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 | 0 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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Model UN Education & Social Prowess

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Blog, Featured, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E, Updates | 0 comments

Model UN Education & Social Prowess

The book is loaded with information that comes from the new practice of Social Intelligence Download the Introduction: MUN-E Intro Then tell us what you think.   But if it’s just too darn good, BUY IT...

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Our video to tell Oprah “Thank You…”

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN, Our Website | 0 comments

Our video to tell Oprah “Thank You…”

Why Model UN Education (MUN-E) is so important! When our book was nearly finished, we found out that Oprah made a visit to the conference we were competing at… Usually we have to explain “Model UN” to every single person who asks about it. Here was an incredibly influential person who pushes for promoting better lifestyles, wellness strategies, emotional communication… etc! She even started the South African Leadership Academy for Women. I’d say she’s slightly dedicated. Here’s our letter! Hello Oprah Winfrey, I’m writing because I recently learned that you are sending your students from the Leadership Academy for Women to Model UN conferences in the United States. I had the courtesy of seeing you attend Cornell University’s high school Model UN Conference (CMUNC) to witness the participation of your young women. I am deeply thankful and inspired that you’ve taken notice of this activity for young students. This activity is occurring internationally and advances the idea of productive collaboration on the premise of global participation and leadership. I believe in this ideal, too. My co-author and I wrote a book for Model UN participants and we’ve shared the skills in this book with the Model UN group that we advise who participated in the competition against your students from South Africa. I’d like to share this book with you and your students. We have included 15 of my books in the physical package I’m sending you… and we’d like you to share it with your Academy if you approve and think that the book has value. I also made a video with a student that you complimented. At the aforementioned conference you told him that because I wanted him to share what he finds amazing about Model UN and the practical social skills involved. I ask only that you continue to push this global activity from an educational standpoint. Please promote Model UN in some way. “Social Studies” no longer works as effectively as it used to and our kids need your help to be prepared for our future the way that you witnessed in those students at Cornell. I’ll also be sending you a package (when I find the right address… lol) of the 15 books I wanted to donate to your Leadership Academy. Please look out for them!! Thank you SOooo much. Sincerely, Eugene J. Geis Our video TO YOU Our website Our twitter Our...

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How to be Social…

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Lessons, MUN-E, Social Skills | 0 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 | 0 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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