Topic: Retrain Your Brain
General Purpose: To Inform
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the strategies to help us to remember.
Thesis: The simple secrets for keeping your brain young, is to get your brain in shape.
A. Attention Getter: Can’t remember where you put your glasses? Blanked on your new colleague’s name? Forgetting these types of things is a sign of how busy we are. When we’re not paying good attention, the memories we form aren’t very robust and we have a problem retrieving the information later. The simple secrets for keeping your brain young, is to get your brain in shape. We exercise our bodies, but what good is that great body if you don’t have the mental capabilities to go with it? If you want to strengthen your brain, try these expert-recommended strategies to help you’re remember.
B. Reason to Listen: If you want to strengthen your brain, try these expert-recommended strategies to help you’re remember.
C. Thesis Statement: The simple secrets for keeping your brain young, is to get your brain in shape.
D. Credibility Statement:
1. I have been interested with this topic and want to share with everybody.
2. I have read and studied about this topic in the books and magazines and have done research on the Internet.
E. Preview of Main Points:
1. First, I will discuss about “What the heck is his name?”
2. Second, I will discuss about “Where did I leave my glasses?”
3. Finally, I will discuss about “What else was I supposed to do today?”
II. The simple secrets for keeping your brain young, is to get your brain in shape.
A. "What the heck is his name?"
1. Pay attention.
a. When you're introduced to someone, really listen to the person's name. Then, to get a better grasp, picture the spelling. Ask, "Is that Kathy with a K or a C?"
b. Make a remark about the name to help lock it in ("Oh, Carpenter -- that was my childhood best friend's last name")
c. Use the name a few times during the conversation and when you say goodbye.
2. Visualize the name.
a. For hard-to-remember monikers, make the name meaningful. For Lily, maybe you think of the name of flower.
b. Picture it. Then look at the person, choose an outstanding feature (bushy eyebrows, green eyes) and tie the name to the face.
c. If Miss Lily has a big nose, picture a white lily flower with a big nose. The sillier the image, the better.
3. Create memorable associations.
a. If you want to remember Tunku Abdul Rahman as our first Prime Minister, we imagine that he stand at the Dataran Merdeka and shout “Merdeka” three times.
4. Cheat a little.
a. When you get a business card at a meeting, jot down a few notes at the back of the card to help your when need a reminder. For example, wear a red glass and live in Springfield.
Transition: Now I have discussed about “What the heck is his name?” I will discuss now about the "Where in the world did I leave my glasses?"
B. "Where in the world did I leave my glasses?"
1. Give a play-by-play.
a. Pay attention to what you're doing as you place your glasses on the end table.
b. Remind yourself. For example, "I'm putting my keys in my coat pocket," so you have a clear memory of doing it.
2. Make it a habit.
a. Put a small basket on a side table. Train yourself to put your keys, glasses, cell phone or any other object you frequently use (or misplace) in the basket every time.
Transition: Now I have discussed about "Where in the world did I leave my glasses?" I will discuss now about the “What else was I supposed to do today?”
C. "What else was I supposed to do today?"
1. Start a ritual.
a. To remind yourself of a chore (write a thank-you note, go to the dry cleaner), give yourself an unusual physical reminder.
b. You expect to see your bills on your desk, so leaving them there won't necessarily remind you to pay them.
c. But place a shoe or a piece of fruit on the stack of bills, and later, when you spot the out-of-place object, you'll remember to take care of them, says Carol Vorderman, author of Super Brain: 101 Easy Ways to a More Agile Mind.
2. Sing it.
a. To remember a small group of items (a grocery list, phone number, list of names, to-do list), adapt it to a well-known song, says Vorderman.
b. Try "peanut butter, milk and eggs" to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," "Happy Birthday" or even nursery rhymes.
3. Try mnemonic devices.
a. Many of us learned "ROY G BIV" to remember the colors of the rainbow, or "Every Good Boy Deserves Favors" to learn musical notes.
b. Make up your own device to memorize names (Suzanne's kids are Adam, Patrick and Elizabeth, or "APE"), lists (milk, eggs, tomatoes, soda, or "METS") or computer commands (to shut down your PC, hit Control+Alt+Delete, or "CAD").
4. Use your body.
a. When you have no pen or paper and are making a mental grocery or to-do list, remember it according to major body parts, says Scott.
b. Start at your feet and work your way up. So if you have to buy glue, cat food, broccoli, chicken, grapes and toothpaste, you might picture your foot stuck in glue, a cat on your knee looking for food, a stalk of broccoli sticking out of your pants pocket, a chicken pecking at your belly button, a bunch of grapes hanging from your chest and a toothbrush in your mouth.
5. Go Roman.
a. The Roman room technique, you associate your grocery, to-do or party-invite list with the rooms of your house or the layout of your office, garden or route to work.
b. Again, the zanier the association, the more likely you'll remember it, says Scott. Imagine apples hanging from the chandelier in your foyer, spilled cereal all over the living room couch, shampoo bubbles overflowing in the kitchen sink and cheese on your bedspread.
A. Review of Main Points:
1. Today I first discussed about “What the heck is his name?”
2. Second, I discussed about “Where did I leave my glasses?”
3. Finally, I discussed about “What else was I supposed to do today?”
B. Restate Thesis: The simple secrets for keeping your brain young, is to get your brain in shape.
C. Closure: In conclusion, remember that the simple secrets for keeping your brain young, is to get your brain in shape. If you want to strengthen your brain, try all the tips or strategies that I discussed before.