1. Mark Twain’s Fingernails

How to Remember What to Say


A subject close to the pounding hearts and racing minds of every public speaker or presenter is how to remember what to say. Speakers and presenters routinely rely on a number of devices from low-end 3-by-5 index cards to expensive high-end teleprompters—to aid their memories.

Joshua Foer, the author of the bestselling Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, offers an even higher end but lower cost technique: visual imagery, or associating a diverse list of subjects with a series of related objects. Mr. Foer’s physical take on mnemonics is only the latest ...

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