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Triple Your Memory and Reading Speed In One Hour

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13 Lessons (54m)
    • 1. Intro to Triple Your Memory and Reading Speed in One Hour

    • 2. Quick and Easy Ways to Stay Mentally Sharp

    • 3. Less Than a Minute a Day to Mental Clarity

    • 4. Memory Test 1

    • 5. Answers to Memory Test 1 and R.A.V.E.S

    • 6. Memory Test 2

    • 7. Remembering Where You Put Things and Memory Test 2

    • 8. How to Remember Passwords

    • 9. Remembering Names

    • 10. Reading Faster and Remembering More of What You Read

    • 11. How to Remember Lectures and What You Read

    • 12. 60 Seconds to Reduce Stress and Increase Memory

    • 13. Become Alert and Energized in 2 Minutes

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Memorization and speed reading are skills that can be easily learned in an hour.  Using the many ingenious methods in this course, you'll at least triple your ability to remember names, where you put things, info for school, and/or what you read.  In addition, you'll greatly increase your reading speed, comprehension, and even your level of health and energy.  Finally, you'll be given practical ways to stay focussed and even avoid brain "fog" and dementia in later life. You'll be amazed at how quickly and easily these tools can be used to make you more mentally powerful and efficient when it comes to learning anything new.  

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1. Intro to Triple Your Memory and Reading Speed in One Hour: Hi, My name is Jonathan Robinson. I'm a psychotherapist and an author of 10 books and a professional speaker from Northern California. I've been teaching this course triple your memory and reading speed for about 10 years ago , I find is that people can immediately triple their memory and reading speed after learning some very simple methods. You know, when I learned these methods to help me get through schools that instead of studying 10 hours a week, I was studying about 10 minutes a week and getting straight A's. That's the power of using the right technology to be able to learn to memorize and read things much quicker. It also helps you to remember names and where you put things so you're not always looking for stuff, you know, on shows like Oprah and CNN. I've been able to teach some of these methods and display to millions of people how quickly they can improve their learning and memorization abilities just by learning some very simple things. And the same techniques also will help you to relax and get your body in better shape so that you can do things like prevent Alzheimer's and dementia as you get older. These methods really work. In fact, they work so well down going to give you a before test and an after test on my guess is that you'll see at least a 300% improvement by the time you're done with this short course . Lastly, I'm gonna make this course fun because I think people need to be entertained while they learn. So occasionally I'll be throwing in a magic trick or a joke or some other way to keep you fully engaged. Get pad of paper and a pen and get ready to expand your mind. 2. Quick and Easy Ways to Stay Mentally Sharp: Welcome again. No, I'm a lazy guy. So I'm always looking for a simple ways to kind of floss out the debris in my head and make life a little bit easier. And so I'm gonna teach you some ways that under a minute a day you can treat your body to new levels of health and, you know, because your mind is connected to your body, if your body is doing good, your mind is probably doing good. So these air some simple ways, and under a minute a day, you can extend your life. You can extend your memory, extend your ability to learn, because your body is so healthy. No, I'm not a doctor, but I've done a lot of research on this, and a lot of doctors agree that these several supplements and things I suggest that you do that could be done in under a minute day can really improve your quality of help. I personally have only had about four days of sickness in the last 14 years, and I think it's largely because of these practices. So one thing you might be able to do is to support your brain by taking Omega threes. I suggest that you take two grams a day. This supports brain health and heart health will probably make you live longer. And it's the only pill that we know of that helps to delay the onset of Alzheimer's. If you ever get that dreaded disease, anything you can do is take vitamin D. This prevents allowed forms of cancer and 2000 international units. Today also seems toe. Help your brain stay alert and awake. I also just suggest that you take something called grape seed extract. This is a powerful antioxidant. It's very cheap and easy to take. Another thing you can do is take a good multivitamin. I mentioned earlier that good multivitamins often have folic acid in it, and that helps you to be cognitively younger. Another thing you can do is take a good probiotic. It ends up that the bacteria in our gut effects are mood and our intellect. So by taking a good probiotic, you actually increase your mental alertness and your mood, probably more than any other pill that you can take, including anti depressants. I also suggest that you take a digestive enzyme when you eat. If you're over 40 used to be. Most people don't live past 40 but we lose our ability to digest our food as we get older. So it's useful to take digestive enzymes. And last but not least, it's good to floss. No, the bacteria in our teeth has the ability to create heart disease and by flossing, right before we go to bed, we can eliminate that bacteria leads to better heart health and better mental health as well. Now, you might be thinking this cost a lot of money. And how do you do it? Well, you know, what I do is a Every day I take some little packets like this and I put in all my vitamins And during my meals, I take these packets. It takes like 40 seconds a day, and I stay in good health. By doing that, you can get these