June 2019 - Notary Blog - Signing Tips, Marketing Tips, General Notary Advice - 123notary.com
123Notary

Notary Blog – Signing Tips, Marketing Tips, General Notary Advice – 123notary.com Control Panel

June 26, 2019

Spelling mistakes in blog comments and what Jeremy thinketh…

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 12:17 pm

You can always tell a notary. You see them at a bar and you know right away. They are always broke, always give themselves compliments, pats on the backs, try to appear to be a lot more than what they are, and then complain bitterly about how unfair the world is.

ME: How’s it going?

UNKNOWN PERSON: Oh okay. I worked so hard for the last seven years, and I’m a professional, and an expert in my field. I’m so much more knowledgeable than the other people in my industry. I have “x” amount of years of experience. But, I never seem to get paid on time.

WAITER: Here’s your bill.

UNKNOWN PERSON: $20 for two mocktails? I’m going to have to negotiate the bill. The menu said $7. I’m going to have a financial problem. Oh God.

ME: Have you considered supplementing your Notary work with some other specialties, and consider the idea of saving a particular percent of your income every month no matter what so that maybe one day you can retire without starving to death?

UNKNOWN PERSON: That’s a great idea but (pause… jaw drops) How did you know I was a Notary Public?

ME: You made it so obvious. You have all the tell-tale traits. Notaries brag all day long about how they are an expert at their field, complain how they never get paid, and yet when they perform an Acknowledgment, they don’t even know who is acknowledging what.

UNKNOWN PERSON: That’s a no-brainer, the Notary is acknowledging that the signature is genuine… duh…

ME: (oral buzzing sound) Wrong! Time to go back and restudy Notary Public 101 on our blog.

But, that is only the beginning. When you read Notary commentary on forums, blogs, and in their notes sections in their bio, there are normally plethoras of spelling mistakes, capitalization mistakes, punctuation mistakes (not to mention punctuality mistakes, but that’s a topic for another article). What do you think the readers think when you constantly write illiterate sounding English? They will think — if you are that sloppy in how you write, you will undoubtedly make endless mistakes facilitating the signing of our loans. This is why people generally micromanage you. It is not that they want to, they have to. Think about it.

You might also like:

What is so critical about crossing out he/she/they?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22223

Can a notary sign on a different day?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22084

Can a notary get in trouble?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21429

Mistakes notaries make with title companies
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4412

Share
>

June 25, 2019

What is so critical about crossing out the he/she/they?

Filed under: Technical & Legal — admin @ 12:17 pm

FAQ of the day

The he-she-they being filled out is important because if someone fraudulently adds a name to the certificate making the people involved a they and no longer a he or a she, then it makes it a lot easier to make sense of the “he said/she said/they said” that will ensue.

You might also like:

A Los Angeles detective seizes someone’s journal and complains about a blurry thumbprint.
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22237

Penalties for notary misconduct
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21315

13 ways to get sued as a notary
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19614

Share
>

June 24, 2019

A lot of info I knew but forgot about says one 123notary client

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 12:18 pm

One Notary was reading one of my instructional tutorials on 123notary. He claimed that there was a lot of information that he used to know but had forgotten about. He was very happy that I had published Notary Public 101 as that was a great opportunity for him to review his Notary knowledge. Personally, my brain is not good at acquiring new information. I have to read over information again and again and again, and then review it periodically over time for the information to solidify and sink in. I very rarely forget Notary information that I have learned unless it is very technical, and California notary law can get very technical.

But, other people are not like this. Other people learn their stuff and then forget most of what they have learned slowly over time. This is why I think it is critical to maintain your knowledge and keep studying and reviewing your technical knowledge. So, the minute you think you know it all, that’s the same minute you need to review!

You might also like:

Beginner Notary 103 – gaining industry knowledge
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21118

Does knowledge matter any more as a signing agent?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19887

Share
>

June 22, 2019

She lost a great account because she didn’t want to backdate

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 12:20 pm

This type of story is not something we hear about much. Companies will not typically ask you to backdate. They only ask when there is some huge financial loss that they will incur if they don’t. What these companies don’t seem to understand is that the consequences of getting caught are far worse than the small commission or few thousand you lose if you have to redraw the loan or lose the loan entirely.

This particular Notary had a nice client for years. She did many jobs for them month after month. Then one day they were in a jam and asked her to backdate for them. The Notary said no, and the company never used her again. Hmmm. With friends like them who needs enemies!

