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How to Remember Phone Extensions
by On December 16, 2009

Leah SimpsonMany of you are graduates of our memory training workshop.

I remember when I first went through the class; I thought it was great! I also found that there were still some seemingly simple things that I still did not recall, for example, people’s phone extensions, meeting times and directions.

So I came up with a few simple systems that have even farther enhanced the usage of memory training in my life, and I thought I’d share them with you!

Let’s start with my first example of people’s phone extensions. You dial the same people in your office all the time, so why do you need to refer to your extension sheet every time? Here is how you can remember short numbers like phone extensions:

I’ll use my office as an example. Three people I often call (and I used to mix up their extensions) are Katie, Nick and Dave. They are extensions 103, 104, and 105. But which is which? And how can I use my memory training for this?

All I need is FIG, right? File. Image. Glue. So…the file is the person. I do know what each of them looks like, so I use their faces as the files. Now I need an image—what could we use for an image of numbers? Go back to the tree list.

I know the extensions are in the 100s, so I just need a way to distinguish between 3, 4 and 5. My images, from the tree list, are stool, car, and glove. Now I need glue. So…Katie is 103. I picture Katie coming after me with a STOOL above her head. Nick is 104, so she is driving down the street, singing in his CAR. Dave is 105, and I picture Dave putting on Michael Jackson’s GLOVE and doing a moon walk away from me.

I never mix up their extensions.

Try it with your office, and quit relying on your phone list! Use your memory!

Be Free!

Leah Simpson

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