Charisma 101 – A video Lesson

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Blog, Featured, Lessons, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E, Social Skills | Comments Off on Charisma 101 – A video Lesson

Charisma 101 – A video Lesson

I was asked to come into my old school and give the newcomers some sage advice on basics for General Assemblies and “being noticed.” I gave about 45 minutes of a talk on Charisma and Presence. Most of the material you’ll see in the following videos are from Chapters 2 & 3 of our book. Can you imagine what’s in the other 8 chapters…? [BuyBookCenter] Charisma 101 - Part 1No. of Hits : 2496Charisma 101 - Part 2No. of Hits : 5480Charisma 101 - Part 3No. of Hits :...

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The REVOLUTION of SI

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Blog, Friends of MUN-E, Lessons, ModelUN, MUN, Social Skills, Updates | Comments Off on The REVOLUTION of SI

The REVOLUTION of SI

We’ve only scratched the surface of the utility & ubiquity of Social Intelligence in our everyday life. Like a fellow Model UN advisor shared with us, “this belongs in the high school curriculum, especially with everything that’s going on nowadays.” And we couldn’t agree more. No matter what profession our Model UN graduates pursue, their practices in committee AND outside committee are fertile grounds for becoming incredible contributors to the future! Not only is this topic so new, it’s expanding so quickly into our own business and social world. Body language experts are analyzing presidential debates, MBAs are taking business classes on social interaction, Navy Commanders are hoping to “socialize” our own local police, and even kindergartners are learning how to meditate and emotionally empathize with their upset classmates! How is this all connected? Social Intelligence. At the risk of being a little radical, we think it’s so important to our communal success and survival, it could almost suffice as a modern, secular foundation for morality. Mathematically, John Nash won the Nobel Prize in economics for this idea within game-theory… and we could communally earn the spoils! So get yourself educated about this stuff!! Watch a few videos and read a few blogs! Amy Cuddy gave this incredibly inspiring TED talk.  She talks about how our body language is a biological mechanism for treating our own health and well-being with hormone therapy. She also discusses the incredible self-transformation that happened through her own experience. Check it out if you haven’t seen it. Psychology Today contributor, Dr. Michael Austin, wrote this great article about social intelligence, empathy, and its incredible effects! We give what we receive and it even rings true among doctor-patient relationships! Doctors who show empathy have better patient recovery rates AND a lower probability of malpractice suits. Computer programmers created Github.com with the goal of connecting as many editors as possible and increase the efficiency of software engineering. This is just one small example of the incredible power that social media and social networking in the digital world will advance the ideas of social intelligence far beyond the initial expectations of those who’ve developed these ideas. Our own sites: Model UN Education and The MUNIVERSITY are our own attempts to bring you this training. We’re always looking for co-conspirators and collaborators! Write to us if you’re interested! Daniel Goleman has popularized the emotional intelligence paradigm that also gave rise to the new push for engaging modern leaders to develop their own social intelligence. A few of his numerous books are linked below and here’s a link to his youtube videos! Last but not least, aren’t you on Facebook? Of course you are. Aren’t you on Twitter? We all are! We’re pouring our social communication into these sites and keeping tabs on our own social circles! Businesses are now using these networks for marketing and promotions, and even good samaritans are create social media on-the-fly when natural disasters hit! Hurricane Sandy is a perfect example of this modern technology and social intelligence effort! We also posted about this on The MUNIVERSITY. Remember, we are bringing you this revolutionary information before everyone! And we...

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Our Media Lab…

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Blog, Lessons, ModelUN, MUN, Our Website, Updates | 269 comments

Our Media Lab…

We’re working our butts off to bring you some great content here at Model UN Education. We’ve created this first video as a promo for the sort of information that we’re going to bring to you from our online school. It’s called The MUNIVERSITY! We’ll be giving a great deal information on Social Intelligence and Leadership skills at MUN conferences around the east coast this year. We’re dedicated to teaching you the modern skills that are going to be necessary to understand and interact with the globalization happening all around us. Here is our promo: Your browser does not support the video tag. We’ll have online lectures, an online forum, PDFs for download, some nice desktop backgrounds, extra material that isn’t in the book, advanced strategies, and some fun stuff… Look out for us at your upcoming MUN Conferences this year. We’re here to help you succeed! …AT EVERYTHING! But you can’t start without the book!...

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Body Language is UNIVERSAL!

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Blog, Lessons, ModelUN, Social Skills | 34 comments

Body Language is UNIVERSAL!

