The key to remembering things is to make them memorable. Turn names, numbers, and abstract words into images that are gross, funny, or absurd. In this video, Nelson Dellis, USA Memory Champion, demonstrates how to do this -- using an example list of random words.
Memory champions use this technique of creating pictures out of words and weaving them into a story -- but anyone and everyone can use these tricks to upgrade their "software" or brains. (Having trained my brain to boost my memory with Nelson earlier this year, I can attest to the power of this method.)
This three-minute video is a great primer on making what you need to remember unforgettable.
Upgrade Your Memory with Nelson Dellis [YouTube]