supplements for probably about 70% off of what you would get a health food store. The simple ways to support your body health gives you the support to maintain your sharp mind and mental focus 3. Less Than a Minute a Day to Mental Clarity: Welcome back. I have a question for you. How good is your memory now? A lot of people don't know. And the only way to know is to give you ah test so you can see how good your memory is right now. So in a little bit, that's exactly what I'm gonna dio. I'm going to give you 20 random words and see how many you remember after a period of time . Then I'm gonna teach you some really powerful methods for improving your memory very quickly. Then I'm gonna give you 20 new random words and see how you do on that second test as compared to the first. This way you'll be able see the amount of improvement you can do in a very short period of time. Recently I was having dinner. I heard these two elderly couples talking about a memory course one of the couples had been to And that one the elderly gentleman said to the other, Do you think that memory courts really did you any good? And the gentleman said, Yeah, I think it really helped. So the first man said Well, for example, do you remember the name of the instructor on the other Guy said, Let's see the name of the instructor. What's the name of that flower that has the thorns in it? And the first man said, I mean a rose. He said, Yeah, yeah, Rose. Then he turns to his wife and says, Rose, what was the name of that instructor? Now, you don't wanna wait until your memory gets that bad before you use some of these techniques, because by exercising your memory, it grows stronger. And by the time you're elderly, you'll still have a sharp and focused memory. Some good give you this test of 20 random words, and your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to remember as many of these words that you can as many in order as you can. Then what I'm gonna do is we're going to the next section, and I'll talk about some good memory techniques at the end. In the next section, we'll have you write down how many of these you remember actually go on to a new section because I want you to have an example of a passage of time. Ah, lot of times when we remember stuff we don't immediately write down. We have to wait a day or a while before we can, you know, write it down. So we're going to the next section or represent the passage of the time at the end of the next section, we'll see how many of these 20 words you remember. Then I'm going to teach us some techniques. You'll have 20 new random words and you'll see how much better you dio. So get ready. I'm gonna go through this list right now. You don't write down. That would be cheating. So the first word is walking. The second word is shelter once again trying. Remember as many as you can. Third word is Hello? Fourth word is football. Fifth word is music. Six Word is cooking. Just do as best you can remember it Anyway, You know how to remember stuff. Seventh word is sunny. Eighth word is driveway ninth word is plant tend toward his computer. 11th word is friendly. 12th words Dishes 13th. Word is sleepy. 14th word is wasteful. 15th word is fancy. 16th word is rock 17th word is curtains. 18th word is chicken. 19th word is freezer and the last word is careful but just to confuse you and make this harder, I want you to in a moment, go on to the next section. I'm gonna teach you some really amazing methods for memorizing better in that section at the end of that section, we're gonna write down as many of these words You remember as many in order. And we'll see just how good your memory is to start with. See you in a little bit. 4. Memory Test 1: Welcome back in this section, I'm going to talk about five simple keys that will help you to remember things. Ah, lot more effectively. These methods I call raves Raves is an acronym that stands for ridiculous action, anointed, violent, easy and sexual. Now the reason we have those five words, because by making anything ridiculous, action oriented, violent, easy or sexual, you will tend to remember it much, much more effectively than if you remember other ways, such as being logical or just wrote memories saying it over and over. Now. The reason this works probably has to do with our evolution. You know, 100,000 years ago, people who were focused on action or violence or sex or anything that stood out or was ridiculous well, they were more likely to pass her genes onto other people. So nowadays were very attuned to these five things. And our brain remembers anything ridiculous, action oriented, violent, easier sexual, much better than other things. Now it's interesting that in America the average person watches about 4.5 hours of TV a day . I watch very little, which means some guy in Iowa has to watch nine hours to make up for me. But you know, that's a lot of TV time. Why are people spending so much time watching TV? Well, TV gives people five things. It's ridiculous. It's action or into violent. It's easy. All you have to do is move your thumb 1/4 an inch, and it's sexual. By giving our brains what we want, we kind of get addicted to it. Well, that can have impact on your life. But by using braves to remember things better, you can improve your memory several 100% immediately, with almost no effort. Now, before we go into using those five keys to remember another list of 20 random words, I want to see how you did on your previous list before you had this information. So the answer to the first list was first. Word was walking. Second word was shelter. Third word was hello fourth word was football. Fifth word was music. Six. Word was cooking. Seven toward re sunny. Eighth word was driveway. Ninth words was plant 10th word computer 11 friendly, 12 dishes. 