How memory at work is linked to wellbeing
27th June, 2018
I'm convinced that anyone can learn to operate their memory better and that this can have a significant impact on their productivity and wellbeing at work.
For thousands of years, people have trained themselves to use powerful, practical memory techniques to handle important information; and today, those memory skills are more valuable than ever, particularly in the busy, pressurised, information-rich world of work.
As a memory consultant, writer, trainer and coach, I've seen what an impact the right thinking and learning strategies can have on people from all walks of working life.
Whatever role you play, with the right training you can very quickly learn to get more out of your memory and start to reap its many benefits – for yourself, your business, and everyone you work with. Memory training is about learning what makes remembering easier, then applying some key principles to the things that will make a difference for you.
There are some fundamental practices that work for everyone, as well as techniques that adapt to match individual characteristics and needs. New habits can be developed that make learning easier and more effective, and specific systems are available for particularly difficult information.
The most important thing is to take a positive approach and be willing to invest a little time and effort to develop skills that can transform the way you work. Memory training has considerable benefits, whatever your job:
· Confidence: feel ready to cope with challenging situations, able to think sharply, process information quickly and accurately, learn new concepts and skills, remember names, faces, facts, figures … and trustyour memory, even under pressure
· Efficiency: organise your thinking, manage information intelligently and accurately, plan your time and effort, and use your memory to help – rather than hinder – your daily working practices
· Creativity: let the vibrant pictures and imaginative stories involved in the best memory techniques boost your creative-thinking as a whole
· Communication: speak confidently from memory, improve your negotiation skills, learn new languages, and structure all your written and spoken communications to make them powerfully memorable to everyone else
· Impact: use your understanding of memory to make other people understand, engage with and properly remember the products, initiatives and ideas you’re offering
· Wellbeing: as well as getting things done faster and better, saving you significant time, energy and worry, memory training also lets you tap into playful and positive ways of thinking, giving you the power to start reframing negative memories, benefiting from past glories, and rehearsing for future success
Businesses gain in so many ways when their staff feel in control of their thinking, equipped with all the mental tools they need to stay on top of their roles, maintain good work-life balance, feel better about themselves, and adapt confidently to new challenges. Encouraging memory training for staff can improve efficiency, strengthen communication, and add a new, rich level to plans, presentations and promotions.
What I've seen time and time again is that, as individual employees become more confident at developing their skills and enjoying new challenges, a whole workplace culture can be created that supports good thinking habits, utilises strong learning skills, and values effective memory training for all the professional and personal benefits it can bring.
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Jonathan Hancock has held two Guinness World Records for his memory skills and is a former World Memory Champion. Following a career as a BBC broadcaster, Jonathan spent a decade as a teacher and leader in education, while also writing a number of books about memory and learning, plus the online Memory Power courses for adults and children. He runs memory training in business and education and has appeared on all five series of the popular Channel 4 TV programme Child Genius. Jonathan also works with the Learning Skills Foundation to run the annual Junior Memory Championship.