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How to Memorize the Books of the Bible
by On April 30, 2008

Roger Seip
How to Memorize the Books of the Bible – Part 1 – Overview and Structure

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I am going to show you how to commit all of the books of the bible to memory and do it quickly and effectively. I highly recommend you follow along with the audio, that goes along with this post, listed above.

Maybe you want to teach it to your kids, maybe you just want to learn it for yourself. Either way, I congratulate you. The “how-to” of these lessons are going to come in three parts. What we are going to do in this section, Part 1, is commit the overall structure of the books of the Bible to memory. Then we are going to fill them in Part 2 with the books of the Old Testament. In Part 3, we add to it the books of the New Testament.

By the time we are done, you will spend about 25 maybe 30 minutes doing this. But, I guarantee at the end, you are going to have all 66 books of the Bible committed to memory.

Are you ready to go? Okay, let us get the structure first.

The Bible is divided up into two major divisions, the Old Testament and the New Testament. I think that everybody knows that so we do not need any kind of memory techniques to figure that out.

Most people however are not aware that there are nine major segments in the books of the Bible. I am going to show you how to first of all commit those nine major segments to your memory. We are going to do it utilizing our body files.

But first of all, queue up the body files that you used in the class starting with your toes, progressing to your knees, your muscle, your rear, your lungs, your shoulders, your collar, your face, your point and the ceiling. Since there are only nine, I am not even going to use the ceiling. We are only going to go to the point.

This is body list, books of the Bible. Now, your first body file is your toes. The first segment of the books of the Bible is the five books of Moses. Moses is your trigger here. And I think that most of you probably have a picture in your mind how Moses might look. Maybe an older gentleman with a long white or gray beard and long gray hair, maybe even carrying the Ten Commandments. He could be dropping the Ten Commandments on your toes. Glue Moses to your toes.

The next section of the Bible is going to go on your knees. It is the History or the Story of the Nation of Israel, so I just want you to imagine your knees. They are telling you a very vivid story about the nation of Israel.

Now, the third file is your muscle and the next section is the Wisdom Book, so you will need a picture for wisdom. Personally, I use a brain to represent wisdom. You might use a wisdom tooth if you want, but I use the brain. I just want you to imagine a brain right there on your muscles.

Okay, we are on to our next one which is our rear and the next section is the Major Prophets. There are five of them, but for right now, just remember “Major Prophets.” Create a tripper for Major Prophets by imagining a Major like in the Army or in the Navy. Glue that image to your rear. That is the Major Prophets.

The Minor Prophets are next and it is going to go in our lungs. In or on your lungs, I want you to imagine a coal miner. He is wearing a helmet with a light on it and he is carrying a pick ax. That is a miner and it represents the Minor Prophets on your lungs.

So take a second to review those. On your lungs, you have a Minor Prophet, on your rear, you have the Major Prophet, on your muscle, you have the Wisdom books, on your knees and they are telling you that Story about the History of the Nation of Israel. Lastly, on your toes, who is dropping the tablets with the Ten Commandments? That it right, it is the five books of Moses. Very good!

Alright so we are moving on, we have only got four more to go. The next segment, we are going to get into the New Testament.

Now the next major segment of the books of the Bible is the life of Jesus. Where is that going go? That is going to go on your shoulders. So most of you probably have a picture of what Jesus would look like to you, so just imagine him. He is riding up there on your shoulders to represent the life of Jesus and the early church.

The seventh one goes on your collar, and the section is called Paul’s Letters. As you remember from your workshop, the name Paul, phonetically, is exactly the same as a “ball.” On your collar, I want you to imagine a ball that has got letters of the alphabet all over it. That is that ball of letters triggering Paul’s Letters.

The eight section of the Bible is going to go where? Of course, it is going to go on your face, and it is the Apostle’s Letters. So how could you create a picture for Apostle’s Letters? I would imagine an envelope that has postal stamps all over it. It is a postal letter. That image represents the Apostle’s letters.

And then the very last segment is the Prophecy section. And it is going to go where? On your point. I want you to just imagine a professor. Phonetically, Professor and Prophecy are pretty much exactly the same.

So if you have done that vividly and utilizing some action the will be strongly glued to you body.

