have several people in here who probably will recognize
  • this one
  • i don't know if anyone
  • a new that from your previous experience but this one
  • is pretty common
  • yep right so these are
  • the colors of uh...
  • rainbow
  • when would you ever need to know that well i guess if you took a rainbow class
  • uh... geology uh you know whatever ok and so
  • this is a man's name
  • roy g. biv
  • even though
  • there is no man with that name
  • don't think there's ever been a man with that name but you can pronounce it like a name
  • and it's simple and easy to remember
  • now this
  • is a class participation moment so even if you've never seen this before i want you to
  • try to see if you can come up with these everybody should know the first five
  • after that it gets a little harder so what's this one
  • that's very impressive sometimes it gets so quiet
  • when i get to the i
  • indigo and violet those are a little more obscure red orange yellow green blue are very
  • you know easy
  • well if you memorize this and you just practice it a few times
  • you would never forget it
  • and there may be a never be a time in your life where you need to know
  • seven colors
  • of the rainbow but if you ever do
  • now you know okay so that's the second one
  • and then it my third example of acronyms
  • my favorite one ever and
  • other than one or two people in here who i know would remember this
  • everybody else would never know this and that's because i made it up
  • so it's not in a book anywhere whatever else i made it up and so i want to teach this to
  • you backwards and here's the way i'll say it
  • um... several years ago i had a
  • student who came to me in a real panic
  • she said i have a test next week i have so much to memorize i'm gonna forget a lot of
  • it
  • can you help me
  • and i said okay what's the class
  • and when she told me i got nervous for her
  • she said it's anatomy
  • i don't know if you have ever taken anatomy
  • that's scary okay there's a lot of stuff to remember
  • and
  • it just kills your brain trying to just memorize
  • uh... i said what part do you
  • need help with in particular she said well everything
  • but one thing that i'm especially worried about is this
  • my uh... teacher told us that one of the things we have to memorize
  • for the test is the ten organ systems
  • in the human body
  • and i said well why are you worried about that more than some other things and she said
  • because of the way it's going to be asked
  • and i said
  • oh multiple-choice or true or false and she said oh no worse than that she said
  • fill-in the blanks
  • just like that now
  • everybody heres taken enough tests in your life to know this
  • what happens to a lot of peoples
  • minds when they see blanks on a test
  • yeah you go blank
  • ok um...
  • multiple-choice questions which you've all answered many times before are not always
  • easy for sure but the answers right there
  • waving at you
  • all the other fake answers are waving too and you just have to recognize which one is right
  • but when it's fill in the blank there's no help anywhere you either know it or you
  • don't and she said
  • i'm gonna look at this list and i'm going to study it for hours of all ten of them and
  • then when i get to the test
  • i'll forget half
  • so is there a trick is there a way i can do it i said
  • i have an idea let me try this
  • um... i asked her an important question
  • related to this this is what you always need to ask first and that is
  • do you need to know all ten of them in this order the way that i see them on the paper
  • and she said no any orders okay
  • as long as i write them all down and i get credit for em i said
  • ok that's good to know
  • i took all ten of the letters
  • and i wrote em on a piece of paper tried to move them around and make a big ten-letter
  • word that she could use
  • just like this to easily remember those
  • couldn't do it
  • it's hard to take a bunch of letters and turn them into a huge word
  • so i thought
  • how about like this this is actually like a couple of acronyms how about if i can find
  • couple of shorter words use the same letters
  • and it would help her just as much and i played around with it for a minute
  • and i found it
  • and i told her this the same thing i'm gonna tell u and she had the look on her face that you're
  • going to have
  • i said i found it this is going to help you this is great i'm all excited
  • and i told her this here's what it is
  • i said it's nicer drums
  • that's going to help you on your test she looked at me like
  • what in the world are you talking about
  • she said what does that have to do with the body nothing
  • doesn't matter
  • as long as you have these letters to hang the words on and you practice you're going
  • to remember it
  • well some of you are more science oriented than others and i'm going to go through these really fast
  • uh... if you're going to end up being a nurse
  • a doctor
  • x-ray technician something in the medical field this probably be good for you to know everybody
  • else you can just sort of learn it for a second and then forget it okay
  • this is the nervous system
  • we'll skip that one for second circulatory endocrine reproductive
  • digestive
  • respiratory urinary
  • muscular
  • and skeletal
  • so all those systems you have
  • now uh...
