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Until this very moment I had always assumed people listened to ideas. However, now I realized that it was completely fake. People listen what they want to hear, and in their minds, they debug the whole message into whatever is useful for them. So this made me think: why before my ideas had been listened, and in this very case nobody listened to me?
First, let's picture the MUN as the following: a debate is a war - two sided battle; a mun is a battle royale [hunger games] a multiple-sided battle. How firm you are is crucial for your "survival". The opening speech is always crucial, and your arguments are your weapons. How well you set them, will determine how sharp they are. This is why, for your own benefit, you should always include in your speech why your proposals would work. This should, as a first instance, give some validity to your proposals. Afterwards, you should be able to maintain your argument until it is endorsed by a couple of delegates. However, this is not always the case.
The MUN is an elitist system. It's true. Consider this: the proposal of a delegation is:
"to apply the arms embargo to Yemen in order to prevent violence within the country". Imagine this was endorsed by China and France. It sounds pretty good huh? I can imagine it automatically in the resolution already. Angola and Lithuania support China and France. What a great solution, isn't it?
Now what if I told you that this was proposed by Nigeria?
The image changes. Usually, in my experience, a developing country must fight for a G5's approval if it wants to stand out in the debate. In the Security Council it is hard for an E10 to be recognized as a leader - let alone in the General Assembly. So I started to think and conclude what does it take to be heard. Supposedly in a committee everyone are equal, but in the end, many are ignored.
So I now list some advise to how to be heard in public, for those who already know how to, but want to know how to be actually heard.
Do not insist. If they didn't quite listen to you in the first place, they won't later. If you insist you will appear as annoying. Take other delegate's arguments to fundament your own, this will make it seem you've changed, while your message is still the same.
Strategically Support. This has worked for me. Delegates are, in the end, human beings. If you show them approval, they will be more likely to show it to you as well.
Empower. There will be always an unsure delegate. Talk to him or her and let them know, under the water, that if they support you, they will have a real participation. Share your argument with those who don't have one. Make them your managers, you'll be the boss.
Do not make enemies. As far as I know, no delegate walks in the committee hating already someone else. No matter if you are Iran and there is a United States, do not put up a fight so easily. Choose your battles. It is better to lack support than to keep rejection.
Do not be afraid to change. Feel free to recognize that your proposals could be better. Do not be stubborn and if you feel that you are not being heard, try to attract attention by making something different. One cause to be ignored, is that others are already expecting to say the same thing you've been saying the whole debate, so if you change, they will listen to you. Just make sure you're not contradicting yourself.
Believe what you say. Perhaps this is the most important point in this. People know when you don't believe what you are saying. This point is a little bit tricky, since sometimes our countries' point of view may not be the same as ours. However, we always must say this opinion as if it was our own. This is, with a little bit of experience not that hard. Just act with confidence.
This is my advice for you so your point won't get lost in the debate, even more in larger committees. Remember that always is not the ideal time to speak. Moderate your turns and find the perfect time for your speech. When another delegate is touching one of your points, add something to it, as if that delegate's speech was an introduction to your point. This adds cohesion to your ideas and makes them acceptable to the committee. Radical ideas are often critizised or ignored. Consensus is always our best option.
I learnt this in WIMUN #Consunsus