Many trainers love to acquire new skills to use them for effective training delivery but give up soon looking at the time constraints and difficulty levels. Memory plays an important role in building new skills and improving the level of engagement with the audience. A trainer who remembers the names of participants in a session has a good impact on them by making them feel addressed.
Memory is the mechanism by which we are able to store, retain and recall information. Memory can be classified into three types:
- Short-Term Memory: The brain stores information for a few seconds or minutes. It is capable of storing about seven items on an average at a given point of time. Things which an individual considers as unimportant like listening to a conversation while travelling in a busy train or a bus.
- Long-Term Memory: This involves the type of information that requires a conscious effort to retain and recall like studying or in-depth analysis of concepts and events. It also involves personal events, good or bad experiences such as favourite movies or the first experience on a bike or a bungee jump.
- Procedural Memory: This involves skills and routines that are frequently performed so that they don’t require a conscious recall like daily work procedures and sequences of performing a task.
Tips for Memory Improvement:
- Exercising the brain
The capacity of the brain to process and remember information increases when it is frequently engaged and exercised. New brain pathways are created when we break the routine or do something that is challenging.
- Paying close attention
It takes eight seconds of intent focus to process a process a piece of information to the memory of the brain. Payment keen attention to every detail will help a great deal in remembering every minute aspect of what is being said. If one fails to concentrate and gets distracted easily by doing several things at a time, retrieval of certain information will be non-existent.
- Incorporating all senses
Incorporating all the senses (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic) irrespective of the type of learner a person is, helps in remembering and retrieving information. A visual learner can read out loud and also recite rhythmically to remember better.
- Staying motivated with a positive attitude
One who has a positive attitude for learning and experiencing new things will automatically improve his memory as a result of confidence and positivity. On the other hand, one who tells himself that he has a bad memory will impede his brains ability to remember as a result of a negative attitude.
- Using Mnemonics
Mnemonics are memory techniques used for remembering difficult information which help in remembering something by associating with a visual image, a sentence or a word.
- Good health habits
Poor health of any kind contributes to memory loss. It is advisable for a person who wants to improve his memory to get plenty of sleep and follow a balanced diet. Sleep plays an important role in concentration and clear thinking and a healthy diet supplies the nutrients needed to nourish the brain.