Archive for July, 2014

Mixing It Up For Less

July 31st, 2014

I really hate it when I end up paying more for something because I missed a deadline and I bet you’re the same way!
The other day, I announced a new online course with a special pre launch price that disappears today at 6:00 PM EST.
I thought I’d send this gently nudge to you all so […]


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Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).

Is The Cold Call Dead Or Is It Just Lonely?

July 31st, 2014

If there’s one thing you see lot’s of in sales, it’s extremes!
Take this business of the cold call for example . . .
There are some who believe you have no business being in sales if you aren’t going to make cold calls.
There are others who will do everything they can NOT to pick up a […]


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Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).

Our Problem Is That We Scroll Too Much!

July 30th, 2014

When you live in a world with too much information being consumed and then you marry that with an attention span that hovers about 9 seconds . . .
You tend to scroll through things!
That’s great from a time management perspective but . . .
It may also mean that you are missing things.
And when you miss […]


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Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).

How To Hunt More Effectively!

July 29th, 2014

If there’s one thing I’ve seen in 31 years of sales it’s people who cling to one or maybe two types of “touches” and meanwhile there’s a whole other world of options out there.
Let me be a tad more specific . . .
Beyond the phone and beyond email . . . What else do […]


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Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).

Dissecting Some Common Prospecting Mistakes

July 28th, 2014

I thought it might be useful to dissect a recent attempt by a sales rep to sell me advertising on one of the social networks.
And don’t worry, I don’t name names nor do I attack it in a way to make someone feel like an idiot.
Instead . . .
I talk about some serious mistakes that […]


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Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).

They Don’t Know You Well Enough To Buy!

July 28th, 2014

Webster defines propinquity as “nearness of blood (kinship)” and “nearness in place and time”
You can create “nearness” and “kinship” by making sure you’re “showing up” regularly with your prospects (clients too).
Are you?
This is why your calls have to be scheduled  . . . so you stay up on that “nearness” thing!
Are you doing that or […]


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Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).

If Today Was Your Last Day . . .

July 25th, 2014

I recently had what could best be described as a really nice “bro talk” with one of my clients who just had a really bad medical scare.
Everything turned out fine (thank God) and he told me how from this point on he was going to do all the things he spent a lifetime putting off.
Made […]


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Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).

Hey You, How About Responding For A Change?

July 23rd, 2014

Every once in a while, when business isn’t where we’d like it to be, things tend to get to us.
I was speaking with one of my clients the other day and he expressed how frustrated he was with the lack of response he was getting on emails, calls, blog posts etc.
He joked with me and […]


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Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).

2.875″ X 5″ Rectangle Label

July 23rd, 2014

RecLabelWith these customized labels, you can transform any ordinary item into a branded professional tool. Regular folders? Check. Shipping packages? Check. Choose between White Gloss or Matte Label Stock (NOTE: Though gloss stock better matches your sample, we do not recommend gloss as a writing surface.)

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Would You Like To Be A Guest On The Sales Playbook Podcast?

July 23rd, 2014

Yesterday, on The Sales Playbook Podcast, I announced that we would be changing the format for some of the episodes going forward.
While many other podcast hosts interview guests, I thought I’d offer something a little different.
Many of the guests on other podcasts make the rounds so it becomes pretty typical that you’ll hear the same […]


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Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).

Episode 100 And The Return Of The Sales Playbook Podcast

July 21st, 2014

Today is a rather special day for me because I just crossed an important milestone . . .
The 100th episode of The Sales Playbook Podcast.
Truth be told, it’s also important  because it also marks the return of the podcast after a 6 month break.
During this time I had some time to reflect on some major […]


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Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).

This Will Accelerate Your Success Big Time!

July 21st, 2014

Us aspiring sales rock stars can be a proud bunch and as such we fail to do something that’s mission critical;
Ask for help!
We hesitate to ask other sales reps how they achieved a particular result because in doing so it sort of makes us feel inferior.
We fail to ask our manager for help because we […]


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Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).

This Is The Most Difficult Thing For Sales Professionals

July 21st, 2014

Us aspiring sales rock stars can be a proud bunch and as such we fail to do something that’s mission critical;
Ask for help!
We hesitate to ask other sales reps how they achieved a particular result because in doing so it sort of makes us feel inferior.
We fail to ask our manager for help because we […]


Go to Sales Playbook
Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).

What Are You Doing With It All?

July 17th, 2014

34 Gigabytes!
That’s how much content you consumed today according to a report published by the University of California, San Diego.
I wonder how much of that information is retained even a few hours later or better yet . . .
How much of the information turns into “action verbs” where we actually do something with it?
Action . […]


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Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).

Sales Leaders . . .What Haven’t You Done For Me Lately?

July 17th, 2014

Many people will judge you not only on what you’ve done but on what you haven’t done.
You know, silly things like being available to your team and helping them become the best version of themselves!
Removing non performers or even . . .
Removing people who perform but they are a detriment to the team! (also known […]


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Paul Castain is the Vice President of Sales Development for Consolidated Graphics where he oversees the training and development of 700 sales Jedis.

Prior to working for Consolidated Graphics. Paul was the Director Of Corporate Solutions Sales for Dale Carnegie & Associates and the owner of two successful businesses.

Over the last 27 years, Paul has trained and mentored over 3,000 sales professionals, written sales training content for several Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Castain’s Sales Playbook (which just won a Sales Pop award for best sales website).