THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BEFORE ATTENDING MUN CONFERENCES

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BEFORE ATTENDING MUN CONFERENCES

In MUN conferences, everything you share or say is pre-planned and once you know well enough what you want to say, you discuss it with other delegates to know their opinion regarding that subject before you hit the floor.

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If you feel like responding to something that some other delegate put forth then you need to be patient with it. You need to take time to prepare your response, gather points about your opinion, discuss them with other delegates before asking for the floor. Everyone in the delegation list has a right to speak and share their point of view but for that you must wait until the end of the speaker’s list to respond.

Premeditation is also necessary because it helps you write down the exact words, headings and phrases that you want to say. If validated, you can also give a copy to selected delegations, so they understand you well.

Aim:

Anything said would either distort the general debate or push it in one direction or deviate it into another. It may also conclude the outcome of the MUN conferences. Therefore, whatever you decide to speak should be considered carefully keeping in mind what it would lead to at any given moment. If you decide not to speak then that is also an effective way of advancing your objective.

However, if you speak, then you should be clear about the likely effect of your intrusion.

Ask yourself;

1) What would I achieve by making this statement?
2) What am I trying to avoid?
3) Can my words be taken offensively or be misjudged to harm my objectives?
The transformation between debate and negotiation is flawless. Debate is a discussion. Negotiation is a discussion aimed at reaching an agreement which includes your objectives as far as possible.

Therefore, debate can;
– have the same objectives as negotiation
– prepare the pathway for negotiation or
– shade into negotiation.

Negotiation:

– can take place settings that can be either in formal or informal
– has the same rules as debate.
– the target audience is the same as in debate.
Thus, the difference between them is therefore only a matter of form, but as such, is important.

Formatting:

It is easy to understand an intervention in the MUN conferences and is more persuasive if the intervention has some structure. Structure of an intervention draws attention to factors as how the start, middle and end of what you say are related to each other, how your opinions, ideas and arguments are formed, the sequencing of points and the balance between them and other factors.

A good way of developing an argument is to:
– proceed step by step
– introduce new ideas one at a time.
– start from those ideas that are familiar and wildly accepted.
– refer to universal principles only.
– be specific and limited.
– cut off unwanted additions of your proposition.

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