It goes without saying that becoming an MUNer is a tremendous achievement. However, this accomplishment does not come without side effects, with fear being among the most troubling ones. What you are about to read affects mostly MUN newbies who should definitely check out this great free eBook on becoming a Model UN Delegate, but it is not uncommon among the more experienced MUNers as well.
1. Insufficient funds to attend the conference. The most common fear is the one of not raising enough money and missing the conference. MUNs can get expensive, especially if they are located far away from where you live. Solve this problem with finances by having a quality fundraising plan and starting it on time. Also, know that your sponsor can be anyone, regardless of the business sector they come from.
2. Language issues. Many MUNers are afraid that language issues will cripple their ability to efficiently express themselves once in a conference. While it is true that our limited language abilities can be the reason for poor communication, in most cases it is the fear of making mistakes that serves as immobilizing power when it comes to speaking in a different language. Being a linguistics graduate, my advice here is to believe in yourself. Let your words flow and don’t think much about the grammatical accuracy. The point is to be understood!
3. Public speaking. Otherwise called glossophobia, speech anxiety or fear of public speaking is a condition that affects to some degree approximately 75% of the population. There is a big chance that you are, just like myself, among those people. Have a glass of water and clear your mind before you take the stage. It is all in your head. Keep always in mind that no one is attacking you. Everyone is actually eager to hear what you have to say.
4. Feeling underprepared. When it comes to the demanding activities, such as MUNs, good preparation is the key to a strong performance. Feeling underprepared in this situation can be labeled as normal to some extent. However, the problem occurs when this feeling grows into a full-blown fear. You should not let this happen to you. The fact that you have been accepted proves your MUN mettle, because only the best are selected. To make yourself feel better, you can go through your notes once again.
5. Fear of not standing out at the conference. Once you’re in, you cannot accept anything else but to be better than your best. Best delegate, outstanding delegate, honorable mention are the achievements all of us are after. The point is not stressing much whether you will get them or not because, face it, there is always the next year, not to mention hundreds of other MUNs. Also, most of the MUNers never get any of these, so relax.
6. Fear of missing something. Are you one of those delegates interested in all and everything once the conference starts? MUNs are massive events and it is virtually impossible to cover all the activities that they offer. The fact that you are missing something causes the fear of not getting the whole experience. Relax! Even if you are unable to attend everything, you can always catch up by reading the news from the site or the official blog.
7. Coping with your co-delegate. It usually isn’t, but coping with your co-delegate can be an obstacle in efficiently completing your conference. The reason for this might be, for example, the potential cultural or personality differences and misunderstandings. Whatever the reason, both parties need to work on solving the issue. After all, we are all working towards achieving the same goals.
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