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Remember It!: The Names of People You Meet, All of Your Passwords, Where You Left Your Keys, and Everything Else You Tend to Forget

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Throughout his research into memory theory, Nelson Dellis found existing memory improvement guides to be wanting—overcomplicated, dry, and stodgy. So he decided to write a book that is approachable and fun, centered on what people actually need to remember. In Remember It!, Dellis teaches us how to make the most of our memory, using his competition-winning techniques. Pres ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Harry N. Abrams
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Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What is better than revisiting an old topic by reading a new book. More than 4 years ago I was fascinated by memorization of lists and numbers and learnt a couple of tricks. Over time I was running out of steam and dropped the whole topic but now I am back with a vengeance.

Nelson Dellis is 4x USA Memory Champion. Throughout the book he points out that everyone is able to remember things well. He isn't especially gifted, it all comes down to applying some old, well known techniques plus a bit of
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is excellent at what it tries to do: teach you effective techniques for uploading (large amounts of) information into your brain as quickly as possible. These techniques are based on breaking the information into pieces, visualising each as an intentionally ridiculous, memorable image, and then linking the images together in some way.
Two minor issues I had with this book:
(1) Not much focus on how to maintain the memorised information in long-term memory, not just for a couple of days.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of Nelson Dellis before I read this book. This book was a joy to read. A lot of useful information about how to remember more. This book made me laugh at different parts of the book. I can't wait to use the foreign language word remember tips. The person action object system seems like fun when trying to remember numbers. I also can't wait to see how well I do at remembering the order of playing cards. Reading this book made me think that one day with enough practice that I to ...more
R. Gregory
The author gives a clear and practical description of how to memorise many of the things that we tend to forget everyday. He also gets in depth on how to use the techniques and make them work. I think his techniques are practical and very useful.
Ian Pitchford
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Dellis has mastered these techniques and has put them to good use. If you want to do the same then this book is the best guide I know of and I’ve read many, many books of this type.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
The whole book is really "one weird trick..." expanded on and into many examples and situations. Should have been article length instead. Really nice illustrations though!
Raymond Pater
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Started listening on Audio Book. Much better in print format. Great book to learn tools to assist in remembering. Well done.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Pretty amazing, but not perfect. Has tons of real world examples including a most useful technique for remembering names.
James Wright
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
Nelson Dellis has done a remarkable job of teaching us how to train our memories and make them stronger.

Using examples from his own experience he shows us just how simple memory training can be.

This book is a pure pleasure to read.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easy to read, useful, and funny. No false advertising in this one - Nelson Dellis delivers what he promises.
Livan Grijalva
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book, very knowledgeable and very practical content
Baze Blackwood
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Note, I was planning on giving this a 4, but sometimes the examples of things you're supposed to try out these memorization techniques on are typoed on the same page. Dates, numbers, etc. could have used a little more close attention during editing... that being said:

It's an intriguing book. The techniques are practical as long as you don't mind letting your imagination flow freely. I only wish there was more historical context around how these techniques came to be the most prominent, who popul
Brad Lockey
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ig-reviewed
Am I ever going to win a memory championship ... nope.
But that's not why I read this.
I read to challenge myself and keep my brain processing information.
The SEE-LINK-GO method is something I was already doing myself, but after reading this book I am armed with a better structure of how to remember and recall.
This was a fun read, but be forewarned, it takes time to learn the techniques and you will only learn them with effort and repetition.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author is very enthusiastic, and the journey to have a super memory with him looks like a lot of fun.
I always wondered if memory athlete could use their imagination for other things than memorization. Like getting ideas, writing.
And how it could affect our self-talk and thoughts in our everyday life.
Zhuo Zhang
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
It is a quick and fun read. The main point is to visualize what you need to remember, and link it to the things that you are very familiar and give them a new meaning. See - Pay attention, Link - Visualize and Link - New yet easy to remember meaning.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very useful

I am enjoy reading this book. I think is very useful for day by day. I really really like it
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Definitely the best memory-specific book I've read. Does a great job connecting to the practical, which is where most memory books fail.
Stephen Holmes
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great overview of memory techniques and good examples of how to apply them
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
There are definitely some neat tips and ideas in here for improving memory and remembering things. I think for me it will mostly be helpful for remembering names and numbers.
Don Michael
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding- Must Read

This will be one of my top recommendations, when someone asks me for a good book. Nelson does an excellent job of providing images, and shares useful techniques to memorize information. After finishing I can memorize 200 digits of pi and easily memorize the order of a deck of cards, and while that isn't going to win any memory competitions, it is far beyond what I could do beforehand. Also, Im sure that will skyrocket in the future.
Nelson provides some great tips and shares
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really really great book!!! What makes it absolutely stand out is that it gives you advice and techniques that are useful for everyday life and not just for a memory competition. The books is written very well. The ideas are nicely separated from each other, well explained in an easy going writing style with a healthy bit of humour.

If it is your first book on memory and mnemonics, then keep your mind open. Everything will start making even more sense once you start using the techniques and appro
Kaitlyn Dennis
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, audio, memory
This is a clearly-written, relatively simple introduction to some of the techniques that enabled the author to become a 4x US memory champion. The further into the book, the more esoteric the skills explained tend to be, though by the point you're reading about how to implement the PAO system to memorize a deck of cards, the underlying principles have been explored enough that it doesn't seem an enormous leap to learn. I listened on audiobook, but I think this would probably be better digested i ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-audible
Bookclub book. Nothing new from this book really due to reading through "Moonwalking with Einstein" and some articles on the same topic. And most likely not going to practice these things myself. If you need to pick a small part of the book, pick Chapter7 only.

But if you want to train your memory and you are willing to put in the hours and really do all the exercises here... Why not this one. Its more focused than the moonwalking book on how-to-actually-do-it.
Daksh Gupta
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"A Funny and intelligent Book on Memory"
The book is short and fun to read. It is very interesting to see how one can become a memory master by just tricking the brain. The author is funny, his strategies are very interactive and useful in the real world. I am starting to get better but I think it would take a little bit practise as it is the only book on memory techniques I have read so far. Nevertheless, much fun
Simon Lee
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Nelson has introduces novel ways to remember things with the framework of "See, Link & Go". The book is approachable and written vividly with loads of colourful images. Personally, I found it onerous to administer the "link" method as there are loads of substituted items to remember first before I can start to remember. ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good intro to mnemonics. Solid advice to remember stuff better. Going in-depth can feel a bit too much for average joe not interested in competitive sport of memorising random stuff. That's obviously not any fault of the author.
Josh Fontecha
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lot of filler, but gets the point across. Great explanations and examples on how to remember things better. Honestly, the wisdom in this book will last you (hopefully) a lifetime, but it will not be for everyone.
Vince Deep
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memory
An excellent introduction to memory. Nelson writes in a casual way, really enjoyed reading it. Anyone with interest in improving your memory this book will be my recommendation.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
There are good techniques in the book to help remember various things. Must continuously practice them to be effective.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW. It's literally mind changing.
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Nelson Charles Dellis is an American memory athlete, Grandmaster of Memory, mountaineer, published author, public speaker, and consultant. He is a four-time USA Memory Champion, tying the record for most wins of the national memory champion title. He is also one of the co-founders of Memory League

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