Conference Participation

  • Tips for the Conference

    • Start caucusing early
      • Introduce yourself to others when you arrive at the conference site, and especially in the time before the meeting is called to order
    • When giving a formal speech, make good use of the time
      • Time for speeches may be short, and you need to be prepared
      • Base your speech on the current circumstances
      • Pre-written speeches versus speaking extemporaneously
      • A note about speaking styles: don't read your speech!
    • Caucusing is where all the work gets done, and it should be done early and often
      • Behind the scenes versus "formal" caucusing
      • After hours caucusing and personal contacts
    • A view of formal caucusing - concentric circles
      • Stick with the leaders (center of the caucus)
      • Be active
    • What is your role?
      • Some possible roles: leader, facilitator, whip, wordsmith, consensus builder, typist, follower
    • The only cardinal sin at the UN - never act alone
      • Strength in diplomacy often comes through numbers
    • Don't write a resolution that just states the problem, work toward a solution to the problem first
      • If the answers are simple, why hasn't someone solved it yet?
    • Whenever possible, don't condemn
      • If you are trying to solve a problem, condemning one party rarely helps
    • Compromise, compromise, compromise
      • What does your nation really need to see in a solution, and what are you willing to compromise?
    • Credit others whenever possible
      • Nothing makes friends faster than proving that you were listening, and giving credit to others for their ideas

    Source: http://www.amun.org/tricksofthetrade.php