Build Better Relationships By Improving Your Memory

Last week I was interviewed by Tasha Smith, a wonderful sales trainer/coach who has a cool podcast. (Well worth subscribing to if your work involves working with people and selling them on your product, services, or even just ideas.) 

We discussed several different tips about how to remember names, general memory improvement, and more. She even put me to the test with a sales role play where she gave me a typical sales scenario, especially for someone in direct sales, and asked me to help with the problem of remembering all that our prospects and clients are telling us!

Listen to this fun discussion here:

Tip #3: Memory Improvement

I was presenting to a group a few weeks ago and a man approached me prior to me going on stage. He apologized that he wouldn't be able to attend the session and wondered if there were a few quick tips I could give him - because his memory was awful.

This is one I shared with him, and it's in the top 3 ways to improve your memory. 

If your natural memory is horrible, make sure you're doing this to improve it! (I know, you have to watch the video, but it's a 60 second tip... you can spare that to help improve your life, right?!).

Whether it's a corporate event, association annual conference, or any other gathering of people who want to see an entertaining motivational speech that will change their lives, contact me for availability. I'm near New York City and the entire east coast, but I'm always willing to fly to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix (where my parents live), Orlando, or wherever your event will be held. Have memory, will travel!

60 Second Tip #2: The 3 Steps to Remembering

Another quick tip for memory improvement! 

As an entertaining motivational speaker and memory improvement expert, I've seen how many people think they have a bad memory. 

Part of memory improvement, whether for your business or personal life, is to discover where exactly you're struggling.

That's why at my business and other keynote and seminar presentations, I cover the essential 3 Steps to Remembering. Knowing what to work on first is key to rapid memory improvement!

Enjoy this short video explaining the 3 Steps to Remembering!

Do you have 60 seconds to improve your memory? Watch entertaining motivational speaker and memory improvement expert Brad Zupp explain the essential 3 Steps to Remembering in only 60 seconds!

Remember Names Part 2

So many people tell me they have trouble remembering names! Last week I shared a very short video about one of the simplest tips for remembering names. 

This week I'll share this excellent podcast. If you're in business, you owe it to yourself to listen to this. Tons of great tips on remembering better, especially for networking and business events.

Download it and listen in the car on the way to your next networking event!


Also, consider subscribing to the podcast. Tom is a great interviewer and has excellent content!

Question answered: Top reasons businesses hire a motivational speaker

I often get asked by people considering hiring a memory improvement expert, corporate entertainer or motivational speaker: "Why hire a business speaker for my corporate event?"

Based on my experience, talking with other motivational speakers, and discussing the topic with my past clients who have hired me, I compiled the top three reasons businesses hire motivational speakers

Hire Motivational Speaker

The biggest reason not listed here is the underlying theme of everyone I spoke with: return on investment. What do companies get from having an expert motivational speaker at a corporate event? ROI. 

Companies, associations, or business groups spend a small amount of money and get a lot in return. Loyalty from members, new and improved skills to make money and increase the bottom line, and greatly improved motivation from everyone. The right speaker for the group can easily provide a high return on investment, making the amount spent on the speaker well worth the investment!

Top 3 Reasons Businesses Hire Motivational Speakers

1. To Convey a Specific Set of Skills

    Learning skills for better efficiency and an improved bottom line is often the biggest reason to bring in an outside speaker. Whether it’s improved leadership skills, specific sales techniques, a better memory, work-life balance, handling information overload or managing stress, an experienced motivational speaker can impart practical information that helps a team grow their skills and has a positive effect on business.

2. To Bring Energy and Excitement to a Meeting or Event

    A good corporate speaker not only educates but also entertains a group. Using humor, real-life examples, and audience interaction, speakers can lift up the energy and excitement of a meeting, day of training, or corporate event. This makes for a more positive experience for the group members and contributes to lasting learning.

