David Thomas: International Grandmaster of Memory
You are what you can remember. Maximise your personal skills for optimum professional performance
Tell Me Why, Mummy (Harper Collins)
Essential Lifeskills: Improving Your Memory (Dorling Kindersley, 2003)
memory, personal development, learning, self-tuition
Speed reading, Mind Mapping, motivation
David holds the Guinness World Record for reciting the mathematical formula Pi (3.14159...) to 22,500 digits without error. He is a World Memory Championships medallist (3rd in 1997) and one of only five people to achieve the current criteria to be an International Grandmaster of Memory.
David Thomas's presentation is a blend of:
- Inspiration - As a child David had a difficult home life. At school he was an academic failure and joined the Fire Service aged 20. At 26 he saw a guy memorise a pack of playing cards on television and taught himself from a book to become 4th in the world in 18 months.
- Interaction - David takes members of the audience and improves their memories by between 50-100% in 5 minutes.
- Education - David explains how it is possible to develop key mental skills in learning and communication. One example is teaching the delegates how to memorise names, the number one memory problem and one of the most powerful skills a business professional can develop.
- Entertainment - David gives two awesome demonstrations of what is achievable through developing our mental skills. An entertaining and truly memorable part of his presentation.
David says: 80% of what is learned is forgotten in 24 hours. This results in a huge amount of waste in training budgets and time. Successful companies of the future will be those that can nurture an open learning environment and teach their staff to exploit their own learning potential. People's ability to communicate with colleagues and clients will always be the cornerstone of business so we all need to maximise the effect we have on other people.
David Thomas successfully mixes humility and humour to captivate, educate and amaze his audiences. Everybody who is serious about their success should move mountains to hear him.
I never realised that such a successful person could be so real that I could find comparisons with myself. That is what David's presentation enables you to discover. He made me realise that success does not have to be a spectator sport.
I felt privileged to be sharing the same room as someone who is living evidence of what can be achieved by strength of mind.