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Nelson  Dellis

Nelson Dellis

4x USA Memory Champion & Leading Memory Expert


Nelson Dellis is a 4x USA Memory Champion and one of the leading memory experts in the world, traveling around the world as a competitive Memory Athlete, Memory Consultant and highly sought-after Keynote Speaker. As a Memory Champion, Mountaineer, and Alzheimer's Disease Activist, he preaches a lifestyle that combines fitness, both mental and physical, with proper diet and social involvement. Read More >

Born with an average memory, Nelson was inspired by the passing of his grandmother from Alzheimer's disease in 2009 to start training his memory so that he could keep his mind strong and healthy throughout his lifespan. In a short period of time, he transformed into one of the leading competitive memorizers in the world, claiming four U.S. titles along the way, the elite Grandmaster of Memory title, as well as a number of U.S. memory records for:

  • Memorizing the most names in 15 minutes - 201 names
  • Memorizing the most words in 15 minutes - 256 words
  • Memorizing the most digits in 30 minutes - 907 digits
  • Memorizing the most decks of playing cards in 30 minutes - 9.02 decks
  • (former record) Memorizing the most digits in 5 minutes - 339 digits
  • (former record) Memorizing a deck of cards in the fastest time - 40.65 seconds

Nelson is the Founder & CEO of Climb For Memory, a non-profit charity that aims to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's disease research through mountain climbs all around the world. He has climbed numerous peaks around the world for this cause, including three times on Mt. Everest.

He is also the co-founder of the Memory League (a memory training app) and co-founder/director of the Memory League Championships (formerly known as the Extreme Memory Tournament), the only digital-format, tournament-style, head-to-head style memory competition.

Nelson has been featured on The TODAY Show, CNN.com, ABC NightlineDr. Oz, Nat Geo, among many other media outlets.

He is the author and illustrator of the kids book I Forgot Something (But I Can't Remember What It Was!) and is currently writing a memory book for adults, which will be released in 2018. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Understanding how the Brain Works and Taking Advantage of it

On Why He Memorizes

Steps to Improving Your Memory

Memory Palaces

Speech Topics

Don't Forget This! How to Improve Your Memory For Anything & Everything

Have you ever wished you had an amazing memory? Nelson Dellis, a 4x USA Memory Champion, will help you never forget a thing again. Whether it's needing to remember people's names, information at a conference, or where you parked your car and your grocery list, Nelson has got you covered. Throughout his presentation, he will take you through the techniques you will need to tackle your daily memory problems, leaving you with the power and confidence in your own memory. Everyone can have a superhuman memory, and by the end of his speech, you will too!

From Average to Superhuman: My Journey & Climb to the Top

Nelson Dellis started as an average man, albeit with lofty goals. Through trial and error and a bit of life's random turn of events, he decided to turn it all around and push his mind and body to their absolute limits. In a short amount of time, he had turned his memory from average into one of the best in the world and had also worked his way up to climbing Mt. Everest three times. In this presentation, Nelson shares the catalysts that drove him to achieve his goals, the difficult roads and challenging obstacles he had to navigate to arrive there, and how you can apply the same ideas to your own goals!

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