It is very exciting to see a client use my material to get the results with their memory we know they can have. Here is a video of Stewart Sykes talking about how he has effected his colleagues and family using my memory system.
It is very exciting to see a client use my material to get the results with their memory we know they can have. Here is a video of Stewart Sykes talking about how he has effected his colleagues and family using my memory system.
‘Ron White memory training expert and two time USA Memory Champion.’ I like the sound of that!!
But to be honest I like the sound of, ‘Ron White memory training expert and 3 time USA Memory Champion’ even better!!
Before I share with you what my memory training schedule looks like and how I prepare myself for a memory tournament I would like to encourage YOU to participate in a memory tournament one day. You may say, ‘NO WAY! My memory isn’t like the guys who compete in the tournament! I could never do that!’
Let me ask you this – How many people run the Boston marathon because they think they are going to win it? Maybe 100 believe they have a legit shot at being #1 but over 20,000 on average participate!! Why, not for the number one spot because of who they have to become in the process of competing. My challenge to you is to compete in a memory tournament and specifically the USA Memory Championship for who you must become in the process of competing! You must become a person who:
1. Learn a memory training method
2. Perfect the memory training method
3. Adjusts your diet
4. Sacrifice recreational time
5. Get creative using memory strategies
6. Use your creative brain to plan a strategy for the tournament
7. Experience performing in pressure situations
8. Meet other people who are always learning, growing and discovering new levels of the brain
The event is normally held the first or second Saturday of March in New York city. The event will start in the morning and last until 4 or 5pm.
It is a series of 7 events that you must navigate through. The events are:
- How many names and faces can you recall in 15 minutes
– How many consecutive digits can you memorize in 5 minutes
– How fast can you CORRECTLY remember the sequence of a shuffled deck of cards?
– How many words of a poem can you memorize in 15 minutes?
– How many random words can you memorize in 15 minutes?
– How much info can you remember from 5 people that you meet? (name, birthday, address, phone, pet, hobbies, car, favorite foods)
– How may cards can you memorize (2 decks supplied) in 5 minutes?
After the first 4 memory events they take the top 8 and these advance to the ‘playoff’ round for the final 3 events and it is a process of elimination. The last man standing wins and I am happy to say the last 2 years it has been yours truly!
It is a TON of fun and you grow as a person big time! I really encourage you to check out www.usamemorychampionship.com and I hope to see you there!
Ron White memory champion recommends this article on memory training.
1. Organize – List facts in alphabetical or chronological order. Get a general idea of the textbook material, note the simple to complex and general to specific. Logical facts are easier to remember.
2. Make It Meaningful – Look for connections in what you are studying. For example, packing a parachute by itself can be boring, however, the excitement of jumping out of a plane gives a whole new meaning to this process. Focusing on the “Big Picture” helps provide meaning to the learning process and stimulates us to remember.
3. Create Associations – Associate something new with something you already know. This creates a building process in your memory bank. If you already know a Bill Smith think of the Bill you know and associate him with the new Bill Smith.
4. Learn It Actively – People remember 90 percent of what they do, 75 percent of what they see and 20 percent of what they hear. This saying is very accurate, as action is a proven memory enhancer. Move your hands, pace back and forth and use gestures as you recite a passage. If your body is actively involved it will help you to remember.
5. Relax – Eating proper foods, avoiding caffeine before an exam and getting proper exercise will help you relax and feel more confident. Relaxing will enhance your ability to recall facts faster, with more clarity, and you will feel better overall.
6. Create Pictures – Draw diagrams, make up cartoons. Use them to connect facts and illustrate relationships. When abstract concepts can be “seen” they are much easier to remember. You can be as creative as you want, as long as you understand your scribble.
7. Recite and Repeat – When you repeat something out loud you anchor the concept better by using two or more of your senses. Repetition is the “Mother” of learning. If you use more than one sense you create a “synergistic” effect which is powerful memory technique. If you recite out loud in your own words, memory is enhanced even more!
8. Write It Down – Writing notes to ourselves help us to remember. If we write down an idea or a passage several times, in different areas, we increase our chances to remember.
9. Reduce Interference – Find an area free from distractions. Studies show that most students study more effectively in a quiet area in 1 hour than in a noisy area in 2 hours.
10. Over-learn – When you think you got it don’t quit. Don’t miss a chance to review just one more time. Ever hear the expression “I beat that subject to death!” Do It!
