Dos and Don’ts of MUN Conferences

A MUN conference can be intimidating because you feel lost, or far behind other delegates. But don’t you fret, here’s a bunch of Dos and Don’ts for any beginner delegate.  

Dos

Do Your Research

I cannot stress how important it is to have your research prepared. Not just to be ready for the conference itself, but because being prepared makes you less anxious and helps you enjoy the conference more. Having your research done beforehand allows you to participate more, and be confident in your speeches and what you are writing in your resolution. You should at least have your delegation’s foreign policy and topic research ready at your disposal. Read more, here 

Communicate with Your Partner

If you are a double delegation, open communication with your partner is the key to success. Being able to communicate effectively with your partner is a blessing. Your delegation needs to be on the same page going into the conference to have a great experience. You need to settle on your delegation’s stance and your conference strategy together. Doing that helps making speeches and lobbying easier because you guys don’t have two conflicting point of views. If you’re in an inter-connectivity conference, make sure you communicate with the delegates representing your country in other committees.  

Wear Formal Attire

This is something every delegate knows and loves to do. Most models won’t allow you to partake in the conference if you are not in head-to-toe formal wear. Save yourself the energy of showing up in semi-formal or casual clothing and having your chair tell you that you can’t participate or go home and change. Dressing in formal wear is fun, it is like a costume for the diplomat character you are playing.  

Divide the Topic into Sub-problems

This is a nice approach to the conference. Its helps make the topic digestible and approachable. Breaking the topic into sub-problems will help you become more organized. This is super helpful when it comes to resolution writing because it ensures that your draft resolution covers all the points and is a well-rounded working paper.  

Don'ts

Don’t Forget Your Laptop

Having your laptop or tablet with you is essential. It helps you continuously update your research throughout the conference, so you can always catch up if someone mentions something that you may not know. It gives you access to documents related to the topic – such as past-resolutions or agreements that have been made or country reports. It is also vital to have your laptop when you are lobbying and working on the draft resolution, which is important when you’re working in or leading a bloc.  

Don’t Forget to Use Note Passing

Note passing is an underutilized tool in conferences; – other than flirting with the cute delegate and telling them they look good in their blazer – you could use note-passing as a tool to formulate strategies and communicate with other delegations. Note passing can help shape blocs early in the conference. It is a useful, informal method of communication so don’t sleep on it!  

Don’t Treat It as A Competition

Having your laptop or tablet with you is essential. It helps you continuously update your research throughout the conference, so you can always catch up if someone mentions something that you may not know. It gives you access to documents related to the topic – such as past-resolutions or agreements that have been made or country reports. It is also vital to have your laptop when you are lobbying and working on the draft resolution, which is important when you’re working in or leading a bloc.  

Don’t Use Personal Pronouns

“Honorable Delegate! Please refrain from using personal pronouns.” said every chair ever, they love to remind you of this every time you give them the opportunity to. When giving a speech, you should not use personals pronouns such as “I, you, he, she, it, we, they, me, him, her” especially in reference to other delegates.  

Remember, MUN conferences can be a lot of fun, so make sure you enjoy every second of it. Be ready for the challenges, avoid the common mistakes, and learn from everyone around you. Even if it’s your 30th delegate experience, there is always room for improvement!  

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About the Author

Ahmed Hemeida is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering. Ever since high school, he had a strong passion for everything Model United Nations. He has been on participating in Models since 2012 taking part in over 15 unique experiences. He continued his passion for MUN be applying to be an academic associate in MUN inc. In his spare time he enjoys playing around on Photoshop and binge on YouTube videos.