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A podcast about writing, featuring interviews with authors and songwriters at all levels of success. Inspiring and successful authors reveal the secrets about writing, creativity and the business of independent publishing and songwriting. Featuring interviews with successful authors and songwriters excited to share the journey from idea to published book and song. Host Geoff Hughes is the founder of Madhouse Media Publishing More info on the Writers Show Website
 
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Memorizing the planets is one of the coolest things you can do. But finding the best planet mnemonic can be tricky. That’s because what makes sense to one person doesn’t make sense to another. That’s why I’m going to share an alternative to acronyms and acrostic mnemonics on this page. And you’ll probably find the hermetic mnemonic for planets espe…
 
You want memory techniques so you can retain information forever. But you’re overwhelmed by two things: The topics you’re learning The vast amount of information about memory techniques themselves With so many different terms and unhelpful advice like “use images,” it can be hard to find the best mnemonic techniques for your learning goals. The pro…
 
Put simply, Nelson Dellis is a legend in the memory competitor world. He’s won the USA Memory Championship a bunch of times, and ranks very high globally. Nelson’s also well-known as a mountaineer. Just about every year, he’s got cool posts of traveling to Everest and other mountains on his Instagram. But what you probably don’t know about him is t…
 
If you’re looking for how to learn a new language fast, chances are your emotions are getting yanked around. On the one hand, you’re filled with tremendous excitement! You can almost taste the triumph as fluent sentences pour from your mouth. On the other hand, you’ve heard that your target language is really hard… And you’re worried about memorizi…
 
Many people come to me with memory loss after a stroke. They’re confused. Struggling to pay attention. Frustrated that they can’t remember details that used to come to mind so easily before suffering their stroke. Equally troubling are the spouses who email me about their loved ones. They ask me about brain exercises for stroke recovery. And they’r…
 
Remembering lists is tough, right? Whether it’s items you need from the grocery store or an index of medical terms you need to pass an exam. Enter the real magic of the number rhyme system. This simple trick is used by students around the world in multiple fields. Mentalists use it to create astonishing illusions. And you can use it too simply by l…
 
If you’re looking for the ultimate list of must read philosophy books, welcome. I’ve been reading philosophy since I was very young, starting with Albert Camus. In fact, reading Camus at age fourteen is perhaps too young! It started with stumbling on The Stranger at the local library. It’s a quick and easy novel, but also tremendously profound. At …
 
News flash: philosophical questions for smart people must actually be philosophical. I raise this point because so many people ask general interest questions and call them philosophical. But that doesn’t mean that they actually are philosophical. At its core, philosophy is the investigation of the nature of being. As Martin Heidegger often put it, …
 
Mnemonic images are powerful tools learners use to speed up the remembering process. You can use mnemonic pictures for nearly everything: Language learning Info from textbooks Chemistry Math Names Facts Historical dates Lists Verbatim tasks like quotes and speeches The trick is to assign your mnemonic images correctly. Miss just one step, and the p…
 
Good brain warm up exercises are hard to find, but you’ve just discovered an in-depth list of the best. What makes a mental warm up routine good? For one thing, it has to challenge your mind. In order to create an effect, each warm up routine needs to produce at least a bit of friction. By taking on the quick and creative challenges I’ve gathered f…
 
Are memory and intelligence connected? Of course they are. After all, how could you ever display your intelligence without using your memory to speak? But let’s dig deeper. Working memory and intelligence are connected in some interesting ways. And when you understand these, you can use your natural memory to boost your own intelligence quickly. Ev…
 
In the modern world of omnipresent information access, memorization using a Memory Palace is almost a thing of the past. And this shift has occurred very quickly. Little more than a decade ago, it wasn’t uncommon that a person had to memorize a sizable list of phone numbers belonging to partners, siblings, parents and close friends. Now Many Of Us …
 
Today we're delving into the world of graphic novels with Australian author Morgan Quaid. Morgan loves building rich, complex worlds and exploring those worlds through fast-paced narratives which take the reader on a thrill ride they’ll never forget!If you're a fan of speculative fiction, steampunk horror and kickass fantasy, then listen up and fin…
 
Critical thinking books are a dime a dozen. However, few of them come packed with examples. Even fewer come with exercises. Examples and exercises are important because critical thinking is not just something you learn. It’s something you develop through practical application. Here’s another problem that might be frustrating you if you’re looking f…
 
