For a long time, it was widely believed that goldfish have a three-second memory. However, thanks to scientists—and, more recently, an episode of the show MythBusters—we now know that goldfish can be trained to remember complicated mazes and hold on to those memories for a few months.
That’s the trick: training. July 2 was “I Forgot Day,” so vow to make that the last forgetful day of the year. With training, you can expand the parameters of your memory and avoid those embarrassing moments when you forget an important name or detail. Make these tips a part of your daily routine:
- Repeat. As soon as you learn a name, repeat it as often as you can, both out loud and in your head. Say, “Nice to meet you, Robert” or “Robert, it’s good to see you.” When you part ways, say, “I look forward to working with you, Robert.” Don’t be afraid of overusing a name; the person will take note of your determination to remember.
- Write it down. Keep a small notepad with you at all times. Whenever important information like a phone number, date or time come to your attention, make a note on your pad. Get in this habit and you won’t ever be at a loss for information; it will be right at your fingertips.
- Keep a detailed calendar. Enter in employees’ birthdays and work anniversaries in your calendar along with meetings and appointments. Set the alarm for one week prior to the date to have time to shop for a card or plan a party.
- File personal facts. Every time you meet with new clients or business contacts, write down the personal details they give you. For example, if they talk about their children, write down their sons’ or daughters’ names and ages. That way, the next time you meet with them you can say, “How is Megan? Is her soccer season going well?” People will be impressed by your memory and touched by your interest.
What other tips do you have for improving your memory?
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