Friday, January 29, 2016

How to improve your memory just by being enthusiastic about life. And about the guy with the best memory in the world.

I remember all the things I like,
including so many of my wonderful trips
in my never-ending #Travelife...

Yesterday was a very busy day as I'm headed out again this weekend on the beginning of my never-ending #Travelife for 2016.

But somehow, while sitting in the car in traffic on my way to a party hosted by the Ambassador of India last night, I remembered a dinner hosted by former Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Bar-On and his wife Eti, with a most interesting guest in our midst.

THE BEST MEMORY IN THE WORLD

The guest was Eran Katz, a world-renowned mentalist and Guinness Book record holder for his amazing memory. And that night, our small group got a private preview of his pretty impressive memory skills.

That's the former Ambassador of Chile holding up a paper
filled with numbers that we'd just randomly shouted out.
Eran is the guy on the right reciting everything with 100% accuracy.

HOW TO GET INTO 
THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS

Eran bagged the Guinness Book world record by hearing 500 random numbers from different people and then repeating these numbers back accurately and in exact order -- which is pretty breathtaking enough -- and at the same time saying these numbers forwards and backwards.

Wow.

And, at that dinner, the good Ambassador introduced Eran to us and then we gave him perhaps 25 numbers on the spot. He did everything perfectly and backwards. I was too impressed to even clap afterwards.

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HOW DID HE DO THIS?

Of course we all wanted to know how he did this feat. He asked us: "Do you really want to know?"

I remember nodding like a schoolchild.

Eran does this all over the world for a living -- teaching people how to have better memories -- and he probably charges a fortune for it too. So we were all quite lucky to have seen and heard him tonight, and I was even luckier to have witnessed his performance two nights in a row.

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THE EASIEST WAY 
TO REMEMBER A PERSON

Then Eran asked the audience: "Do you want to know what the easiest way is to remember a person?"

Of course we did. So he replied: "Lend him money."

The audience erupted in laughter.

I remember this wonderful trip to Africa,
where we took a ride up in a hot-air balloon
and then tumbled down and had some champagne...

HOW TO GET YOUR PEN BACK


Then the gentleman seated next to me at dinner gave me his two cents' worth on the topic.

He asked me: "Do you want to know how to remember to get your pen back, when you lend it to someone?" Of course we can all identify with this dilemma as we're all always lending our pens to people and about half the time we don't get these back.




He continued: "Lend the person the pen but keep the cap. Either he'll remember to give it back as he won't be able to use it without a cap, or you'll remember to ask it back. Especially if it's a Montblanc."

I then told him jokingly: "If it was a Montblanc, I wouldn't be lending my pen out."

GUYS AND CLOTHES



Eran then continued: "Do you notice how husbands or boyfriends hardly remember what their wives or girlfriends are wearing? If you ask the average guy what his wife or girlfriend was wearing to a party last night, he wouldn't be able to tell you."

I told the gentleman next to me: "That's because men never notice such things as clothes."

And then Eran echoed me: "Men are not too interested in clothes so they're not likely to remember clothes. But they'll remember things like sports facts or stock market information."

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The gentleman next to me then said: "But I remember what you wear. You're always wearing these ethnic dresses or these unusual things."

Yes. One time I bumped into him at the Manila Polo Club and I was wearing a very heavy beaded necklace I'd bought from a tribe in Mindanao, and I'd paired this with a black dress. He'd noticed it enough to comment on it on the spot and ask me about it.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
AND SOME REALLY WITTY ONE-LINERS

Eran then regaled us with a couple of teasers although I can't remember all of them -- so much for a lecture on memory. But a couple of them stood out.

Eran said: "If someone writes a book about failure and it sells well -- is it considered a success?" We all laughed.

Eran continued: "Are the employees of Lipton Tea allowed to take a coffee break?" We laughed again.

WHAT HAPPENS 
WHEN YOU RUN OVER YOUR PET

He added: "When I was growing up, we had to learn English, which is basically a foreign language. So I had to devise ways to remember words. For example, the world LICENSE. To remember this I told myself: When lawyers lie, they make sense."

More laughter from us. He then continued: "Then there's the word CARPET. When a car runs over your pet, he becomes a carpet."

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY



But eventually he returned to the topic of improving one's memory and he turned serious. "Everyone has a good memory for things they're interested in. So the key to retaining a good memory is simple."

Here he almost shouted into the mike, and if I'm not mistaken he did a little dance/ jump as well: "Enthusiasm! Be interested in life and in people and you will always have a good memory." Wow, that's our mantra for life as well, as Travelife Magazine.


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