Have ever wondered what it would feel like to memorize a stack of poker cards in any order? Well, question no more Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer, teaches you how our magnificent brains are supposed to work. Mind mapping has been used by some of histories heavy hitters. For example, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Winston Churchill. All mind mapping is, is using a space like your living room or favorite jogging trail and placing mnemonics in that space in your mind.
Joshua has a TED Talk on this as well if you do not want to read the book. Back to the poker card example. Each card in your mind will be related to something physical. For instance, you might see each diamond as a specific successful figure, hearts as a person you love, clubs as tough or crazy people, and spades as amusing people in your life. Then each person would be a number in your mind. Each person will be placed in a certain order in the mental space of your choosing. After enough practice, you can make connections and maps as fast as you take in information. Who knows maybe one day you will be able to read as quickly as you can flip the pages like President Kennedy.