7 Skills Supercharged by MUNs


Think of your favourite superhero—capes, powers, charisma—the full package. Each superhero has a past which enables their super capabilities. Spider-man got bit by a spider, Superman left kryptonite and Thor… well Thor is a god.

In any organisation today—Parliaments, Fortune 500 Cos, NGOs, Sports teams—there some people who are “super” in their own way. These, according to Entrepreneur, are the rare few who can navigate a conversation tactfully OR strategise keeping both short term and long term objectives in mind OR thrive under pressure.

OrgSupers have managed to hone certain habits and cultivate certain behaviours which makes them 4x their peers. “high-performers have been estimated to be four times as productive as average workers” according to HBR

Habits, Behaviour and Skills

A secret which no one would tell you that I’m about to reveal is that the habits and behaviours that orgsupers possess are mere skills. An orgsuper isn’t born, they are made.

Inc says “Most of these skills are coachable”. What many orgsupers won’t tell you is that they themselves have worked meticulously towards achieving mastery in their skill and a direct resultant is the rise of that individual as an org super.

Dr Strange’s OrgSuper Path

Just ask Dr Strange—He left his home, travelled to Nepal, learnt the magic and kept failing continuously. He kept working hard before he finally managed to open his first port key. Perseverance is the key to success.

Skill acquisition for Dr Strange happened in a safe, secure KamarTaj where he got a chance to practise with other Wizards. This was crucial because only his peers could guide him on his path.

Similarly, OrgSupers practise very hard in relatively safer environments and learn from their peers before jumping into their role full time. This ‘safer environment’ for many happens to be a MUN

What are some skills, then, which can be acquired, mastered and supercharged in an MUN you ask?

1: Confidence

A MUN includes meeting new individuals, communicating with new faces, working in groups to create goals to alloted undertakings and to express perspectives in a confident way. From getting ready for the MUNs to the discourses, discussions, and goals made amid the MUN, the whole experience will serve to support your certainty. In the wake of taking an interest in a MUN, you will feel considerably more agreeable about working with new individuals and conveying everything that needs to be conveyed effectively. The certainty picked up will help you in future connections where you would need to convey what needs be in high-weight circumstances.

2: Problem Solving

At its center, the MUN depends on critical thinking abilities, as it places you at the focal point of an association assigned to settling worldwide issues (yet reenacted). Along these lines, critical thinking is an ability that you should sharpen from the earliest starting point of the MUN itself, figuring out how to recognize the key parts of a subject, deciding components to be remembered while settling on the arrangement, and assembling everything to concoct a last goals that fulfills every single concerned nation.

3: Diplomacy

Diplomacy, or the art of negotiation, is not only restricted to conversations between two countries, but pertains to any purposeful exchange between two groups, and thus, is a very useful skill to possess. By practising diplomacy at the MUNs, you will become more knowledgeable and experienced on how to conduct negotiations between two groups in a tactful and result-oriented manner. Apart from learning the skill of diplomacy, students aspiring to become professional diplomats can practice and groom themselves for the field by participating in MUNs, which are a real-life example of the life and work of professional diplomats.

4: General Knowledge

Keeping up with world affairs may get dull at times by simply reading news articles or watching video news programmes. By participating in MUNs, your knowledge of the world will increase tremendously as you represent a country at a ‘global’ level and interact with other delegates representing other countries. As a delegate, you will be required to research your allotted countries in-depth, analysing and understanding their foreign policies and considering which factors would influence the behaviour of the country at an international level. As you study the intricacies of the issue – the background, history, treatment in the UN, and previous resolutions passed on it – you will gain practical and thorough knowledge of world affairs.

5: Leadership

Considering all the benefits listed above, it is not a stretch to claim that your personality will flourish at MUNs. The independence, challenges, and teamwork will surely serve to enhance your leadership skills, as you take charge as a representative of a real-world country. You will be encouraged to take decisions and work out solutions as a leader for the country.

6: Networking

Attending a MUN is an ideal way to network, make new friends and build connections that will come in handy later on. During a MUN, you will meet other delegates, senior delegates, organizers, co-sponsors, judges, and chairs of the event. By making new contacts and meeting possible mentors, you can cultivate your network for future use

7: Public Speaking

Developing efficient public speaking skills takes practice, and the MUNs provide an ideal platform where you can explore and improve your capabilities. Public speaking is an integral part of the MUNs, as you express your views and debate in front of an audience. Since you will make multiple speeches during the overall MUN event, you will have several opportunities to improve your public speaking prowess.

— Aditya Behere (TYBBA G005)


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