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Nelson  Dellis

Nelson Dellis

Four-time USA Memory Champion & Memory Expert

Nelson Dellis

Four-time USA Memory Champion & Memory Expert


Inspired to intensely train his memory by his grandmother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, Nelson Dellis went on to become a four-time USA Memory champion and one of the world’s leading memory experts. His work has won praise from brain health advocates ranging from neurosurgeon and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta to journalist and Alzheimer’s activist Maria Shriver. Nelson has also received praise for his book, Remember It! The Names of People You Meet, All of Your Passwords, Where You Left Your Keys, and Everything Else You Tend to Forget. The book teaches many of the techniques that he used to break multiple U.S. and international records as a competitive memory athlete. Nelson showcases his own superhuman memory talents with interactive brain training tips and techniques. This Grandmaster of Memory will leave your audience entertained, enlightened and possessing invaluable knowledge on how to improve their memories for a more enhanced work life.

Born with an average memory, Nelson’s innovative training techniques rapidly transformed him into one of the world’s leading competitive memory athletes. In addition to his four USA Memory championships, he holds the elite Grandmaster of Memory title. Nelson has been featured on The TODAY Show, CNN.com, ABC NightlineThe Dr. Oz Show and National Geographic. In addition to Remember It!, he is the author and illustrator of the children’s book I Forgot Something (But I Can't Remember What It Was!) and most recently Memory Superpowers!: An Adventurous Guide to Remembering What You Don't Want to Forget.

Nelson evangelizes a brain healthy lifestyle that combines both mental and physical fitness with proper diet and social involvement. His highly entertaining keynotes are filled with jaw-dropping demonstrations of his own incredible capacity to memorize, and he’s on a mission to show you how! Wouldn’t you love to remember the names of all your conference attendees? Remember all the many features of a new product line for a sales launch? Or remember all the names of patients and their families to enhance the patient experience?

Nelson holds a number of U.S. and international records, including memorizing the most names (217) and words (256) in 15 minutes and the most digits (907) and decks of playing cards (9.02) in 30 minutes. He is the founder and CEO of Climb For Memory, a charity that aims to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's disease research through mountain climbs all around the world, including Mt. Everest. Nelson is also the co-founder of the memory training app, Memory League and co-founder and director of the Memory League Championships (formerly known as the Extreme Memory Tournament), the only digital-format, tournament-style, head-to-head memory competition. When not traveling the world as a memory consultant, speaker and competitive memory athlete, he is a professor of computer science at the University of Miami, where he earned a M.S. in computer science and a B.S. in physics.

With a passion for brain health, brain training and memory enhancement, Nelson will work with you to create a keynote that is entertaining, informative and unforgettable.

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

Memory Superpowers!: An Adventurous Guide to Remembering What You Don't Want to Forget

Four-time USA Memory Champion & Memory Expert Nelson Dellis helps kids escape the Pirates of the Periodic Table and journey through the Himalayan Memory Palace. The quest for an infallible memory will culminate on the Number Trek to finally defeat the Memory Thief once and for all. Nelson helps kids learn the tricks and secrets to remembering everything from the world capitals to the elements of the periodic table to speeches and soliloquies—and even enjoy themselves in the process!

Remember It! The Names of People You Meet, All of Your Passwords, Where You Left Your Keys, and Everything Else You Tend to Forget.

Nelson Dellis offers unforgettable instruction to sharpen your mind and unlock your memory.

He explores how our brains work by teaching strategies for remembering the everyday, practical things that we all seem to forget, such as:

  • Where you left your keys
  • Your grocery list
  • The names of the people you just met
  • Driving directions (No need for Google maps!)
  • The phone number of someone you just met
  • What your partner asked you to do this morning
  • Every password you’ve ever created
  • And much more!

Remember It! Techniques for Improving Your Competitive Edge

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 just about everything, we find ourselves flexing our memory muscles less. With highly interactive demonstrations of his own championship memory, Nelson Dellis shows how you can keep your brain sharp by increasing your memory skill to make you more productive, efficient and successful.

You’ll learn tips and techniques that you can immediately use to improve mental performance and memory at your organization. Being able to remember details about clients, employees and product features, or recall lists and data is something that would benefit us all in the workplace. Nelson shows leaders how to exercise their brains in order to optimize brain health and be the master of their own memory!

Remember It!: How to Enhance the Patient and Provider Experience

Healthcare can be a stressful and chaotic environment. Charts, digital records, codes, administering medication, insurance claims, challenges of a digital age, the names of all of your patients and their families—the never-ending list 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? Let Nelson share his easy memory tips that will make you more patient centered while being productive and efficient.

Brain Training for the Caregiver

Nelson Dellis never gave much thought to brain health until he saw his grandmother slowly pass away from Alzheimer’s disease. Knowing it could happen to him, he became passionate about how he could increase his own brain health and memory. Caregivers have a lot to organize both for themselves and the ones they care for, and if left unchecked, it can take a toll on their health and state of mind. Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, stress and burnout is inevitable. Nelson teaches others how to improve their own memory and brain health to become clear, sharp, and thus, better caregivers. Because of his deep connection to the Alzheimer’s community, he has developed basic techniques on how to use your memory more efficiently. Through interactive and fun demonstrations, Nelson shares will surely help caregivers regain their energy, optimism and hope.