There are many things that intimidate new and old delegates alike. Knowing what to say in a speech or during caucus, making points or motions for the first time, understanding what a new term means can be quite intimidating.
Learn how to face your fears in the VIBGYORMUN by following these tips:
- Be a researcher
- Students should spend time researching the two topic areas their committees will be considering. All our study guides include a bibliographic essay as a starting point for student research.
- Thorough preparation is essential to make the VIBGYORMUN an excellent educational endeavour. Pre-conference research makes a committee session more fun and rewarding as delegates can immerse themselves in their roles as high ranking diplomats.
- A ready to access research file is a lifesaver in case you get lost when different topics, acronyms, agencies, and previous solutions are mentioned.
- Know your country
- Learn as much as possible about the country you will be representing both in general and in relation to the topics you are selecting.
- While our study guides include an analysis of block positions on topic areas, students should also learn about the specific positions of their respective committees.
- Be organised
- During VIBGYORMUN, you get 72 hours or less to solve the world’s most important and complicated problems. This is a challenge, but do not let it overwhelm you.
- Break down your topic into smaller issues. Choose the ones that matter most to your country or position. Match solutions to those issues.
- Be a writer
- Your first speech is the committee’s first impression of you. It’s scary because you will be facing people you’ve never met and these people will be judging you.
- Contrarily, the first speech is the easiest to prepare as you can write it beforehand. You will find that it is easier to speak again after you’ve made a strong first speech.
- Be focused
- Over the course of a conference, your committee will discuss many different problems and solutions. Speeches that try to cover too many ideas at the same time are incoherent. Do not be confused by the vast number of things to talk about in a speech.
- Focus on one idea at a time. This makes it easier for you to make speeches and for your audience to understand you. You will also be faster at crafting comments and more active in moderated caucus. Focusing on one idea at a time helps you overcome an important public speaking fear – knowing what to say in a speech.
- Be aware
- Learn the different stages of committee. It is more than knowing the rules or motions – it is about knowing what to do and when to do it.
- Be aware of what stage the committee is in, whether it is making speeches, forming alliances, or writing resolutions.
- Once you realise that there is a certain flow to committee, the chaos you felt at first will turn into order.
Most importantly, ask questions when you do not understand something – do not be shy.
If you are unsure of what is going on in committee or a word that someone used, raise a Point of Inquiry and ask your question. It is a simple thing to do yet so hard – most people do not want to admit that they do not know something. Asking questions is the first step of facing your fear in MUN and becoming a better delegate.