My sponsor speaks to an awful lot of people in AA, many of whom have been sober for decades. The same can be true of his sponsor, and his sponsor in turn.
Whenever I speak to my sponsor, I'm getting the distillation of interaction, directly and indirectly, with hundreds of long-time sober members of AA who are heavily active in sponsorship and service, all under the aegis and guidance of God.
What comes down the tubes is high-octane, let me tell you.
Whom are the people you're talking to talking to?