13 Sleepy 14 wasteful 15 fancy 16 rock, 17 curtains, 18 chicken, 19 freezer and 20. Careful. So give yourself one point for each one you got, right? It all. One point for each when you got an order. Now give you a score. Next, we're gonna go on to remembering a new list of 20 random words and see how you do with this new list. 5. Answers to Memory Test 1 and R.A.V.E.S: So how did you do in the last section? You know, if you didn't do so well, don't worry about because you're taking a memory course to improve your memory, and you'll find that soon when I give you a new list of 20 random words and use the methods I just talked about with raves, you're going to do a lot better. So in a moment I'm going to give you this new list of 20 words. And since you don't have practiced converting words into images through making them ridiculous action or into violent, easier sexual, I will tell you what to imagine. Now these methods actually work much better when you create the images. But since you don't have practiced with at this time, I will, and soon you'll learn to do it. Usually the very first thing you think of that's ridiculous or action oriented works. You don't have to come up with something logical or even something makes sense, and you need to have to come up with an image. Just trying to come up with an image is usually enough to remember things a lot more effectively because memory is largely based on your ability to focus after even just trying to come up with an image. Usually that's enough to make it work. So after I give you this list, we'll go into the next section. I'll talk for a while and then we'll test you on how well you did on this new list of 20 random words and see how much better you did than your previous tests. So get ready. The first word is flower. Imagine huge flower right in front of me. Neon flower. Second word is face imagines Flower wipes me on my face so that weren't face third. Word is wall. My face goes flying into the wall so the words wall next word is ugly when my face hit the wall. Crazy is ugly. Bloody spot, you say. Oh, that's ugly. Fifth Word is painting to cover up the other spot. We place a painting over at the words painting. Next word is Beach. The painting is of the beach waves crashing on the beach. The words beach. Next words dog. There's a dog running up and down the beach. Picture that dog ran up and down the beach. Next word, his phone. Imagine the dog has a phone in its mouth and it's playing catch with the phones. The word phone Next word is nauseous. The dog eats the phone. A's line. They're all nauseous. There were nauseous. Next word is hospital. They take the dog and rush him off to the hospital. The words hospital Next word is bedspread. The dog dies and they cover him up with a bed. Spread the words bedspread. Next word is garbage. Well, they don't know what to do with the dog, so they put him in the garbage words. Garbage. Next word is bananas. The owner wants the dog back, so it goes into the garbage and gets covered up with bananas all over him. So words bananas. Next word is shower. He doesn't want these bananas on him, so he goes into the shower and watches. The bananas office goes down the shower lord shower. Next word is window. There's no air in the showers, so he opens up the window and steam goes out the windows. The words window next word is raining because he looks out the window. He sees that draining the words rain. Next word is tomatoes. That's what's raining from the sky. Tomatoes are raining down from the skies, the words tomatoes. Next word is carpet, the tomatoes get on the carpet and the carpet starts to look like spaghetti sauce, so it's carpet. Next word is airplane. It's a magic carpet and flies up through the air like an airplane. The words airplane on the last word is tree. This airplane goes into a tree and the tree blows up the words tree. So there you have it. 20 random words in the next section. I'll talk for a little bit, and then we're gonna test you on how you did on this new list of 20 random words. 6. Memory Test 2: in this section. We're gonna help you remember where you put things. You know, nothing is more frustrating than losing your glasses, your keys or your car in a parking lot, you know? So what we're gonna do is talk about simple ways that you can remember these things with very little effort. Now, let this silk represent that ability to remember stuff as we get older. Sometimes stress and distraction and all the things we have to do make our memory just kind of shrink slowly but surely and soon we're losing lost stuff, and everything just kind of disappears, and we don't want that to happen. What we want to be able to do is to bring back that information easily, quickly and just when we need it, so that we don't have to spend our whole lives looking for stuff. So let's say I'm trying. Remember where I put my glasses when I put them down? The key is to try to make a link between where I put them down and the thing I'm putting them down on. So I have a little table here. Let's say I put them down on this table as I'm putting it down on the table. I can kind of make a link. For example, I might think of the table looking at me through my glasses, or I might imagine the table stomping on my glasses. Now that practice only takes about two seconds to Dio, and that's the hard part. You have to remember to try to make that link when you put your keys down, your glasses or whatever. Now, the good news is that you don't even have to make that link. You just have to try to make that link for about 1 to 2 seconds, and somehow your brain will remember it just because you tried to make that link and you're focused during that moment. So whenever you put something down, you have to train yourself toe at least try for a second or two to make association that's ridiculous or action oriented or violent or easier sexual between the thing you're putting down and where you're putting it down that sometimes people ask, Well, how do you remember when was the where was the last place you put this down? You know, you put your glasses down here now, but what if you put them down on the kitchen table earlier today. Somehow your brain encodes what the last place waas that does it's automatically through a process known as P f M pfm is actually a term Einstein came up with to describe how