How to Improve Memory and Creativity

As a motivational speaker it is IMPERATIVE that I keep coming up with new, different, effective, entertaining and FUN ways to make my points on stage.  And to do that, I need to keep my creativity skills sharpened – AND my memory as well (so that I can remember the danged creative ideas I come up with!)

There is evidence to suggest that if you exercise your brain regularly, you can actually improve memory and creativity, AND, as a side benefit, it can help protect against Alzheimer’s.

And here’s a great one: Juggling.  (Those are my actual juggling balls in the picture. I thought if I had “real” ones, it would be easier…  Not.)

And yes, I have read about the brain benefits of juggling several times and have repeatedly tried to learn.  Sadly, all I end up with after fifteen minutes of trying is frustration, annoyance, and a sore back from bending over to pick up the balls.

But here’s another one that is actually fun to do:  Practice writing with your non-dominant hand.  It forces you to use a part of your brain that doesn’t usually get flexed much.

Still humbling, but my back feels a lot better.

From your motivational speaker, Linda Larsen…not juggling


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. I’m going to try it Linda, thanks! Always looking for ways to sharpen my creativity muscle. I’m not going to even attempt juggling. I can’t even focus on the balls when other people juggle!

  2. Believe it or not, one of the best motivational speakers I’ve heard was a my son’s college orientation.  One of his messages was not to have preconceived notions about a class, a teacher, a roommate, your own abilities, etc.  To prove it he gave everyone in the audience, parents and students alike, 3 juggling balls like yours, Linda.  I don’t know how much time passed but he coached us one ball at a time, one drop at a time, making light of our misses and simultaneously encouraging us until, by golly, I managed to do one round of juggling without dropping a one!  And so did almost everyone in the room!  It was so cool!  I’m hoping that session delayed my brain decay by a couple of days or so!  Now to use my left hand, hmmmm.

  3. Does juggling your schedule, rather than those balls count? If so, I’m on my way to some super creativity! Now what was I doing?!


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