3 Key Takeaways
Underlining words with a pacer while you read can increase speed and retention by 25-50%
When you hear information, you have roughly six seconds to convert it from short term to long term memory
Make a conscious effort to learn peoples names with each new social interaction
Dr. Oz begins by introducing Jim Kwik, a specialist in optimizing brain power and the ability to increase memory capabilities.
Limiting Factors on Memory
The current education system teaches you what to learn and when to learn it
They lack techniques that teach you HOW to learn and remember content
Mobile phones take away our cognitive presence
This limits our ability to focus on the task at hand
Too much information with too little time to comprehend it
Scrolling through social media
Creates lack of focus and wandering mind
How to Increase Recall and Focus?
Train yourself to read faster
Data shows that faster readers have better recall because they are more focused on the task
Faster readers do not use “sub vocalization”
They do not read along in their head
Trained readers can group words together
How to Increase Reading Speed?
Underline words with a visual pacer while you read it
Trace with finger or pencil
Can immediately increase reading speed by 25-50%
Your eyes are attracted to motion (finger or pencil)
This keeps the brain more focused on the words being read
Our sense of touch and sight work together just as smell and taste
How to Remember Names?
The use of someones name in conversation is the quickest way to create trust and rapport
We must be incentivised to learn the name
People are good at remembering names when they want to remember
The name of their boss or person of status
Ask yourself, why do I want to remember this person's name?
You must be powerfully present during verbal exchange
Understand why you want to remember this person
People blame retention but it's usually their attention to detail
People aren't listening, they are simply waiting for their turn to speak
Utilize tips/tricks and techniques
Do not program your brain for failure
Tell yourself you will remember
Practice the skill during each verbal exchange
Say the name
Use the name 3-4 times during conversation
Ask about their name
What does it mean?
Are you named after someone?
Is it a family name?
Visualize the person doing an activity
Bob- bobbing for apples
Marry- singing Christmas carols
Six Second Syndrome
When you hear info, you have roughly six seconds to convert it from short term to long term memory
Information is forgettable
We remember the things that touch us emotionally
AKA Eidetic memory
Cannot be duplicated or taught
It is ⅓ genetic ⅔ is environmental in nature