Body Language is a UNIVERSAL Language In our experience, we’ve seen the slightest changes in posture to create profound changes in our delegates’ communication abilities. For example, let’s take the simple example of four people debating a serious topic. Look at this picture:  You can assume a few things just by witnessing the position of these four people who are discussing their positions: Speaker #2 is not leading the conversation. Speaker #3 is trying to respectful to Speaker #2 by being slightly shifted to the left. Speaker #1, #3, and #4 are having the most meaningful conversation while #2 has no choice but to listen. Eventually if Speaker #2 doesn’t get closer, he/she is going to be ignored and #1, #3, & #4 are going to feel that #2 is NOT a confident leader who they should listen to. Body language can be THAT simple. Here is the proper position for Speaker #2:  Have you noticed this in your own unmoderated discussions?? Pay attention to your position when having social conversations and start putting yourself in the position of a confident contributor! Want to get better at all of these skills? You should get the book, ASAP....

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How to be Social…

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Lessons, MUN-E, Social Skills | 373 comments

This is the first subtitle of our book… And I must admit, it is the most oft misunderstood. Being “social” is simply the easiest phrase to describe being easy to talk to. Some of us are incredibly talented at this trait with no careful training… And as a result they have many friends, they communicate their desires, and they tend to get along better with adults as well. When these social “naturals” are also aware of the reactions of their peers, they are primed for creating networks without even knowing it. Luckily for them, their interactions were always beneficial to themselves and seemed mature and impressive to their teachers and employers. Some of us are not so lucky. We have recognized these “naturals” since we started school. We looked up to them even though we didn’t know why. These colleagues were superficially called popular, or sociable, or funny. We noticed that these classmates of ours were well-liked and were not self-conscious. Some of us have a natural proclivity to think much more than we need to… And sometimes that is our only hindrance. But if we were taught a few tips and tricks, we’d be even more social than the “naturals” we look up to. And with a little practice, we’d be able to use social rules to our benefit!! And we’d do it better than our social peers because they don’t even understand what they’re doing, regardless of how it benefits them. Then you wouldn’t just be social, you’d be socially intelligent! This is what we...

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The Axis of Excellence!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Blog, Lessons, Social Skills | 16 comments

On a day of pure inspiration, we came up with this beautiful three dimensional relationship! We call it:  Yes… THIS IS THE MAIN IDEA!!!  IT’S SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE!!  (Sometimes called “Human Engineering.”) The Success Spectrum is the fountain from which all GAVELS spring. Use the brief descriptions above as an introduction to the raw power of Social Intelligence in the Model UNiverse. Please note that our axes are defined by “Social Intelligence” and “Academic Intelligence.” Let’s take a look at Academic Intelligence first. Academic Intelligence is what people call “book smarts.” You know the smartest kid in your math or science class? Well that kid is probably really good at doing her homework, understanding the teacher, and doing multiplication in her head. But is she “cool?” Academic Intelligence is not specific to any subject… it’s pretty much what we all think of as “smart.” We know you know this already: “smarts” do not win you as many friends as “coolness.” And in Model UN, you need to have something we’ll call smart coolness. This is called Social Intelligence. Social intelligence is an entirely different beast than its academic brother. Our Success Spectrum is more heavily weighted by Social Intelligence because in the classroom, in business, in Model UN, and in life… Social Intelligence is a little more important than the other ones. This book starts with techniques for learning social intelligence. Take another look up at our pretty little graph. The color green represents about a 25% probability of winning awards. Pink is a virtual guarantee. If you have very average academic intelligence, social intelligence makes you a competitor. Get ready for your first lesson in Social Intelligence! Features of the Graph We have separated the graph into four quadrants. Each quadrant represents a ‘type’ of Model UN delegate that can improve their performance in one way or another. We’ll start with a description of Quadrant 1. Quadrant 1: The reason it is labeled with a ONE is because the type of delegate who fits into this category is typically a loner. They do not spend a lot of time with other delegates and it is difficult for them to have a good, fun conversation. Speaking with these delegates isn’t very easy. They don’t seem like good leaders, and they are difficult to ‘read.’ The weird thing is that most of these delegates are academically intelligent, which means that social skills can turn them into immediate winners. These delegates have great potential to become true diplomats. Quadrant 2: This quadrant is labeled TWO because these delegates are very effective when paired with delegates from different areas of the graph. Individually, they are poor Model UN delegates but they are excellent social engineers. Other delegates will describe them as dynamic, friendly, attractive, and persuasive. Unfortunately, they are usually low on substance. If you are a part of Quadrant 2 please don’t think that MUN is hopeless. On the contrary, MUN is a place where Superior Social Intelligence can disguise how little a delegate truly knows. The most socially intelligent delegates can be so “personable” and socially adept that they are able to convince an entire room to follow them. There are a multitude of “historical demagogues” you can research. On our Axis of Excellence, there is a little green sliver of “winning-ness” that can be seen along the line of Superior Social Intelligence. This is the proof that CHARISMA (we talk about that in...

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