3 Easy Ways To Master Your Memory

One of the biggest fears that people have when it comes to giving a presentation or running live events is "How do I remember what to say during a live event because there's absolutely no way I could possibly remember every single word of what I need to say for an entire day."

So today I wanted to share with you three easy ways to master your memory so you can deliver six days or more of perfect presentations.

Now most people tend to use Powerpoint slides to remind them or jog their memory of what it is they're meant to talk about. But the problem is when you click on that Powerpoint slide, what is it that lets you know what you're meant to say about the Powerpoint slide? And what happens if the projector blows the bulb? What are you going to do then?

There are an infinite number of things that can occur to stuff you up in the middle of your presentation and what happens if you get up on stage and you even see the Powerpoint slides, it's written in front of you but you go completely blank and you cannot remember anything that you planned to talk about?

First of all, this is absolutely a natural thing. I mean, to feel this way is completely normal for people to do because when you're first starting out, there are a whole range of different issues that we need to address in order for us to get proficient in presenting.

When I first started running one day and three day and even six day live events, I remember that running up to those live events, there wasn't much sleep the night before. It wasn't just the night before, there wasn't much sleep for weeks before.

I remember I used to write out every single word of a presentation, I used to read it until three in the morning, I used to wake up and stare at it and hope that it would all go inside my mind through some repetitive style of memory processing.

What I found as I was wasting hours and hours of my life trying to do things that weren't very effective, but also I was stressing myself out so when I finally got on stage, I was a bit of a nervous wreck. What I needed to do was work out ways in which to get my memory to work for me so my presentations stuck and I was able to share the information.

Thankfully you do not have to remember every single word of your presentation because there are a number of special memory and presentation techniques that I like to use to allow me to get on stage and be able to know the exact content that I need to share on queue. In fact, on demand anytime I require it. I'd like to share three of them with you right now.

1. Acronym Technique

The first one is relevant if you need to share information that does not have any order or sequence to it. See when you're presenting, sometimes the information you share has to go in a certain sequence, but other times you can share information that it doesn't matter what order you say it is as long as it's all said.

So if it doesn't matter what order you need to say it in, then I use what's called the acronym technique. Here's what you do: You write up the points that you have that you'd like to make and then all you've got to do is get the first letter of each of the key words from that point and then get those letters and form words out of them.

In order to form words from letters, unless you're incredibly good at acronyms and solving anagrams, then my advice is jump online and go to any online anagram solver that you have and punch the letters into it and it will spit out words for you.

For example, there are many reasons why people would want to start their own business. At my events I like to share the nine core reasons behind why people like to do it. And in order to remember these nine core reasons, they don't have to be done in any specific order, so I can say them in any order that I like, I use an acronym called FIBS DR. POL.

What I want to tell people about the nine core reasons why they'd want to start a business, I go through the letters of the acronym.

The F stands for Financial Freedom,
the I stands for Increased Income,
the B stands for simply owning a Business,
the S stands for more Spare time,
the D stands for personal Development reasons,
the R stands for a Retirement fund,
the P stand for meeting more People,
the O stands for helping Others, and
the L stands for Leaving a Legacy.

They are the nine reasons why people would want to start a business, but in order for me to remember that content and to use that content on stage without notes or looking at a projector screen, I use an acronym technique. Now I've found over the years of training thousands of presenters that the acronym technique is pretty much valuable up until about 15 points or so. When you go beyond 15 points, there are other techniques you can use, but if there are 15 points in no specific order, then the acronym technique is one for you.

2. Stage Pegging

The second technique that I like to use is known as Stage Pegging. Now this is for someone who wants to put together a talk pretty much on the fly and has a random topic given to them and then they want to remember key points about that topic in a very short period of time.

The way the Stage Pegging technique works is this: On your stage you have a variety of items.... you have a pull up banner, for example, you have projector screens, you might have a display table with a bunch of flowers in the middle. You might have a little stool that your laptop sits on. You may have a music stand where some of your notes sit. You may have pot plants, for example. I don't know.

But what you want to do is go from left to right along your stage. From left to right along your stage and look at each item as it shows up.

On the far left, you might have a pot plant. Then next to that you have a projector screen. Then next to that you have the stairs to the stage and then next to that you've got a pull up banner, and then next to that you've got a table and then next to that you've got some beautiful flowers.

