Perhaps you have been interested in the paranormal for as long as you can remember or you simply want to help others who are dealing with paranormal events. Finding others who share your interests is a natural desire, but before you decide to start your own paranormal society, there are several things you should consider.
What are your goals? Get this down on paper to clarify exactly what it is you want to accomplish. If your goals are to provide services to those who are experiencing paranormal disturbances, consider whether you have the expertise to help them. Capturing evidence of the paranormal on tape is one thing, but being able to assist the client in coming to terms with a possible haunting by ghosts or spirits requires different skills.
Does your team posses the necessary skills to conduct safe investigations? An investigative team needs to know how to identify spirits and whether they pose a risk to the client. The client is counting on your expertise to guide them. If things get out of control or you encounter paranormal activity that is beyond your expertise, you will need a plan of whom you can contact to get help quickly.
What equipment will you need? Although you can begin with digital cameras and audio recorders, if you are serious about your desire to form a paranormal society, you will need more equipment. Wireless audio, wireless cameras and thermal cameras require a financial investment in your organization. Assuming you do not charge for your services (most reputable ghost hunter organizations do not charge for their services), you need a source of financial support to purchase equipment and to fund your activities.
Consider any legal issues that may arise. Do you have insurance to cover costs if one of your members is injured during a ghost hunt? If the unthinkable happens and your team damages client property or the client is injured, is it covered by your insurance? Although you may think you do not need insurance, you may change your mind when an issue arises and you are faced with the responsibility for the bills.
Think about the paperwork you will need for investigations. Client agreements should spell out the services you will provide. Remember to address the issue of confidentiality. Will you retain the right to publish your findings or are you bound to confidentiality? Getting in down in writing clarifies expectations and protects your team as well as the client.
Form a team of investigators with a wide range of paranormal experiences and determine your roles. The more combined experience and knowledge of the paranormal your team has, the better able it is to serve the client. Although you may wish to share the role of leader with another person, designate one person as the go-to person in each investigation to prevent conflicting instructions to the team.
Invite others to join your team in forming a paranormal society to serve your local area, but be sure that your philosophies and techniques are a good match. The behavior of each team will reflect on the society as a whole. Developing a written philosophy and basic guidelines to govern the society prevents misunderstandings and assists you in reaching your goals.
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