Your Future in the EYP
What to Pack for an EYP Session
Committee Work and Research
Dos and Don’ts
How to make the most of the session?
EYP Tips & Tricks Booklet Intersect
How to make the most of the session
Attending an EYP session is a unique opportunity so you should make the most of it. Everyone finds something different interesting at the session. Some people like the academic side more, whereas others focus on making new friends. Eveliina Hannikainen and Alma VĂ¤nttinen present various factors on how to make your session experience a success.
Getting to know others and making new friends In an EYP session there are delegates from all over Europe. At Finnish regional sessions people from all over Finland gather. Use this as an opportunity to make new friends. Get to know everyone in your committee and also other delegates, as well as officials. Do not be afraid to open your mouth Do not be afraid of speaking English! You do not have to be perfect at it. Committee members should help each other.â€¨ Do not be scared of stating your opinion either. It is important to take everyoneâ€™s opinions into account during teambuilding, committee work and General Assembly. Learning from the others Even if you have weaknesses at the beginning of the session, listen to other participants and learn from them.
Sleeping enough (but not too much) After your first EYP session you will know that you will not get much sleep during a session. So sleep whenever you can, but remember that nights also offer a great opportunity to have fun and work! Being open-minded Before the session starts, open your mind and try to get rid of any prejudices, both towards the EYP and other people. You will have a lot more fun and learn much more if you are open-minded during the session. Enjoying every moment Every EYP session is kind of a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, even if you attend several of them. Every session is different and every one of them has various opportunities to offer. So remember to enjoy every moment.
Dos and Don’ts
• Enjoy the session! • Listen to everybody • Speak English all the time
• “Walk over” people (you are not “the boss” of your committee; all participants are equal)
• Dress properly (follow the instructions; if• Be arrogant you’re supposed to wear formal clothes, do so) • Judge anyone • Be a part of your team
• Pressurise team members (everyone has the right to stick to their point of view) • Listen to all of the instructions given by the officials • Pressurise yourself (do not think in a competitive way)
• Let others sleep if they want to • Consider everyone’s criticising them • Be yourself
Committee work is an essential part of the session. However, going to your first session, you may not know exactly what to expect. Having participated at quite some sessions herself, Robyn Hanssens will now guide you through the process of creating a resolution by visualising it through an equation.
They are your main guide. Your chairperson will â€˘ lead you through the debates â€˘ keep you motivated
Your chairperson will first help the committee gather all facts collected in pre-session research. This way, everyone understands what the topic is about. The flip charts will be used for schemes and will contain all sorts of information on the topic.
Brainstorming. This is where your topic research will be used. Everyone thinks about the main problems that your topic is facing and writes them down on post-its. The ideas will then be narrowed down to the most important problems.
Now that you have found the problems, it is time to look for possible solutions. You and your committee will be discussing about this.The discussions become much more interesting if there are multiple views and opinions, so do not be afraid to speak up!
A GREAT RESOLUTION Hard work pays off!
How to research?!
We all know that researching an EYP topic can be rather difficult, especially if it is your first time. Yet, it is also an essential part if you want to do well in the academic part of the session. It is because of this that Iman Slaka Firstly, if you need facts about your topic, do not use wants to provide you with a few guidelines a potentially unreliable source such as Wikipedia since on how to successfully research your topic. not all the information must be true.
Even though you should not use Wikipedia as a direct source, you can use the links at the bottom of the page to find good sources.
• Discussing your topic with a friend or another delegate can really benefit you by opening up your mind for further ideas. • Try asking a teacher or an expert about their opinion on your topic to get some ideas.
Do not ignore the terms and words you do not fully comprehend. It will help you understand the content of your topic better, and prevent misunderstandings. Make sure you fully understand your topic before you start researching. Knowing what you are supposed to be researching about will take you much further in your search than if you cannot grasp your topic.
After having read up on your topic , you can start your research.You should start by finding relevant news about your topic, which can be done on news sites such as the BBC, The New York Times or CNN. With your newfound sources of knowledge, you can start thinking of how the information found may be important. Lastly, find quantitative facts about your topic, write them down and bring them to committee work; they can then work as a tool during discussion.
D I R E C
The General Assembly (GA) is what it all comes down to. It can be nerve-racking and even a bit frightening, so these tips and tricks by Erenata Kadrolli and Robyn Hanssens will hopefully cool you down and help you.Â First of all, the keyword is preparation. If you are not prepared for the GA you will not get anything out of it. Hence, make the
effort to write speeches, read through the resolutions and come up with good points. Of course you are not expected to do everything, but everyone should have points on the resolutions. That is the one thing that each and every one of you can do. Speeches, on the other hand, are a great way of expressing yourselves and improving your verbal skills. And when it comes to the jitters, they just make your performance much more authentic, so do not hold back. Remember that you are not the only one feeling nervous – go for it! As mentioned, the GA is a great way to express yourself and to put yourself out there. Even if you are feeling nervous, it should not stop you from achieving what you want. Some people feel that it helps to picture the audience nude, but that is probably not the best way to handle your nerves during the GA. What you can do instead is to practice your speeches well beforehand. Ask some of your fellow delegates to give you critique on how to improve your speech and presentation. It is surprising how someone else can pick up on things that you did not even consider, so work together. Giving advice to someone else on their speech can also help you work on your own one, so work as a team.The officials’ team is also happy to help you out with whatever it is that you need, so make sure to use that resource too. Below, you can see how the GA works starting from the operative clauses and ending with the sum-up speeches.There is also useful information on making points and writing speeches. These should give you a general idea of the GA and help you figure out how to work with the resolutions – take a look!
