SPECIAL MUN TOPIC: How do you handle the people who like to argue?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Blog, Friends of MUN-E, MUN Debate Topics, Social Skills | 321 comments

SPECIAL MUN TOPIC: How do you handle the people who like to argue?

This is a topic that makes people crazy! You may have heard of the secretive order known as the Freemasons? Well, the Freemasons wrote the Constitution… and they agreed that they were gonna have this place (called a “lodge”) where no one could talk about religion or politics… But… I’m sure, just like me, you’ve got some friends that ALWAYS have to talk about God, or Politics, or some philosophical belief that is going to take all of the fun out of the night… So how do you deal with those people? Have you figured out the nice way to prevent the debate? Tell us what kind of conversations drive you crazy… We’ve got a few good ways to end those conversations, if you’re...

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Baby, you’re so “money” [MUN-E] and you don’t even know it!!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Blog, Friends of MUN-E, MUN-E, Social Skills | 58 comments

For those of you with a penchant for oldies but goodies, if you haven’t seen the classic movie Swingers, you’re missing out on the ironic quotes that metaphorically describe the type of Teflon Smooth delegate that MUN-E can sculpt. If you’ve met the executive board of my former club, you might recognize some of these “money!” delegates:  But without further ado, here’s two youtube clips that are straight from Jon Favreau‘s first major script and acting role. Vince Vaughn also had his first major starring role in this classic. And here’s a second video from the movie:...

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How to be Social…

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Lessons, MUN-E, Social Skills | 268 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 | 12 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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Inside the Book…

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Blog, Lessons, Social Skills | 5 comments

Inside the Book…

We’ve structured this book to include every detail that is necessary to succeed at Model UN while keeping an eye on the SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE of the strongest leaders in politics as well as business.  Social Intelligence can be learned and it is our goal to make that your specialty. When learning social intelligence, it is best to start practicing immediately, and MUN-E gets you started immediately!! We’ll give you a rundown of all of the chapter of the book because we want you to know what you’re investing in. If you’d like to buy a copy, click on any of the chapters below! Ch. 1  Ch. 2  Ch. 3  Ch. 4  Ch. 5  Ch. 6  Ch. 7  Ch. 8  Ch. 9  Ch. 10  App.  BUY IT! CHAPTER 1: Mantra of MUN The first chapter is a quick description of the logistical goals of Model UN; it is entitled the “Mantra.” Most of you know these details already but for the noobs, aka “the newbies,” the United Nations is an organization built upon an IDEAL (and a “mantra” is a repeated phrase that is to aid in meditation). In reality, the ultimate goals of the United Nations require profound belief and consistent focus upon the ideals of peace, welfare, and stability. No matter how you approach your role as a delegate, those core values must radiate from your presence and oration (even when you act evil). Just remember your mantra, your goal. Then hurry on to the next chapter to start chomping on the real meat of the most powerful MUN delegates. CHAPTER 2: Attitude of Winning This chapter begins your descent into the depths of social intelligence and the core qualities used to build a magnetic and effective character. Charisma, confidence, and their effects on personal interactions are demonstrated in this section. We also point out another crucial piece that ties these character traits into a true, effective leader: the goal-oriented mindset. No matter how ambitious you are, if you have no goals you have no path to success. If you’re going to read further and you are really going to dedicate yourself to becoming an effective leader, you need to practice every day. Simple habits can make the difference. For example, you can get a small journal and start writing some goals for yourself. Start simple. Write a few changes that you hope this book will help you achieve.  CHAPTER 3: Teflon Smooth “Teflon Smooth” is a metaphor for the really slick people that seem to always slip right below the radar. In other words, it refers to the delegates with Superior Social Intelligence. It sounds sneaky (and there’s some truth to that observation) but it more closely resembles a set of traits that make someone “cool.” Yes, there are traits; well-defined traits actually. This chapter defines the basic skills that you need to develop including body language, vocal techniques, and rapport. Your ability to master these three techniques and gauge your audience will catapult your effectiveness as a delegate. I can’t stress this chapter enough. CHAPTER 4: The Cast of Characters Now that we’ve outlined the type of personality that you need to create for yourself, we’re going to show you the types of personalities that you’re going to encounter on your little adventure into the MUNiverse. The compendium included in this chapter provides brief character sketches of various delegates. Use this section...

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Skills for Changing the World

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Blog, Featured, Lessons, Our Website, Social Skills | 4 comments

Skills for Changing the World

  We wrote this for you. To make you better at interviews, debating with your teachers, talking with your friends, approaching the principal, and even chatting with people that you might want to get to know a little better… *hint *hint. Our social world is growing and expanding beyond national borders and we will have to start working collaboratively in our everyday lives. There are very few places that you can learn how to do these things… But we’ve put all of that information in ONE...

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