quantum physics works. And it also describes how our iPhones or smartphones work and how a lot of things in the world work and PFM stands for pure friggin magic. Okay, I don't know how it works. It just works through pfm. Take my word for it. Your brain will remember the last place that you made that association. So that's one way of doing it, creating a link or association between where you put things and, uh, and the object that you put him on. Another thing can do is create a system. For example, some people always put their car keys in the exact same place, or they always put something else in the same place. In that way, they don't have to remember where they put it, because it's always there. Sometimes people find a system doesn't work for them because they travel a lot and they're never in the same place. But if a system can work for you. That's great. Now I'd like you to do is to see how you did on the previous test of 20 random words. So first word is flower. Second word is face Third word is wall fourth. Word is ugly. Fifth word is painting six. Word is beach. Seventh word is dog. Eighth word. His phone ninth word is nauseous. 10th word is hospital 11th. Word is bedspread. 12th word is garbage. 13th word is bananas. 14th word is shower. 15th word is window 16th. Word is raining. 17th Word is tomatoes. 18th word is carpet 19th. Word is airplane and the last word is tree. 7. Remembering Where You Put Things and Memory Test 2: this section is about how to remember your passwords. Now we all have so many passwords nowadays, if you don't have a system for remembering them, it could be pretty inconvenient. Of course, you can write him in your computer or your smartphone that sometimes you don't have access to those things. That's nice to be able, tow. Have easy access. Where there memorized in your brain that one system. My views, which I found is useful, is to come up with a certain series of numbers and then a certain series of letters air always the same. But just one thing change. Depending upon the the password that you need. For example, you might come up with 2468 then blank, I m. A. And that blank is filled in with the first letter of the site that you are trying to you get a password for. For example, if it was Amazon, it would be 2468 a. I m. A. If it was for Google, would be 2468 g i m. A. If it was for Bo's electron ICS and B 2468 b i m. A. Now The advantage of this is that you always know what the password is for a given site. Pretty simple. And if one password got stolen, you would not have all your passwords stolen because they're really different, and they're different in a precise way. That is very simple. Is that something you might use or adapted to yourself in a way that works for you? 8. How to Remember Passwords: now, a lot of times people ask about how do you remember names, names, air really important nowadays? They're the best thing you can do for, you know, creating report with people or using them in sales is to remember somebody's name. And we've all been embarrassed not being able to remember somebody's name a party that we met five minutes ago. So it's nice to have a system for doing that. I used to be horrible at this, and a lot of times people really are. Ben. You don't have to work at being perfect. You just have to work at getting better. So let me give you a couple of methods that can work for you. And your job is to try out the methods and see which method does work the best for you. And when you find that method, just practice with it because with practice, you do get better at remembering names. Men Method is what I call an auditory method. This is for people who have, ah, more auditory memory, which is about 25% of the population. When such a person meet somebody, let's say I'm meeting a person named Susan first thing that you should do is say their name . Say hi, Susan. Well, that's a nice name I like. Name Susan. Just saying it out loud will help you to remember their name. Another thing you can dio is actually screamed their name inside your head. Whatever we scream, we tend to remember more now. This was town like inside your head would be like Just doing that will alert your brain that this is important. Of course, you do have to remember not toe scream their name outside your head because if you just scream their name it well, they will remember you. Ali will guarantee that, but it would not be so playing. So screaming. The name inside your head is a great way to remember somebody's name. Now most people, though, are what I call visual learners. And visual learners need to come up with a visual association to somebody's face. Now, one way of doing that is to look at what stands out about their face and try to associate it in a ridiculous or actor no into away or violent or easier sexual, for example, some people have said that I have a big nose which I guess I dio now my name is Jonathan. So what's association? You have to the name Jonathan. There might be no Jonathan Winters or might be Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Let's say it's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Now, if you imagine Siegel's flying out of my nose, my big nose, you would remember my name. In fact, you probably will allow Remember my name for life? That would be a simple way of remembering the name Jonathan. Now I'm gonna do is I'm going to show a list of 10 people in a moment, and I'll come up with associations that might work for remembering their names. And afterwards, all test you to see how many of those names you actually remember. So these air just magazine pictures. I got this person's name. Let's say it's Donald. Now. Donald does have interesting here here, and that is a little bit like the hair, maybe of Donald Trump, where it's a little unusual, and Donald Trump has ah ah, popular name meaning that's easy to remember him now. If you imagined this person to have hair like Donald Trump or if you imagined him kissing Donald Trump, remember, sexual things are more easily remembered, then you would probably remember Donald's