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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ANTI-P5 Policy & Debate

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Blog, Lessons, ModelUN, MUN, MUN Debate Topics, MUN-E, Uncategorized | Comments Off on ANTI-P5 Policy & Debate

ANTI-P5 Policy & Debate

Gearing up for the BIG conferences? HMUN? ILMUNC? NAIMUN!!!? If you didn’t get a P5 country, do you feel like you’re already losing? Well, in today’s world of instant information and detailed historical events, the P5 countries may have a weaker position than ever before. YOU have to be the one to call out these major players on their historical failures! It’s the MODEL UN, not the REAL UN, so there are no real consequences to calling the Russians liars, or calling the Americans arrogant. We have seen small countries like Bolivia completely upend the position of the United States by citing the corporate privatization schemes the Americans push in small countries around the world (Bolivia almost had its entire Water Supply privatized at the end of 1990’s). Sometimes you have to be clever about your position. You have to use emotion and diplomatic “outrage” at the policies of the big boys in order to cement your benevolent resolutions! Remember, in the UN, there are only a handful of “big guns” while there are more than 100 small nations who would rather support a non-P5 with a strong voice, instead of the typical powerhouse high schools who always get China or Russia. You have to be clever at how your argue against the powerful. We’re going to run down a spin of the P5 (UK, US, RF, China, & France) and show you some gaps that can be exploited for political gain! These are useful in both crisis and large committee… and they’ve been proven to work. Let’s start with the original P1, the British! The United Kingdom Why did we call the U.K. the original P1? Well, one look at this map should tell you why. The Royalty of Great Britain have reigned over most of the world. In all countries that are now “independent,” the UK still maintains corporate economic power as well as military power through key investments and allied military bases. Just because these territories are no longer called “territories” does not imply that they are sovereign, independent states. For example, the borders that were drawn around Iraq by the British after World War I were known to house mutually despondent cultural groups that still struggle against one another today. Were new borders drawn and economic policies reformed, the place may find peace… but why would any superpower want peace in a faraway land? Well, they don’t. Main Lesson of this article: Superpowers maintain power by “allowing” instability to be maintained in lesser nations. This is how the P5 operate under the mandate of the oligarchs that manage their welfare. P5 economies and their militaries are too powerful to be usurped by nationalist intentions of smaller, unstable countries. After World War 2, all of the countries between East Germany and the Ukraine became a border of chaos between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union. This was done ON PURPOSE so that neither side (UK/US vs. Russia) could gain an inch. The political war in this region is still going on, the most notable recent event is the Ukrainian anti-government protests, arguments over being economically...

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We’re on Amazon!

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Blog, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E, Updates | Comments Off on We’re on Amazon!

We’re on Amazon!

Have you seen our book yet? Have you browsed the table of contents and our form of prose? Do it on Amazon now! We’ve talked to hundreds of students and helped dozens win their first awards. We’ve done it for middle school, high school, and college teams. We’ve deconstructed the game of Model UN and synthesized the skills that make an impact on your fellow delegates. We have also shown our students how those skills make them better with their teachers, their friends, and even people with whom they’re dying to make a good first impression. In our book, we teach from a different perspective about negotiation and debate. We teach you how to demonstrate leadership. We’ve given talks to teach how to network, be more confident, and how to be a charismatic speaker. Yes, the skills you practice in Model UN will even work in interviews and auditions. Life is a process of “becoming.” Becoming better, becoming more mature, becoming strong, evolving, ascending, etc. We named our book “MUN-E” (pronounced MONEY) because this process of “becoming” is the most powerful, VALUABLE skill you can ever learn. Model UN is just the perfect place to practice this skill. Not only does it give you more awareness of your own SELF and the people who are listening to you, but it also is a GLOBAL Activity! International Relations will be a fixture in the future of our world’s economy, politics, and education. Model UN is the perfect venue to better understand the entire world! Get MUN-E now! Get educated! BECOME the best you can be!...