GA procedure 1. Operative clauses 2. Points of information 3. Defence speech 4. Attack speech(es) 5. Response to attack speech(es) 6. Open debate 7. Sum-up speech
How to make good points All the resolutions might seem flawless at first, but that is the reason you need to dig deeper. Find at least two topics that interest you and read through the resolutions on those topics with time and focus. Try to find the points that are phrased vaguely and form an argument. If you think that the committee has ignored a solution that you think is relevant to the topic, do not hesitate to stand up and let them know. If you find yourself questioning whether you should make a point or not, turn to your chairpersons and they will help you.Â This way you will most certainly have good points to present at the GA.
How to make a good speech Everyone has their own idea of a good speech. A good speech is a mixture of your own personal touch and factual content. Despite this we can all agree that there are some general outlines that need to be followed when writing a speech for the GA. The speeches need to stay inside the frames. This means that, if you are presenting a defence speech, your job is to defend your resolution. Stress the main points, such as goals, and explain the overall frame of your resolution. Again, if you are attacking a resolution, you need to emphasise the vague points of the resolution and convince everyone to vote against the it. Sum-up speeches are the last chance to appeal to other delegates before the voting procedure. They need to be handled with special care. You need to make everyone realise why they should vote in favour.
What to Pack for an EYP Session
wool socks (to keep feet warm)
coffee mug (there will be a lot of coffee…)
some snacks (it is likely you get hungry at some point, for example during the night writing speeches) mints (little sleep, lots of talking…)
suitable but comfortable clothes for GA (for the girls: there will be a lot of sitting so it will be much nicer with a not-too- short dress) gum (you will be surprised at how many friends you can make with only a few pieces of chewing gum)
research on your topic (it is not cool if you do not know anything)
your home country’s treats (for making new friends and easing home sickness)
patience, joy and energy
“THIS SESSION IS ALWAYS IN THE BACK OF MY BRAIN AND CONSTANTLY ON MY MIND.” ...Triin Naudi on the tracks of what it means to be an organiser. What makes somebody a good organiser? Laura: I think that a good Head Organiser understands the big picture of the session. It is good to know time management and to be organised. Riku: You have to try to eliminate all the possible problems that may occur, even though there is always something that may and will go wrong. At this point the other, maybe most important, skill is required: keeping your cool and problem-solving on the spot.
What are the hardships of being an organiser? Riku:The hardships are the “What ifs”. You constantly have the feeling that something could have been done better. Niko: And the pressure, oh god, the pressure is real. Just when you think you have everything sorted out, something else comes up. Has organising this session changed you and your everyday life? If yes, how? Laura: I have learned a lot during this year about managing things, about leadership, about people. I could continue the list much longer! Riku: Of course it has! This session is always in the back of my brain and constantly on my mind. It has been stressful but also very, very rewarding.
Is there something that has suprised you while organising the session? Laura: I have never been a wizard with technical devices but I have learned a lot more. Riku: Well, it has surprised me that even though there have been some hardships, everything can be overcome! Also, people have been surprisingly cooperative with the EYP. Niko: The amount of work Head Organisers put into sessions has blown my mind. I will probably just go hug every HO from now on. I want to add the patience of my two wonderful co-Head Organisers dealing with my crazy ideas and lack of time because of the military service.
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National Committee: EYP Finland In Finland we have our own National Committee, EYP Finland. EYP Finland organises sessions, trainings and all kinds of events. Within the National Committee there are five Regional Committees in Finland: EYP Helsinki, EYP Turku, EYP Tampere, EYP Northern Finland and EYP Eastern Finland. Usually, there are two trainings a year in Finland: Journalists’ and chairs’ trainings. Trainings are the way for new delegates to learn more about different officials’ roles. There have also been Annual Summer Days, an Alumni Weekend and other events organised by EYP Finland. Every event is a great chance to meet other EYPers. EYP Finland has its own General Assembly every end of November, to which you are all warmly welcome. These are also organised by some regional committees. Before assemblies, every regional committee chooses a new board. The board gathers to meet a few times a year. Find EYP Finland online: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eypfinlandalumni/ http://eypfinland.org/
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After attending one regional session, all the delegates are allowed to go to every regional committee’s events. EYP alumni can apply to become board members. Even if you are not on the board, you may attend the meetings. The Regional Committees’ official language is Finnish, so you do not have to be concerned about your level of English. Regional committees organise different types of events. There are so called “EYP Cafés” a few times a year in each city or area. Cafés are the way for EYP alumni to meet each other. There is usually something to eat and sometimes there is the possibility to go to a sauna. Besides your own regional committee’s cafés, you can go to other committees’ events too.
Salo 2014 Regional Session is supported by
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Ima ge Credits:
https://flic.kr/p/4aTTPK – Thomas Høyrup Chris tens – How to Research
https://flic.kr/p/5hFk5n – @Doug88888 – How to make the mos t of the session
https://flic.kr/p/78dvYb – Elliot Margolies – Wh at to pack for an EYP session
Susanna Ahonen (FI) – Wh at to pack for a session, HO Interview & Your future in the EYP
Robyn Hanssens (BE) - Committee Work
The first publication of the Intersect Media team of RS Salo 2014.