Speaking at a Conference
An international conference is primarily an exercise in communication between people of many different nationalities. It is very hard to communicate effectively across deep divides of language, culture, personality, professional and social background, experience and so forth.
Those who appreciate the true magnitude of the challenge understand that they need to pay attention to every component of oral (and written) communication and recognise the value of striving to continually improve their performance in every facet of that complex skill.
Naturally, it is important to address the Chair by his/her correct title, as set out in the conference documents. Read more about Forms of Address here.
There can be something monotonous and unengaging about a text that is being read to an audience. In an international conference often you will be speaking from a prepared text. The challenge is to disguise that fact and avoid dull or disengaged delivery. Read more about Engaging the Audience here.
Everything you say should be premeditated and often have been discussed with other delegations before you take the floor. Read more about Preparation, Purpose and Structure here.
In the General Debate (and at the closing session) of a large conference, you will be addressing several audiences at once. It is there prudent to give thought beforehand to what your General Debate statement will say to each of these audiences. Read more about Changing Audience and Cultural Sensitivity here.