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Attending a Model United Nations event is one of the most effective ways to build the skills needed to work in international diplomacy whilst getting an in-depth understanding of how the UN operates. Participating in a MUN for the very first time can however be intimidating and confusing for some delegates, though, due to which some delegates end up limiting their participation. Most of the new delegates wonder if it is compulsory to speak while attending a MUN? The answer to this is simple! Although It is not compulsory to speak at MUN,  it’s highly recommended to speak to get the most out of attending Model United Nations, even if it is only in a limited way. By speaking and expressing your views to a bunch of people, you will make sure that you get the most out of the experience, whilst gaining a better understanding of how the UN works and building your confidence at the same time. Therefore, it leads us to the conclusion that although you do not have to speak in MUN, you definitely should. In this blog, we’ve listed some fair reasons supporting this statement. Keep reading.

Why Is It Important to Speak at MUN?

There are a lot of reasons why it is highly recommended to speak at MUN. some of the basic reasons include

  • To get an in-depth understanding of how MUNs and the real UN operate.
  • To challenge and test your views and points. 
  • To develop your debating, negotiation, public speaking, and social skills.
  • To give yourself a huge confidence boost.

Let’s break down each of these.

To get an in-depth understanding of how MUNs and the real UN operate:

It’s a fair and understandable thing that first-timers to Model United Nations may be nervous about speaking or may not want to. However, it is important to remember that the aim of the Model United Nations is to understand how the UN operates, and the best way to do this is by fully participating in MUN by speaking. It is also the best way to quickly understand the proceedings, and then be better able to fully participate in the Model UN.

To challenge and test your views and points. 

Another reason you should definitely speak at MUN is that it will allow you to learn thoroughly about the country you’re representing, which will help you further in debates. It will enable you to put your understanding of your delegate country and arguments for its foreign policy to the test by laying out your points and allowing other delegates to challenge them. This may sound intimidating at first, but when you successfully make a strong comeback to another delegate’s points, it will give your confidence a huge boost!

To develop your debating, negotiation, public speaking, and social skills:

Attending a Model UN is most beneficial when you are fully participating, and speaking is a crucial part of this.  Also, it’s important that you seek to influence alongside speaking in committee. It will greatly enhance your public speaking skills and boost your confidence.

Lobbying is a key part of MUN as it helps you develop strong negotiation, social and interpersonal skills. All these skills can be vital for a career in the real United Nations.

To give yourself a huge confidence boost:

Most new delegates feel shy or intimidated when it comes to public speaking. This is completely fair and natural considering they’re surrounded by more experienced people. The Executive Board at MUN will do their best to give everyone a chance to speak, especially newcomers. You just have to overcome this fear and speak. It will really boost your confidence, and you’ll feel motivated for your upcoming speeches. 

To Wrap Up

We hope this information helped you understand why it is important to speak while participating in MUN. However, If you still don’t want to talk, you can yield your time to the chair or open the floor to questions. If you want to find out more about the Model United Nations Conference, Best Diplomats can guide you. You can find out more by visiting our website. 

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