Let’s review these, going backwards from your point:

Point – Professor for the Prophecy Section
Face – Postal letters representing the Apostle’s Letters
Collar – Ball with letters for Paul’s letters
Shoulders – Jesus for the life of Jesus and the early church
Lungs – Coal miner representing the Minor Prophets
Rear – Army Major for the Major Prophets
Muscle – Brain symbolizing the Wisdom Literature
Knees – They are telling you that story about the Nation of Israel
Toes – Moses for the five books of Moses.

Take a second and review those. You might even want to jot them down. To lock them in long term, used spaced repetition, and review them in one hour, one day and one week.

I will fill in all of the books of the Old and New Testaments in the next two parts.

If you have any questions, please post it below as a comment, and I will answer it for you.

Be Free!

Roger Seip
Instructor

How to Memorize a Calendar
by On April 25, 2008

Leah SimpsonThis is one of my favorite applications of memory training. I can’t claim creating it myself, but it is an amazing technique to memorize the calendar.

That’s right, memorize the calendar. You want me to go to a baseball game with you on June 10th? Sorry, the 10th is a Tuesday, and I have Bible study on Tuesdays.Would you like to be able to do that? I am going to explain how. Use this opportunity to file away the calendar for 2008 or any year. Here we go!

First you need a picture for every month. Many months are pretty simple, but use whatever works for you. Go through the year, and pick an image for every month. Remember, any picture works as long as you create it. Here are some suggestions:

January – A New Year’s hat or the Times Square ball
February – Hearts for Valentines Day
March – A Shamrock for St. Patty’s Day or a basketball for March Madness
April – A Tax Form or Rain for April Showers
May – A Maypole or Flowers (for what April showers bring)
June – A June Bug
July – Fireworks for the 4th of July
August – The Beach or a Pool for the hot weather
September – A Backpack for the start of school or Fall Colored Leaves
October – A Jack-O-Latern or a Ghost for Halloween
November – a Turkey for Thanksgiving
December – Santa Claus or Snow Flakes

Any picture works as long as you create it. If you have great ideas for images of months, share it with everyone and post a comment below

Now pull out a calendar. All you need to figure out is the first Sunday of every month. For example, in 2008, the first Sunday of January is the 6th. The picture for 6, on The Tree List, is a gun. So…you glue your image for the month, say a New Year’s hat, with the number of the first Sunday, in this case, a gun. So you could picture your New Year’s hat shoot off a gun. One show for each second as the count down to midnight begins….10….9….8…..

You now know that the 6th is a Sunday, which also means the 13th, the 20th and the 27nd are Sundays. For Monday, you’re going to add one. Tuesday, you’re going to add two, three for Wednesday, and so on through six for Saturday.

And voila, you have your calendar! Aside from being handy, people will be so impressed with how smart you are!

Be Free!

Leah Simpson
Instructor

Believe and You Can Achieve
by On April 24, 2008

Blaine HalversonAs a speaker, I often hear people express their disbelief in developing new skills or achieving some goal. It happens for two reasons:

1. Either the person doesn’t believe something is possible or
2. They don’t believe they can do it.

In this blog post I want to dispel these two self doubting trains of thought and introduce two new ways of approaching these issues to that you can achieve your dreams, no matter how big they are.

Believe it is Possible

At times in history, common sense seems to indicate to mankind that something could not be done. Columbus couldn’t get to the East by sailing West. The Wright Brothers couldn’t get mankind airborne and Lindbergh couldn’t fly across the Atlantic. Actually, for thousands of years nobody believed it was possible for a human to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Then a man named Roger Bannister proved common sense wrong. And within a year of his concept shattering run, 37 more runners had accomplished the feat. The next year, 300 more did it. Now at a World Class Track Event, it is not uncommon for the last place runner to do what was once considered impossible for thousands of years.

Napoleon Hill wrote, ‘whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.’ Chances are in your life, whatever it is you would like to do has been done before. Even if it hasn’t, it’s still possible.

Believe YOU Can Do It

Just about everyone I meet who learns I teach memory training workshops says, ‘I could really use that,’ yet when given the opportunity to take a course like ours, they will often indicate they don’t believe they can do it. They say things like, ‘I’m just really bad about remembering names,’ or, ‘you don’t understand, I just have a terrible memory.’ In other words, I know it can be done, just not by me.

