There are many memorization techniques, to help improve memory recall. This article will give you the basic concepts and shed a little light on what might work for your situation.
Attention and Information Value: Memory Recall Improves
The fact is that once you are given a piece of information, much of it will actually be lost after just five minutes. And after one hour, two-thirds of that will have been forgotten, and it only gets worse because after 24 hours chances are that 90% of the information will be completely gone.
This is a basic forgetting pattern. It will obviously vary between people, with the amount of information being given and the value that person puts on that piece of information.
Memorization Techniques – The Basics
There are a variety of simple techniques that you can use to help stem the forgetting process. If you find yourself in a social situation where you are trying to remember people’s names you should try using one or all of these techniques.
Pay close attention to the introduction, give it your undivided attention. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by things around you. Do not have half an ear on the music or be listening to the conversation behind you. Pay Attention.
Using the Person‘s Name
If you a meet a Mr. Brooks, you might, for example, say “Mr, Brooks what do you do for a living? Or try Mr. Brooks where are you currently working?” The important thing here is to work the person’s name back into the conversation. Repeating the person’s name back will help build associations with both the conversation and the name.
Once you have heard the person’s name repeat it to yourself three times over. And do this again in five minutes. Look around the room and see how many names you can remember. If you are having trouble go and subtly ask someone to tell you the person’s name before you leave the event. Don’t be shy, it happens to people all the time who are meeting large numbers of people at one time. It is important to get the name before you leave rather than trying figure out who the person was at a later date.
When you hear the person’s name try to create a mental picture at the same time. This is especially useful when you can combine it with another piece of information about the person. For example, if you meet a Mr. and Mrs. Collins and they are from Mexico you might picture them sitting on a beach. Not only will this help you to remember their name but you will probably be able to recall where they are from the next time you see them. The more information in the mental picture the better.
Incorporate as Many Senses as Possible
One way of doing this is to say their name out loud a number of times as soon as you can. When you shake hands deliberately take a mental note of whether they had a strong firm grip or was it soft? Are they wearing perfume or cologne? Use more senses when you are introduced to someone, you will remember better.
Memory masters tend to focus on trying to remember large chunks of useless information, which is not what happens in real life. The above basic memorization techniques (if practiced) can improve memory recall dramatically.