Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 53 - November 2009 - by Phil Chambers


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Welcome to the November issue of the Learning Technologies Newsletter. Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.

This month the main news is the World Memory Championships but I also have a plea for your help, See what I’m up to below.

What's Phil Up To?

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Every flat surface in my office is covered in piles of paper as I prepare for the 2009 World Memory Championships. I have been creating and printing memorisation, recall and marking papers for 10 disciplines, in 8 languages, for a potential 85 competitors. Over 5,000 sheets of paper in all! See the main article below for a preview of the tournament.

In parallel with all the printing and associated admin I have been trying to promote a course that I will be running on 26th November. I admit that I have not devoted a lot of time to the marketing but it feels like a struggle.

I’m really excited about the course as it breaks new ground. Most of my public courses are run in London, but after several requests I decided to run one in the Midlands (Coalport, near Telford), more local to me.

The resulting course has is completely new and is based on the latest developments. It will cover practical, real life business applications of Mind Mapping and will be my first course to combine this with hands-on use of the iMindMap Software. I know anyone who attends will get great value for money, but bookings are slow.This month’s quote is apt as it seems far harder to get interest locally than it is globally.

I need your help! PLEASE could you forward this message to anyone you know that you feel would benefit from the course and could travel to Telford on Thursday 26th November.

Full details of the course can be found here.

If they want to make a long weekend of it, there are some fantastic museums in the nearby Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site - The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.


November's Quote of the Month


"… Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. "

King James Bible: Matthew 13:57

More Quotes Here


Mind Map Tip of the Month

Don’t worry if you think you can’t draw. This doesn’t stop you Mind Mapping. The act of trying to draw an image on your Mind Map will help you to remember that element. As long as the Mind Map is for your benefit the picture only needs to be representative for you. it doesn’t matter if nobody else recognises it. If you need to share your Mind Map and are embarrassed by you artistic efforts you could use the iMindMap software. This has over a million searchable images that can be incorporated into your Mind Map.


Preview of the 2009 World Memory Championships

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On the 12th – 14th November the best memory athletes from 20 countries will gather at the Strand Palace hotel, London to engage in mental combat. Now in its 18th year, The World Memory Championships is the toughest test of memory power on the planet and promises to be an exciting spectacle.

This year’s clash of the titans sees a number of closely matched contenders so the title could be decided by the tense final discipline of memorising a shuffled deck of playing cards against the clock on Saturday afternoon.


Favorite to take the title is word ranked number one, reigning World and UK Champion Ben Pridmore from England. Ben also came first in the German Open and Welsh Open this year. However, he needs to be on top form to fend of the challenge from some fierce competiton.


Gho The Chinese have been training very hard for the event. The main team have even staged an unofficial duplicate championships to prepare. Chinese Champion, Guo Chuanwei who came 4th in 2008 is definitely a contender.
gunther The other main challengers for the title come from the very strong German team. Gunther Karsten beat Ben in 2007 to become World Champion and was runner up last year. Could he get his revenge on Ben and retake the title?
Simon Another up and coming contender is fellow Geman and world ranked number three, Simon Reinhard. Simon has been on great form this year winning both the German National and South German Championships.




















Other Germans to watch are Johannes Mallow, Winner of the Swedish Open and Boris Konrad, winner of the North German Championships. Both of whom hold World Records in some of the disciplines that they will be tested on

I am confident that we will see several new World Records this year and some great battles for position over the three days. Press and spectators are welcome to attend. You can also follow the action on twitter at: and see live updates at Memory-Sports.com.

That’s it for this month. Look out for the next newsletter at the beginning of December and feel free to be in touch in the meantime.

My contact details are here.

Best Wishes