[Northkeep] Canditate or not, food for thought for all of us. [long]

Trish Kvamme 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?

Larissa :)

>From: Jack Skinner <Jack.Skinner at thrifty.com>
>Reply-To: northkeep at ansteorra.org
>To: "'northkeep at ansteorra.org'" <northkeep at ansteorra.org>
>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
>-----Original Message-----
>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
>	 -offlist
>*** 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
>done right.
> >
>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
>the group.
> >
>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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