Evatt is not a debating competition; it’s a game of diplomacy.
Therefore, private behind-the-scenes negotiation is as important as public speaking in your quest to change (not just support or oppose) the proposed topic. Just like in life, Evatt asks you to use all the tools of persuasion to get your way.
This Evatt speeches are only two minutes – much more time is spent answering questions rather than giving an uninterrupted presentation. A speech should really give us just two points: why your nation is in favour/opposed (justifying your stance) and a reason or reasons why everyone should share that stance.
Questions (called “Points of Information” in Model UN) are a balancing act: you should be presenting arguments in the form of a succinct question, but you should also be respectful.
Whenever another team is speaking, keep writing down questions to ask. Remember that these are your best opportunities to actually make your team’s arguments, since your speeches are so short.
Negotiation and Diplomacy
Evatt is not just a debating competition; it is a negotiation competition where you attempt to build consensus with other member nations to adopt amendments that your country likes and reject amendments your country doesn’t like. The best negotiators always ask why you disagree, because then you can understand things with which the other side might agree.
In addition to negotiation, the Judging Criteria also assess your Diplomacy skills. This means you should engage constructively with other teams and build meaningful working relationships. You should also adopt a negotiation style which would preserve your country’s interests in the long term in “real life”, beyond the simulation. Therefore, you shouldn’t be obnoxious or bullying in your manner but rather, should focus on being inclusive and polite.