Skip to main content
I teach a class titled: How to Give a Good Peerage Speech. I have taught it at Pennsic.  I have also taught it one on one to people who are freaking out that they have to give one.

As a service to all courts everywhere, I am sharing my notes.  Go forth and give good speech.

How to Craft a Good Peerage Speech:  Countess Marguerite inghean Lachlainn -East.

In writing:

Rule 1: Know the reactions of your candidate.
Rule 2: Keep your speech short. No, really. Short.  I don't care if your persona is long winded. Short. There will be 5 or 6 people speaking. It needs to be only 2 to 3 minutes.
Rule 3: Address to the candidate, the crown AND the populace.
Rule 4: You can keep mundane references in, but disguise them.  No inside jokes unless you are prepared to explain them.
Rule 5: Remember which virtue/branch of the society you are representing when you make your speech and speak to that. If you are a populace speaker, then speak of the candidate's influence among the populace and the respect they have for them.
Rule 6:  (There is no rule 6)
Rule 7: Do not give your CV. You have been asked by the crown to speak and you are representing your order or the populace, you don't need to explain why you have the right to speak here.  Do however, give you name. Even if everyone already knows you.
Rule 8: This speech is not about you.  It is not about your persona, it is not about how you know the candidate. It is about why they exemplify the best qualities you are speaking about as the representative of your order.

In delivery:

Rule 1:  Memorize if you can.  If you can’t, have notes on a small piece of paper. If you must read from a long text, be very familiar with it so you can look up from it and make eye contact with people.   If you are looking down at a piece of paper the sound gets lost in your chest.
Rule 2: Assess the space where you are speaking.  Is it open air? Listen to the space as court is going on.  Is there background noise? Does the room eat sound? Is it echoy? Is there an archway through which you are going to need to throw your voice. It's court, it is never going to be a small space.  You are going to need to keep your volume up, but you may need to modify the speed of your delivery.
Rule 3: Address the candidate, the crown AND the populace.  Make eye contact with them. Smile back if someone is grinning at you.
Rule 4: Loud.  No, really. Louder.

Moments of Failure:

Rule 1: There will always be one. Accept it. It is what is going to make your speech memorable.
Rule 2: It's okay to laugh at yourself when you mess up. It makes you more approachable and human.
Rule 3: It is okay (excellent really) if the emotion you are feeling enters your voice. That's a bonus, not a flaw.


Popular posts from this blog

A Value Map for Participation in the SCA

This post is a continuation of the work I started in 2020 on the subject of demonstrating the value of Membership in the SCA.  If you have read all my work before, or if you are also a Business Architect, read on.  If you are coming to this discussion for the first time, start with Part 1 or you will be hopelessly lost. If you choose not to start at the beginning, at least watch this video I made about the first Value Map to explain how to read it.  Part 1: A Value Map for SCA Membership  Part 2: But Meggie, what does this all mean? Part 3: Updated Value Map for SCA Membership: 2023 This is Part 4. As an SCA we are notoriously bad at defining terms, and since we often use the term "member" to mean "person who shows up at SCA events" and also "Someone who has paid a membership fee". It will become important to this discussion to be clear what kind of "member" we are talking about.  I have already defined both these types of "members' in t

Part 1: A Value Map for SCA Membership

In my mundane life I am a member of the Business Architecture Guild, currently working for an IT Enterprise Architecture department, practicing Business Architecture, and studying for my Business Architecture certification exam.  Business Architecture is a discipline that allows the practitioners to abstract an enterprise, and the business ecosystem in which it operates, in order to allow the managers of the enterprise to think about business in a non operational/strategic way. It is a communication and analytical framework for translating strategy into actionable initiatives.  In my elevator speech to C-Suite folks I say that practicing BA is like developing the network diagram you see hanging on the wall in an IT Architecture Department, only it represents the business, not the technology. A completed business architecture are the blueprints of the business; a map of concepts, definitions and models that describe how an organization creates value for its stakeholders.  As I write thi

Silver Brooch for Cezillia Raposa

And so she navigated to our shore,  Fair winds had brought her safely to the East, She’d carried brushes, paints and clever lore, With Winston, truest friend and feline beast. Then once she’d found a land with opened doors, She made, for friends and Kings, her art into a feast. This is the land for which she’d ever longed; The sweetness of a home where she belonged. Thus, at the Sixth Ethereal Court of the Eastern Consuls of the East, Tindal and Alberic, do induct Cezilia Raposa into our Order of the Silver Brooch.   ---------- This is a scroll text for one of my dearest friends, Cezillia Raposa.  The scroll was illuminated by Mistress Nataliia and the caligraphy was by Baroness Faeillin, who has since become the Signet of all the Eastern Scribes (a kingdom level job).  This was a fun scroll for us to collaborate on, because Cezillia, Nataliia and I have worked together for other  victims.. in the past, and Nataliia also used to be the Signet, so there was a lovely symmetry in