4 State Ghost Society

Investigating WV, VA, MD and PA

The Rise and Fall of a Paranormal Group By Chuck

What can happen to a paranormal group that is not created with a solid foundation?  Part of a solid foundation includes good communication and members who are team players.  And a founder who is willing to lead and not follow other team members.  All of these things are needed to keep a group together and strong.  And just as important are the values of the group such as truth, honesty, and integrity.   These important points can be the rise or fall of a paranormal group.

The founder and co-founder will need to decide on what the vision of their team will be.  Write this down and it will become like a motto.  Decide what type of investigations they want their group to do and how often do they want to do investigations.  And decide how often they would like to have team meetings.  With all of this  known up front potential members will know what direction the founder and co-founder wants the group to go.  All of this should be done with some form of communications either written or verbal.  They are also your lead investigators.  Create a name for the group and a logo.

The role of founder does not stop there.  When you start a new group or add a new member your team is bound to be nervous.  These people are strangers to each other and maybe a little uncomfortable at first or shy.  The founder and co-founder should do their best to help the team become as comfortable as possible with each other.  This will definitely help the morale of the team.  Everyone on the team relies on the founder and co-founder for many things.  They mostly look for guidance before, during, and after the investigations.   The founders help to solve problems that may arise in the group.  Or situations beyond anyone’s control that may happen during the investigation.

In a paranormal group each person is usually assigned a specific task.  A founder starts the group.  He or she may decide to have a co-founder to help with the coordination of the group.  Interested members can also join the group.  They can be found in various ways.  Such as meet up groups, flyers, internet and more.  Each person may already have a specific skill.  If they do not and are interested in one area then they can be taught how to do that task.

A case manger is usually the first person who has contact wih the client.  Contacting the client and doing an interview.  Obtain pertinent information about the case.  Having the client sign the necessary forms.  Then bring the information to the team.  The case manager is also responsible for finding new cases.  One of the case manager roles could also include doing historical researching.  Gathering information from the county court house, the internet, libraries and personal interviews with those familiar with the area you are investigating.  Duties could also include team documentation.  If you have a small group the case manager can wear many hats.

Tech managers or equipment managers are responsible for the set up of equipment.  Such as where to place cameras, a good base station location, and operating the necessary equipment.  The founder and co-founder help make those decisions.  The tech manager generally has good computer and technical skills.  As well as being well organized.  The tech manager will be responsible for accounting of all equipment at the end of the investigation.  The tech manager can also train others to help run the equipment and set up if necessary.  This can initially be done at a team meeting to help other team members become familiar with the equipment and its purpose.  Especially with a new group if the tech manager does not show or help other members on the process of setting up the equipment it can be a free for all at the investigation.  Everyone wanting to help and no one knows what to do or how to do it.  Or everyone stands around feeling helpless.  This can create unnecessary stress. By teaching others about the set up of equipment and having them do it will let you see how well everyone works together to get the job done.

So the basic cores of your team consist of the founder and co-founder who have many responsibilities.  A case manager initially has contact with the clients.  The tech manager is responsible for the setup of various types of equipment.  And last but not least are the investigators who will gather evidence.  This makes up the rest of your team.

Every member of the team needs to feel wanted and needed in some kind of capacity.  Team members often bring in a piece of equipment they are familiar with and teach other members how to operate it.  .  This will help with the education process also.  Sharing knowledge is a key factor of a group also.  The more you know or are willing to learn the better your team will be.  This will greatly help with the reputation of the group.

One other thing that needs to be considered is the investigations.  Yes you may get clients in many ways.  Flyers, newspapers, internet and other sources but what about when things are slow and you have no investigations?  The team has to decide if they want to pay for investigations of public places.  Some can be well known places or out of the way places that a person believes might have paranormal activity.  Many of these places charge for investigations.  If your team decides to do these types of investigations then a maximum price should be discussed.  Or if an investigation is out of your price range do you want to consider going in with another paranormal group to help offset the cost.

Many things can be discussed during regular team meeting.  But the founder and co-founder should have an agenda before the meeting begins.  Email or call other members and ask if there is anything they would like to discuss during the meeting.  Then distribute the agenda before the meeting.  If there is no agenda then it just becomes chaos.  Members don’t have time to think about and respond to what is being said.  Everyone starts to talk over each other and get their say in.  It ends up with “think things over and we will decide it during our next meeting”.  Nothing gets accomplished.  Then members leave the meeting and wonder why did I even go?  And over time they are not sure if this is the kind of group they wanted to join.

If the founder and co-founder has not set up the guide lines like the team vision and rules.  And have poor communication then the team has headed for a big fall.  The team members have become friends but are thinking about going in a different direction.  The team starts to split up and members have to decide which friends they will go with. Or if they should find a new paranormal group or just get out all together.  All of this could have been prevented with good communication.  I know this because that is exactly what happened to the paranormal group that I had joined.

Chuck is a Certified Paranormal Investigator who has been involved in paranormal research for four years in Hagerstown, Maryland.  He is also a  Certified Leading Paranormal Investigator through the Para Nexus Academy.  He can be contacted by e-mail at fourstateghostsociety@yahoo.com.

This article was published in the Paranexus News Letter.


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