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The 3 R’s for Maximizing Your Seminar Experiences

The 3 R’s for Maximizing Your Seminar Experiences

June 30, 2014 | By Ralph Roberts | 2 Comments

seminar booksThe ‘three R’s,’ first named in The Lady’s Magazine in 1818, referred to the basic skills of literacy that schools were expected to teach — “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic.” This trifecta (three conditions required to complete a goal) proved so memorable a mnemonic (memory aid) that it’s often employed for other trifectas.

My own trifecta dawned on the red-eye flight back from the B2B Intensive in Phoenix. A full flight packed like twelve sardines in a nine-sardine tin minus the oil — and a nice but rather large gent in the next seat who overflowed the armrests as the ocean does at high tide — so I dozed little. Had lots of time to think. Most of all, it occurred to me, the seminar had presented so much exciting information (highly recommend these events) that losing it was not acceptable.

But, how do we achieve lasting mastery of so much good stuff?

In my checked luggage resided a gargantuan notebook crammed with profitable knowledge and techniques, a hefty pile of handouts, and a sizable flock of my notes and gleefully-scribbled “a-ha!” moments. Surely devising a way of using, not losing it was of considerable priority. Saving those “a-ha” moments alone was a worthy goal.

The answer came to me in the form of three R’s:

  1. Record
  2. Retain
  3. Retrieve

We’ll examine these three R’s of seminar saving and enhancing in just a moment. Coming up with such a nifty mnemonic to hang the technique on gives us only a job half-done. Achieving the goal (taming and retaining the mass of information lugged home) requires a tool.

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  • Great points, Ralph. We’re constantly bombarded with all this great knowledge, but we only remember a tiny fraction of it. Your system follows some of the best practices for memory retention and learning. Reviewing, rephrasing and summarizing are all big helps when it comes to encoding memory. Plus, I like your point about having a “searchable” index OTHER than memory to help you find the info. Thanks!

    • Thanks, John. … Yes, I find these techniques greatly enhance my investment in seminars and am glad to share.

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