Remember, remember…techniques for remembering your presentation

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Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…

In my last blog post I looked at some techniques to help you out should you lose your place or simply “go blank” when giving a presentation. In this blog post I’ll be sharing a technique that I use to help me remember a list of up to ten things very quickly. The technique I want to show you is called “pegging.” The more you use the technique the better you get. I use it regularly to remember the headlines of my talk or the order of jokes for my stand-up routine.

The idea is that (in your mind’s eye) you “peg” what it is you are trying to remember to a number. There are three stages to this:

Stage 1

The Rhyming Pegging System

Substitute numbers with something visual. I use a rhyming system whereby each number from 1 – 10 is replaced with something that rhymes with it. Hence:

1 = Run
2 = Zoo
3 = Tree
4 = Door
5 = Hive
6 = Sticks
7 = Devon
8 = Gate
9 = Wine
10 = Hen

Most people can master Stage one in a matter of seconds.

Stage 2


Decide on the ten things you need to remember, (this could be headings for your presentation.) List them alongside the numbers. Here I’m going to use a list of random words:

1 = Marketing
2 = Car Wash
3 = Bathrobe
4 = Money
5 = Map
6 = Fountain
7 = Lifeguard
8 = Banana
9 = Valentine’s Day
10 = Treacle

Stage 3

“Peg” or link your word to the number substitute by visualisation.*

1. So, you need to link your word Marketing to the word Run. Picture yourself running along through a busy market handing out Marketing leaflets. You’re wearing a running vest that says “Marketing” on the front. There you get the picture (forgive the pun.) Now when you think “One” the word Marketing should pop into your brain.

Continuing with the list

2. Picture elephants at a Zoo – washing cars with their trunks.

3. Visualise a Bathrobe hanging high in a tree.

4. In your mind’s eye open a door and imagine the joy of finding a large sum of money behind it.

5. Imagine a group of bees studying a map – they’ve lost the way to their hive.

6. See a fountain with huge jets of water shooting up into the sky. You notice a bundle of sticks being held up in the air by the force of the water.

7. Picture laying on a sandy a beach in Devon. A lifeguard meets your eye!

8. There’s an ornate wrought iron gate with a banana impaled on each of its spikes

9. Visualise a wine bottle – on it’s label there’s a huge heart symbolising Valentine’s Day. See yourself enjoying a glass of the wine with your Valentine.

10. Picture a hen having difficulty walking. She’s stuck in a river of treacle.

…then
Simply recall the number rhymes and you’ll recall the pegged “answers”

*Tony Buzan the master of memory suggests that you do more than visualise – that you employ as many senses as possible when linking the number rhyme to your object. So. Hear the hen clucking furiously as she struggles to get out of the treacle.

Seems mad! But it’s almost impossible to forget your list once you’ve learned it. I find it tremendously useful when delivering a presentation. I hope you do too.

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2 Responses to “Remember, remember…techniques for remembering your presentation”

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