Let's start with "chair stress"?
A completely legitimate term, I believe chairs will agree. Being a chair is an honorable position, as it means you have some Model UN miles behind you. And if you seem to be intimidating to delegates who are there for the first time, it is for a reason. A chair must have a perfect command of the topic and the rules of procedure, and when you put it this way - it seems like an easy job. But you need to think outside the box for this one. There is more to it then knowing the rules.
Chairs are the people that make it happen. They are the one's that make the conference possible. Spend hours planning the challenging questions. And even keep the delegates on their toes for months ahead because the preparations for the sessions are just as important as the sessions themselves. During these few conference days they are your mum & dad. They are the ones making sure you've prepared well enough, the ones that make you be there on time, direct you to the nearest post office and then keep their cool to lead the sessions. You have to be on a constant watch not to overpass something. It may seem smooth if looked at from aside, but only because it’s been rehearsed for months.
When you see it this way, you might wonder why would anyone ever want to be a chair? It’s hard work, but every minute of it is worth it when you live to see the success of the conference. That last day when all of your delegates come to you and say thank you for the great experience. Just look at their faces, and you'll know that your effort counts. The letters received weeks after, when all of the impressions calm down, will make you feel as proud as if you won a MUN Oscar. And you'll definitely wanna do it all over again.
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