Each and every person in this world will use the memorization techniques outlined in this book in a totally different way. However, when it comes to repetition, there is really only one correct way to do it that has been discovered to work for just about any type of person, no matter how they think or how their mind works to store their thoughts and memories. Your first step that you should practice when attempting to memorize some amount of information using the repetition method should be to first sort out all of the relevant information from all of the other, irrelevant information that you really do not need to know. This will be a necessary skill to learn if you ever hope to master any of the following memorization techniques, so it would be best for you to take a few minutes out of your reading time and practice on a couple of the examples that I have listed below.
Here is an example of a person giving you some information about himself, as you may come across in a business meeting with some of your colleagues:
“Hi, my name’s Jason McDougal. I’ve been working as the president of this company for fifteen years. With any luck I will be retiring in a couple of months. I hear you are up and coming in the company. Heck, you might just be the guy who replaces me. Did you know that before I started here I was employed as assistant vice president of accounting for the Tyco Corporation? Boy was that a great job. Too bad I was laid off for not being too honest with the way my accounting was going, but when you had the kind of job that I did, who really cares about accuracy? I figured that was for all of the entry level accounts who worked for me. Anyway, it was a pleasure to meet you. Hope you enjoy the party. See you around, chief.”
After reading over that short caption, what were some of the areas that you should have focused on as pieces of the conversation to remember? For starters, the first thing that should have come to mind was the man’s name, Jason McDougal. Names are always very important to know and present you with a fine example of the perfect item of information to use repetition to remember. Names are short, usually very simple and can be repeated quickly several times so that you can get a good grasp on them and stick them into your long term memory.
Another piece of information that you should commit to memory is the fact that Jason is getting ready to retire. If you remember this, you could easily put yourself on the right track to taking his job after he is gone. Memorizing such useful information like this can help you get a leg up in the company by having more time than anyone else to prepare your resume and all of the necessary paperwork that would be required should you apply for Jason’s job.