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October 6, 2019

How do I sleep at night saying they are not as good?

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 11:21 pm

A Notary posts — how do I sleep at night saying that the Notaries on some other site are not as good as the Notaries on my site. And then he states that I am not even a Notary.

Rebuttal:

I am not even a Notary
I used to be a Notary for eight years. I test Notaries on Notary procedure and they normally score an average of 35%. Is 35% good enough to practice Notary work? I score close to 100% on Notary questions and got very few wrong on the very hard California exam many years ago. Of course the content has change in California, but that is immaterial. I am not perfect, but I know Notary procedure better than most Notaries on my site — the exceptions are those that work for the NNA hotline or for state notary divisions as they normally know more than I do — although I caught a lady working for the California SOS make a logical mistake understanding credible witness procedure. The law is complicated and perhaps too convoluted.

How do I sleep at night saying that the Notaries on other sites are not as good?
I sleep fine, but sleep better if I take Advil and kefir (cultured milk). What can I say, the milk calms me down, and no, it doesn’t need to be warm milk like people in India insist. Since I tested almost all the Notaries on 123notary, and also test Notaries I find from particular other sources like Snapdocs, etc., I am aware of the quality of these notaries in terms of test results. Notaries on SnapDocs very rarely score higher than a D on my test. And the notaries that are the top ranking people in their state on SnapDocs do not normally do better than a C. Higher ranking Notaries on 123notary are not always good, but at least we have a good quantity of people who are masters of their craft and also have a depth of experience.

So, I am comparing apples to apples with fair scales. I have a right to assess the quality of Notaries because I represent them. I feel responsible to offer the world good Notaries if I can. I can only do my best. Who are you in your ignorance of this profession to criticize me — I have been running a directory for 20 years and have been a Notary for 8 and done very well on multiple tests not to mention created hundreds of test variations and stimulating quiz questions myself.

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September 25, 2019

Will 123notary certification get you more work and is it worth it?

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 10:34 pm

People think about the financial cost of getting 123notary certified. It is only $67.95 currently. That is not a big investment. Word on the street is that get more work and about $8 more per job if you have our certification. As of 2019, I estimate that you would get about 30% more work by having our certification, and $8 more per signing according to a poll I took.

So, if you were paying a few hundred a year for a top listing, you would get 30% more out of it which might add up to about $100 extra value for advertising each year. The other way to look at it is that you might get several thousand dollars more business each year which you would have no other way to obtain. So are you gaining $100 worth of advertising or thousands in revenue? How should you look at it?

The fact is that the big investment in our certification is not the cost which would pay for itself in days in terms of the extra work you are expected to get. The big investment is time, because in addition to our cert course, we expect you to master Notary Public 101 on our blog which is a long and comprehensive guide to basic Notary procedure. We think you should already know that stuff, but nobody does regardless of what state you are in.

So, the bottom line is that you might need 20 hours of study time, but the $30,000 extra you might make over the next decade is definitely worth your time and makes your time worth $1500 per hour. What else are you doing with your time that is worth $1500 per hour unless you are an assassin. And if my math is wrong, you tell me what the correct math is. After all I am only doing an educated estimate.

You might also have an easier time rising up to a higher spot when one comes available if you have our certification. So there are multiple reasons for getting it but only one for not — laziness and a self defeating attitude. Keep positive — and get our certification today. It is good for life but you do have to pass a phone audit as well as the online test.

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September 7, 2019

123notary certification getting more popular

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 11:00 pm

I heard from a blog comment that several… that means not one, but more than one vendors who hire Notaries are now asking for 123notary certification. That means that since I cleaned up our certification and made it up to a higher standard, that more people value it. Maybe one day it will be highly valued — imagine that.

I will keep a positive thought that our standard will be the highest standard in the land and that people will come from far and wide, and pay big bucks to get our certification. You never know, that could become a reality. We’ll find out. But, we are moving the right direction at least for now.

Our certification is for sale in our loan signing course page. We also have courses on the blog. I recommend doing both as they are different.

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August 29, 2019

I get so nervous when you call

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills,General Articles — admin @ 10:53 pm

One customer said to me, “I get so nervous when you call, I feel like I am going to be quizzed.”

I am sorry that I make people so uncomfortable. I was reading online that alpha males make other people feel uncomfortable and inferior. But, I am only alpha about topics where I know more than others, or think I do. If you guys would become experts in your field rather than to just claim you are, there would be no issues acing my test consistently and no hurt feelings.

But, for those of you who do not like the idea of mastery, why be nervous? If you don’t value knowledge, why be nervous when you don’t have it?

You handle legal paperwork for a living. The financial consequences of screwing up a job are big not to mention the legal damages. It behooves you to know your job inside out. Why is it so difficult to convince everybody of this?