  • anybody know what the i
  • stands for i always like to ask that because i embarrassed myself that day when i was helping
  • her i do that all the time
  • uh... and it had to do with this one
  • anybody know that one
  • ok a lot of people think immune system or they look down and they think intestines they're
  • just like anything i have that starts with an i
  • but actually when i saw this word and most of you
  • who have never seen this word before few of you probably have but most of you haven't
  • you ever seen that before
  • uh... most people i looked at it and i said integumentary system i don't have
  • that
  • i don't have any integuments i don't even know what that is
  • so my student taught me
  • teachers learn something everyday just like students do and she said yeah you do
  • and i said i do what is it she said well it's all your outer covering so it's your
  • skin
  • nails hair and all of that
  • oh yeah i guess i do
  • so i learned something that day i will never forget this even though i'm never going to
  • need it ever in my life but
  • i know it
  • okay so what we did was i went back to this with her and i said what's this one
  • and then what's this one and she kept forgetting some
  • remembering others
  • and then we went back over it and she remembered the others and forgot the others and this
  • is kind of struggling with it
  • but after about five or ten minutes of this over and over again
  • she was able to rattle off every one of those just like i did for you
  • we practiced a little more and then she took that with her
  • and she studied it
  • as the test was approaching how did she study it
  • well she said while she was driving
  • she's just thinking
  • ten organ systems
  • nicer drums
  • n is for nervous i is for integument just kinda went over em takes like one minute
  • while cooking
  • while walking
  • while doing whatever just sort of pull it up in your mind go over it and you're done
  • she told me later that when she went to take the test on this material
  • she turned the page and there it was
  • name the ten organ systems of the human body and then ten blanks and and i said so what'd
  • you think when you saw that
  • and instead of saying
  • i started panicking and she just said that i smiled
  • i said that's good smiling on a test is good and i said what was the next thing you did
  • and what was the next thing she did
  • yeah she wrote nicer drums
  • got em all ten out of ten like she had a little memory pill
  • easy okay well
  • um... after she told me that she said thank you for teaching me that trick and i said
  • you're welcome and then she said
  • but at the same time i'm really angry with you
  • and i thought wow
  • i can't help anybody
  • and here's what she said she said i gotta c on the test
  • the whole test
  • and i said well a c's not a great grade but this is anatomy if you pass the test i mean
  • that's a great achievement
  • and she said
  • why didn't you teach me tricks like that for everything i needed to know then i would've
  • gotten an a and you know what i told her and i think you kinda know this already even though
  • i haven't gotten into this much
  • you can't use tricks like this for every single thing you need to learn for a test
  • you get so confused
  • you start mixing up the tricks and everything else
  • every once in awhile
  • when you have four five six things to learn
  • this works great other times it doesn't work at all and you need other tricks
  • that's what we're getting to right now ok so that's three examples of how acronyms
  • work
  • uh... you go ahead by the way so i don't forget that start the sign in sheet again
  • uh... i want you to try to listen to what i'm teaching the whole time but when that gets to you
  • fill it out pass it along so we can get it all the way to the back
  • um... the other one that i want to
  • show you that is similar we'll just take a couple of minutes with this is uh...
