What’s your SIQ?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Blog, Lessons, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E, Social Skills | Comments Off on What’s your SIQ?

What’s your SIQ?

If you haven’t heard of “Social Intelligence”, you’re behind the ball… and a few good reads or youtube videos about it is a must! On the @StanfordBiz twitter feed, you can scroll through the topics… and you’ll notice how many are related to personal confidence, public speaking, emotional control, reflection, etc. This is STANFORD BUSINESS SCHOOL! There are actually less articles about the economic details of world markets (e.g. globalization of the raw materials market, the transpacific parternship, and the Keystone pipeline) than articles about Social Intelligence topics! Tweets by @StanfordBiz So what’s your SIQ? It’s your social intelligence quotient. It’s like an IQ for social skills. Harvard offers you a small online quiz that you can check out here all about reading the emotions through the eyes. Another business mogul created a social intelligence quiz for you to rate yourself here. Here is another emotional intelligence test, which is closely related to Social Intelligence. Why is this skill important? Well, you must establish a “connection” with someone if you’re ever going to find out how they really feel about a topic or their opinion about a situation. The word describing this “connection” is RAPPORT. If you have the goal of forming a bloc or establishing an alliance, well then you NEED rapport (Here’s an article on Rapport if you’ve never heard of it. Or you can get our book since we teach you how to establish and maintain rapport!). If you want to change someone’s mind or influence their opinion, you’ll never succeed without rapport. And you’ll never know that you’re in rapport if you don’t know anything about social intelligence. We call it MUN-E (pronounced MONEY), because it’s the most valuable skill we can teach....

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Preview our Book NOW!!

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Blog, Current Events, Featured, Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E, Social Skills, Updates | Comments Off on Preview our Book NOW!!

Preview our Book NOW!!

For the first time, we’re finally letting you read some excerpts of the book!! Use the little orange [+] button to share it! [BuyBook]

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No more Powerpoint! Visualize!!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Blog, Current Events, Lessons, Social Skills | Comments Off on No more Powerpoint! Visualize!!

No more Powerpoint! Visualize!!

In today’s world, we’ve got lots of information to give our audience… whether it’s in school, business, science, or a crisis. But with so much information and only so little time to talk, how can we transmit this wealth of data to our audience? Can we do it better? Faster? And another question that you might not think of: Can we make our information pretty?? More easy on the eye? On Wednesday I went to see the world’s foremost expert on visualizing data. His name is Edward Tufte, he teaches at Yale, and he’s one of the best known statistical experts on the planet. Some might even say that he’s one of the most socially intelligent people on the planet. He is an incredible teacher who has been contracted to teach audiences complex ideas, design instructional content, and create beautiful infographics. Tufte’s seminar was six hours long. If there’s one point that I would take away from the talk, it was the need to give as much information to your audience with the highest resolution in the most efficient manner possible. In other words, ditch the powerpoint. (yes, even the CEO of Microsoft thinks the format has already become archaic) Simple instructions and data should be exactly that… SIMPLE. For example, here’s a beautiful little graphic that shows a baseball player how to pitch! They use words and sentences instead of bullet points (contrasting with powerpoint). The eye is naturally drawn to the top left of a page. It usually scans downward first, then to the right of the page. Websites are designed this way, tables of contents are designed this way, and you should design your graphics to do this, too. Tufte constantly came back to great webpages that have so much accessible content in such a small space… for example, Google News, National Weather Service, and even ESPN.com’s recap of games like the SuperBowl and World Series and how baseball box scores may be one of the greatest data tables ever created. Click on those pages and take a look at the huge amount of data that comfortably hits your eyes. It’s like they’ve predicted every question you could have thought of. Have a talk to give to an audience? When you have a powerpoint, some people in the room may really care about what’s on slide 7, and others may be looking forward to slide 21. How long are you going to make them wait to get to that information? Here’s Tufte’s suggestion: Design a FLAT surface (not a decked, hierarchical one like powerpoint) and put all of the information for your powerpoint on that piece of paper with nice, informative, simple graphics… feature the graphs and images that are important and use SENTENCES to describe them, NOT Bullet points. Print a copy of that piece of paper for everyone in your audience. When your presentation begins, give them that piece of large paper so that THEY CAN CHOOSE what they think is the most important, interesting part of your presentation. Give them about 8 minutes to read through your work. Now take the two or...

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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 : 2499Charisma 101 - Part 2No. of Hits : 5483Charisma 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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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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