Following on the questions posed “Where are the Positive Hams? And How to Tell? – Part I” and “Where are the Positive Hams? And How to Tell? – Part II” here are my thoughts:
Stop playing the “Zero Sum Game” – More Hams doesn’t mean less for everyone!
We need to honor the idea that “We are only as good as how well we teach & share.“
Keep the anti-Elmers in Check.
Control the learner’s experience in a postive way. Basically until an anti-elmer (if they can) is reformed, keep students away from them.
When you need to, go it alone and do the woodshedding, as – In a “Technical Hermitage” I only encounter the most positive ham I then knew – myself – while teaching myself.
Recognition of Elmership
Reinforcement leads to a desire to do the good thing agian and again - Repeated public praise of the successful and willing Elmer will nurture that Elmer and inspire others to join the Elmer ranks.
Encouragement to Find an Elmer
Every student needs a teacher -Do what is needed to plant the idea of finding the mentorship of an Elmer in your fellow ham.
Awards/Wallpaper for both Elmers and the “Elmered”
Tokens marking the successes we have are more than just scorekeeping, they are reinforcement. Consider rewarding your club’s effective & successful Elmers with a tangible award in recognition of their contributions that they can display as wallpaper in their shack. Include in recognition the student with a certificate type award marking their success as the “Elmered.”
More Steps recognized at the Club/Community Level than just Three License Classes
Break down the advancement into smaller appealing acheivments -Keep track, recognize and honor incremental acheivements within the hobby.
Publicly Praise and Acknowledge the “Right Stuff”
Praise given in secrecy is 1000 times less effective than praise opnely given - Very simple, hold up and publicly praise the Right Stuff in Amateur Radio.
Lessons – Just Like Tennis or the Violin?
Like a ballplayer looks to coaches to help advance one’s game -Whether giving or taking instruction, on going amateur radio lessons will keep us improving and learning.
Write About It – Pass it on Vicariously.
Share in a way that stores your mentorship until the student is ready for it -Put your Radio Amateur Experience into words to give it a legacy of Elmering future generations of hams.
Continuing Education all Around?
Make yourself a challenge to get better at this hobby – Continuing Education in setting personal education goals, starting that training, and seeing that training through until one’s personal goals are met, is core to a life-long progression in personal skills & enjoyment.
I’ve tagged all of the posts in this series “The Positive Ham” if you want to search & read the lot of them.
While far from comprehensive the suggestions would seem to go along ways towards meeting the much of the motivators, borrowed from another role in life, contained in the acronym “M.I..CE.”, which stands for “Money, Ideology, Coercion, and Ego”
To that I must insist that even when motivated by MICE in hobby terms we have to be having FUN to make any of this worthwhile.
My appreciation to you for hanging in with me as these idas unfolded. Thank you!
Again, as these are (just) a few of my observations and thoughts – what are your ideas?