11. Review Notes the Same Day – Studies prove that in order for us to store information “long term” it must be reviewed within 24 hrs. or less. By getting in the habit of same day review, we increase the chances of remembering by over 70 percent!
12. Use Daylight – This method is particularly effective for weekend study and review. Study the most difficult subjects during daylight hours. For many students the early morning hours can be especially productive and will stimulate the memory process.
13. Distribute Learning – Research suggest marathon study sessions (3 hrs. or more) are not as effective as light study sessions (1-2 hrs.) which are distributed at different times during the week. Take frequent breaks. Some students can study 50 minutes or more, others need to stop after 30 minutes. Try to distribute your length of study in the same rhythm as your classes (50/10/50). Give yourself rewards, you’ve earned it!
14. Keep a Positive Attitude – Studies prove that if you repeat to yourself negative feelings about a subject you increase your chances to fail! Since we all want to succeed, “Trash negative” and replace with “Positive Thoughts.” For example, replace “I can’t do it” with “It’s not easy, but I am tough and I accept this challenge.” Prove you can and you will! This is a self-fulfilling prophecy as attitude directly effects the memory!
15. Go On an “Information Diet” – Just as we avoid certain foods, we can choose what not to retain. Extract core concepts, study what you will be tested on, abbreviate large passages of information into easy to digest phrases, this will help you remember.
16. Combine Memory Techniques – All of the memory techniques work better when combined. You can over learn a formula, sing about a famous person, think positive thoughts about subjects, use sight, sound, and other methods to sharpen your memory.
17. Remember Something Else – When you are stuck and can’t remember, think of something related to the information. For example if you cannot remember a name, think about what the person did, what period they lived or who they associated with. Write down what you do know and soon it will trigger facts that you are trying to recall. This technique really works!
18. Note When You Don’t Remember – If you tried some memory techniques that do not seem to work, it’s all-right. Try an experiment with other techniques and use what is best for you and not what works for a classmate. Be a reporter, get the facts, find out what works and what doesn’t. Congratulate and reward yourself when you do remember.
19. Use It Before You Loose It – Information stored in the long-term memory may become difficult to recall if you don’t use it. Simply read it, write it, speak about it and/or apply it. This is especially effective when you have to recall formulas or facts from a previous course. The 101 course information may be used in a 102 course. Therefore, retain your notes, the old text, and keep the information fresh with a review.
20. Affirmation of Your Good Memory Helps You to Remember - When you are sharp and recall all the facts, accept compliments! When you do not recall the facts, think that you know it, you can remember, and the facts will come to you. You may have to use various techniques to help you remember but never give up! You truly “never forget.” Those facts will eventually “come to you.” Keep studying, try again and they will!
Article Source: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/usafa/memory.htm
SUGGESTION FROM RON WHITE MEMORY EXPERT – these tips are all very good but I recommend coupling these strategies with a good system using loci and your results will be off the charts good.
Does Ron White memory expert use an organizer or day timer? Do I use my cell phone to save phone numbers? Sure I do.
Back when I was a kid we walked to school in 3 feet of snow and it was uphill both ways!! Okay, actually not. But that doesn’t mean things weren’t a lot then they are now….
Back in the day MTV was a channel that played MUSIC videos!
If you needed to make a phone call and you were not at home you looked for a phone booth.
If you wanted to call a friend, you had 10 numbers in your speed dial and the rest you memorized!
Today? Do we still have a rolodex of phone numbers in our brains? Of course, not. When I phones are lost, damaged or stolen we run to our email or Facebook account and ask everyone to send us their numbers so we can program it in our new phone.
My challenge to you and your memory is to learn how to memorize the phone numbers of your 20 closest friends or most frequent calls. Not only will it be a good memory building exercise for you. It will also give you the ability to call your friends should you ever lose your phone!
As usual the key to memorizing anything is to turn it into a picture and store it to what we call files or what Simonedes (the father of memory training) referred to as loci (Latin word meaning place). With a little memory training you should have no problem recalling the numbers of 100s of people. So enjoy your project and get to work on becoming a human phone book!
Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): A new evidence review has suggested that memory training regimes are not any better than simple conversations at improving memory in older adults.
But seniors with memory training do not improve their memory any more than do seniors who participate in a discussion about art, for instance, instead of drilling with a list of words.
“Based on published studies, it seems that alternative interventions do just as well as cognitive interventions,” said Mike Martin, a psychologist at the University of Zurich and review co-author.
