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Memorising a Presentation - step by step example of showing how you can link what you know to how to show people that you know.  

This month, for a project I’ve had to learn about the work of thirteen authors business people. I have to give a short speech only presentation and list some of the ideas I’ve been impressed with from these people:

I've read the books.  I know my subject.  But can I speak about it without notes? 

But how to memorise the presentation and speak about this without notes?

Until a few years ago I would not have had a clue. 

Now I know how to apply simple lessons from memory books. 

I'll show you.  No point in telling you.  Showing is better. 

This is the list I wanted to remember. 

1. Ron White – a memory expert and author.
2. Piers Steel – author of the book Procrastination Equation.
3. Lee Iacocca – A famous Business Executive from the car industry.
4. Paul O’Neil – Another famous businessman who ran Alcoa and used very strange business ideas that worked.
5. Heidi Grant Halvorsen – Author of “Nine Things”
6. Gabrielle Oettingen – Originator of “Mental Contrasting” AKA “WOOP”
7. Sir Tom Hunter – Scotland’s first home grown Billionaire businessman.
8. Daniel Coyle – Author of The Talent Code
9. Peter Gollwitzer – Originator of Implementation Intentions.
10. Karl Popper – A professor who championed the idea of falsification rather than empirical proof.
11. Bob Bowman – Michael Phelps Swim Trainer.
12. Charles Duhigg – Author of “Habit”
13. Barry Zimmerman – Champion of “Self-Regulated Learning”

I must talk about the ideas of each in turn.
In order. And skip back and forth between them, without hesitation or using notes.

I am not expecting you to learn this list.  I am just showing you how it can be done. 

This was not possible for me until I read about HOW TO MEMORISE.

The memory books have shown me how to memorise these in order.
Forwards and backwards.

I use a crossroads memory palace combined with the twelve points of a clock face.

Which are related to a cross, or the shape of a person with their arms outstretched. 

While the crossroads idea is original to me, however it uses same ideas as all other memory systems use. That is to say – A location, where I place mental images.

It will eventually be like this in my head:

For this one I am using an actual crossroads in my home city, I’ve been there and have looked it up on Google Earth.  Any known crossroads you are familiar with can be used.  Try it in your head. 

I can imagine being there. I then imagine the same layout with imaginary shops and one meeting point.

Each shop is at a specific location.

It is in order.
I associate each position with a trade or shop which is associated with a PEG SYSTEM.

What's  PEG SYSTEM? 

A Peg system is simply a symbol or image you associate with a number shape or rhyme. E.g. A swan for two or door for four.
All memory books tell you to use these. And they work

Here's mine - yours will probably be different

1 is a candle – so a Candlemakers.
2 is a swan - so a tavern called the Swan Tavern
3 is a pawnbroker’s sign – so a pawnbroker.
4 is a door – so a joiner.
5 is a star so an Astrologer or Fortune Teller.
6 is a gin so a gunsmith.
7 is seven days a week so a newspaper seller.
8 is an octopus so some fishmonger. (An octopus is not a fish but you get the idea, there are no octopus shops)
9 is a cat, so a Pet shop.
10 is nails, so a Nail Boutique
11 is legs, so a dance club.
12 is a clock face, so a clockmakers / jeweller.
And 13 is the observation point – a meeting Point in the middle.

The rest is self explanatory

I just have to imagine: 

1. Ron White – is happy as anything in his candle shop, he’s memorised all the candles.
2. Piers Steel – is Procrastinating in the Swan Tavern when he knows he should be working.
3. Lee Iacocca – Is in the Pawn shop trying to raise money to buy a car.
4. Paul O’Neil – Is looking at selling aluminium surrounds to joiners.
5. Heid Grant Halvorsen – Is looking for nine things in a crystal ball.
6. Gabrielle Oettingen – is Wooping as she shoots her six gun in the air.
7. Sir Tom Hunter – is all over the front pages of the papers.
8. Daniel Coyle – is eating a lot of fish with a talented octopus.
9. Peter Gollwitzer – Is studyignt he implementation intentions of pussy cats with nine lives.
10. Karl Popper – is trying false nails looking for proof that they don’t prove anything.
11. Bob Bowman – Michael Phelps Swim Trainer is working on a dance routine in a pool.
12. Charles Duhigg – Has a bad habit of buying clocks and looking at number twelve.
13. Barry Zimmerman – Is in the middle looking around at everyone from the meeting point.

I find it useful to add a bit of colour - in my head. 

Or shadow

But eventually I just have a vague idea which is something like this: 

And by remembering the crossroads, I can mentally look at all the positions.  And the names and idea I need to remember are recalled.

That's what they teach you these memory books.

Applied Memory


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