How to Build Your Memory

How to Build Your Memory

Two years before I moved to live in Canada, I remember searching through the yellow pages looking for something when I came across an advertisement that was so profound and impactful that to this day, some 45 years later, the image is as clear in my mind as it was all those years ago.

It was a cartoon drawing of a furious looking mailman biting a terrified looking dog. The caption below screamed: A scene like this you may never forget, but can you rely on your memory?

The ad was, of course, promoting a memory course and I immediately called the phone number listed only to discover that as a young, barely employed and flat broke man, the cost of the program was not just beyond my reach, it was beyond my imagination.

It didn’t take long for me to forget that I wanted to learn to remember and it wasn’t until some ten years later when I watched Reveen, the remarkable stage-hypnotist perform impossible feats of memory that my fascination was rekindled. As I wrote in my January 10 blog, Don’t Forget To Remember, I began to feverishly study and practice memory techniques.

Shortly thereafter, Memory Magic became a regular part of my seminar offering and in those early days of my training and seminar career I conducted many memory programs to great reviews from my clients. Then, as so many of us do when things are working well, I just stopped doing them.

I didn’t just stop for a short while, I stopped for more than 30 years.

Several times over the past two or three years, I have felt the urge to reintroduce memory workshops into my repertoire but have struggled to work up the enthusiasm to do so.

And then something extraordinary happened about three months ago.

I have, on a few occasions, shown small groups of people how to instantly members lists. A few of these folks began pestering me to offer a full course training.  As I considered doing so, I remembered how much fun these programs were, and how delighted the attendees were at being able to utilize the method immediately.

On Boxing Day, I made the decision to do memory workshops once more and have been feverishly practicing since then.

In less than two weeks, on Tuesday, March 3, I will be doing my first memory workshop since March 1987 and I can’t wait for that day to arrive. Scraping away 33 years of rust has not been easy, but it sure has been fun. If you have any interest in learning easy, powerful and effective ways of remembering anything – “what was that person’s name again?” – then I invite you to visit my website at and register to join us.

In celebration of this event, I am including a complementary lunch during which time we will get to know each other so that by the time the workshop begins, the fun will already be in full swing.

Remember,having good memory recall is a learned skill that will pay huge dividends personally and professionally.

If you have any questions about this workshop, please call me directly at 403 802 3476 or email me at

Till we read again.

Photo of Rael Kalley,Habits coach in calgary canada

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