I receive a text earlier this afternoon from a prospect notary client asking for a notary presenter service. Having never performed this service before, my first thought was, huh?

In the short year and a half I’ve been a notary, I have never been asked to provide this particular service. Every notary service has been me stamping, me witnessing signatures and other people signing. In a nutshell, at least. So when I got this request, I was dumbfounded. I first wanted to reply back and say “no and good luck”. I didn’t want to perform a service that I hadn’t done before and I definitely didn’t want to mess it up. Notary services are considering legal services . That’s why we’re all require to take out a bond. I happen to also be insured.

But then it dawned on me I wasn’t doing what I tell everyone else to do: Google it. Had this been anyone else dealing with me, I would have very strongly suggested they Google whatever they didn’t know. So that’s exactly what I did. And it took a few clicks and opening pages to confirm that I understood what this client was asking of me. I read and reread the information until I felt comfortable responding back to the client and negotiating a fee.

I responded back about an hour and half later after their text and unfortunately, they had found someone else to perform the service. But I don’t feel bad. I don’t feel like I missed out, even though I’m not the notary they’re using. I would have felt like I missed out had I said no without even trying to understand what was being asked of me. But now that I took the time and researched the service in greater detail, I feel confident in handling this in future should I ever be asked again.

What did Wayne Gretzky say?

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

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