I have never heard a story exactly like this before. The moral of the story is that people who hire Notaries are typically people lacking any sort of scruples, so don’t expect anything from them. And if they ask for illegal things, don’t do it. And if you get fired as a result, just make sure you have a large compilation of other clients because you’ll be needing them.

You might also like:

A lady got a request for backdating — hear her brilliant solutions
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22183

Backdating from A to Z
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2424

What is a document date?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21431

Share
>

June 21, 2019

Demographics and who is reading my blog

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 12:21 pm

I used to think that most of my readers were women over fifty. And maybe the readers who comment and are listed with us meet that profile. But, the people who read my blog are all types. What surprised me is that most are male (and males are a gender minority in the notary industry) and that most people reading our blog were under 45 which was another huge surprise.

So, I’m going to have to make my blog more hip to keep these young hipsters more interested. Maybe I need to talk more about young people things. I don’t even know who the pop stars are these days other than Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus. Sounds like I need to get more with the times.

By the way, I just learned that Miley and her hubby Liam Hemsworth cannot stop fighting and that their marriage is at risk. Why not just date?

The largest age segment reading my blog is 26-35. Who would have guessed. And it is not because of the Notary profession. Young people in general seem to spend more time on the net, particularly men with poor social skills. Women prefer to spend time with real people — and so do I. So I finally agree with women about something but still can’t figure out why they like shoes so much.

You might also like:

Demographics in the mobile notary business
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=15359

Compilation of notary stories on the blog categorized
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21898

Share
>

June 20, 2019

When are you at your best mentally?

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 12:22 pm

Many Notaries complained about me in blog comments. They complained about me trying to test them at 8:30pm when they were not at their best mentally. I call late because I am not awake in the morning due to a sleep disorder, plus most of you are on other coasts which compounds the problem. Yet, I survive somehow.

The fact is that to pass my test you have to know something, and if you know it, then you know it, and that is all there is to it. The real problem is that you don’t know your stuff and don’t want to embarrass yourself during your low brain function hour. I want you to know your stuff so well you can spout it off in your sleep, so 8:30pm seems like an optimal time to call as you are probably half way to being asleep.

But, when are people at their best mentally? For me, 10pm at night I am quite clear. And I like to meditate around 2am because the atmosphere is more transparent and clear. That way I can be at one with the universe… and perhaps the galaxy too. I cannot do intellectually challenging tasks too early on. My concentration just isn’t there. 7pm is the earliest I can do anything cerebrally demanding.

But, what about you guys (ewe’s guys), when are you at your best mentally? And if I tested you earlier in the day, do you think that would make a difference? (and do you think actually knowing the answers might possibly help as well?)

Share
>

June 19, 2019

A Notary asks 123notary to please stop promoting NNA

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 12:23 pm

At 123notary, we like the products that NNA creates and I used their journals and products during my Notary commission back in the Jurassic period.

But, a Notary commented that he wanted me to stop promoting the NNA, because all they do is sell certifications and products, yet do nothing for the Notaries. He disliked the fact that their certification was based purely on regurgitation questions as well.

Let me rebut. The fact is that although, “all they do” is to sell certifications and products, the fact is that I like their products a whole lot. As far as their certification goes, I think that the testing standards need to be a whole lot harder. Additionally, I think that they need to have a prerequisite of passing their Notary Essentials course with a high grade before even being allowed to take their loan signing course. So, when I “promote” the NNA, which I do not for the NNA, but to be helpful to the Notaries so that they can get good products, I am not promoting their certification. It is not that they are in direct competition with us for certification. It is that their testing does not demonstrate knowledge at all, and nobody cares. It is a charade that seems to be a good way to get people to study, but not to master course materials. All in all, I’ll say — better than nothing, but not good enough!

So, will I stop promoting the NNA just because some of you don’t like them? No. I think NNA is helpful to Notaries, especially newer ones.

You might also like:

Roseann calls the NNA when she thought she was calling the NRA
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20503

Letter to the NNA about notary testing
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19401

Share
>

June 18, 2019

What does the x mean if it is next to your name

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 10:16 pm

One of the comments on our blog stated that one lady believed that you needed to be full-time to be a good signing agent. But, does “good” depend on how many hours per week you devote to your practice? In my opinion, being “good” means having a few thousand loans under your belt, having passed our test, and having a lot of good reviews.

To get to this point of being good you would have had to have been full-time at some point, but does it mean you have to keep being full-time forever? These days there is hardly any work, so how can you be full-time anyway?

So, what do you guys think? Full-time = good, or is that a crock?

