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March 6, 2011

Notary confidence

Filed under: Business Tips — admin @ 9:43 am

There is real confidence and there is a false sense of security. Many Notaries go through many stages in the evolution of their Notary confidence.

Complete beginners go through terror and a complete lack of confidence. They don’t know what to do. I remember being there back in 1998 and 1999. Those were the days. The solution is to take courses and get experience with companies who will babysit you. These days there are many companies ready to micromanage you. Treat it like a blessing.

Then there are those with a little experience who get too confident when they know very little. They boast about how dependable they are and their .0001% error rate. Both of these claims are completely unverifiable and anyone can make those claims making them not worth saying. But, the least dependable and least knowledgeable notaries tend to make the highest quantity of BS sounding claims. It is counterproductive to make these claims. Having a false sense of confidence is bad. It pays to be modest until you have some verifiable evidence that you are awesome.

Next, there are those that studied hard and mastered basic notary and signing concepts. They might have book smarts, but do they have life smarts? Many cannot function in real life situations and may or may not have good phone etiquette or business skills. In the notary business, those with masterful business skills tend to do well. Those who were successful in another career tend to transfer that success on over.

Finally, there are Notary Signing Agents with 5000 loans signed, and that have passed many different certification tests from different agencies. These Notaries can masterfully answer any notary question and don’t whine when you ask them technical questions to verify their ability. These Notaries realize how critical it is to verify their skill because these are the Notaries who clean up after other Notaries who are idiots who make a mess out of Acknowledgements, Jurats, and people’s loans.

A Notary who has Notary confidence doesn’t need to boast like the other novice Notaries. They have an air of confidence. They are more than happy to indulge you with even the most nit-picky and annoying of technical notary questions and give you the most professional answer without making it a point to inform you that they are, “very professional.” They routinely show up on time to all of their appointments and get documents back in a punctual manner without needing to inform you that they are, “reliable and dependable.” These Notaries show you how great they are with their behavior and question answering capabilities without all of the song and dance that the other Notaries give — always trying to show off and give you an answer five times as long as what you asked for so they can squeeze in more information that you didn’t ask for. Always doing a sales pitch is annoying and a sign that you have fake confidence. Someone with real Notary confidence knows it all, but doesn’t need to advertise it — it just shows. So, don’t be like these cheap sounding Notaries always boasting as much as they can and covering up for what they don’t know. Know your stuff, pass some certification tests, get some experience and be a signer with real Notary confidence!



  1. so far this year a little over 200 signings ..no errors or quality issues
    One bank I deal with has me doing as many of their employee signings as possible, including the senior vp of the loan department, who requested me.

    Comment by Francis A Colavita — August 20, 2020 @ 11:08 pm

  2. Can you recommend those companies to sign up with for new NSAs

    Comment by Joanne Thompson — December 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

  3. Thank you for your great article’s. Merry Christmas.

    Comment by Jackie Brown — December 16, 2020 @ 6:06 pm

  4. For newbies, there are things to do that don’t require any training. Look and act professional. You can dress with WM clothes that aren’t wrinkled. Better to be overdressed, than thrown together. I package each signing in it’s own plastic, legal sized expandable envelope, holds 400+ pages, with an identifying card, like a company envelope that us reused. I take the time to write signer, date, city on the side of FedEx/UPS label before affixing to the shipping. Keeps you from shipping paperwork to the wrong place. I bring ALL of my paperwork and supplies in a briefcase. This makes me look organized. I check my printout page by page against the PDF. Dont trust your printer to not make a mistake. Finally do NOT let vendors make you rush to a signing. I have been given several signings bc the original NSA was in a car accident. FINALLY, NEVER drive too fast to any signing. If you are late, you are late. Nobody has ever paid me enough to fix my car or body if I crash

    Comment by Betty — December 16, 2020 @ 6:40 pm

  5. Thank you so much, for the comments. Merry Christmas all!

    Comment by Ana McGibbon — December 18, 2020 @ 2:31 pm

  6. I could use some of these great notaries on my team as I expand from Arizona to international-business, We are looking for on board notaries as well as contract notaries, in every division of the company so being a notary is just a part of it which is spectacular because we know you will know the positions in outs.
    If you are remote online notary or if you’re just a notary seeking extra income please do contact us…

    We are also excepting volunteers for our public events


    Comment by Olivia Mosley — December 21, 2020 @ 1:23 am

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