The findings do “not mean that longer, more intense or different interventions might not be effective but that those which have been reported thus far have only limited effect,” said Martin.
Although several studies have suggested that brain-training exercises could delay or reverse signs of cognitive decline, the studies and the types of training “vary considerably,” Martin said.
“We need…better coordinated studies to ultimately determine if and which types of training may prevent cognitive decline in old age,” he said.
The Cochrane researchers reviewed the evidence for cognitive training from 36 studies, conducted between 1970 and 2007, which included 2229 patients.
Most of the studies involved group sessions, where a trainer or tutor offered the cognition exercises. The total time in training sessions varied across from six to 135 hours, with the training sessions carried out over periods ranging from one day to two years.
The study appeared in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of the Cochrane Collaboration. (ANI)
article source: http://news.oneindia.in/2011/01/20/memorydrills-not-best-bet-for-reducing-seniormoments-aid0121.html
Ron White has been the USA Memory Champion for two years in a row and is the current USA Memory Champion. Below is an article on the 14th USA Memory Championship that Ron will be competing in going for three in a row.
|14th Annual USA Memory Championship is hosted by Dottino Consulting Group.|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Let it be known that memorizing facts and numbers can get you worldwide recognition, as evidenced by Joshua Foer, the 2006 Memory Champion. He landed a $1.25 million dollar book deal from Penguin Press. Moonwalking with Einstein: the Art and Science of Remembering Everything will be available in bookstores on March 3, 2011.
Competitors will attempt to memorize the following in 5 to 15 minute time periods — depending on the event:
• 500 numbers
• 99 names and faces
• An unpublished poem including punctuation
• Two decks of shuffled cards
According to Tony Dottino, chairman and founder of the U.S.A. Memory Championship, and an expert in memory techniques, business innovation, and creativity in the workplace, “The number of mental feats accomplished by our competitors never ceases to amaze us. Whether they are students from New Jersey, actors from California or sales professionals from New York City, the competition gets tougher every year!”
Last year’s champion, Afghanistan war veteran and Texas native Ron White will return to defend his crown for the third year in a row. White holds the North American record for the fastest memorization of a shuffled deck of cards (1 minute, 27 seconds). “Anyone can train his or her mind to remember more effectively with just a few minutes of practice each day. There’s a lot more you can do with your brain and your memory than you ever believed possible,” White says.
The winner will represent America in the World Games, scheduled for November. Previous World Games were held in London, China, Bahrain, and Kuala Lumpur.
Spectators are welcome for free, throughout the day, and are eligible to receive an iCue Memory App. for the iPhone, courtesy of Sponsor, Concentric Sky (http://icue-memory.com) and a Good Thinking Kit courtesy of Marbles: The Brain Store (www.marblesthebrainstore.com).
There’s still time to register as a competitor for the 2011 U.S.A. Memory Championship. Visit the official web site at www.usamemorychampionship.com. No pre-qualification is necessary. The deadline to enter is February 28, 2011.
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source for article: http://www.prlog.org/11275938-14th-annual-usa-memory-championship.html
Ron White memory guy here. I am sure you know that when training for memory championships I am obviously really working to enhance my memory training. However, what you may not know that I am also paying attention to my nutrition and foods that help memory. I have also really for the first time started thinking about how sleep impacts the memory. At the 2010 USA Memory Championship I only had 60-90 minutes sleep the night before. Although I won, I was not on my ‘A’ game and I don’t recommend it!
As I am doing my memory training now I also incorporate foods that are good for memory and I am developing a solid sleep strategy for my memory. Here is a good article on sleep and memory.
ScienceDaily (June 29, 2005) — BOSTON — A good night’s sleep triggers changes in the brain that help to improve memory, according to a new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).
These findings, reported in the June 30, 2005, issue of the journal Neuroscience and currently published on-line, might help to explain why children — infants, in particular — require much more sleep than adults, and also suggest a role for sleep in the rehabilitation of stroke patients and other individuals who have suffered brain injuries.
“Our previous studies demonstrated that a period of sleep could help people improve their performance of ‘memory tasks,’ such as playing piano scales,” explains the study’s lead author Matthew Walker, PhD, director of BIDMC’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory. “But we didn’t know exactly how or why this was happening.
“In this new research, by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we can actually see which parts of the brain are active and which are inactive while subjects are being tested, enabling us to better understand the role of sleep to memory and learning.”
