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You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!

Once you have gotten someone's name and made it meaningful, you can further improve your memory for names and faces by associating this name with the person's face.

To do this, you need to first focus on the person's face and find something distinctive about it. Maybe they have bright red hair or a big bushy mustache. Try to pick a feature that will not easily change (for example, don't pick lipstick color). Whatever it is, focusing on that distinctive feature will help imprint that person's face into your memory.

To link their name to their face, you can form a visual association with your substitute word and the distinctive feature. For example, to remember Mr. Pine, you might visualize a pine tree growing out of the bald spot on his head.

To remember a person's profession, try adding something to the association. For example, you could visualize a stethoscope around the neck of a doctor or you could visualize a dentist with huge oversized teeth.

 



Once you have gotten someone's name, you can help yourself remember it by making it meaningful to you. To do this, you need to make the name concrete by visualizing it or finding a substitute word that can be visualized. Some names like 'Baker,' 'River,' or 'Holly' can be visualized directly. For names like 'Conroy,' 'Hargrove,' or 'Olefsky,' you can use substitute words or phrases such as 'convoy,' 'hard road,' or 'leaf sky.'

Whatever you use, be sure to get a mental picture of the name. Really see the image in your mind. This will help you remember it later. If you ever encounter a name that is too difficult to visualize, or if you just don't have enough time to make the visualization, it won't matter. Just having spent a little time trying will help because you will have focused on the name longer that you would have without using this technique.

 



One of the main reasons why we cannot remember people's names is because we never get the name in the first place. This can be caused by a variety of factors. Maybe you never exchanged names, maybe the person mumbled their name, or maybe you were in an environment where it was difficult to hear. Whatever the reason, it is clear that you will never remember someone's name if you never got it in the first place.

If you didn't get the name because it was spoken too quickly, quietly, or incoherently, do not let it slide. Ask the person or the introducer to repeat the name so you can hear it. Then be sure that you repeat their name as well. Don't be nervous about mispronouncing a complicated name. The other person will be happy to help you say it (people like their own names and like to hear people use them). This will guarantee that you get their name correct and will reinforce it in your memory.

After you have gotten the name, you should try to repeat their name throughout the conversation. This will focus your attention on the name, which will make you remember better. If you can, you may also want to write their name down so you can see it as well as hear it. This will also give you a way to review their name at a later time.

 



Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you walked in there? Have you ever forgotten to give someone a telephone message? Ever forgotten an errand that you needed to run? Everyone experiences absentmindedness on a regular basis. Absentmindedness is caused by the failure to pay attention to what you need to do. It is usually caused by one of three different scenarios.

1. The thing you need to do is part of a habit or routine such that it requires very little attention.
2. You are distracted by something that takes your attention away from the thing you need to do.
3. You are trying to do two things at the same time.

It is impossible to completely overcome absentmindedness, but you can take steps to reduce it, such as getting organized, keeping written notes, repeating what you need to do out loud, or using mnemonics such as the Loci System to better organize your ideas.

 



Here is another technique for remembering people's names.

If you know that you are about to go into a situation where you may need to remember people's names, you can use a technique called "priming." To do this, you will need a list of the people who you might encounter. If you are going to a high school reunion, you could flip through your yearbook. If you are going to a company party, you could scan through the company directory. Studies show that if you have "primed" your memory with all the potential names, you will be much more likely to recall a particular name when you encounter that person at the event.

 





 

 



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