name. So in meeting Donald, you try toe, come up with this association Now. The good thing is, once you come up with association for the name Donald, you don't have to create it for me all Donald's or Donald Trump. And I associate them to Donald Trump. So that's one way of remembering that that person, this person's name will call him James. And there are various famous James you might think of Ah ah, the singer James Brown. So imagine this guy singing. I feel good or whatever. You know. He is a doctor, so that can be a good way to associate his name to the name James. This person's name is Anastasia. Now there's really two different types of names, normal names and weird names now with normal names. After a couple weeks of doing this method, you'll have you all James Lee, James Brown. All dogs will be Donald Trump, but you don't get to me. Anastasia's very often so then you'll have to come up with a new association, and that takes longer. But once you have that association, then no, all on a sausages are the same. So how can you make an association toe? Anastasia? Well, you might look at the name. And, you know, Anastasia has on, ah, star on a star. For example, if you imagine this person sitting on a star that would help you to remember Ah, Nastase. Or maybe you know, a Nana. You can associate that honor to this person either kissing or holding hands or whatever it is that can help you to remember Anastasia. Okay, This person's name is Ruth. She looks big and strong. You may associate her toe Babe Ruth hitting a home run or something like that, Uh, or you might imagine her eating a baby Ruth. So whatever helps you to associate this person to root? That's a good association. This person's name is Carol. She has a little bit of red hair. And I like the comedian Carol Burnett, old comedian. So I might imagine her doing stand up comedy. I might imagine her kissing Carol Burnett. I make some kind of association between her and Carol Burnett. For me, all carols I associate with Carol Burnett. This person same is Paul. I like Paul McCartney of the Beatles. So I might associate him to Paul McCartney, either singing in the Beatles, playing a bass guitar, screaming, Hey, Jude, Whatever it is, this is Paul. Let's say this person's name is Kevin. Um, famous. Kevin might be Kevin Costner. I liked the movie Dances with wolves. I might imagine him dancing with a wolf. I might imagine him, uh, kissing Kevin Costner. Whatever it takes to associate him to the name Kevin. This person's name is Jennifer. I might associate her to Jennifer Aniston. She's obviously a model jute. If I picture her kissing Jennifer Aniston, I will definitely remember that. Uh, I imagine her and the French are whatever that can help you to remember the name Jennifer. This person's name is Edison. I may associate him to Thomas Edison. Imagines has, like, a light bulb and his or his his face lights up like a light bulb that might help to associate him to the name Edison. And last but not least, this guy's name is Louis. I like the comedian Louis C. K. Famous comedian. Uh, this guy has a high forehead. Louis C K is mostly bald. I might associate in that way. Might imagine him picturing him doing stand up comedy, uh, kissing Louis C. K. Whatever it takes to create that ridiculous image to help me to remember. Louis. So a little bit we're going to see how many of those 10 names you remembered and see that you can, with a little bit of practice, get really good at remembering names. Once again, the goal is not perfection, but just to get better. If normally you'd remember two of those names and now you remember seven of them, that's like over 300% improvement. So I'm gonna go through these and as I show them to see if you can remember their names and what the association was then at the Count three. I'll say what the name is. Who's this and what's the association? This is Donald right here. This is James. Like James Brown. I feel good is here. Remember? Weird name. She's on her way on a star. Anastasia. What's this person's name? See if you remember the association. Her name is Ruth. His person. Same. So if you remember red hair associated to Carol Burnett, her name's Carol. This person here Number way famous rock band. He was in this is poll This person here associated to a famous movie star, Kevin, this person here, I bet most of guys remember her name. Jennifer. This person here, his hat lights up like Edison. Last but not least, this person here. Famous comedian Louis. So how many of those did you remember? If you got more than five, you're doing pretty good. And with practice, you get better at this because it takes less long all Louise or Louis C. K. All James or James Brown. You don't have to come up with an image. You just have to associate them. And once again, you don't have to come up with a good association. Anything ridiculous, action oriented, violent, easier sexual do. But also just trying to do it focuses brain powerfully and will allow you to remember, even if you're just trying for a second and then get distracted. You do a lot better than what you've normally done in the past, and soon you'll be remembering names. You'll be using a conversation and you'll notice like, Wow, I must really care, because he remembered my name 9. Remembering Names: Next, we will talk about how to remember what you read and how to read more efficiently and effectively. But why is this important? Well, you know, we all have to read a lot nowadays, and if you're reading it like 300 words and minute everything, it's gonna take a long time. Not only that, when people read slowly, they actually remember less than when they read faster, and the first step to reading more efficiently and effectively is toe first, Ask yourself, Why am I reading this if you're reading Time magazine, or why is it for entertainment? If it's for entertainment, read as slowly as you want. If it's a novel reader, slowly as you want, because it's entertainment. But when you're trying to find specific information, you have to ask what information by looking for