New memories are formed within the brain when a person engages with information to be learned (for example, memorizing a list of words or mastering a piano concerto). However, these memories are initially quite vulnerable; in order to “stick” they must be solidified and improved. This process of “memory consolidation” occurs when connections between brain cells as well as between different brain regions are strengthened, and for many years was believed to develop merely as a passage of time. More recently, however, it has been demonstrated that time spent asleep also plays a key role in preserving memory.
In this new study, twelve healthy, college-aged individuals were taught a sequence of skilled finger movements, similar to playing a piano scale. After a 12- hour period of either wake or sleep, respectively, the subjects were tested on their ability to recall these finger movements while an MRI measured the activity of their brain.
According to Walker, who is also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, the MRI results showed that while some areas of the brain were distinctly more active after a period of sleep, other areas were noticeably less active. But together, the changes brought about by sleep resulted in improvements in the subjects’ motor skill performance.
“The cerebellum, which functions as one of the brain’s motor centers controlling speed and accuracy, was clearly more active when the subjects had had a night of sleep,” he explains. At the same time, the MRIs showed reduced activity in the brain’s limbic system, the region that controls for emotions, such as stress and anxiety.
“The MRI scans are showing us that brain regions shift dramatically during sleep,” says Walker. “When you’re asleep, it seems as though you are shifting memory to more efficient storage regions within the brain. Consequently, when you awaken, memory tasks can be performed both more quickly and accurately and with less stress and anxiety.”
The end result is that procedural skills — for example, learning to talk, to coordinate limbs, musicianship, sports, even using and interpreting sensory and perceptual information from the surrounding world — become more automatic and require the use of fewer conscious brain regions to be accomplished.
This new research may explain why children and teenagers need more sleep than adults and, in particular, why infants sleep almost round the clock.
“Sleep appears to play a key role in human development,” says Walker. “At 12 months of age, infants are in an almost constant state of motor skill learning, coordinating their limbs and digits in a variety of routines. They have an immense amount of new material to consolidate and, consequently, this intensive period of learning may demand a great deal of sleep.”
The new findings may also prove to be important to patients who have suffered brain injuries, for example, stroke patients, who have to re-learn language, limb control, etc.
“Perhaps sleep will prove to be another critical factor in a stroke patient’s rehabilitation,” he notes, adding that in the future he and his colleagues plan to examine sleep disorders and memory disorders to determine if there is a reciprocal relationship between the two.
“If you look at modern society, there has in recent years been a considerable erosion of sleep time,” says Walker. Describing this trend as “sleep bulimia” he explains that busy individuals often shortchange their sleep during the week — purging, if you will — only to try to catch up by “binging” on sleep on the weekends.
“This is especially troubling considering it is happening not just among adults, but also among teenagers and children,” he adds. “Our research is demonstrating that sleep is critical for improving and consolidating procedural skills and that you can’t short-change your brain of sleep and still learn effectively.”
Study co-authors include BIDMC researchers Gottfried Schlaug, MD, PhD, Robert Stickgold, PhD, David Alsop, PhD and Nadine Gaab, PhD.
This study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Dana Foundation.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.harvard.edu.
Article Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050629070337.htm
I know, I am Ron White the memory guy, what do I know about sports? Well I know I don’t have the athletic ability to play! But I have also learned a lot of life lessons from sports and even have a book 22 Success Lessons From Baseball on the topic. However, since I am also the memory expert when I do learn a lesson from sports I promise that I remember it!
Were you one of the 160 million people tuned in for the Superbowl Feb 6, 2011? I was.
The Green Bay Packers were a number six seed and the first NFC six seed to make the Superbowl. What does it mean to be a six seed? It means they almost didn’t even make the playoffs, yet were crowned champions!
I was in San Francisco at the end of the baseball season when the Giants and Padres were battling for first place. The Giants won and made the playoffs but only 2 games separated the Giants from entering the playoffs and sitting at home. Then when they played the Rangers they were under dogs in that series, yet were crowned World Champions!
The lesson I learned – who cares who the favorite it!? Who cares if another business seems to have everything going for it and you are the mom and pop out there!? Who cares! It isn’t about being flashy or the favorite, it is all about performing in CRUNCH time! It is about delivering when the PRESSURE is on!
Billy Joel says, ‘You will come to a place where there are loaded guns in your face and you will have to deal with PRESSURE!’
Odds are if you can perform in crunch time, you can out perform the favorites and that is your Superbowl/World Series lesson.
So there you have it, as sports lesson and life lesson from Ron White a memory guy!