  • acrostics
  • and acrostics use first letters of words usually just like
  • acronyms do
  • except acrostics are not words there sentences instead
  • and so uh... one very simple example of this that some of you may be familiar with is
  • uh... those are not uh... that that's not an acrostic that's obvious not a sentence
  • anybody recognize those letters
  • this one is for music
  • anybody in here who's ever taken music lessons ever in your life one of the first things
  • you had to learn how to do is to
  • read the notes
  • kinda helps so you know what to play
  • but it's really hard for people when they're learning music to learn the notes and that's
  • because these five letters are the five lines on the treble clef in music
  • and trying to memorize these
  • is pointless cuz it doesn't mean anything it's just a bunch of letters and so there's
  • a sentence
  • that is in almost every
  • music
  • beginning music book
  • that helps a person to remember this and
  • a few of you may know that what is the sentence
  • yes every good boy
  • does fine
  • that's a little bit of a strange sentence but
  • where do those words come from like what does that mean
  • well e g b d f
  • always the first letter
  • okay so if you memorize that it would help you to remember
  • what each one was
  • but i wanted to show you two other quick things about this uh... i've learned in recent years
  • that most beginning music books don't have the sentence anymore they changed it that
  • was the
  • sentence for a long long time
  • um... food
  • everybody loves food
  • and so here's the uh... one of the new ones
  • every good boy deserves fudge
  • so if you like chocolate you like fudge
  • that makes it easy to remember and then i wanted to tell you this really quickly too
  • uh... last semester a student told me something i'd never heard before and that was he said
  • i learned uh... music
  • to learn how to play the piano but i didn't learn it this way
  • i didn't learn it with uh... other deserves fudge
  • i learned it with sesame street
  • and i said what and he said here's what i learned
  • ernie
  • gave bert
  • dog food
  • i love that one ok
  • uh... so in other words it can be any sentence you can think of as long as each word
  • begins with the right letter so you can just use your imagination almost on that
  • okay and then the other one that i'm gonna give you as a little example of this
  • has to do with
  • something that i know some of you have learned before
  • and that is in the subject of math
  • order of operations
  • what's the
  • sentence
  • hmm and whats the whole sentence
  • yeah
  • the the normal one
  • is please excuse my dear aunt sally even though there are other versions of that
  • and the purpose behind this one is that when you're at a certain level of math you're under
  • a lot of pressure
  • because you have a problem in front of you that has several steps and if you do the
  • steps out of order
  • you get the wrong answer every time
  • and so you're sitting there and you're thinking okay what do i do first
  • well the p
  • stands for parenthesis and then e is for exponents and then multiply divide add and
  • subtract so this helps math students at that level to remember
  • what am i supposed to do first and usually they remember it well even under the pressure
  • of a test because they learned it as an acrostic
  • uh... one more thing about this
  • students have asked me
  • is it better to make an acronym or an acrostic
  • to learn something
  • and my answer is always
  • it's better if you can to make an acronym because it's easier to remember a word than
  • it is a sentence but sometimes like in this case
  • you can't make
  • an acronym and
  • can you take these letters and move them around and try to make a word out of them
  • no and that's because you need to know them in this exact orders so your kind of stuck
  • so this is the preference if you can but sometimes
  • this is what you'll need to do
  • and again you can't learn everything in college by way of acronym or acrostics but
  • it gives you an idea of how you can apply that alright
  • so uh... we're going to spend the rest of the uh...
