Most of us think that having a good memory is a trait that's outside of our control. But good memory is a skill and learning how to improve it can help you become a more creative, innovative business leader.
The first step is changing the way you think about your memory. Your memory is designed to work in context. For example, if you try to make a list of every vegetable you can remember, you will make a much longer list if you imagine walking through a grocery store.
So, try these three tips:
Engage both your body and mind. If you want to remember new ideas, you need to listen and focus. First, stop multitasking and Engage your whole self.
Review three points you want to remember. When you learn new information (by reading a book or attending a meeting, for example), you tend to remember only about three things.
Explain new concepts to yourself. You need to understand how the world works. You gain that knowledge -- and remember it -- by explaining new concepts to yourself or to someone else.
When you hear a new idea, look for gaps in your understanding and fill them in. Ask yourself, why does this work? How? Look for words that you may not understand. Clarify what the word means in that specific context or to that particular speaker. The clearer the concepts, the easier they will be to remember.
by Nadia Goodman at http://www.entrepreneur.com