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Secrets, Tips, and Tricks of a Powerful Memory: The Memory Shock Oh-So-Easy How-to-Remember User's Guide for Your Brain Paperback – May 23, 2012
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"... uses simple tricks to remember almost everything, using some very basic and simple techniques, with instantaneous success. Barry Reitman's 'Secrets, Tips, and Tricks of a Powerful Memory,' whether in book or CD format, is the answer to the prayers of millions of adults who experience the frustration of trying to remember things that are important to them."
- Dr. Lynn Tepper, Gerontologist, Clinical Professor, Columbia University, New York, NY
About the Author
Memory Shock is Barry Reitman's proprietary system of training in memory techniques, including simple, new methods of teaching centuries-old techniques. He teaches the program at two community colleges of the State University of New York and has presented Memory Shock at a two-hour seminar for teachers and graduate students at Long Island University’s Rockland Graduate Campus. He also teaches Memory Shock at the NYPD Police Academy. Following a career in the sale, design and production of electroformed diamond products, Barry was hired as a nuclear component machinist by the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics. Fast-tracked into nuclear installation management, he became the senior shift supervisor of reactor component installation. During his Electric Boat career he was given special clearance to go to sea as a civilian on the USS Ohio, the first Trident class submarine. In 1983, he founded Keystone Equipment Leasing, Inc. in Bergen County, New Jersey. Keystone Leasing was among the first to successfully market equipment financing on the internet, starting in 1994. Barry has worked with Federal and state law enforcement on numerous occasions, including three successful fraud prosecutions, and has lectured on fraud prevention to the leasing and credit industries. He credits the Memory Shock system with his winning an entry into the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2009.
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I don't know a single person that can't use help (except this author, I suppose) when it comes to memory issues. If you're in school, in a business or anywhere in life, any tactics or tricks for remembering are certainly useful, if not absolutely necessary.
You can begin to use the abilities you thought you never had, almost immediately upon starting this book. Names, appointments, and the location of items that you always seem to misplace will become immediately accessible. For example, the system not only uses "association" as a tool, but suggests the use of the most outrageously imaginative type of association, in order to paint a distinctive picture in your mind that will be hard to forget.
The chapters are relatively short and the exercises can be broken down into 20 minute segments that build on each other. It's not terribly technical, so it's easy to understand. You can go as slow or as fast as you wish.
Finally, what sold me on this method is that it's a lot of fun. The author incorporates a sense of humor into each section, so that you don't feel belittled in any way. I felt compelled to move to the next chapter. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone with any trouble in the memory department.
I had more than one opportunity to see Barry in person and learn from the master himself and each time something came up -- or I just plain forgot! Since receiving my copy of this book I've been using some of the easy to learn tips already and I'm quite impressed. I thought at this stage of life it was all downhill from here. But there's hope, thanks to Barry Reitman. It's only been a few weeks and already I can measure a significant difference in remembering the names of customers, neighbors (even their dogs, cats and kids), and everything on my things to do list. I'm now trying to remember all the words to a crossword puzzle, (one of Barry's examples which he does in person in front of groups like the NYPD) just to see if I can do it. I got all but five words right.
Thank you, Barry, for this insightful, practical and "memorable" book which will help us mere mortals absorb and retain the important stuff in this age where we are vigorously, unmercifully attacked by spurious data.
Author, of the Perpetual Series
President, LeaseSource Financial Services
Secretary Treasurer, the NAELB
Generally put I would say it offers lots of personality and confidence but is slender on techniques. I covers the basics with the authors highly personalized version of them.
Don't get me wrong: Practice the author's methods and you will improve your memory's functioning.
I personally didn't like his insistence on using bodhy parts for a peg system. But the theory and practices are sound and can be helpful
Recommended, with the above qualifications.
Usually I dislike books that have "activities" each chapter to force myself into applying the methods described by the author. Not this book.
It's easy and enjoyable to read the book and the suggested activities to apply concepts are simple and fun to do.
I've seen a noticeable improvement in my ability to recall names, numbers, and my grocery lists. I recommend it highly to anyone with an interest in memory improvement.
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Remembering the names is good but the rest is tough to stay with.....