I’ve never understood why every other paranormal investigator in the world uses terms and phrases during an investigation that are so outside the boundaries of how real people talk. Do you really think Joe Blow in 1890 would phrase a sentence like “Give us a sign of your presence” ? Of course not.
It’s important to remember, as investigators, that we need to broaden our view of the world and think outside the box. If someone came up to you on the street and said “what is your purpose here?” how would you respond? Wouldn’t it be better if they said “what are you doing here?”.. granted that may be a poor example but the principle still stands. A few of the doozies I’ve seen are:
Give us a sign of your presence.
Would you like to communicate with us?
What is your purpose here?
And hell, I could think of a lot more. Simplify, man.
Let us know you’re here.
Can you make a noise so we know you’re here.
Would you talk to us?
Why are you here?
And so on…. I’ve caught many EVPs with simplified questions such as these. When I first began investigating I did the whole “sign of your presence” wording and didn’t get anywhere with it on multiple investigations.
Try rewording your questions then let us know how it went.