The human brain is a remarkable computer and one which we program ourselves. And the limits existing in our minds are self-imposed. In fact, a person saying something like, ‘I’m must really bad with names,’ is successfully programming his brain, but he is successfully programming it to be bad a names.

There is a common expression with regards to success: Fake it till you make it. You might not completely believe your capable of learning something, but if you program you mind with believing statements, you will grow your self-believe.

So remember, whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. And that goes for your mind too. Just tell yourself this. I t can be done and I will do it.

How could you apply this technique of mental programming to your life? Post a comment below.

Be Free!

Blaine Halverson

Instant Attitude Boost
by On April 23, 2008

Roger SeipI have done many informal surveys with people about whether their attitude is a talent or a skill.

Talent being something that you are either born with or not; either you have it or you do not. Skill is something that you will learn through conscious efforts.

Sometimes people have a tendency to argue with me about this and say that their attitude is a talent, but when I ask them the question, are there things that you can proactively consciously do to improve your attitude and they answer always is, yes!

Most people are not aware of this or aware of the tools that they have to improve their attitudes. We discuss many of these attitude management tools in our Proper Care and Feeding of Your Attitude Workshop. I suggest you look into this workshop is you want a more healthy, winning, positive, effective attitude.

I am going to give you one of these attitude management tools now.

Your Ability to Laugh

The first tool that we teach, what I would say is the number one tool that you have in your attitude management arsenal, is your sense of humor.

Now when I talk about this, I do not mean that you need to suddenly become a professional stand up comic. I am talking about using your sense of humor as a way to cultivate your attitude. It does not mean that you need to make people laugh. It means that you yourself need to learn to laugh.

There are three very distinct situations you can use this tool in. You need to learn to laugh:

1. At yourself
2. With other people
3. About the negative situations that you face

I will break this down very quickly for you.

You need to learn to laugh at yourself. I am convinced that the number one cause of stress for most people is that they just flat out and take themselves way too seriously. I have just found out two things about this. If you are somebody that takes yourself too seriously, I am obligated to warn you of two things.

Number one, if you do not know how to laugh at yourself, I have found that other people will feel obligated to get that done for you. Somebody is going to be laughing at you, so it might as well be you.

Secondly, I have also found that for people that do not know how to laugh at themselves, they have a tendency to find themselves in situations where they look and feel ridiculous more. You probably can think of somebody like this right off the bat.

You need to laugh with other people. Specifically now for the many of you who are in sales. The best sales lesson I ever got, was when someone said to me, “If you can laugh with somebody, they will buy from you.” Think about that for just a second. If you can laugh with somebody, they will buy from you and even if you are not in sales, that still applies.

Laughter is a great way to enhance your communication and break down communication barriers.

You need to learn to laugh about the negative situations that you face. Now do not get me wrong here. I am not saying that you do not have situations that are serious. Most people do. What I am saying is that, if you get caught up in the doom and gloom of the moment, it is difficult to focus on the solutions to those challenges and expect to work through them.

When you keep things in perspective, learn to laugh about some of the negative things that you face and how ridiculous they often are, that is when you begin to unlock your creativity to be able to deal with those negative situations much more effectively.

So again, you simply need to learn to laugh at yourself with other people and about the negative situations that you face.

Do you have any examples of how this tool has helped in your life? I would love to hear about it. Post a comment below.

Be Free!

Roger Seip
Instructor

Best Business Writing Layout Tips
by On April 22, 2008

Ken BudkaThe purpose of following these guidelines for your business writing is to get the reader to read your document. You want your document to be pleasing to the eye and not overwhelming.

The first area that I would like to address is the usual white space. The white space is simply the amount of paper that you see as opposed to the amount of text you see on the paper. A good test to see how much white space is used is to ‘print preview’ the document and set the percentage to about 25% or so. In other words, you will see the document on the screen but you won’t be able to read the words. This way, you will get a good feel for how much black there is against the white. Less text, more white, is easier to read and more likely that it will get read in its entirety.

