At the upcoming World Wide Transformational Summit, we have many healers, practitioners, inspiring and transformational speakers, joining us. However, Phil Chambers may be one of our only speakers who can also claim the title of “champion.” Chambers is a Mind Mapping Champion, six-time Mind Sports Olympiad Medalist and an International Grandmaster of Mind Mapping. Needless to say, we are very happy to have him join us at the Summit!
For those of you unfamiliar with the mapping technique, mind-mapping is a theory and tool that can be applied in the fields of business, technology, and education. Developed by Tony Buzzan, Mind Mapping allows individuals to maximize their brain’s creative and cognitive capacities to help solve problems and challenges.
Chambers was first introduced to this world of cognitive excellence as a student. A professor had recommended mind mapping as a way to help him with his memory and remembering formulas and equations for his school work. But it wasn’t until he joined the “Use your Head Society,” a Tony Buzzan initiative, that Chambers really began to unlock his potential and feel inspired. Techniques like mind-mapping are categorized as fields in accelerated learning. For Chambers, accelerated learning is a framework that allows an individual to learn faster, and deeper. You can place any content you want to learn into this framework. Accelerated learning brings together any combination of learning modalities like neurolinguistics, multiple intelligence, or other learning skills that help increase learning capacities.
Mind-mapping and memory excellence is not just about winning championships or memory competitions, it is about utilizing our brains capacities that are important to maintain in our jobs and lives. Accelerated learning can be applied to help individuals exceed in their professional or educational careers. For example, remembering names, extended details, dates, appointments, or associations, are extremely important for the professional fields.
In an interview with the Magnetic Memory Method podcast, Chambers outlines 2 key problems, mentioned in his book The Student Survival Guide that he believes students misunderstand when they try to study or learn. These two points are indicative of the core belief behind mind mapping and memory excellence: it’s about creativity and imagination.
- Students believe the key to learning is to write and copy, often using flashcards. They write and rewrite, hoping eventually the information will stick.
- This is considered linear learning.
- Information is restricted to sentences.
- Memory, however, is based on images and imaginations, so this learning process of copying takes much longer and is completely inefficient.
- Students (and schools) believe they can learn lots of information in short periods of time. Schools often have one or two tests a year that cover between half to a full years worth of information.
- You can cram, but that knowledge won’t stick.
- Knowledge must be committed to memory as the year progresses. Each time information is committed to memory along the way, it will act as a foundation and you actually have learned the information by the time the exam rolls around.
We look forward to learning more from Chambers at the summit, and we know you will greatly benefit from learning from all that he has to offer us!