that will help you to read more quickly because you will now be looking for something active. Reading is always better than passive reading, so when you read something asked, Well, what am I trying to get from this that allows you to vary the reading speed quite a bit now ? In my case, sometimes I read technical information really slowly like 100 words a minute. Yet other stuff like certain books, like self help books, where I'm trying to just get the gist of it. I might read a 10,000 words a minute. That's No. One second per page. And so you want to vary your reading speed so that you are more active and are able to know what you're looking for. I have a question for you. Have you ever been reading something for a couple pages? And you realize I have no idea what I've been reading for the last couple pages has ever happened to you. Well, the reason that happens is because your brain is born silly. You know, when we read slowly and it's not terribly exciting, our brain just kind of goes asleep. Our eyes were going across the page, but nobody's home, so you can actually read more effectively by going about 15% faster than you normally would . When you read 15% faster and you normally would. You actually not only read faster, but you actually remember more than if you read at your normal reading speed. So that's one thing that you can do to immediately increase your comprehension. Now. Another thing that really helps to improve with reading, speed and comprehension are what I call time limits. Let me give you an example. I live in a small town in the the closest big bookstore. Barnes and Noble is like 70 miles away. So I go there maybe once every two months, and I get a a pack of, like, 10 books. As I look around and say, I'd like to know a little bit about this. These air usually nonfiction books, and I give myself 10 minutes to read each of these books. 10 minutes per book. That's a time to limit with 10 minutes, because my watch is gonna go off in 10 minutes. I have to read it really quickly. First I read what's in the table of contents. What's the conclusion? What does a sleeve say? And then I'm looking for specific information. What's a gist of what this book is trying to say? Studies show that people who do this have a much comprehension of the book, as if somebody read every single word. So by being focused for a short period of time, giving yourself a deadline and knowing what you want to get out of a book, you get as much out of it as for somebody who spent 15 hours with that book. That's a very effective way to increase your effectiveness when reading. Now, another thing you can dio is use a finger when reading on a page your finger. Sometimes in speed reading courses. They do this. Just have you move down the page with your finger and your eyes tend to follow your finger . Now some people find this distracting, but some people love it, and you have to try it as you go down. This get you focus in a somewhat accelerated way and makes it so you don't space out as much, so you might try your finger. Or you might try a pen where your circle certain words or, ah, highlighter where you highlight certain words. Anything that helps you to be more active in your reading is going to generally increase your reading speed and your comprehension. Now, when dealing with nonfiction books, you especially want to create what I call the outline of the book, meaning don't start reading Page one and go to Page 300 get a sense of what this book is about. That creates a mental outline in your head, which will make it easier for you comprehend Maura's. You go through the book, and we'll also make it easier for you to say, You know, I don't need to read this chapter or this chapter. I can just kind of skim by doing these simple strategies of being more active in you're reading. You're going to be able to read, like 3 400% faster. Ah, lot of the time. And when it comes to slow reading, you'll be able to really be able focus because you know that you need to really go slower, which is sometimes the case. So very reading speed used time limits. Use your finger. If that helps, you read a little bit faster and you normally would. All these little suggestions to really make a big difference in how fast and how much you comprehend what you read 10. Reading Faster and Remembering More of What You Read: in this sector. We're going talk about how to remember lecture and what you read so that you can remember it years from now. A lot of times when people go to a lecturer and somebody else s So what was the lecture about? People can't remember. Hardly anything. No, it was about memory. But that's all I remember. You know that's not good enough. You won't remember all the key points or you read an article that's really important. You won't be able to remember all those key points a decade from now. How do you do that? Well, you can only do that if you have a system. And that's what we're gonna talk about in this section. Now, to do this effectively, it helps to understand something called the keyword system. Keywords are words that help you to remember a large section of information. For example, if I asked you, Have you seen the movie The Notebook? Well, we've all seen a lot of movies. The notebook. I don't know. I can't remember. But if I even say one word like Alzheimer's, all right. So yeah, the notebook. I love that movie. That's where the couple does this and they're dancing and you know, and you remember all the different scenes just by me saying one word. Well, that was a key word to remember that movie. Sometimes to remember a lecture or an article. We just need to 34 key words. And we can remember a lot of that. But without those keywords were lost. So a key word a good way of knowing a keyword is that it is like when you may have been in college. I may have had the experience where the teacher said, You get a three by five card to take to the final exam where you can write anything you want on that three by five card. Well, on that card, you didn't write a lot of stuff you didn't write. You know, the