  • workshop today
  • with kind of part one of something that alot of you have never heard of
  • never tried before
  • and if you do this correctly it's the best memory trick i know
  • those two that i gave you are good but this is even better
  • so this refers to
  • the idea of mental pictures
  • and when i teach this to students most of them uh... just look at me like
  • did you make that up i didn't make it up but i've used it a lot and it helps me
  • to remember
  • a lot of information i'm gonna share that with you in just a little bit so on mental picture
  • means this
  • close your eyes get a picture of something in your mind in a certain way and then
  • it sticks and you remember it
  • everybody here has good imagination
  • even even if you think you don't
  • and you're able to kind of see things in your mind and if you learn to do it right
  • it's amazing how much you can learn so the way i'm going to start this and i'm time going to
  • take just a few minutes with this but it's important
  • is uh... the five qualities
  • of good mental pictures
  • if all you do is close your eyes and try to get a picture of something
  • then it's almost like you've taken a nice short nap
  • and it doesn't do you any good but if you do it this way that i'm about to explain
  • it works great
  • so i'm going to give you the acronym space
  • which is the word that's why it's an acronym and each one of the
  • five quality starts with one of these letters the first one which i can talk about for a
  • long time but i'm just gonna give you a little idea is stupid
  • stupid
  • i think every day when you wake up
  • you think
  • please don't let me do anything really stupid today you know we try to avoid stupid but
  • when it comes to memory
  • stupid
  • is wonderful and that's because
  • the more bizarre weird stupid something is
  • the more your able to
  • remember it
  • and i always tell people i don't want you to think about this too much but think about
  • all the weird things in your brain
  • all these things that you remember that you don't even want to remember
  • you wish you could just push the delete button and it's all gone but you have all this stuff
  • in there and you can't get rid of it well show you examples of these in a in a minute
  • the p stands for play on words
  • i wanna illustrate what i mean by this uh...
  • i'm gonna ask everybody here including those who are really tired so this always makes me
  • scared when i ask people to close their eyes
  • if i hear snoring i'm going to come over to you but hopefully you'll be okay
  • i want you to do this i want you to look up here and see this word
  • okay and then i'd like to have everybody just take a few seconds and i don't want you just
  • looking at it me i want you to close your eyes
  • and i want you to get a picture of a lion in your mind
  • okay now open your eyes
  • now that should've been very easy right
  • how about if i ask you to close your eyes and get a picture of that
  • uh... if you could do that
  • boy you're way better than i am right you could close your eyes
  • look around no don't see one uh... you can't see this because
  • there's no such thing as this
  • but when you use this method you have to see something as a picture so you're kinda stuck
  • this is easy
  • this is impossible so what do you do well an example is this
  • can you get a picture of this in your mind
  • yes is it the same as that other word
  • no but it's a play on words which means a rhyming word a word that sounds like another
  • word
  • and again on the show you how this actually works in a minute but that's an important
  • part of this
  • because if you can't see it in a picture
  • you can't do it with this method ok the a stands for action
  • and this is something that a lot of people never think about related to memory but it's
  • definitely true and im gonna illustrate it
  • want you to look up here
  • look for just a second at my hands
  • okay which one do you look at first
  • this one why
  • it's moving well what's wrong with that one
  • just there right
  • is this more interesting than this
  • well if i did this
  • for like thirty more seconds
  • you'd stop looking here you'd think that is boring and then you'd look over here but at first
  • your attention is drawn to something moving more than something that's standing still
  • so when you use this method if you learn how
  • to make it not like a photograph
  • just frozen in your mind
  • uh... you're gonna remember more people tend to forget things like that but if it's like
  • a video
  • and there's movement involved
  • you tend to remember it more it helps it stick in your mind okay and then the
  • c
  • gonna talk about just for a minute because it actually has two
  • different meanings to it both of these very
  • uh... important to the success of this method
  • the first one is your vocabulary word for the day
  • and uh... if you already know that and use it in your vocabulary great if not it
  • is really good word to start
  • using in your spoken vocabulary and on paper the word vivid means clear
  • but it means something more than that
  • and so
  • what are a couple of other words you could use
  • to describe
  • vivid besides clear
  • visual is possible
  • any others you could think of
  • bright bright is good too