The second thing is the 2B’s, “Bullets and Bolds.” These are my favorite emphasis tools which draw the reader’s eyes to them. Use them sparingly, but if choosing between bullets and bolds or different colors and different font, choose bullets and bolds. Otherwise, your document becomes too busy and distracting. And that brings me to the issue of colors and font.

Color and font is something that you want to snap-off the page. Do not write full sentences in red or in blue. With the keywords, draw your reader’s eyes to them. Do not use too many colors, maybe an additional one besides the black.

Font is another one. Keep the font simple, something that is easy to read, a Serif type font like Times Roman is easier on the eye and has a better flow than something that is a non-Serif font like Arial. It is shown in studies to be an easier font to read. So keep those simple and use then sparingly.

And another good tip is to break a document in mid-sentence. A document that is going on more than one page should not end on a period at the end of the page. You should break the last sentence in the middle, forcing your reader to have to turn the page to finish that sentence.

And finally, do not leave one sentence on the second page. Try to bring at least a full paragraph to the second page. No orphan on the second page. If it means bringing the type style to point size up a notch from 12 to 14 perhaps just so you can balance the text and put it over to the second page, then do that. Adjusting the margins slightly can bring a straggling sentence to the prior page.

I personally work with 12 and 14. Both of those are nice, they are professional looking and easy to read. Even 14 is not getting to be too clumsy looking. It is easier on people’s eyes and it gives a nice balance overall.

Once again, we want to use fewer words to get the message across and easier on the eyes, more white space and better balance.

Those are some simple layout tips. Keep the reader reading and ensure that your documents get read. Hopefully, this will keep you in good standing with the readers in your life.

Do you have any others tips on business writing layout? I would love to hear them. Post a comment below.

Be Free!

Ken Budka
Speaker

Coaching Yourself
by On April 17, 2008

David DenisIf you are in sales, you absolutely can take control of your selling career. You can motivate yourself, create a system, and track your numbers. Once you have those numbers, you can use them to coach yourself.

Coaching has two parts. First you diagnose your condition. Second you prescribe your treatment.

The danger in being your own doctor, of course, is that you can get caught up in the emotions of it. To prevent this from happening focus on your numbers.

Numbers don’t lie and they don’t fudge. They are what they are, and if you have the mental toughness to look at them truthfully and without spin, you will be able to determine what challenges you face. Then you can do something about it.

Here’s an example. Let’s say after a few months of tracking you find that for every 6 calls, you make an appointment. That’s higher than the company average, which is more like 3 calls to an appointment. You have diagnosed where the problem is. Now you must decide the treatment – that is what you will change to get better results. You may have to do a little research.

One of two things is probably happening here – either your system needs improvement, or your skill in using the system needs improvement.

In this case, ask yourself if you have a script for your telephone calls. Is it a good script? If you have a script available and you know that it works when used…then start using it. If you know it is a good script, and you are using it, but not getting good results, then you need to increase your skill with the script. You might want to observe someone who has better results to find out how you can use the script more effectively.

This is just one example. Your problem may be with closing the sale, or a low response from your letters, or with appointments that cancel, or average sale size is too small. Whatever it is, figure out what it is and then figure out a solution to improve it.

What techniques for coaching yourself have you used in your life? Post a comment below.

Be Free!

This article was written by David Denis owner of http://www.rocksolidwriting.com

David is a freelance writer for hire offering article writing, sales letters, training manuals, speech writing, seo content, sales writing, blog articles, copy-writing service, sales scripts and business name ideas.

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Take Care of Yourself Before You Take Care of Your Customer
by On April 15, 2008

Eric PlantenbergOne of the most important questions people ask when they are focused on improving their quantity and quality of business is: “What is my competitive advantage? What makes me unique, memorable, special… what truly sets me apart from the rest?”

While there are no definitively right answers to that question, most people come to some conclusion that customer service is a critical component of your competitive advantage. For most businesses, the service they offer can vary from exceptional to not so hot, depending upon circumstances.

Why is that? Why does the same company, and even the same people within that company provide world class service some of the time, and marginal service (or worse) other times?

That answer can be found in asking a different question: “What makes you (or your staff) happy when serving your customers?” While these answers also vary, most people come up with some sort of variation of “I am happy when my customer is happy.”