Declaration of Independence was signed and Independence Hall on July 4th, 17 76 by x amount of people. Things like that. You didn't write that all down. You wrote Indy Hall, 54 signatures, whatever. And that helps you remember all of that information. Also, when you wrote down those keywords on a card, you also wrote so small that you probably couldn't even see it that it happens to. So what we want to do is I'm going to in the next section. Have you read an article? It's a short article. You'll be able to read it in five minutes, and it's about energy supplements. That's a useful topic because they are supplement to help you stay mentally and physically alert throughout the day. And these air things different than, say, just coffee that when you read this article I'm gonna want you to do is to write down 2345 keywords from the article that would help you to remember all the key points of that article. So you don't write down a lot. You just circle a few words. Help you remember what you want to remember from the article that's important to you Now, if nothing is important to you, then you could just skim the article and you don't have to remember anything. But for example, I read this article maybe a decade ago, and I had created some keywords and link them together. I'll show you how to do that, and, uh, recently somebody a party, said GM just tired all the time and I just get home. I'm exhausted. Well, I was able to tell them all the key points of how to choose a good energy supplement because I had linked all these words in my head and they were now locked in there, and I'll never forget them. So you too can learn how to get keywords and remember them. 11. How to Remember Lectures and What You Read: welcome back. So you read the article? Hopefully enjoyed it hopefully found it useful. Did you write down some key words from it that would help you to remember the article? Now, there are no right keywords there. Really? What worked for you? But when I read this article, I created four key words that I thought if I had those words on note card in front of me, I would remember the important parts of that article and the keywords I came up with. The word, the word energy that represents the entire article. It's about energy. Second, key word was the word tolerance. I talk about how we grow tolerance two, whatever. We take a lot. So if you drink a lot of coffee soon, it doesn't have quite the effect. The front third word I came up with was word up time, which was a specific recommendation from that article that would be useful for me and other people to know about. And last but not least, the fourth word I came up with was smoothie. Now, if I had the word energy tolerance up time smoothie, I could remember the key. Most important parts of that article for either myself or a friend who needed it some other time. Once you have the four key words, what you have to do is link them together, just like we did in our previous test. So what's a ridiculous image that comes to mind when you think of energy? Well, for me, I think of the Energizer Bunny. Do you remember the Energizer Bunny? You know, just hitting those drums, whatever. So I pictured the Energizer Bunny. The second word is tolerance. Tolerance isn't that much of a visual word, but you might imagine somebody like Martin Luther King or something. But you can also look at the word. It has the word taller in the word tolerance. So I might imagine the Energizer Bunny growing taller and going through the roof. That's a ridiculous image, So the Energizer Bunny grows taller, and then the third word is up time. As he's growing taller, he hits his alarm clock, so he's going up a hits time. That's a ridiculous image. It's a little bit violent. That is something I'm going to remember. And lastly, the word smoothie. Imagine when he hits his head on the alarm clock. Ah, smoothie rains down and the Energizer bunny gets drenched in green smoothie. Now, the good news is you will remember that probably for the rest of your life. The bad news is you'll probably remember that for the rest of your life. So somebody a decade from now ask, you know, G, I don't feel much energy. You'll think. Okay, energy, you know, And then you'll think tolerance. You know, they're drinking several cups of coffee. Why doesn't it work? Well, there's tolerance. And then here's a couple practical suggestions you might try up time. You might try a smoothie. Might go the health food store, try other stuff and see what works for you. That's how you can remember important stuff that you read, and the same thing applies to lecture. So if you were to come up with keywords for the lecture you've heard so far, really, I've been talking for probably an hour, but all you really need to remember is the word raves, which is an acronym, and you probably remember it because it's an acronym or the word link where you want link one thing to another. Those two words you could go into some depth about what we've already talked about without . Without those words, you might say it was a memory. Of course, I think I tried to remember a bunch of stuff, but you need those little keywords to help you to remember the most important points of an article for a lecture. And by doing that habitually you'll get really good at and people will be impressed. Not only that, you'll be able to help more people because you will have the information right there when you need it. 12. 