  • the word vivid in this case means uh... alive
  • in focus
  • bright
  • sharp like that
  • and then here's my favorite thing everyone will understand this last semester first time
  • ever
  • it shows how life is changing so i asked what does vivid mean
  • so bright
  • alive
  • in focus and then one person raised their hand and they said this
  • h_d_ ok everybody here knows what an h_ d_ t_v_ looks like whether you have one
  • or you just walk by it in the store and you look at it like
  • that's alive i's like coming right off of there
  • that's the way you want your pictures to be and if they're not that way it's not going to
  • work
  • and so i wanna show you one more thing before i break the other here
  • you don't have to answer me on this but
  • just just a couple minutes ago i asked you to close your eyes and get a picture of
  • a lion
  • so the question is
  • when you close your eyes did you see a lion
  • and some people here's what they say i ask em that question they stay yes i certainly
  • did
  • say good describe it for me
  • head was on the left
  • tail was on the right it was facing me
  • had a really big mane and they're describing it as if it's right in front of em
  • that's good
  • that's what this is but
  • and again you don't have to admit to this but i know every time i do this with a group
  • at least a few people here's their answer i say did you see a lion when you closed your
  • eyes and they say no
  • but i think no
  • well did you close your eyes yeah
  • did i ask you to see a lion yeah
  • but you didn't see one no
  • and i say why and here's their answer every time
  • i don't need to
  • i already know what a lion looks like
  • in other words it's all just intellectual i don't need to see it
  • that will kill this method faster than anything else you need to see it alive as
  • if it's right in front of your face and if you do this will work great for you if not
  • it won't work ok and then the other meaning of clear
  • is this
  • not confusing
  • so if you learn to create a very
  • stupid weird picture of something in your mind
  • you want to be able to see that later and know what it's a picture of and not sit there
  • thinking what is that so the last little one and then i'm gonna give you some uh... applications
  • of this
  • is a little phrase easy to see so when you to do this method you need to learn how to
  • create pictures where it's not so crammed and crowded but just a few here and there
  • and it's easy for you to see in your mind and then you remember it ok so these are the
  • qualities and so what we're gonna do for
  • the rest of the workshop is to figure out
  • when would you ever use this
  • and i'm gonna actually show you one or two more applications of this next week if you're here
  • for that workshop
  • but i'm gonna give you one specific one now that is my favorite one
  • and this is again like a good use
  • of mental pictures
  • and it is in remembering names people's names
  • how are you with remembering people's names
  • every once in awhile someone says i remember most names but most people
  • that's the way they look they say terrible
  • uh... some people say i'm really good with faces really good
  • i don't remember names at all
  • and everybody here has had this happen to you before
  • i think some more than others
  • you meet somebody
  • you introduce yourself they introduce themselves and talk for a few minutes you say ok nice
  • to meet you leave
  • see em again few days later
  • week later they will come walk right up to you they remember your name
  • and whenever somebody remembers your name that makes you feel kind of special but you're
  • also horrified at the same time because
  • yeah you know you're just hey buddy
  • you know you can't remember their name
  • if you could learn how to be really good at remembering names this gives you
  • an advantage in your personal life
  • in school in business
  • lots of different areas because most people are terrible with names so if you get good
  • at it
  • it gives you an advantage well how do you remember somebody's name when you meet them
  • you actually have a lot of different uh... ways to do that there isn't just one
  • but the way that i want to show you involves this method and if this
  • what i'm about to show you if this
  • seems really weird and stupid to you
  • then just remember
  • oh yeah that's good
  • okay so here's the example i'm gonna give you we're going to do this with
  • two names ok
  • you meet a lady
  • with no hair i'm not gonna draw their hair on there but you meet a lady at a party or
  • a meeting or something and you want to remember her name it's important to you
  • and so we're going to start out with the easiest name i know
  • for this and then we're going to get to a hard one
  • ok her name is sandy campbell and so what you're supposed to do when you use this method
  • is
  • to look at her face
  • think of her first name and come up with a picture that this reminds you of and put the
  • picture somewhere around her face in your mind so when you hear sandy
  • what's the first thing you think of
  • yeah most people think of sand like at the beach is that the only right answer
  • no it could be other things it's your own personal way you think
  • but if you pictured her
  • uh...