But, on a brighter note, in 2018 I abandoned quizzing people by phone unless they specifically requested it. It was too much drama and was effecting my health. Now I quiz by email mostly and only do a handful of phone quizzes. So no more nervousness when I call. It will be because you forgot to login or renew probably, and not a quiz — unless you requested a quiz.

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August 8, 2019

123notary certification gets you more clicks

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 9:14 pm

Now that I have done a thorough job of raising the bar, getting people to study more, and retesting people, our certification means more. People who use our site are telling me with their clicks that they are using certified people more than they did two years ago before the clean up.

We had about 1600 people who were 123notary certified. Now the number is down to 100 because we couldn’t get people to study. Certified members are now getting about 25% more clicks than those who are not which translates into realistically about 40% more jobs. Yet our certified members are not paying 40% more.

123notary certified members also average about $8 more per signing. So you get more signings and more money per signing. You win twice, but you only have to study once. The information in the course Notary Public 101 in our blog is valuable and is now based on a lot of practical situations that can get you in trouble. So, study from us, stay out of trouble and impress your clients.

So, if you want more clicks, more calls, more choices, better pay and more work, consider visiting Notary Public 101 on our blog and passing our certification test. Email us for instructions.

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April 11, 2019

The lady who studied 30 hours for her elite test

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 10:46 am

I am very honored and pleased to announce that there was a very zealous lady in California who claimed that she loved my materials on Notary Public 101. She studied an hour or two per night for close to a month for my elite test. This lady aced my test and I was so surprised and pleased. I am so tired of people with bad attitudes, it is refreshing to see people who have an excellent attitude. I wish more people could have better attitudes towards learning.

Our new elite test is by phone and it is hard as hell. There are so many different sections of the test ranging from notary, documents, situations and advanced materials too. There is a lot to learn, and some of it is hard. Typically and ironically, Notaries have the hardest time passing questions about Notary acts, because so few of them know the rules for any Notary act.

Being elite certified raises your click average by 60% on your listing based on numbers I crunched in 2018. This is a huge boost in clicks and a huge boost in jobs not to mention that people get paid more who are elite certified. If you want to get ahead, spending a lot of time studying will pay off in the long run, and even in the short run. I wish I had more ladies like this one who studied so hard. It makes me feel good when people respect me, my materials and high standards. It makes our industry great (but not great again).

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April 9, 2019

He lost his 123notary certification and calls from Title dropped to nothing overnight

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 10:02 am

I just talked to a Notary who is on our directory. He was certified, but failed his re-certification test. I had to ask him to study some more before I could recertify him. He said that the minute I took his certification away that calls from Title companies dropped to nothing right away. He was receiving four calls per week from title and then …. nothing…

When I talk to title companies the standard line is that they don’t care about certification. Their mouth says no, but their clicks say yes. The fact is that who they hire is based on a lot of things, and those criteria depend on the individual title agent. But, many people do value our certification especially now that we cleaned it up.

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November 17, 2018

Certification matters more for newer members

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — Tags: — admin @ 11:44 am

After crunching some numbers, I learned that for the old timers, it is not so critical that they get or keep their certification. They already have a track record and name recognition with the title companies. They already have reviews too. However, the newer Notaries get about 2.3x the amount of clicks if they have 123notary certification. Newer members have no name recognition, no credibility, few reviews, and generally a relatively incomplete notes section on their profile.

New Notaries need to realize that they need to stop making excuses and build credibility step by step using a methodical system.

We have so few certified new members, as the industry is not stressing knowledge or certification so much any more. People are looking for experience, not knowledge. Hiring parties think that if you have survived two or more years in this business — that how bad could you possibly be. In my experience you might be very bad, but I am a pessimist, or at least that is what people tell me.

Our new certification standards stress the safety of the notary and how safely they can handle a wide variety of situations we teach in Notary Public 101 in the Real Life Scenarios page on the blog. Having technical knowledge that you will never need is meaningless. Knowing your documents also is not necessary. But, handling situations without screwing up and costing your hiring party $5000 or more really does matter in the long run. This is what we are focusing on. It makes the Notary, borrower and hiring party safer. So you all win. So, start reading my free course on the blog with the intention of mastery.

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October 1, 2018

What would our certification mean if everyone had it?

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 11:31 am

Our certification used to mean something five or ten years ago. Certified members used to value knowledge, study and get more business as a result of having our certification. In the last several years, the industry has changed, and Carmen pointed out that I was not in touch with the new collective attitude of the industry. There is less of a concern about education, knowledge, and more emphasis on micromanaging and low-balling. With the poor quality of notaries out there in 2018, it seems that the hiring parties have no other choice.

The average 123notary certified member had a reasonable knowledge of loan docs back in 2012. But, when I retested people in 2016, the knowledge level went down from around 65% to about 45%. I do not have exact records, and the percentages mean nothing unless you know who was tested and what position they were in, what the questions were, if it was timed, by email, phone, etc. To me, this is a significant drop in competency.

