An Interesting Experiment

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Last week in our Family History Class we had a lesson on Journal Keeping and things we can do to make our writing more interesting.  As we discussed things like using more description and detail and describing daily routines, I mentioned in passing that every morning I eat the exact same breakfast:  I put a handful of walnuts in the bottom of my cereal bowl, then Special K with Berries, then a sprinkle of Rice Krispies, then skim milk.

Yesterday as I was having breakfast, a week later, I wondered if knowing those details made it easier for others to remember what I’d said last week.  So in each of my classes yesterday I did an experiment.  “How many of you remember what I eat for breakfast every day?”  Almost every single hand went up.  That’s more than 300 people.  Amazing.  I was right in my assumption that random un-important information, given with enough interesting detail, sticks in someone’s mind.

My take-away lesson from that:  couple important information with enough detail, and my words might be remembered.  It’s worth a try, anyway.

About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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