You might also like:

The Yelp dilemma – the case of the missing reviews
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22315

What makes a preferential listing do well on 123notary?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22110

Which analytics get more clicks and why? A look at the 123notary analytics system
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22114

Share
>

June 17, 2019

Some folks feel more relaxed with a strange female in their house than a man

Filed under: Drama & Tragedy — admin @ 10:17 pm

Do you feel more comfortable with a strange female in your house than a strange man? All I want to know is how strange are we talking about? Tongue piercings, neck tattoos, spiked hair? It can get pretty strange. Oh, no, that’s not what I meant by strange, I meant a woman who you didn’t know from before….. Oh, now I see. I think that women are universally seen as being less threatening, unless you live near a college campus with a large feminist following (and most of them do.) But, putting feminists aside (and I put them aside as much as humanly possible) I think that biologically, women are less likely to commit crimes, or physically harm someone, and try harder to get along with people than men. Although female cats may be the exception to this rule, maybe I’ve been scratched one too many times, but I digress.

Is it that women are often more personable, or is it that they are less threatening? Is it their more agreeable demeanor? What is it about women that men and women both like. Are women more gentle? A lot of time cats prefer to be held by women humans simply because women are more gentle, and they like it if you talk to them in a squeaky voice too which women do quite well (and so do I.) Women don’t think it is very masculine of me to talk to animals in a squeaky voice, but then, if I do so, I am not trying to impress the human ladies, but the animals with what a kind and wonderful human friend I am.

When all is said and done, I think it depends on the individual who I would like to have in my house. But, I would agree with the others that I would prefer to have a lady visiting my house as a general rule, providing she is not a UCLA student.

You might also like:

Best ways female notaries can protect themselveshttp://blog.123notary.com/?p=19196

Millennial Notaries and gender rules
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22535

The new acknowledgment for transgender people
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19658

Share
>

June 15, 2019

Organizing the table for efficiency

Filed under: Business Tips — admin @ 10:18 pm

I’m doing what I do every half year or so. I call it filtering through the comments on my blog to see if any of the ideas stated are worth developing upon. I came up with some good material this time. This idea was called: organizing the table for efficiency.

The lady who left the comment on this topic said that she had a technique for doing this. However, what are good table organizing techniques? Believe it or not, this was a popular topic for Japanese Notary discussion boards during the Edo Period (which precedes the Meiji period just for the record). In 18th century Japan, a great emphasis was placed on “correct technique” for organizing a table. The Notary procedure would start with the Notary knocking on the front door at the appointed time (punctuality was and still is a requirement for not getting your head cut off in Japan.) Then the Notary would do a special type of bow only done by official Notaries Public of the state. Next, the Notary would proceed to remove his/her shoes and then put on a set of guest slippers (commonly referred to as “gesto-srippa”). They would sit at the table.

No signing could take place without enjoying a little tea with some koto music in the background. The expensiveness of the tea would correspond directly to the amount of the loan. Making a mistake by buying run of the mill green tea at Trader Joe’s (because it was on sale) would not only cost you your loan, but in some cases…. your life!!! If you were the tea buyer, you would have to go to one of those fancy tea stores which I refer to as a bou-tea-que (boutique), and engage in a long and drawn out sniffing process having small oral tastes of particular fancy green teas. There would be a long and careful process that would proceed actually purchasing a small quantity of some varietal of tea. Sounds cumbersome, but I bet Mrs. Meao would like the sniffing part.

After the tea ceremony was over and everybody had said a Shinto style prayer to the local Notary Gods, then the signing would begin. First, there would be an organizing of the table. Since in Japanese culture (and in Jeremy culture, whatever that means) there should be nothing else on the table during a signing — no babies, no other papers, no objects, marijuana paraphernalia, samurai swords, and above all else — definitely no liquids. Liquids can go on a chair to the side of the table if you really need them.

Next, you could have the Notary sit at the head of the table and have the signers sit next to each other on the side. Or, the Notary could sit across from the signers on the other side of the table. The main thing is to put the documents face down to the right, or left of the head signer. In Japan that would traditionally be the man, although with all of the women’s rights movements, it might be a woman or a gender neutral person these days.

The main thing is that you have a stack of documents. If you want to go over some of them first before you sign, that is not a bad strategy. But, the documents should flow in an assembly line fashion from one end of the table to the other with no interruptions to then be checked by the Notary and then put in the FedEx Package.

What are your techniques for organizing the table for efficiency?

You might also like:

How weak are you with sob stories at the signing table?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22181

Would you accept a signing without a confirmation?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22588

Share
>
Older Posts »