Most memory techniques are based on association. Every Good Boy Does Fine, represents the lines on the treble clef. We can all remember that. The word, HOMES, helps you to remember the names of all the Great Lakes. You forget things mainly because you didn't know them as well as you should have in the first place. If you know where you live, then you should remember where you live. If you know where you live, but can't remember where you live, this little course on memory will probably not help your particular situation.
When you meet someone new, your eyes are present but your mind could be next door. Your mind could be stuck somewhere in yesterday or delving into tomorrow. The trick to remembering someone's name is to get your eyes and mind both on the same page at the same time. Do you put a face with a name or a name with a face? You could try to remember the definite shape of someone's nose, and then, at a later date put a particular name to that particular nose. But the old trick of association will work better.
Have you ever tried to picture Rhode Island, South Dakota, or Maine, or any state that you have never visited? These are abstract places unless you have actually been there. Abstracts are hard to visualize. Our mind requires a tangible. Names like, Crandell, Dunlap, Flanagan, Gorman, Kessler, and Fleming, require more than just the name for a quick recall. Fleming could be associated with a fire, thus, flaming. As you come across names throughout your day, practice putting tangible pictures with abstract names.
Have you ever put a pot of something on the stove and forgot all about it? Could you remember it when you smelled the smoke? We have all done it more than once. The next time you put something on a burner or in the oven, grab a pot holder. When you leave the kitchen take the pot holder with you. Watch TV with the pot holder in the middle of the floor. Read a book and use the pot holder as a bookmark. Cut the grass with a pot holder in your shirt pocket.
With a little practice anyone can assume the elegant state of quick recall. As regards to the elegance of this article, after you have mastered a quick recall, take yourself to your favorite restaurant and have a glass of premium wine. Now for the memory tip of the day. Whenever you write an article about memory you should always... always...uh...uh...well...I forgot.Memory techniques are not new. In ancient times there were no computers to store information. Roman and Greek orators had few notes and pretty well had to rely only on memory. Cicero wrote of memory techniques that were employed in the ancient world. During the Middle Ages, philosophers and monks advanced memory techniques to recall abstract and relegious doctrine. Shakespeare is believed to have used a unique memory system of the day.