England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Personal and organisational development

Online Training: Memory Skills and Mind Mapping


This is a highly interactive session that has been developed for Councillors and Officers who want to improve their ability to store and retain information.

During the programme, there are a number of practical activities which demonstrate the techniques being taught.  At the close of the two hours, participants will be able to recall a list of 53 items, in a specific order.

Programme Highlights

  • Understanding short and long-term memory functions
  • Using memory techniques including chaining and word association
  • Creating mindmaps for retention and creativity.

Additional Information:

Each participant will receive copies of the slides and a handout.

Delegates are asked to bring some plain, unlined A4 paper to the session plus a pack of crayons or coloured pens.



10 mins Welcome

·      Programme overview

·      Introductions and personal aims


15 mins An Introduction to the Brain

·      Short and long-term memory functions

·      Secrets to a better memory


60 mins Memory Techniques

·      Basic word association

·      Chaining and linking

·      Mnemonics and touch-stone techniques

·      Minimising barriers to retention


25 mins Mind Mapping

·      What is a mind map?

·      Their uses

·      Creating a mind map

·      Activity and review


10 mins Session Summary

·      Key learning points

·      Feedback and close.




Miranda Smythe

Miranda has 30 years’ experience in helping organisations (mainly local government) to identify learning gaps, and to develop tailored, creative and relevant strategies for meeting these needs with a view of helping them meet their objectives.  Miranda is also a Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Associate Trainer and has been involved in developing bespoke programmes for Councillors including speed reading and personal safety.

In addition to her formal role, Miranda is also very involved in local community development activities, providing mental health awareness sessions for many not-for-profit organisations.  She is Chair of a local homelessness charity and has been instrumental in developing and facilitating community leadership initiatives in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Who should attend?

This is an essential course for Members and officers who need to be able to store and retain lots of information.