  • and you wanted to say ok i want to remember when i see her face next time i want to remember
  • her name is sandy
  • what could you do well here's an
  • example
  • some people say
  • i picture sand
  • all over her face
  • in her hair and i just want to go up and start brushing it off
  • so really weird picture sand everywhere okay that's one
  • other people have said i would picture a big sand castle
  • built right on top of her head like she's wearing it like a hat that's very bizarre too
  • other people have said i would picture her buried in the sand
  • all the way up to here and the only thing sticking out is her face
  • as long as the face is right in the middle of all that whatever you come up with as long
  • as you see it in a very clear way
  • you're going to remember it okay
  • now the last name is often very difficult for people to remember maybe more than the
  • first
  • and so a lot of times you have to divide the last name into parts and come up with pictures
  • for those but
  • we shouldn't have to do that here which is the reason that i start with this one
  • uh... campbell
  • yeah most people think of soup
  • ok so
  • if you have done something with this poor lady's face
  • in your mind
  • and you want to remember her last name is campbell
  • what are you going to do
  • i want to hear a couple of suggestions from you to see how wierd your imagination
  • is
  • yeah she could be eating
  • soup and
  • we gotta get more bazaar than that right so
  • what else could we do
  • what some people have said and sorry about this i know it's gross
  • they've pictured cream of something soup like cream of mushroom or cream of chicken
  • and they just picture it just dripping
  • right down her face and maybe the sand is washing off that's pretty gross other people have
  • said i picture these little
  • cans of soup as like earrings other people big can on top of the head whatever
  • so you just let your imagination kind of run crazy and then when you're done and you see that
  • as if she put it on and she's wearing it
  • then next time you see her
  • you walk up to her
  • sandy campbell how are you
  • and she says wow you remember my name that's so nice and little does she know what you did
  • and you don't want to tell her this either cuz then she'll run the other way but that's the
  • way that this is done okay now this is an easy name most names are not that easy so
  • i'm gonna give you one more
  • and this is a very hard name to remember
  • but it's a good illustration of this too
  • okay uh...
  • anybody know who that is
  • yeah
  • that's me ok that means if i see any of you after today
  • you better know my name cuz i'm gonna teach you how to remember it okay this is how i
  • become famous or infamous or whatever
  • okay so i want to remember when you do this you're not supposed to think
  • you're supposed to just react like the first thing that pops in your head so when you hear
  • scott
  • scott
  • okay a lot of people
  • first thing they think of is scott
  • tissue so they think of toilet paper or uh... kleenex or whatever so than i say okay you
  • have a real face in front of you now what are you going to do and they look at my face
  • and they're trying to figure out and i've had people say things like
  • well i picture kleenex coming out of your nose you know like it's a dispenser or big
  • rolls of toilet paper
  • instead of my ears or something else like that
  • what else does scott
  • sound like or
  • yes scotch tape
  • other
  • right uh... all kinds of possibilities which one of those is best
  • whatever one you come up with because again that's the way your brain works but i am
  • going to give you an illustration of this scotch tape
  • is what some people come up with i say okay that's good
  • so what do you do
  • you know you got the face right here
  • and they look at me and they say well i picture you
  • holding some tape
  • i say yeah but
  • come on we got to go more stupid than that otherwise your not going to remember so then they picture me 0:42:18.969,0:42:19.730 wrapped up
  • like a mummy
  • in tape all the way up
  • or some people have said this and they get very excited when they say it i picture this
  • big piece of tape
  • right across your mouth
  • and i thought why are you getting excited about that but anyway that's what they say okay so
  • uh...
