Have anybody thought of gaining money through memory apart from competitions, ideas?
Some people offer workshops to the public and presentations to companies.
There are some who makes a good living out of it but most of them have won either a championship or an event that may have been featured on a TV show. And then there are some who has never won a championship but sells video courses and books on the subject. A lot of these people who sells courses and books are members to this forum. Most also have training videos on memory improvements on their youtube channel.
Then there are those like myself who do it for the love of it. For free
I’ve been recently invited to a University in my city to create a few workshops or seminars on the subject. This came about when I did a quick demo on numbers memory to some of the students. Without going into the details I volunteered to do this for free, and since it was going to cost them nothing they were very interested.
I’m not sure if they’d take this further if each student had to pay for it. However I don’t really care if there is no money involved as I do it for the love of it.
Now if this leads me to provide a paid workshops it would just be a nice bonus.
I think that to make decent money in this requires a lot of hard work and a lot time in your hand. I think you also need to be a likeable character with perhaps a unique method that would make you stand out. I think it’s a long journey to really make decent money from using memory skills presented in many ways.
There are those who will sell training, coaching etc as the obvious thing. If however you are looking for value propositions. If you are in sales, start remembering your customers. Use your memory as an advantage to selling whatever you are selling. If you limit yourself to thinking of mnemonics as the product then you are probably missing out on an infinite number of opportunities.
Teaching memory improvement, entertainment and being good at your job seem to be the most common ways to profit.
In the past you could count cards at casinos but nowadays they’ll kick you out.
Um… Many people have!
Some present talks on memory techniques tailored to specific audiences (students/business/etc.), some are in more of the self-help/actualization space, some use memory techniques for gambling, and many write books and offer seminars and paid online instruction.
Ed Cooke is a perfect example of this, creating a language-learning company—Memrise—that has proven memory techniques as its underlying foundation. No one who signs up to learn a language via Memrise is being sold “memory techniques,” but Ed is using what he’s learned as a memory competitor, coach, and speaker to advance language learning. He could easily write another book (he’s the author of the fantastic Remember, Remember) or coast on the fact that he’s the coach who led Joshua Foer to win the U.S. memory championship after one year of training. He went somewhere new.
And look at the career of Yanjaa Wintersoul. She’s leveraged her exposure as a memory champion to book dozens of TV appearances and launch a career as an actor. (I wish Yanjaa got more love here, actually. I’m surprised her name isn’t mentioned a lot more, especially since she’s one of the few women who are visible in the competitive memory world.)
Walk like a drunk in bars and make bets against unadvised people… Haha…