3. To Inspire and Reward

    Group morale is essential to achieving company goals, and an experienced corporate speaker inspires the audience to reach higher and achieve more. Employees feel rewarded and valued, which drives innovation, productivity, and sales.



I'm very excited for my friends who were on the FOX TV Show, Superhumans recently. It got me thinking about talent, hard work, and what being a superhuman means. To me, an actual "superhuman" is someone with an innate talent. They were born with this talent, or acquired it suddenly, not by the slow, hard work of training that I and my friends have used to achieve our memory successes.

Below is a short list of some people I find extraordinary, or "superhuman!"


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·   Daniel McCartney (September 10, 1817 – November 15, 1887) was believed to have possessed hyperthymesia, a condition wherein an individual is able to recall autobigraphical memory in extreme details. He was born legally blind but that never hindered his extraordinary mental abilities. He was able to recall in seconds his experience including what he did, what he ate, what day of the week it was and describe every detail such as weather conditions and any local, regional or national events on any given specific date. Aside from his clearly superhuman memory, he was also deemed as one of the very few human calculators; able to compute complex mathematical computations mentally in seconds.

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·         Akim Camara was born on September 26, 2000 and is known as a violinist child prodigy. Akim had shown early signs of musical inclination and was given violin lessons at the age of two. After only six months of light training (a total of 90 minutes every week) and by the age of three, he had his debut performance in December of 2003. His extraordinary ability to memorize a musical piece after hearing it and ability to perform complex musical compositions at a very young age made way for him to be recognized worldwide as a true child prodigy.

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·         Tristan Pang who was born on October 18, 2001 is another child prodigy known for his academic excellence. Purely self-taught, at the age of two, he was already reading independently and solving high school math. He was only nine when he earned a top grade A* scoring 97% at the Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE maths (Year 11 / O Level) and eleven years old when he top scored with A* at the Cambridge A level exams (Year 13). He also became one of the youngest speakers in the world when he delivered a TED talk in 2013.

Developing a "superhuman" memory

Happy New Year!

I get questions all the time about my "superhuman" memory. 

"How do you do that?" "School must have been so easy for you!" "When can we go to Vegas?!"

What I'd like people to know is that every bit of memory ability I have has been developed in the last several years. 

When I was in my 20s, I used memory techniques to learn to speak Japanese when I was living there. Every day I'd use the techniques to memorize 50-100 new vocabulary words. My hosts and the people I was working with (Japanese and Americans) were amazed. To me, I was just following the techniques - and they worked. Within a few weeks I was having good conversations, and within a few months was answering the phone and having people assume I was a native Japanese speaker.

Fast forward 20 years. As I turned 40, I realized my memory was slipping. I threw myself into researching and practicing memory techniques, and developing my own. 

My memory improved dramatically in only a few weeks.

More of my story another time, but here are three tips to develop your own superhuman memory in 2016! Happy new year!

Preparing for a Memory Championship

I train my memory daily, but at the end of October I turbo-charged my training. Here are the stats.

In the end, the competition is always against myself. Can I show up and perform at my best? On a good day, my best is in the top 20-30 in the world. These next few days will show who can 'bring it' with the jet lag, interesting food, and stress that comes from a trip halfway around the world to compete! 

My overall goal is to continue to improve my memory and serve as living proof that memory can be improved - at any age.

Competition starts tomorrow (my time - Tuesday evening, New York time).

Memory Can Be Improved At Any Age

One of the many things I hear is how bad memory gets as we age. One of the big reasons I present memory workshops and keynote speeches is to prove that we don't have to accept a natural decline in our memory as we get older. 

We also don't have to live with or "deal" with a bad memory, or rely on our smartphones to save us!

Want proof? Scientists can prove it all they want, but I also often want to hear from someone who has not only "been there and done that...." but who is also still doing it. 

Here's an interesting chart that shows my progress at the World Memory Championships. It shows that every year my memory has gotten better, not worse. I'm one of the older memory athletes, and I'm not unique in this: many of the other "grey hairs" have similar results.

