She is Underwood’s lost sister and the basis for every “secret to success’’ power hungry manual. In MUN terms, she manages to have the draft calling for UN’s dissolution passed with a landslide majority.But what makes Conway such a potentially great MUNer?
First things first, she is the lobbyist of your dreams: Knowing that she has to work in a strongly male-dominated environment, she has a lot of passion for her work, but zero emotion.Therefore, she has made long-lasting professional connections that were later turned into friendships over the years.
- In MUN terms; do not ignore the today’s small country, may be your co-chair of tomorrow!It is better to genuinely connect with a small number of people than having a lot of contacts whose name you do not remember.
Following on, she has her own flexible agenda: She has some general goals but hasn’t specified them in targets leading her happy with the result, regardless of the means followed leaving her adjustable to the means available at the time.
In MUN terms; do not have a GA formula and expect it to work in a crisis, adjust your expectations based on what you have at the time.She is also finding out what her opponents can not be, and points out why her block has these traits.
Moreover, she keeps her personal background outside her work and is fully aware of her flaws.
In MUN terms; don’t set out to perfection but for realistic imperfection-that appears to be the new black.
What’s most important to her, is her public speaking tricks that turn journalists mad: She has mastered the art of deflection. If you listen closely to her answers during an interview, you will realise that she is looking for either a notion or the major word of the question to use it as the opening of her answer. In that way, she falsely gives the impression that she answers, whereas she simply turned the question into a topic that she is familiar with or wants to talk about!
In MUN terms; especially in a panel of authors look out for the word that you can easily turn into a supporter of your draft, especially to present your block as the “sole problem-solver” in the room.Example: “How will you fund these proposals?” “Funding in such crucial times, especially when the future of SDGs is at stake is a rather important matter that all of us should seriously engage into…’’So, listen for the keyword, then repeat it and then channel it to your desired direction.
Another interesting tip is about the limits of diplomatic courtesy.Most of the times, Conway simply expects the journalist to move on to the next question given the limited availability that a show may have. That’s why she is avoiding the question largely based on the certainty that the interviewer will have to keep on asking. The only time that the interviewer insisted and asked her the very same thing, the term “ alternative facts” was born. To that category, we should add “effective lies”-it is true that when we want to emphasise our arguments, we love citing facts and numbers BUT it is way different to simply say that terrorist attacks occur at an increased frequency to the past than mention an attack that no one else knows about. Remember that someone will google that and when nothing comes up you will be in an extremely awkward position.
In MUN terms, always use obscure but polite lines like "It is believed that this has been answered by our draft", or " This will be explained further on", " This is already covered in previous Questions" should you wish to refrain from answering and there is no competent ally to do that for you.
What to do when you are facing a Conway you may ask? Just keep on insisting until you are covered!