60 Seconds to Reduce Stress and Increase Memory: Welcome back. Now, a lot of people don't realize that stress can have a very detrimental effect on one's memory. You know, we're also distracted in that distraction or the level stress that we have really reduces not only our memory but our I. Q. So I want to go over a simple way to reduce your stress that take 60 seconds and is incredibly effective. In fact, this method has been shown to reduce your stress hormone level of cortisol for five hours. Now you probably know of different methods of reducing stress may be going to a yoga class or watching TV, but none of them worked this quickly and this effectively. So I think you'll find this of great value on by keeping your stress level a little bit lower. It keeps your brain more clearheaded and more able to remember and learn more effectively. So this method requires four simple steps. I'll tell you what those steps are, and then I'll guide you through. It only takes about 60 seconds. First step is that you take a deep breath and hold it. The second step is you focus on your heart. You feel the sensations in your chest area, and then you exhale with a sigh, as if you can exhale right out your heart. Third step is to imagine a person or an animal or young child who you have great affection for. Imagine your connection together. Now I love my wife very much, but I tend to focus on my dog because, as you can see now, she's incredibly cute, and she always opened up my heart. So whatever works for you, Ah, person, an animal or young child is great for feeling. This sense of moving the energy from your head, where there's stress to your heart where you're more relaxed and the last step is just to feel that connection. So think of a person or animal or young child that you have great affection for, and I'll guide you through this process as you place a music in the background. Okay, first step is take a really deep breath and close your eyes. Take a really deep breath, hold your breath and focus on your heart. Keep focusing in your chest moment. When have you exhale? Imagine you can exhale right out your chest. You can exhale now with a long slow side. Good. No, I'd like you to do is to think of this person or animal or young child you have great affection for Imagine them giving you a look. That reminds you how much you care about Think of special times you've had with this being . I remember those times and how fun it waas to spend that time with them. Imagine Concurred. There hug this being so that you feel even closer together and more connected. Imagine telling them how much you appreciate them and seeing how happy that makes. Um okay. Allow yourself to feel how grateful you are that you have this connection with each breath that you take. Feel that connection of carrying on gratitude even more. And when you're ready, come back to the room. Very, very slowly. You can begin toe open your eyes. Now don't you feel more relaxed? They only took about 60 seconds, but in 60 seconds you have actually affected your stress hormone levels for five hours. It's a very simple way to when you're feeling stressed and distracted to calm down and become mentally clear. And with practice you get better and better at going from the stress of the head in the chatterbox. Mind here to the relax ation and clarity of the heart. Make sure you practice it. You could do it three or four times a day. Only takes three or four minutes, and yet it's very effective in affecting how you feel. 13. Become Alert and Energized in 2 Minutes: in this section, we're going talk about how you can not only become more alert but more energized in just two minutes. You know, this is important because no matter how much coffee you drink, you'll probably get tolerance to, and sometimes you need a way to immediately be more mentally and physically alert. Not only that, we all experience, you know, the afternoon dumps, where we're kind of become less productive and less focused. By doing these simple exercises that take two minutes, you'll be able to overcome the doldrums and immediately tap into more energy. So what I want to do is to stand up. Just standing up helps, because when we sit for long periods of time, are body naturally gets tired. So just stand up if you can, and then start bouncing on your toes. Just like this, you're bouncing on your toes like this actually get the blood flowing and the blood flowing is a great way to have more energy. Nothing to do is start shaking your arms. This gets blood flowing, gets it moving, gets energy moving, and it's very simple and even reduces stress. You can move back your shoulders, whatever it takes to kind of bouncing up and down taking your guns. Then you can shake out leg if you want. Don't worry, we're not gonna do the hokey pokey. Just take out the other leg and just doing this for a minute is really good for you and helps you feel more energy. Brexit could do. Start slapping certain parts of your body. This wakes it up. Now that's a slapping the acupuncture points that wakes up my arms. You can make up other Petrie body like your standards, where we hold straps. The backing back that helps or your front your stomach. All this is used to quickly wake up different parts of your body. So once again, going back to the balance stayed in the shaking just for a minute. Many table tap your head. Tapping your head like this increases the blood flow. Your brain makes you more mentally alert. That's and I seem to be able to do so, tapping your head bouncing, shaking rectal there, take some deep breaths and blow out the breath, like with a candle. So and one last deep breath, you can stop bouncing and shaking. And then no, it's how you feel? Have a seat By doing these simple exercises, which don't take very long. You can immediately tap into more mental and physical alertness without having to drink more coffee or sugar. Now, what I like about this is that this simple method is good for you. It's easy to dio. It's free and it feels good. Not many things fit all those four categories. Good for you. Easy to do free and feels good. When you find anything like that, make sure you use it now. I understand you can't always do this in the middle of the day if you're an office meeting , but you could go to the bathroom and do it, or you can go for a brisk walk. That way you won't look weird, but this a scientifically formulated way to very quickly tap into more mental and physical energy. And that's very helpful if you want to be more productive, especially when you start to get tired or start to do the same thing over and over again and you get fatigued. Make sure you practice is the more you practice, the better you get