Jim Kwik: On Never Forgetting a Name Again


takeaways from this episode:

  • Turning what might be seen as a weakness into your greatest challenge and ultimately a strength.
  • Tips for memorization.


For The Curious,

My guest on Big Questions this week is a man who routinely memorizes 100-digit numbers at conferences.

Jim Kwik does it to prove that we all are capable of turning memorization into a superpower.

Jim has also developed strategies that enable us to read faster while increasing our retention. His students are some of the most accomplished people on the planet and leaders of Fortune 500 companies.

So I was overjoyed to sit with him and ask how I might remember names better.

Remembering names is an issue I’ve been dealing with over the last couple of years -- ever since I started speaking at conferences. Afterward, many people tend to approach me at once. And in the conversational back-and-forth it’s been difficult for me to recall the names of everyone I’m meeting.

We all wish we could remember names better. I’m taking it as a personal challenge. Now, thanks to Jim, I have a strategy.

Jim passes on a lot of great advice that we can all benefit from in this podcast. As well as the backstory of the elementary-school accident that turned him into who he became.

As he says: “My inspiration came from my desperation. My mess became my message.”

I encourage you to go to the podcast section of Jimkwik.com for many more brief lessons on improving your brain.

Oh, and that reminds me. There’s one other place I’d like to direct you – to a podcast I recently appeared on as a guest. It’s called The Dream Big podcast, and the hostess is in elementary school right now – eight-year-old Eva Karpman.

I was so taken by her childhood curiosity, that I invited her to come on Big Questions. That should lead to a few lessons in rebooting your childhood curiosity.

As Albert Einstein once said: “Education is not learning the facts, but training the mind to think.”



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