[Northkeep] Canditate or not, food for thought for all of us. [long]
oneblondemuse at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 8 14:21:03 PDT 2001
Sounds like someone was speaking with Earl Fernando of Calontir, am I right?
>From: Jack Skinner <Jack.Skinner at thrifty.com>
>Reply-To: northkeep at ansteorra.org
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>CC: "'Niewoehner, Hugh'" <hughn at SSD.FSI.com>
>Subject: RE: [Northkeep] Canditate or not, food for thought for all of us.
>Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2001 15:14:59 -0500
>Most aptly presented!!! Kieran
>From: Niewoehner, Hugh [mailto:hughn at SSD.FSI.com]
>Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2001 2:57 PM
>To: northkeep at ansteorra.org
>Subject: [Northkeep] Canditate or not, food for thought for all of us.
>With all the questions floating around, I want to post the following text.
>It may bring up some new questions or put a different angle on what some of
>the candidates have to say or think about.
>These are excerpts of a discussion between myself and someone who has
>_recently_ held the offices of Coronet and Crown. I believe these to be
>applicable to those who seek not only a Coronet or Crown, but those who
>would hold office as well.
>I've omitted some stuff that has already been said, etc.
> Damon Notacandidateheimer
>*** Begin included text ****
>Though many people are willing to serve the Baronage, it is important to
>always remember that the Baronage is there to serve the group. It will
>like work - it should feel like work. But that's okay - work can be fun if
>There are new folks whose idea of "nobility" in the SCA will be their
>Baronage. The Baronage should represent everything that's cool about the
>SCA. There will be people who will look up to the new baronage the same way
>we did to Steven and Arwen when we were new. That sense of awe is
>important. But so is the sense that they are people.
>The Baronage is the chief cheerleader. The power you can have to inspire
>people is scary. Use it to help them enjoy more of the SCA. Widen your
>horizons and drag them with you. If you make something sound fun, others
>will believe you - and that can make it fun - even if its a shitload of
>Work with your officers. Build a team that moves in the same direction and
>there is little that you can't do. Support them, work with them. The
>Baronages are more than just ceremonial position. They are leaders.
>People typically want to be lead - but they don't want to be ordered.
>Persuade and convince with your tone, your words and your smile and you'll
>be amazed what can happen.
>Be the Baron for everyone. Not just your friends, or the folks who think
>like you, but for the new goob who clearly has no clue, for the old peer
>resists any change, for the lady in the corner who's not sure why she's
>here, and for the knight who barely plays in his own barony.
>A barony divided can and will hurt the game. There will always be
>but make it the politics of looking to work together.
>The politics of finding the best and most fun solution for everyone.
>There is no doubt that a ruler in the SCA can make things nice for
>themselves. With some effort they can often get almost everything _they_
>want. But that's not why they were given the position - the position is
>there to get what the _people_ want or perhaps what they need in those
>when they are not the same. Sometimes (perhaps even often) that means the
>baronage (or the Crown) must sacrifice their personal desires for those of
>Showmanship. Court is theater - never forget that. It is hard to keep
>courts interesting - but always try. Give the old timers a reason to
>listen to _another_ baronial court. Make them smile, or laugh from time to
>time. Do things to break the pattern or monotony. At the same time,
>things for the newer members so they feel part of things.
>98% of your words in court should be loud enough for everyone to hear
>clearly even from the back. Make people part of court by some things that
>allow then to move, act, or speak. The old golden turkey for new officers
>that kind of thing. Stock phrases they can respond to also help. I used
>"Its not just an event - its a war" so often that the populace would shout
>the second half back.
>The people want "tags" they can pin on their rulers. Lyriel's "well known"
>love of shopping was just such a thing. Everyone knew
>that she _loved_ to shop, so they became part of her by enjoying this as
>well. Baronial shopping expeditions at wars, etc... Our Royal shopping
>muster as Crown, was a play on this same thing.
>Some of the people called into a baronial court will never be called before
>the Crown. This is their one moment in the spotlight.
>Make it special for each one. Talk to them, but also talk to the people
>about them. Make them smile or even cry.
>One of the coolest things of being Baron and King was getting to watch the
>looks on peoples faces when they get an award. Cherish that. The look on
>someone's face when they get an AoA may help keep you in perspective so it
>never becomes "just an AoA"
>Don't bore the Kingdom with your local awards. Hold your courts for
>people. If you do business before the Kingdom, make it special. The
>barony's top awards, or a cool award for a well loved person. The only
>more boring than a local court is someone else's local court. If you are
>doing more than 2 or 3 things before the Kingdom you should be thinking
>pretty hard about why.
>The Baronage is the first link from the people of your land to the Crown.
>Keep good relations with your Crowns. Send award recs for your people and
>you will find them regularly acted on. If you don't, don't count on anyone
>else doing it.
>Get out and about your Barony regularly. Go to a variety of local
>activities. Occasionally show up to things that are not in your normal
>fields of interest - sewing night, or whatever.
>Don't be afraid to admit when you are wrong - you will be. Learn and move
>Have fun. Laugh at yourself from time to time and don't be afraid to play.
>BUT, be sure you can turn the switch to more serious so its obvious to
>everyone for the more serious aspects of your job. The Clown prince idea
>fun for a while but then it gets old and perhaps embarrassing. Laugh when
>its appropriate and be regal when it matters.
>It's a really really cool job, but it is certainly work. And if it
>ceases to be fun, and becomes nothing but work, be prepared to step aside.
>It's better to go out on top and still enjoy the game than to burn out and
>hurt yourself and your Barony.
>I've already written more than I intended and rambled quite a bit. I'm
>I have forgotten important things as well, but let me include here the
>advice which was given me in our Coronation ceremony. It applies to a
>as well as a King.
> This crown, a circlet, the sign of our land
> The sign of the king, the sacrificed man
> He thinks first of his men, their beasts, their land
> And last of the pride that flows from sword hand.
> A child may play in a castle tower
> The king who does soon sees the hour
> The land he rules has lost all power
> The glory once sweet is spoiled and sour.
> By law and by custom is the king bound
> No one beyond these limits may be found
> We turn for justice to those who are crowned.
> The King respects what the people hold dear
> Though he like it not, to their hopes gives ear
> He champions their cause and stands against fear
> If the people prosper, that is his cheer.
> The greatest of burdens falls to the king
> In times of woe, he must cheerfully sing
> In times of crisis, a level head bring
> The first to battle but last retreating
> By each of their subjects, kingdoms are known
> Before us that mirror of honor is shown
> A circlet of metal, polished and honed
> On the brow of a man, one of our own.
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