Chester Santos explains how training and improving your memory is the key to demonstrating business expertise.
Even in the age of Google, where information is at our fingertips, remembering certain things can give you a huge advantage in business. You’ll definitely have an edge in this competitive profession if you’re able to recall important business-related facts and figures, give presentations from memory using little (or no) notes, know foreign vocabulary, recall material for exams and remember people’s names and other things about them.
Most of the techniques I teach originated with the ancient Greeks. Back then everyone was educated in what was called the art of memory. But somehow that got lost over time. Nowadays we’re expected to remember a lot of information, but we’re never taught how to remember it. With a little bit of application, however, and using my three-step process, you’ll be able to improve your professional knowledge and demonstrate your expertise. The bottom line is we always want to do business with the person we view as being the smartest, and we view people who have razor-sharp memory ability as smart. Memory is hugely important in terms of how people perceive you.
This is an extract from the Finance & Management Magazine, Issue 252, March 2017.
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