If you want to learn new skills, the process doesn’t have to be difficult. What might challenge you, however, is first learning the most effective process for rapidly acquiring expertise. Then you have all the gurus telling you what to do and how to do it based on their journeys. Sure, sometimes you can follow their tips. But let’s get one huge pro…
 
Some people say that visual memory boils down to recalling what things look like. That’s part of the picture, sure. But if you really want to understand visual memory thoroughly, you need to dig deeper. And that’s exactly what we’re going to get into on this page. Visual memory ranges from the concrete to the incredibly abstract. It is essential fo…
 
Intrapersonal intelligence is one of the most powerful psychological assets you can develop. Why? Because it’s the key to studying independently. This is because intrapersonal intelligence allows you to imagine what other people think and the thought processes they use to accomplish their goals. In other words, if you want to succeed like Einstein,…
 
If you want to remember a story, the process is actually pretty simple. You can be as detailed as you like, or just recite the general gist of a tale. And by the end of this lesson, you’ll be able to entertain people at parties or include stories in your speeches and presentations. Or maybe you want to better convince your friends to read stories a…
 
Have you been told that you’re a linear thinker? You might have received it as a compliment or a criticism. Either way, people use the term in so many different ways, it can be hard to figure out what exactly linear thinking is supposed to be. Well, if you want to become a better thinker, you’re in the right place. We’re about to think linearly abo…
 
Today we've got memory expert Anthony Metivier on the show. Do you worry about your memory? Afraid that you're losing it? Finding it hard to recall simple facts? Well, keep listening, because Anthony is the king of memory. He's founder of the Magnetic Memory Method, a systematic, 21st Century approach to memorizing foreign language vocabulary, drea…
 
Why do I keep forgetting things? I’m an internationally acclaimed memory expert, after all. The answer is actually very simple, and it will probably surprise you. But even better than shock and amaze you, I think the answer will help you tremendously. You see, there are some incredibly simple techniques that will help you remember just about anythi…
 
Lots of people do brain exercises, often in the form of brain games. You’ve probably even tried a few, right? That’s all fine and dandy, but there’s a catch: Playing mental exercise games on your “smartphone” is not necessarily brain exercise. It might not even be mentally stimulating. Not by a long shot. But don’t worry. I’m about to reveal some m…
 
Today we're talking to self-publishing success story Pauline Bailey - who has recently published Volume 3 of her epic Blues Portrait series. Blues Portrait is a loving exploration of the Australian Blues Scene. In Volume 3, 42 musicians share their stories of how they discovered the blues, what connects them to the music and the challenges of being…
 
My worst mental block happened back in 2008 while giving a lecture. I was standing behind the podium when a huge panic attack burst inside my chest. Although I’m usually very good at remembering what I want to say, when I want to say it… during that moment, I found myself speechless. I had no idea what I had just been talking about and couldn’t fin…
 
Did you know that you can use mental stimulation to cause new brain cells to grow and connect? It’s true. The process is called neurogenesis and anyone can do it. But you might lack confidence when it comes to understanding and using the techniques. And I can’t blame you. Tinkering with your brain can feel scary. But rest assured. I do it all the t…
 
Today we're talking about 'The Weary God of Ancient Travellers' - which is my favourite title of the year, and also my favourite book by U.S author Jessica Stilling. Jessica publishes under the pen names Jessica Stilling (for literary fiction) and JM Stephen (for Science Fiction and Fantasy novels.) Jessica has studied literature and creative writi…
 
Want the best way to study and memorize? Without all the pain and hassle of boring scientific explanations that are themselves hard to understand? You’re in luck. I’ve sat for some of the most competitive exams that exist over eleven years of university. Despite many personal challenges, I managed to get my Ph.d. and have picked up many other certi…
 
We continue our songwriting series with Nashville songwriter and gun for hire Bill O'Hanlon. There is a rich tradition of co-songwriting in Nashville, and Bill has had incredible success. He's also an amazingly prolific songwriter, having written over 1000 songs. More remarkably, he's done all this after deciding on a career change in his 60s. Bill…
 
Although philosophy and psychology have always been intertwined, the surprising difference you’re about to discover is incredibly valuable to understand. You see, there are a lot of simplistic discussions about philosophy vs psychology. For example, some people will say things like: Philosophy studies wisdom while psychology studies the soul Philos…
 
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