How to Improve Your Memory for Better Communication

by Betty Lochner on December 7, 2011

Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.  ~ Jean deBoufflers

Do you have trouble remember names and where you have seen someone before? It’s something most of us struggle with.  But being forgetful can cause a huge disconnect and prevent you from being a good communicator.

Studies show that when you remember names and situations you appear warmer, connect sooner, are better liked, and are viewed as a better conversationalist than people who are forgetful. Wow. 

It makes sense then that building your memory skills can make be a huge difference in how well you communicate with others.

Check out these 4 ways you can improve your memory. They will help improve your brain’s function and are preventive measures for your memory getting worse.

1. Manage your stress

Stress has been shown to not only weaken the body and the immune system but also to weaken the mental processes. Since stress cannot really be avoided, you need to make sure that you find ways to relax and manage your stress. You can start by getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Regular exercising and meditating are also good stress relievers. This is an area that you already know what to do, so make a commitment to do it!

2. Change your diet

You are what you eat. This may be a cliché but it is true nonetheless. If you want to have a more powerful brain, you should make sure that you include in your diet “brain foods”. These are foods that contain choline and proteins which help in the development and strengthening of the brain. Examples of these brain foods are eggs, peanuts, potatoes, tomatoes, bananas lentils, milk, fish, soya, tofu, and meat.

3. Exercise your mind

Using and challenging your brain is a powerful preventive measure for forgetfulness. One of the reasons why the brain slows down as we age is because it is not used as often as it should be used. Studies have shown that people who answer crossword puzzles, play strategic games and do brain challenging work are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s, the ultimate memory snatcher.

4. Use memory techniques

Your brain needs your help. Use memory techniques such as Mnemonics, key letters or words that will represent a whole lot of information; Association, which allows you to associate an information or item with something that you can already see or what you already know; and Repetition, such as repeating a name several times in the first few minutes you hear it. 

What other memory techniques do you use?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.


Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home.

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