Do we enjoy dealing with agitated or disgruntled people? Normally not. We derive our joy from delivering value, by making others feel good about their experience, and by exceeding people’s expectations.

What comes first then, the happy customer or the happy person serving the customer? This is not the chicken or the egg quandary. The happy person serving the customer NEEDS to come first, because it is a very unusual day when your customer comes into your business looking to cheer YOU up.

This all seems very obvious. At the same time that many people realize this truth, it is rare that people consciously take steps to make sure that their greatest customer service assets are being serviced too – whether that person in on your staff, in another department, or if that person is YOU. It is critical that you continually improve the emotional, physical and mental support you are supplying to the people serving your customers.

One of my friends and colleagues, Paul Wesselemann, shared a story about his time working at an HIV/AIDS support network. He explained how it was absolutely unacceptable to come to work when you were feeling even a bit ill, as even the smallest cold could be extremely dangerous for someone with HIV. He was REQUIRED first and foremost to take care of himself, make sure he was 100% before he was allowed to offer help and support to others.

How committed are you to taking the same care of YOUR needs? Your task for the month is to identify and act upon a couple of ways to keep you in proper shape so you can take care of your always important customers. Share your experience and post a comment below.

Be FREE!

Eric Plantenberg
President

How to Remember Where You Parked Your Car
by On April 14, 2008

Leah SimpsonAt our memory training workshops, we consistently hear from people that they have challenges remembering where they parked their car. Believe it or not, even me, the memory trainer, would walk out of the store and have no idea where my car was. I once almost called security once to report it stolen! That’s when I decided I needed a system.

So here is my system for remembering where I parked my car. There are two types of situations here.

1. Sometimes you park in a garage or a lot that has letters and numbers. Oh, that makes it so easy – well, assuming you did your 21-day follow-up and have a picture for every letter of the alphabet. If not, take a minute and create an image to represent each letter of the alphabet. For instance, you might use a picture of an apple for the letter “A,” a ball for the letter “B,” a cat for the letter “C” and so on. Use your representative picture for the letter and the picture for the number from the tree list (click the link if you need a refresher of the tree list.) Then you are all set.

Here an example: You park in E-3. You picture an elephant standing on a stool, on the top of your car. If you saw an elephant, crushing your car with a stool, would you forget it? Nope! And you won’t forget where you parked either.

2. What if the lot isn’t so conveniently marked though? When you park, get out of your car and stop. Look directly at the building that you are going to walk into. Find a distinguishing feature.

For example, with Borders Books, I would use the “B” in their store front sign. Now choose an action. My (maybe twisted) mind has chosen gun shot marks and explosion. So, I see the “B” in Borders getting shot at and exploding. I know my car is in direct line with that marking.

So when I leave the store, I look at the building and ask myself, “what was getting shot?” I walk to that point and walk down that aisle of the lot. And there’s my car!

With these two techniques, you won’t be wandering through parking lots anymore wasting time. Now, you can find your car! Just use your memory!

Do you have any other methods you use to remember where you parked your car? Post a comment below.

Be Free!

Leah Simpson
Instructor

Can I Have Some More Hours? – Effective Time Managment
by On April 10, 2008

David ShoupWe all have the same 24 hours each day to utilize as we see fit, but how are some people able to accomplish extraordinary results and others are scrambling to get the minimum requirements done in any given day? How can some find the time to balance work, personal life, personal health & fitness, and family responsibilities and still manage to take that vacation without stress or concern? What abilities do they have that I don’t?

If you have found yourself asking the same questions or relating to anyone of these scenarios, know that there is hope. Here are four ideas that have had a powerful and profound impact on my ability to accomplish more in any given week and if you’ll apply these concepts to your business, I am confident it can do the same for you.