  • we think ok we got my first name well last name
  • you have to know how to pronounce the name 'cause if you don't
  • you can't do it you're playing with the sounds of the name so my last name is actually mispronounced
  • by almost everybody that's the way it's actually
  • pronounced is breckner
  • so
  • if you take this part the breck part
  • what does that sound like or remind you of brick
  • what else
  • break breck ok
  • breakfast is one that people come up with a lot
  • and so i say what are you going to do to remember that that's my name
  • and they start giving me the scariest looks anybody could ever give me they look at my face
  • eggs here
  • sausage here
  • bacon here they just stick my whole breakfast all over my face if that works great
  • other people have said the word brick and they think well like bricks like on top of your
  • head
  • and that works fine it's not exactly right but it's close ok and then
  • the last part of the named the n e r
  • what are you going to do
  • most of you i think no what
  • nerd means okay
  • uh... if you don't you'll learn something but i wanted to show you something really
  • quickly and that is a lot of people
  • um...
  • think differently than other people we kinda know that
  • and i've asked some people i said i want you to just listen to this
  • and then the first thing you think of
  • say it and i say ner
  • and you know what some people have said they say nerve
  • and i say why nerve
  • and they say well i'm in biology
  • we're studying the nervous system i close my eyes and i can see
  • nerves and that's the way their brain goes other people say
  • i wouldn't think of that at all i think of
  • nerf ball
  • nerd you know whatever so whatever you use whatever works for you is good
  • well uh... there are all kinds of pictures that you could create for somebody
  • to be a nerd
  • and uh...
  • whatever you came up with you try to play around with the sounds and all that you come
  • up with something strange around the face
  • and then if you see it in a clear way then the next time you see the person you'll remember
  • now i wanna tell you a couple more things and we'll finish up with this did the sign in
  • sheet make it
  • all the way around okay you could just that's ok i'll go ahead and get it after but nobody missed
  • that
  • okay good
  • what i want to tell you is this let you know a little uh... secret i always tell my
  • students this every
  • semester the first day of class
  • i say something and as soon as i say it i think why did i say that
  • i shouldn't have said that
  • and that is i tell all my students
  • i'm gonna learn all your names in the first couple weeks of the semester
  • and this semester i have a hundred and sixty
  • students at least i had a hundred sixty at the start
  • that's a lot of names ok especially for an old brain well i learned em all i know em all
  • and that makes me look like i'm some kind of memory genius how can you remember that
  • many names
  • it's a trick okay that makes me look better than i really am just like everything that
  • i've shown you today starting with those math tricks
  • i've learned some of my students names by just looking at them and looking
  • at the name and it kind of clicks
  • other people i can't remember their name
  • for some reason it just won't get in there whenever that happens
  • i use this method and create these weird pictures around their brain
  • around their head and then when i see them the next few times
  • i see those pictures i remember their name and then after a little while
  • those pictures
  • disappear they're like a crutch you know that you need for a little while and then once
  • you know the name you don't even need it anymore and they go away
  • the fact that i'm able to remember a hundred and sixty names
  • is even amazing to me because i can barely remember where i left my keys or whatever
  • else but i can remember that because
  • i use this
  • trick all the time
  • and if you've learned this
  • and you kinda get the idea of it
  • what a lot of people tell me is
  • i understand what that says but i could never do that
  • and i said why and they say
  • i just don't have
  • a good imagination and i always say
  • yes you do you just have to learn how to apply it for this
  • so this is the last thing that i'm gonna leave you with and this is just a little mental
  • exercise for you to do even as you leave here
  • uh... i know that you know your name
  • if you don't
  • were in trouble okay
  • but if you met someone and you wanted to teach them how to remember your name
  • this way
  • you would have to create picture for your first name and last name so the question
  • is
  • what does your first name
  • sound like rhyme with how about your last name think about that and some people find it very
  • easy because their name sounds just like something or whatever other people say
  • wow my name doesn't sound like anything
  • but if you think about it long enough you can figure it out think about a friend
  • of yours
  • you already know their name but think about their name how would i create pictures and
  • once you start doing that with a few more people it starts getting
  • easier and i can do this pretty well just 'cause i've done it for a long time
  • so it's like any skill that you develop as you go
  • okay so
  • just uh... give it a try it's kind of a fun thing to do as well

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