It is because of this drop in knowledge that I requizzed everyone. But, during my first round, I only asked eight questions, and was very liberal in grading. I did not want to decertify 99% of those who had the icon. I felt bad that so many were not passing. But, the not passing was because most Notaries did not know their job. They do their job wrong all day long but nobody caught them, except in a few cases that I heard about. So, I quizzed people again and again with free study guides hoping that people would study more and hoping I would get readings on how they did at notary, documents, and scenarios questions.

The results were that some people studied, but most ignored my emails or did a half-assed job answering the questions. Despite all the chances I gave people, most people did not take the certification seriously and lost it.

Many people got mad at me for all this testing. Some claimed it was demeaning and that they were a professional and knew their job and didn’t need to be tested. Others thought it was a nuisance. However, so many people did so badly, that without testing someone, I can only assume that they are failing in basic knowledge. I apologize for bothering everyone, but I did not have a very forward thinking plan for recertifying people in the past. Now, I am much more masterful about the step by step processes that are necessary. I know my audience better.

The reason I am doing all this testing is because:
(a) I want to screen out those who refuse to study or cooperate, or don’t know their stuff
(b) I want to not screen out too many people otherwise nobody will have our certification.

If I did it the old fashioned way, back in 2017, I would have had a comprehensive timed oral test by phone. I would have sent out two emails, the follow-up would be a week after the first. You would be required to not only answer the email but answer three questions based on material embedded in our course to force you to read our course (few will read it unless forced.) If I went out 1000 emails of this nature, I would probably get 150 qualified responses from those that read the materials. Then, I would test those 150 people on a timed phone test with the hardest questions first. That way I could end the test early if they had not studied. I would probably pass only about 20 people, and we would have 20 certified notaries. The others could study and retest.

Such a harsh way of doing business would have been too much of a shock for me back in 2017. However, it would have gotten the job done in three weeks flat instead of doing the job in wishy-washy stages like I did.

I wanted my certification to mean something to those hiring notaries. If idiots had my icon, then the certification would not mean anything. But, if I took it away from too many people, then nobody would have it and it would once again not mean anything. So, my strategy has been to try to get people to study so I could increase the quantity of deserving people who would have this icon. My strategy was very time consuming and caused too much grief to far too many people.

If I did it all over again, I would make it a lot harder to get the certification in the first place, because taking peoples’ certification away causes a lot of grief to all parties involved. I am older now. I am 49 now. I started certification when I was a starry eyed 32 year old with very little experience in the real world. Young people don’t think about the long term.

Many people who had our certification gamed the system and memorized the answers, had other people take the test for them, or simply forgot their knowledge because they stopped reading, took drugs, or got old and senile. I did not think of any of that when I was 32, but that is the first thing I think about now — mental decay.

Reading, thinking, walking, and grape juice is the best way to preserve your brain.

In the mean time, we are down to less than 200 people who have our certification and the users are starting to appreciate it because the quality went up.

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July 12, 2018

Studying to be Elite Certified is worth $533 per minute

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 8:21 am

Most Notaries don’t want to bother studying. They are lazy, not well educated, and have a bad attitude in general. Additionally, most of them do not care about their work, don’t care about safety precautions, and most of all don’t care how they treat me. The purpose of being Elite Certified is to prove that you are one of the good Notaries who does care and who represents the top 2% of Notaries in terms of knowledge.

It is unclear how long it takes to study for the elite test. That depends on how much you already know. Let’s say it takes 10 hours to study — what are the benefits if you will be in business for another ten years?

$14 more per signing.
Elite Certified Notaries get paid $14 more per signing based on a poll than uncertified Notaries.

Double your work
I cannot say how much extra work Elite Certified signers get, but their clicks are far higher than the rest, so I will estimate realistically that it is about double.

Before vs. After
If you were getting five signings per week at $100, and you get ten signings per week in the long run at $114. that means you go from an income of $500 per week to $1140, but your expenses don’t go up. Over the course of ten years that is $570,000 in income compared to $250,000 which is $320,000 extra income. So, your ten hours of study netted you $320,000 extra income. Ten hours of study is 600 minutes which means that each minute of study is worth $533 in the long run.

Most Notaries typically make very bad financial decisions. Most of them chose not to get educated. Most of them chose not to try hard at their job or career. Most of them chose and choose not to study hard for my tests. They would prefer to spend time at a birthday party or working for $20 per hour rather than to study for the elite which is worth $533 per minute! If you are having trouble making up your mind, just ask yourself —

Do you prefer 30 cents per minute or $533 per minute?
Most Notaries actions suggest they prefer 30 cents which is exactly what they get if they get paid at all.

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