4 Ideas for More Effective Time Management:
Delete, Decide, Determine and Do

  1. DELETE
    Remove the “stuff” that gets in the way of you accomplishing any important task. It is the difference between being busy and being productive. Two areas that this concept has helped me most are: more efficient use of the computer and the reduction of distractions in my office. I reduced the amount of time spent checking email (twice daily) and simply removed the clutter in my office and with less to distract me I became instantly more productive.
  2. DECIDE
    The first step in the accomplishment of any goal or objective is the decision to pursue or achieve it. You must decide what it is you want to or need to accomplish in a given week. Do this for all areas of your life and not just for business.A helpful way to decide is to plan your week in advance. Take at least one hour (two is ideal) every Sunday to schedule what needs to be accomplished in that coming week. Actually write down what you need to do on a certain day. You will find this to be an extremely helpful method to focus on the present and what is controllable for the week.
  3. DETERMINE
    Once your weekly objectives have been identified and written, determine what the high priority items are and be sure to attack them first. This will help reduce the “I should have done that” game because you’ll have done it. Brian Tracy refers to it in his book “Eat That Frog that you should tackle the biggest and most challenging task first because as the day goes on that task becomes even bigger, more daunting and less likely to be accomplished.
  4. DO
    After determining the most important tasks for the week the only thing left is to do it. The sooner you take action to accomplish the most difficult tasks/objectives the more likely you are to achieve them, the better you will feel and the less stress will creep into your life.

If you will follow these simple steps: delete, decide, determine & do you will find yourself having less stress & more time at the end of the day. These steps are instrumental in maintaining the balance between our business and personal lives that we all so richly deserve. I wish you much success and more time to do the things you truly love.

Be Free!

David Shoup
Speaker

How to Handle Interruptions to Your Schedule
by On April 9, 2008

Tom Weber

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All of us have interruptions coming at us on a constant basis from our kids, from our coworkers, from our spouse, from our customers, from our boss. There are three simple, helpful things you can do when faced with an interruption. Prevent, delay, and deal.

Prevent
Any good general will tell you that before you go into battle you must have a battle plan. Even if you know your day is going to be bombarded with interruptions you must have some sort of a plan or a schedule.

What a schedule will give you is an ability to tell people, without saying it out loud, that you are scheduled to be doing something. Make sure that you post your schedule so people can see it. Make sure everybody knows what you’re going to be doing throughout the day. As an added bonus, there is accountability. At the same time, it tells people, “I’m busy right now. Come back latter.” If they don’t know what you’re up to they may assume that you’re free and think it is okay to interrupt you.

Delay
Another benefit of having a schedule is that it gives you the ability to delay some interruptions. It is a good idea not to schedule every single moment of your day and minute by minute. Hour by hour is a great way to go because then you have blocks of time. So you have blocks, or buckets of time with nothing scheduled, some point in the middle of the day or in the afternoon on your schedule. The buckets of time allow you to delay the interruptions and address it when it fits into your schedule.

When you have an interruption, somebody walks into your office, or they call you on the phone, and they say, “Hey, I need you right now,” you can easily tell them, “You know what; right now I’m in the middle of something. I have an opening at 2:00 today. I can schedule you at that time and that way we can talk about your problem then.” What often happens is people say, “Great, I’ll talk to you then.”

Here’s the best byproduct of doing that. Typically if you tell somebody I’ll help you out by 2:00, and they know it is coming, it calms them down and many times they end up fixing their own problem. Or they find someone else to do it for them. Delaying it is a super simple technique if you truly intend on helping that person at a given time, not just procrastinating it.

I did a program for a company recently and a woman sat up in the audience and looked very frazzled and said, “But we can’t do this. Our customers drive our business. I have to take their call and I have to deal with their problem at that exact moment!” There was another woman in the audience, one of the more experienced customer service people, and she said, “Actually, what I tell them when they call and they’ve got a problem is that I’m in the middle of something else. As soon as I hang up the phone with this other person or as soon I’m done with this project which is very important I will call you back. Or I will call you back by 1:00. Or you will hear back from me by the end of the day. Letting people know that you are going to take care them fixes most of the problems.”

Deal
Now if all those things don’t actually work, and people aren’t able to allow you to delay their problems because it’s that big of a deal, well then we step into the final one and that’s to deal with the problem. Not much we can do sometimes. Sometimes we are forced to have to deal with the situation with it arises.

Handling interruptions to your schedule is easy if you remember to either: Prevent it, Delay it, or Deal with it.

Be Free!

Tom Weber
Instructor
VP of Sales

I would love to hear how these 3 techniques work for you or how you handle interruptions to your schedule. Post a comment below.