We all know those delegates: the ones that interrupt others, herd delegates like cattle, and can even seem a bit dictatorial during their speeches. Some of us refer to these delegates as gavel mongers, others as gavel hunters. Regardless, they have been executing their strategies across the nation –albeit most of them highly successful in their trade.
But is this really what Model UN is all about? Model United Nations was created to reflect the workings and issues of the real United Nations, where there is no “winner” in any situation. If an actual UN delegate spoke over people and made passive-aggressive jabs at others, the delegate would reflect very poorly on his nation and could potentially slacken ties between the nation’s allies.
So what if you have been accused as a gavel hunter but want to become more diplomatic? It’s not too late to change your ways. Instead of hunting your way to a gavel, think of helping others instead. You are clearly very knowledgable and skillful regarding all that is Model UN, so help others indulge themselves in the fun. Not only will delegates like you and want to work with you more, but you will also get a nod from your chairs — your leadership will be evident.
If everyone began thinking more like a real delegate and less like a competitor, Model UN would look less like a fight to the death and more like a place to solve world problems in peace– which is exactly what the UN, and Model UN, was established to do.