Before one can build a reputable team, it’s a good idea to have at least a couple years experience behind you or been part of at least ten full investigations. Especially if you want people to take you seriously. Creating a team is not at all like creating ‘bridge club’ or joining a bowling team, that bowls once or twice a week as a group. Nor is it all the fun and games everyone watches on popular paranormal television programming. It’s hard work. Having a successful team there three essential things you should possess to be successful. 1) passion, 2) dedication, and 3) patience. If you’re already passionate, odds are you’ve already gained valuable experience and have investigated several cases. The dedication is the hard part, as it can consume every minute of your time within the first year, unless you become the master of your time (especially if you have a significant other that doesn’t share your passion). The hardest to master, when forming a group, is patience. The right people will come along, but as the princess said, ‘You have to kiss a lot of toads to find the perfect prince!’ An assumption we’ll be making is that you have already been part of another organized team, if not, we highly suggest that you join one first, for at least a year, before you even consider forming a team. Unless of course there isn’t already one within your area or community. If not, start small group and work yourself up, preferably with  others close to you that share your interest, possibly some  close friends, family or co-workers. Knowledge is Power, which is why it is important to learn the ropes of paranormal investigation and research as much as possible to better prepare yourself before taking on a management role. Since it’s your paranormal team, by default you’re the leader. So the first thing you need to decide is understand what your reasons are for starting a team. If it’s to get a TV show, make money or become famous, think again. Or is it to better understand the energy of spirits and record their presence? Or perhaps validate a personal paranormal experience? Other than the first reason, which at its very best is a long shot; these are all very valid reasons you’ll now need to clarify. What can you do as the leader of this team? Are you willing to keep expanding your knowledge about ghosts, spirits, and entities? Learn photography and how to collect properly collect and analyse EVP’s? What procedures will you have in place? Have you thought about expanding on techniques you know to train new members? As the leader of the team, you’ll have to be knowledgeable in a lot of areas but knowing your boundaries, and understanding what you are willing to commit yourself to, will help you find just the right team members to fill in the missing parts of your team. This way you can build strong base to grow off of and use everyone’s skills to share knowledge. NOTE: Remember to always be aware and cautious when meeting with someone you don’t know. For your first meeting with perspective members, it’s always a good idea to meet in a public place and never go there alone. There are several good ways to advertise for new members. You can create announcements in the community newspaper, post signs on bulletin boards at your favorite supermarket, or even post it on several meeting web sites. In the Shadows Paranormal Project wanted to form a team large enough to support to investigative teams on a single night, it two separate locations. So we began by creating a few simple pages on Meetup dot com stating we werer looking for new people to bring on board into the project. And the response was tremendous! So much so, we had to cut it off at 35, for a manageable first meeting. Yet we had over 150 responses, to which others were put on a waiting list. It surprised us how is easy it was to find people interested in the paranormal, but the hard part was about to begin; finding people who were serious and wanted to learn. You find that many people in the group will fizzle out after a short time, as all they wanted was to just go on a ‘ghost hunt.’  With that in mind, try not to get discouraged with a high membership turnover in the beginning. Remember, you want quality on your team, that will work cohesively. Our average investigation would require anywhere from 4-6 people. Once they were found, we had establish a solid team core before trying to expand our membership. However you may find that those 4-6 people are all you ever need. Since you will be spending a lot of time together training for your first investigation, and learning how to examine evidence, it is important that you take the time and build your team on people that will get along together. You can affectively weed out those you don’t want on your team, by interviewing them individually, before you invite them to your meeting. We continued to use Meetup for a monthly OPEN to the public meeting. As well as organizational and training meetings for the team that was CLOSED to the general public. Remember while you’re searching, ‘the paranormal’ does not solely exist around spirits, ghosts, entities and hauntings. The term paranormal is actually quite broad and if you haven’t already discovered it, you will find that it also covers many different topics; Cryptozoology, Alien & UFO phenomenon, abductions, and much more. Therefore, consider carefully the construction of your team, and what it is exactly you wish to accomplish. For the purpose of our pages in the Dimension Zone, we will assume it’s regarding spirits, ghosts, entities and hauntings. 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