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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 - 217 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 wrote the new book Remember it!, an approachable and fun guide for adults centered on what people actually need to remember. Dellis teaches us how to make the most of our memory, using his competition-winning techniques and presenting the information in a user-friendly way. 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

No matter what you do, memory is a part of it—and improving your memory will make you better at what you do. With technology keeping track of things for us, we find ourselves flexing our memory muscles less. With highly interactive demonstrations of his own championship memory, Nelson Dellis shows you how you can keep your brain sharp, increase your memory, and improve brain health. Read More >

You’ll learn tips and techniques that anyone can immediately use to improve mental performance including how to: Read Less ^

  • Remember lists of words, numbers, anything!
  • Memorize speeches
  • Remember people's names
  • Exercise your brain to optimize brain health
  • Be the master of your own memory!

Brain Training for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Nelson Dellis never gave much thought to brain health until he saw his grandmother slowly pass away from Alzheimer’s disease. It was then when he became obsessed with how he could increase brain health and memory. Soon, he discovered the world of memory competitions and those who self-train with a daily regimen and practice methods. Within a few months of becoming a competitor, he was winning memory championships. Now, Dellis is teaching others how they can also improve their own brain health to become clear, sharp, more efficient, and better caregivers. Because of his deep connection to the Alzheimer’s community, he has developed an outline that shares basic techniques on how to use your memory more efficiently. Read More >

Nelson will share: Read Less ^

  • Tips and strategies to better manage your daily tasks
  • Memory techniques to help you organize your thoughts and information
  • How to reduce stress and keep a clear mind
  • Exercises to optimize your own brain health
  • Interactive and fun demonstrations

Your Remedy for the Hectic Healthcare World

Healthcare is a stressful, chaotic, and draining environment. Charts, digital records, codes, administering medication, insurance claims, challenges of a digital age—the never-ending list that is seemingly impossible to remember. How do we manage to keep everything straight and have good patient outcomes when the complexities of what we need to remember seems insurmountable? Becoming more productive and efficient shouldn’t be an added stress factor. Nelson Dellis is a master of memory and taking hold of your own brain power. Read More >

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  • How to remember lists of instructions, directions, charts and codes
  • Techniques to help you remember patient and family names
  • Memory tips that will forever change the way you see and treat patients 
  • Exercises to optimize your own brain health

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

Nelson Dellis started as an average man, albeit with lofty goals. Through trial, error, and a bit of life's random turn of events, he decided to make a change and push his mind and body to their absolute limits. In a short amount of time, he turned his memory from average into one of the best in the world and worked his way up to climbing Mt. Everest three times. In this motivational 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!