How to Praise Dear Leader Effectively: Tips for SCAD Inc. Staff

Think about Dear Leader—What was it that first captured you upon initially meeting s/him?

Each quarter, a division of SCAD Incorporated is chosen and mandated to praise our Dear Leader. SCAD Incorporated staff members must then compose a ‘Letter of Admiration’ to Dear Leader. This time-honored and much-anticipated event can be stressful to those staff members who are not comfortable with art of writing—and after all, who here at SCAD is comfortable with writing?

This quarter it is the staff of the May Mau Mau Gallery of Art (located on Habersham) who have been ordered to write dear Leader’s letters of praise. We here at SCAD Secrets have received many inquiries and desperate calls for help. Have no fear SCAD Inc. staff—We compiled a list of ‘helpful hints’ to make your letters of praise shine above the rest!

Dear Leader is, of course, your inspiration. S/he is the reason you want, or even feel the need to write. Some people like to listen to romantic music (or any music that is otherwise meaningful to them in their relationship with dear Leader) before they write. It can also be helpful to look at a picture of Dear Leader while writing. … Think about Dear Leader— What are the things you love and admire about s/him? What was it that first captured you upon initially meeting? You can jot those things down before you start writing.

Share Your Heart:
Depending upon your personality, you may worry that whatever you write may be “too mushy.” Never! The essence of writing the best letters of admiration to Dear Leader is to capture, in as much detail as possible, exactly what you are feeling. A letter of admiration for our Dear Leader is supposed to be a passionate, sincere sharing of your deepest emotions of admiration and praise. If you are open about those passionate feelings, your letter will be truly effective, making Dear Leader feel special beyond compare. Sincerely share your heart—your devotion,and passion for our Dear Leader.

Time and Practice:
If writing, or sharing your emotions, doesn’t come naturally to you, it may take a lot of time to write a well-written letter of admiration. Initially, just getting in touch with your feelings may require a good deal of reflection—let alone the time needed to put those feelings to words. With just a little practice, though, you will be surprised at how naturally the words start to flow. That first letter is the main hurdle!

Writing Tools:
The essentials: “Pen & Paper”: Nice penmanship is essential to not distracting from the words and feelings you put so much thought and time into. If your writing isn’t attractive, it’s preferable to type your letter on a computer where you can choose from any number of font styles (including calligraphy—so sophisticated!) and colors! Even if you do have nice handwriting, give thought to the ink and stationery you use to make your letter as beautiful as possible.

Get Writing!
Ok, so you know what you need to do—share your heart. You may be hesitant, perhaps even scared at the thought; but take the plunge and do it! Put those feelings into words and give Dear Leader the gift that lasts forever—your admiration expressed in print. You can start with a kind note, and work up from there. Search your feelings and share them with Dear Leader.

From her porch at the Landings, she encouraged members of the SCAD community to continue to write letters of praise to those whom we admire:  “The highest and best use of a front porch is to enable and encourage the art of conversation. We entertain ourselves with stories on the porch. We invite people in. We sit. We visit.”

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