This will be the final part in the Best Delegate Model United Nations series. I talk about the criteria to win Best Delegate in specific detail as well as what to do with feedback from your chairs.
I’ll be honest with you, there is no set criteria to be the best delegate and this depends entirely upon the chairs in the council. However, you can be sure that whoever impresses the chairs the most will get it.
For starters, before council session officially begins and you have your chairs in the room with you, go up to them and ask them about their criteria for winning awards.
From experience, there are two different criteria that chairs weigh highly upon. The first one is the delegate who contributes the most to the council session.
This does not necessarily mean that they spoke the most. It means that when they do speak, the acknowledge point of views, give insightful answers and move the debate forward. They might not have spoken as much as the other delegates but when they did, it mattered and it had an impact.
The next is the number of times the delegate speaks. Every chair will note down each time a delegate gives a speech, asks a question, answers a question or sends in an amendment. Usually this delegate will win the Best Delegate award as they have been the most active in council sessions.
However, this is usually the case if there is also the”Most Outstanding Delegate” award to give to the delegate that fits the first criteria mentioned above. Some chairs will use the first one while others will use the second one. There are times when some delegates fit both criteria and so win the best delegate award.
This is one of the most important parts of all. Every single chair will be willing to give you feedback about how you did as long as you ask for it. Once the final council session is over and before the closing ceremony, approach your chairs and ask them for feedback.
Now you can either audio record all that they say on your phone, and play it later or you can ask for written feedback by giving them your email and asking them to email it to you.
Either way, having it so you can review it once again and learn from it is crucial. You can also come up with ways to solve it. There are, however, a few common feedback you may receive.
The most common one is to speak more. You can go about this by, as I’ve mentioned before, coming prepared beforehand. Have a list of amendments you can add to the resolution, a list of facts you can add to your speeches etc.
Once you receive the resolution, as you read it for the first time, make note of any questions you would like to ask the main submitter, any amendments you would like to make, a speech of why you support or are against the resolution as a whole. Write down your points and go up there and speak.
Secondly, you can also keep track of how much you speak or participate in the debate by doing what the chairs do. They keep track of how many times each delegate speaks, maybe you set a goal for yourself to speak once every five delegates and stick to it. That makes it easier for you to speak more as you have a measurement of what more really is.
The other types of feedback you can easily overcome by following the tips I have provided you in the previous two parts of the series.
That is all the tips I have for Model United Nations Conferences. I have tried to explain every single aspect in detail and I hope it can help you guys win that award you’re aiming for.