If I can do this under the stress of memorizing for several hours a day for three days at the competition, I know you can improve your memory for names, what your partner, friends or kids tell you, and more.

I'd like to extend a huge thank you to my corporate sponsor, Bentley Systems, for sponsoring my participation in this year's World Memory Championships!

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Part 3: Memory Championship Explained

Day 3 of the World Memory Championships will be December 18, 2015 in Chengdu, China. As a keynote speaker and memory improvement expert, I like to keep my brain sharp by participating in memory competitions. This video explains what happens during day 3: remembering spoken numbers, memorizing a shuffled deck of cards in 60 seconds, and remembering row upon row of words. 

Competing at a memory championship is a wonderful way to exercise the brain and improve memory. Follow my adventure: maybe some of the tips and skills will rub off on you! :)

Part 2: Memory Championships Explained

Here's part two of my explanation of what I'll have to memorize at the World Memory Championships 2015 in Chengdu, China.

As a corporate keynote speaker, I'm often asked why I participate in memory competitions. I have found that training for the competitions helps me remember better, improve my focus and recall, remember names of people I meet, and more.

When I speak to sales and other business groups at their annual meetings, sales conferences, training seminars, or other conferences, it's easier for me to amaze them with my feats of memory because I've trained and competed under pressure.

Enjoy part two, and look for parts one and three (coming shortly). Please share - click on the Share button at the bottom of the page to select your preferred social media outlet.

Memory Championships Explained

Before (and after) I give an entertaining corporate keynote or seminar, the three most common questions are: 

  1. How do you remember so well?!
  2. Why do you memorize so much?
  3. What happens at the memory competitions?

This video explains question 3 and takes just a few minutes to show you what we memory athletes attempt to memorize at the World Memory Championships. This is the description of Day one for the World Memory Championships 2015 in Chengdu, China, December 16-18.

I hope you enjoy it, and please share. (Share button is below.)

Why I Compete

In two weeks I'll be in China competing again at the World Memory Championships. Many people wonder why I compete. Aside from the obvious (a much better memory because I'm constantly working to improve it), there's the "thrill of victory.... and the agony of defeat." (Anyone remember that line?!?)

Here's a so-far unseen video from last year's competition, also in China, of the thrill side of it, where I broke my own previous record of memorizing a random number that is spoken only out loud - we (the competitors) never see it, we only hear it. Oh - and it's spoken aloud by a computer at the rate of one digit per second. :) 

I listened for 150 seconds and recalled them all, start to finish, perfectly. At the end of the video is 150 seconds of spoken digits using the software from the competition, so you can listen to the computer and see how you do. Give it a try!

Mr. Donald Trump: I challenge you to a memory competition

Completely leaving out the politics behind Mr. Trump's recent remark about having the world's best memory , I challenge Mr. Trump to a memory competition.

I'm not saying *I* have the world's best memory (I know people who could legitimately make that claim), but it's better than his, and I know I'm one of the top memory masters in the United States.

Let's go head to head Mr. Trump. Who can memorize a deck of cards fastest? The longest random number? Names and faces? I'm happy to take you on! 

Better yet, please attend the World Memory Championships in Chengdu, China in three weeks. We'll see who has the best memory.

Announcing: I'm competing again at the World Memory Championships!

I am once again competing at the World Memory Championships. This will be my fourth year in a row, and I'm training harder than ever. Just over the weekend I memorized 2,500+ digits of random numbers: 1,200 digits in one hour, and the rest in five-minute blocks. This will hopefully prepare me for both the Hour Numbers event and the Speed Numbers (5 minute) event, plus the other three disciplines that feature numbers.

This year's competition will be held in Chengdu, China on December 15-18. 

I'll be posting more details here, as well as my training schedule, pictures of the trip, etc. Stay tuned.