#14. What aspects will be distasteful…

What aspect of being Baron/ess do you expect to be, for you, the most distasteful part(s) of the job?  What strategies have you thought of to deal with them?

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3 Responses to #14. What aspects will be distasteful…

  1. I would have to say that the hardest part is going to be that I will stop doing all of the things that I do for myself personally. This will be a switch to serving in whatever way the barony needs me to fill. I know that I will not be able to fence as much, and that is a sacrifice that I am willing to make. I will fight when I can, but the baronage will always take precedence.

    Khazariyya is just not great in the mornings, but she has me and an alarm clock for that.

  2. MarkGwen says:

    Dealing with conflict is an easy answer and always difficult but we do that every day. It is a part of life and as such, we are considering that an ongoing effort. We think the most distasteful aspect, SCA specific, will be when we have to miss an event we want to go to in favor of an event we should go to. We have already experienced this several times and have done what was right for the situation by either going to the event we should be or splitting up to represent ourselves at both events. Since there are two of us, that is a distinct advantage in those situations, in a pinch we can divide and conquer. While that is not ideal, it is an option. We don’t see ourselves doing this any differently than we have been. We will be grateful and gracious for the opportunity and enjoy the events we go to.

  3. Sisuile Rumhann says:

    It is a different answer for each of us. For Rumhann, it’s public speaking – as an introvert – quite and solitude are preferred, and speaking in front of crowds is high on the list of things that he would much rather avoid. However, he is working on remembering that this a part he will be playing and ‘All the Court’s a Stage’. Additionally we have discussed various strategies for mitigating the necessity (this is why there is a court docket). For Sisuile, who has been a herald and a group trainer, public speaking is a non-issue. For her, it will be not skipping preferred events for obligatory events, but missing out on some of the fun aspects of those events for the necessary meetings and side discussions to keep things running smoothly. On the other hand, we are both adults, and understand the necessity of the Baron/ess to be able to deal with meetings, administravia, court, and politics in a polite and gracious manner in order to facilitate best practices and good will.

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