...And this is when Julia looked deeply into Evan’s eyes and whispered him during the extension of the unmoderated caucus “ If you were a topic I’d table you on the spot”. Evan immediately stopped looking around for signatories for his draft resolution and kissed her passionately!
And now, if my dear reader, you are looking for a "50 shades of MUN" story, I am sorry but this is not going to happen in this article! On the contrary, we are going to give away some quite handy tips with regards to effective MUN flirting. So, take off your notepads and get ready to shine!
Let me clarify something of essential importance: MUN flirting is not nuclear physics. In fact, most of the times we are talking about quite shy people, in need of socializing who try out their options during a short period of time. This is why the mun pick up lines (indicatively “I motion to invade Djibouti with the aid of Greece” or “ If your placard is that long, meet me at the bathroom) are not something new or that interesting. At this point, allow me to reiterate that these pick up lines won't do the trick, on the contrary they will deteriorate your swag given that the latest trend is to directly differ these sort of notes to the dais. Yes, they are oldies, but not goldies anymore.
But enough with me mumbling around, let’s get into it!
1)Innovate: MUN flirting can be a pretty handy lobbying tool, yeah you got that correctly-flirt to control/destabilize your opponents. A correct dash of flirting in the right moment, and you will get to understand which are the crucial moments over experience, can actually give you the room or bring over Waterloo to your block. So, try to understand what that person would like to listen at the moment. Every participant will always be flattered if someone recognizes their dynamic character and their leadership potential. Choose your words wisely and remember that mun flirting can be easily used in order to “control’’ the people of the room and at the end of the day, the room.
2)Have the proper attitude: If you want to show off a James Bond/Lara Croft style, you are not going to achieve it with your old grandmother’s behavior- although she is undoubtedly lovely! In other words, if you want to be remembered as James Dean of your room, you first need to believe in yourself that you have the potential for such an outcome. Flirt with the idea that you are an exceptional diplomat in the making and treat yourself as you would have treated any potential love interest of yours. Additionally to that, *do not write flirty notes to yourself*, it is easily detectable and not at all effective.
3)Flirt with the right people: Choose your flirting target group according to your rank at whichever conference you find yourself in. For instance, delegates should never flirt with the dais, at least not during the conference since no one would like to have the board’s judgment infiltrated by personal motives. This is why it is recommended that one flirts with its status zone- at least until the end of the conference…
4) Do use ongoing events but reasonably: For instance, yes may the 4th be with you, but don't talk like Yoda to a non-Star Wars fan for everyone's sake. Cult references are giving you points when the context calls for them. Also, every badass person from a cinematic universe ends up having a terrible personal life, so try to choose wisely. May the golden bikini light up your way!
Let me point out that if you flirt to be featured in the gossip box, then have some chocolate instead.
4)Use properly social media: It is true that within the time limits of a conference, some situations that would normally require some time have to be sped up. In order to do so, we tend to use social media to find out more about our "target" and strategically mention favourite movies, pop-stars etc to gain points that will later be cashed out... But, excessive knowledge of a person's online presence-and demonstration of it in front of that person- can bring the opposite from the desirable results. Also, in the event where pre-live communication happens, try to maintain a similar to your realistic profile, since it is quite possible for people to be scared if huge behavioural differences happen between your online and actual version.
If you are trying to flirt during a UN4MUN conference (yes, albeit my dislike to this approach I can not deny its existence) it's even easier! For SC you can actually ask for a private meeting (and it takes just a bit of confidence to make you sound off total badass) or to redefine the arria formula with any of your fellow delegates. In GA, while informal informals are on, especially after the first line-by-line review where some differences may have occurred, that extra touch of intensity combined with a little bit of your drive to achieve consensus will turn out miraculously in way more ways than you can imagine. Lastly, in consensus format you are highly visiting a UN office for its prestige, so flirting inside the UN is already easy due to your ongoing rainbow of happiness.
Actually, there is only one: Do not flirt all the time! MUN is a place to practice a combination of your skills, not a matchmaker! You don’t have to be disappointed if you don’t “score” during a conference- it’s all about making long lasting friendships! In the occasion, though, of meeting again a "mun love" after a while, make sure that you are in shape or have some kick-ass style, there is nothing worse than the disappointing looks you will get.
In an update, almost a year later, I would have to add another don't: Using flirting to avoid carrying out your role's duties is simply a disgrace to the activity. Real life example when a male tried to hit on a female supervisor to extend (and by extending I mean not doing at all) a crisis study guide. [insert gif reaction of your choice]
To conclude, mun flirting is like learning how to ride a bicycle: you can do miracles from the first time but it may take a while to spin it like a pro, so keep on flirting!
P.S. Have you joined our Facebook group yet? It’s the perfect way to stay in touch with all the new opportunities. We are expecting you: