Leading a A real Ghost Hunting or Paranormal
Investigation Team takes a lot of hard work
and dedication. Those of you in the know are
certainly aware of this matter first hand.
You have experienced the woe's of getting
different people to coordinate a active search
as well as deal with personality clashes and
those that feel they should take over your
group and be in charge.
If only you had had a paranormal game plan
from day one then many of your problems and
frustrations would not have brought you to
the point where you are today.
The Who, What's, Where's
and Why's of Organizing a Real Ghost Hunting
Paranormal Investigation Group
You personally should know why your doing
what your doing in hunting for real ghosts.
Make sure your reasons and those of the group
you form are all in agreement to the facts
of why your hunting for ghosts or anything
paranormal in the first place. Is it because
you all want to prove something to yourselves
individually. Or present it to the world that
Ghost are real. That may sound simple but
many people have their own agendas and reasons.
Fame notoriety or just to prove to others
that they are not certifiably nuts.
As the new leader of any Paranormal group
or Team you will be required to organize paranormal
investigations and haunted location expeditions.
You are someone you delegate must handle the
people that contact your group to come and
investigate their haunted lives. You or the
group must be accessible 24/7 365 days a year.
Either through the internet or how ever you
decide to advertise your services.
Remember you need to find the right people
to join your group for ghost hunt expeditions.
You also need to be a therapist in a sense
to keep the team together. You also have to
set up a place to keep records of investigations
not only on a computer but also hard copies
in actual physical files. And this is effectively
the best way to keep reports of your team’s
If you want to lead your
own Ghost Hunting Team, here are a few areas
that you will have to focus on:
Initiative and Enthusiasm: You will be constantly
on the move. The leader of a Paranormal Investigation
Ghost Hunting Team needs to be able to communicate
with other groups. Just because your not the
only ghost wranglers in town you need to be
open to working with other groups. not bashing
them verbally to clients or others on blogs
and web sites.
Are yo the sole person in the group that
organizes expeditions, gathers information,
and recruits new team members? Try to make
it a team effort. If you do it all alone is
it the personal glory your after? Organization
skills are always a real plus but have yours
been tested to the max? Ghost hunting groups
seem to do that to people. it pushes buttons
that some of you might not be able to handle.
If you need to step down and put someone else
in charge be honest and do it.
You will always need to schedule your paranormal
investigations days in advance. Try to plan
accordingly and rally your team to arrive
at the site ready to hunt for ghosts. Remember
this is a job that you don't get paid for
and if you go in with an unprofessional attitude
your credibility is shot from the first introduction.
Also remember the real ghosts that you will
be attempting to hunt for a a persons home
is watching you and your group. The ghosts
might size you up from your actions and say
I don't want to mess with these fools.
Many groups forget the importance of health
and welfare. I know of two groups that actually
have scheduled gym days or work out sessions.
Endurance and personal strength: Sometimes
your quest for real ghosts and hauntings will
take you to some very difficult out door terrain.
By staying in shape, you will be able to lead
your team effectively through any real ghost
hunt. Consider this if you can't breath or
walk more then 12 steps without having to
sit down why are you hunting for ghosts? Unless
your health is in check you might be haunting
someone your self real soon.
When forming a team one should consider peoples
health issues as they apply for your groups
admission. diabetics, hyper glycymic those
that need special attention over a certain
period of time need to state these facts openly
Real questions that need
to be asked... First?
Also consider making up a questionnaire for
would be ghost hunters joining your group.
Ask questions like any health problems, mental?
Physical? Also consider asking have you ever
been arrested and for what? Spent time in
jail? Mental institution? and so on and so
on. Never let someone join your group just
because they say hey I watch ghost hunters
on TV all the time and I want to experience
a real haunting.
Meet would be prospective Ghost Hunters Eye
to eye. Never judge the Character of a person
over the phone . I heard about a guy from
a New York Group that just gets calls from
people asking to go on ghost hunts with the
group and just tells them to show up at such
and such a location. People will follow you
if you are trustworthy, dependable, responsible
and competent person. But why be so hap hazard
with who you accept into your group.
You don't need to have Courage to hunt for
real ghosts. But let me tell you here and
now. "No one wants to follow the ghost
hunter who is afraid of the dark." Spiders,
strange places, roaches, bats crazy people.
Yes they all come along with the investigations
sooner or later. And if anyone is bothered
by such things don't you know about it in
the first place. All these things ghosts might
find out about the party on your team from
observing them and just listening. Ghost know
how to investigate Ghost Hunters better then
we them. Anything and everything that you
fear a ghost will use against you. Be aware
of that right now!.
Do those in your group as well as your self
have good "People Skills". Remember
you deal with the living clients family friends
and employee's depending on the case you are
investigating. Someone with a bad attitude
can really make it tougher on you and all
you do in the future if you let them.
Intelligent Ghost hunting: Knowing where real
might be haunting and searching there first
will help you to find them sooner than searching
indiscriminately. Having the right information
is a necessity, always set up someone in your
group to interview clients. Find the right
people person in the group and set them as
you first person to speak to clients. Also
set up paper work with a lawyer that clients
need to sign stating that you and your team
or not responsible for damages, unwanted publicity
and anything that the actual ghost might do
just because you and or team came in looking
for it. In ghost Hunting and Paranormal terms
of the 21st Century a simple handshake is
no longer enough.
Your Paranormal groups honest and open "Paranormal
Credibility" Is at stake always. Your
group or do it yourself research must be well
documented, backed by compelling evidence,
and credible witnesses to be believed outside
of the Paranormal community. Your personal
life also comes into the microscope when anything
is presented to the world publicly. Do you
hang with infamous characters? Have you been
to jail? Have you perjured your self in anyway?
Think about who you are first of all in life
and how you want the world to see you and
most of all never make false claims just to
make yourself and team look better.
Oh and all Paranormal Investigations or confidential.
Unless the party you investigated signs papers
stating that you can expose their haunted
problem never do with out permission in writing.
Building A Real Ghost Hunting
When building your own Ghost Hunting Team
a lot of different skills will always be necessary.
As a Paranormal Groups leader you personally
will have to seek out and recruit people that
can fill these roles. Keep in mind that a
person may fill more than one of the roles
listed below and this list is by no means
If your a self motivated Paranormal Researcher
or Investigator in the first place you know
what your doing with a team or not. But everyone
needs real validation. A good researcher or
investigator will always call in others to
interview witnesses thoroughly, extract necessary
information, put information together, and
make sound analytic judgments. Good people
for this role are Detectives, Clergy, police
officers, investigators, reporters, writers,
Becoming the Paranormal Team Leader: The
team leader is the glue that holds the team
together. He communicates with all the team
members and gets things moving.
Your Paranormal Web Sites Webmaster: The
team webmaster is today an important position.
As we all know they will maintain the team’s
web site, post photographic, written, or forensic
evidence of ra ghosts and their existence.
Consider getting someone who know how to build
a site. And not just someone just learning
how to do it.
The Interviewer: Someone needs to field calls
and emails. Talk to a person and get all the
details of who they are and what the haunting
consist of. This person should be a people
person and a good listener. And sympathetic
to a persons claims no matter how strange
or out there they are.
The Paranormal Investigation Planner: Once
the team, knows where it wants to search,
the team planner looks over maps, finds a
suitable location for base camp and possible
search areas in the area.
The paranormal Investigation Expedition Organizer:
The organizer arranges any logistical needs
for the team to include travel arrangements,
transportation, etc. The planner and organizer
work closely together during he planning of
the expedition to make sure that everything
has been accounted for. This individual is
or should be an expert at reading maps and
is familiar with the area. They personally
make sure the team gets to where they want
to go and gets back safely without getting
The Sketch Artist: A good sketch artist will
be able to quickly make note and draw what
the team sees if they encounter a real ghost.
This will be important when completing reports.
Good people for this role are sketch artists,
graphic designers, etc.
The Writer: The team writer will record the
events of the expedition, complete reports
of the team’s findings and make notes
of the team’s interaction with real
hauntings and ghosts along the way. Good people
for this role include reporters and technical
writers. You don't want someone out to make
their name as a journalist or article writer
for this job. Their ego's are always at the
root and will sometimes embellish a haunted
investigation just to be apt to sell the story.
The Sensitive, Medium or Ghost Specialist:
This person is the haunted ghost expert. they
has read everything there is to read about
real ghosts and is familiar with what his
behaviors, activities, haunting patterns,
favorite locations, etc might be. They have
a sixth sense that at times allows them to
communicate directly with spooks and specters.
The Paranormal Forensics Analyst: This person
will be able to carefully gather evidence
and go over it personally. They often will
take or collect samples of Photos, EVP's or
EMF readings and put them into logical patters
and order. This person will need to make arrangements
to have the evidence analyzed and properly
validated with logs that each member should
The Paranormal Equipment Wrangler: The man
or woman who accounts for all equipment being
in working order at all times. Buys batteries
and cables and tape and any thing that you
need to make sure all is in working order.
Also makes sure that their is ample extra
equipment in case something fails.
Paranormal Evidence Analyst: Whether it be
EVP"s video or photos some needs to go
over the information that everyone has given
them thoroughly. Each person in your group
should write their report of what they perceive
is a ghosts. and each person goes over what
the others submit as proof. then it is given
to a special team that validates and compares
all the notes to look for similarities.
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