The Art of Note Passing by Eda YILDIZ
Even though it is quite essential to communicate with other delegates in your committee, note passing is often underappreciated. Yes, you can communicate in unmoderated caucuses but not only it is exclusive to Harvard procedure but it is also generally useful for addressing a group of people if not the whole committee. In most of the conferences I have attended to, notes were mainly passed between delegates whom already knew each other which served no purpose. So having explained my point, I will now talk about how you can master the art of note passing within your committee.
First, you shouldn’t forget that it is still MUN and that you should stay within the lines of professionalism. Use the official language of the conference and the committee in your notes. And refrain from using slang words. But of course, that doesn’t have to mean you must still call yourself “we” or write like you are delivering a speech.
Second, don’t directly start with your requests like “work with me” or “vote in favor of my resolution”. Not only is it rude, but it is also really demanding. Start by saying something like “I guess we have similar policies” or “I agree with that point you made”, and if you want to directly get to your point, be friendly. “we could work together” or “what do you think about…” would probably work.
Third, be interested in your committee. Listen and take notes while delegates are delivering speeches so that you can ask questions or make some suggestions. If you sleep through their speeches you won’t have an idea of what to change or advise.
Lastly, don’t wait for a decade in order to reply. They might want to make a speech, ask a point of information or request an (un)moderated caucus.
Note passing is often overlooked but if used correctly it could lead to a much more enjoyable time in your conference and even have you make a couple friends.
The Writer of MUNTurkey.com