Each of these items can have information pegged to it, glued to it, so the very first item was a pot plant and you know at the start of your talk you want to tell a personal story about how you were swimming one day in the ocean and you got caught in a rip and it pulled you out and you went through this treacherous journey and you found your way back to land and you got this incredible epiphany about not swimming against the tide, for example.

You want to remember that that's the first part of your talk, well what you do is you get the very first item in the room on the far left, which is a pot plant and you imagine swimming into the pot plant. You imagine yourself swimming as fast as you can and smashing yourself into the pot plant, maybe cracking your head open, I don't know, but the more vivid and the more action orientated in which you join these two items together, the better the memory will stick.

If you're on the stage and you walk on stage, everyone's clapping, "Thank you, thank you. Please take a seat." They grab a seat and you're like what the heck was I talking about? You just simply look to your left and you see the pot plant, you see yourself swimming into the pot plant, and straight away you remember the first thing you'd like to talk about is the time you got caught in a rip tide in the ocean.

That is Stage Pegging. That is an exceptional technique that can be done in a variety of different ways. People use home pegs, stage pegs, number pegs, muscle pegs, sounds like pegs, auditory pegs. There's many different ways of pegging things together and pegging can work for numerous items. In fact, some of the best memory practitioners on planet Earth, the ones who win all the memory competitions, often refer to pegging as one of the most efficient techniques for rapidly remembering information in a very short period of time, so stage pegging is great if you're short on time and you need to remember things.

3. Pillars

The third memory technique is not a memory technique at all. Amateur presenters are always trying to write a one day talk or a 90 minute talk or a six day program. Professional presenters don't think like that at all.

The average attention span of a human being is roughly ten minutes, so once captured, the attention will wander about every seven to ten minutes or so. Because we know that this is the facts, we've worked out that if we change elements within our presentations about every seven to ten minutes, we will be able to hold the attention of the audience all the way through our presentation, regardless of whether that presentation is a 40 minute presentation, a 90 minute presentation, a one day presentation, or a 14 day presentation.

If we keep changing elements, like a character, a tone, a stage position, a piece of content, an idea, every seven to ten minutes or so, the attention will remain.

What does that mean from a memory perspective? Well, it means when I get up to deliver a six day presentation, I do not have to remember a six day presentation, I only have to remember five to ten minutes at a time because all the information that I ever share from stage is only five to ten minutes. Some of it goes about as far as fifteen minutes, but that's about the maximum.

When it comes to memorizing your talks, don't stress yourself out thinking that you need to memorize an entire one day talk. What you'll want to focus on is memorizing the five to fifteen minute pieces of content and then you simply bolt those pieces together until it fills the allocated time you have to present.

These five to fifteen minute pieces of content we refer to as pillars and there are fourteen pillars that make up every presentation. So in order to have better recall of what you want to talk about, you want to memorize thee structures of each of these pillars.

If I want to tell my personal story, it has a very specific structure, a shape to it, that I can imagine the structure of how I want to tell my personal story and that allows me to remember what to talk about. If I'd like to teach a piece of content, there is a very specific structure to how you teach content to light up all the different eight learning patterns of a human being and once you know the structure you can pretty much plug any content you want into it.

They are, in fact, the three memory techniques that I use the most from a platform to ensure that I can recall information on the day without notes, without having to rely on a projector or a projector bulb or a projector screen or any of my Powerpoint slides to ensure that I am getting information across to the audience.

Again, they are; 1) The acronym technique if you don't need to recall anything in any specific order. 2) The stage pegging technique, where you can peg things if they do require being in order. 3) The pillars, where you're just utilizing pillars, five to fifteen minute content pieces so you only have to remember a very short amount at a time.

I hope this has been beneficial for you and I hope these models allow you to get more success from the platform. I hope you've learnt now exactly how to memorize one to even six day presentations and more importantly, I hope you've enjoyed the video.

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Ben is the Difference-Maker Mentor and Co-founder of Authentic Education. He is exquisite at inspiring people to share their message, make a difference in the world and live abundantly on purpose.

Ben has been featured in media such as the Today Show, Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, Huffington Post and News.com.au.