Mind Management

kleinMind managementHello. My name is Grant and I am 1/8 of the Life ’13 program. As part of the program we have had the privilege of partaking in an abundant amount of interesting training courses. The training courses have acted as a catalyst for personal development, but perhaps more importantly, group development; and this training was no different!

The latest was that of “Mind Management” with Petros . The training consisted of both tangible and intangible skills development, including: decision making tools; brain storming; lateral thinking; memory training; mind mapping and rapport. The tangible training, specifically the decision making tools and priority matrices, will be very useful for my job in particular. As a future project manager it will be very important for me to manage multiple projects and it will be necessary to make important decisions on a daily basis – so being able to prioritise and make the correct decisions is very important.

However, I digress, as the intangible training was a lot more interesting! “An example” I hear you ask. Well… Have you ever been to an event where you have been introduced to more than 15 people? Or perhaps you have just started a new job and have been given the pleasure of introducing yourself to everyone in the office? Either way, I imagine that once the world wind of introductions has finished you are staring the very 1st person you met in the face, and low and behold, you have completely forgotten their name! This has certainly happened to me on a number of occasions! But never fear – Pe-tros has the answer… With a number of fascinating techniques, including breaking down more difficult names, creating nicknames, and linking unique personal features to that name, you may never have to be red-faced again.

IMG_1014The next task: memory training. The first exercise was relatively simple. Petros was to list two consecutive nouns and we were to remember that the 1st noun was connected to the 2nd (e.g. shark and Eiffel tower – if we heard the word shark, we were to write down Eiffel tower). We were given 10 sets of words and then the exercise began.  Sounds simple! But what if we increase the number of pairs to 20, and perhaps we include adjectives / verbs into the equation… the mind gets stretched a little bit. One of the many techniques we were taught was to create a mental picture of the words combined… (See attached picture). When you extrapolate this technique to 20 / 30 sets of words it becomes a lot easier. “But when will I need to use this?” I hear you say. My personal use of the technique came in the form of a presentation. I created key words to questions I expected to be asked: one key word for the potential question and one key word for the answer. After creating a small scenario for each pair I was then equipped to answer all questions. A particularly applicable training session.