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The Only Complete Book on MUN…

Posted by on Aug 10, 2013 in MUN-E | Comments Off on The Only Complete Book on MUN…

The Only Complete Book on MUN…

Everyone doing Model UN needs a good reference! And yet, NO ONE had one… Until NOW How long have you looked for a book, or someone to talk to, or somebody with credibility that you could ask about how to get good at MUN? As you probably already know, Model UN is difficult! Good training is hard to find because there’s only a small group of schools that always seem to win and they won’t share their secrets with just anyone… But what if there was a book to learn HOW TO WIN at Model UN? What if we started from the beginning and explained the more subtle forms of communication? Did you know that BODY LANGUAGE is more than 70% of all communication? (Chapter 2) And did you know that establishing RAPPORT is the most important skill in forging alliances? (Chapter 3) What if we gave you the philosophical structure of ALL arguments and showed you a surefire technique for restructuring the entire debate around YOUR consensus? Cause we did, and that’s in Chapter 5. That’s right… and in Chapter 4 we diagnose all of your best allies and enemies! Chapter 6 is an exhaustive list of 8 different strategies for all delegations, 4 more strategies for committees when you have multiple delegations competing against each other, and 3 more advanced strategies for the experts! You’ve read about us on Best Delegate and we’ve now sent around the world! We’ve shipped to Dubai, Japan, Sri Lanka, and Brazil in just the last two months! Oh, and they’re using our book in a college course at University of Indiana!! [BuyBookCenter] We’ve got 240 pages on the art of Model UN. We teach you how to be social, to confidently use diplomacy for your advantage, how to make friends and then make them your allies, how to carefully influence the committee toward your policies, and lastly: How to GAVEL!! [BuyBookCenter] Preview it here if you don’t believe...

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Free Download for MUN Advisors!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2013 in Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E | Comments Off on Free Download for MUN Advisors!

Free Download for MUN Advisors!

We’ve recently added a small section to the appendices specifically for Model UN teachers and advisors! We’re also giving it to you, appended onto the intro to our book, for free! Download it now! This is the only complete book written on Model UN… and the task was not taken lightly. We hope to continue working and developing supplemental material to integrate Model UN into social studies classrooms because the interactivity and educational potential of the Model UN experience is deeper than the traditional curriculum. In Model UN, students take active roles in their own learning and that is PRICELESS! Get a copy and help support our educational goals!...

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The Modern Age of MUN!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E, Updates | Comments Off on The Modern Age of MUN!

The Modern Age of MUN!

Model UN is getting some PRESS! First, we’d like to point you to the biggest article we’ve seen about Model UN as the New York Times must have hired an author with some legit MUN experience to explain how integral this new educational experience is for students growing up in this global world! And we also would like to tip our hats to our friends at Best Delegate for getting some great exposure in the article! On a side note that proves this whole MUN thing is growing like wildfire, our book is being ordered by the University of Indiana for use in a college course based on bringing Model UN into the classroom! We’re extremely honored that someone out there has heard of us. We did happen to write the only complete book on Model UN that exists, so we can’t blame them. But the main reason we’re writing today is because we wanted to share with you that the book has some new additions! MUN-E now includes an extra section on advanced strategies in Chapter 6: “The Blueprint,” as well as a whole new Chapter that carries you through the creation of your own website for your club, your conference, or your own blog. Just like our website is connected to our Facebook and Twitter, you can connect your site the same way using our chapter on “Going Digital.” Your site will be set up in WordPress FOR FREE, then with a few clicks you’ll have all of your social media integrated, and you’ll be managing your site like a pro with the WordPress dashboard. This is the future and we made it our mission to help get you there. Advisors and Club Organizers!!! Yes, we didn’t forget about you either. There is now an appendix that details organizational strategies for sustaining a successful Model UN Club along with some tips on managing a school trip of 80-100 high school students. Use the summer wisely and get prepped for this year’s competition! We’re including a preview of the book here. Use the little orange [+] button to share it!...

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