One of the most frustrating things that a professional reader can encounter is a client who expects them to do something that the reader does not know how to do. Just like any other trade, different readers work in different ways. Dr Phil and Dr Oz are both reputable doctors, but I wouldn't recommend going to Dr. Phil for open heart surgery!

It's very much the same with readers, too. I do not specialize in finding lost objects, and it is very frustrating when I get a client who wants to know where she put her engagement ring. This creates friction and tension, where, with a bit of forethought, it need not have happened.

Genuine professional readers -- and there are some who are not genuine nor, in my opinion, professional! -- want to help. Yes, they need to earn a living, but they genuinely want to assist you with your current problems. Remote viewers are awesome for helping you find lost things, but they may not have a thorough knowledge of the Tarot. Tarot readers might be able to read the cards with diamond clarity, but if this does not make them good remote viewers.

When choosing a reader, make sure you read their biographies and know what they can and can't do. For online readings, the bios are usually on the reader's website. For in-person readings, pick up a business card, and watch how the reader interacts with other clients. Reputable readers will honestly share with you the skills in which they are competent. If you feel drawn to that reader, but don't see the skill you want listed, see if something else that reader can offer might help you. For example, if you are looking for a lost object, and you don't see 'lost objects' listed in the readers skills, but you see 'remote viewing,' and 'clairvoyance' listed, it may be worth taking a chance. Likewise, if you are seeking a Tarot card reading, but feel drawn to someone who reads crystals, go ahead and ask your question.

It's been my experience that the reader and the client will know within the first few moments how the reading is going to go. Readers who are sincere will let you know if they feel you are not making a connection. Lots of readers even offer a free 'trial,' to ensure that connection is there. Some do this in the way of the first few minutes being free. I do it by having one day a month where people can ask one question online and get a short 2 - 3 sentence answer.

Finding a reader is like finding a hairdresser. You have to be sure that they offer what you are seeking, and then you have to get one with whom you resonate. The reader / client relationship builds on past experiences as well as what the current session has to offer.

We've mentioned some of the skills in this article, and we'll revisit some more of the usual -- and not so usual! -- methods offered by readers in an upcoming article. Have a great day everyone!