Archive for November, 2015

Sooner Or Later, It’s Going To Come Down To A Phone Call

November 30th, 2015

While, I love the idea of mixing up our “touches”, sooner or later, we’re going to need to pick up the phone. The challenge for many people, is that with so many other options, they might be more than a bit rusty when it comes time to make that call. In a little over 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).

FREE Webinar: How To Sell MORE During The Holidays

November 29th, 2015

The Holiday season is upon us once again and while it’s a time of joy and celebration, many sales reps are facing serious sales challenges. Specifically . . . Prospects (and clients too) Mentally Check Out During The Holidays We Tend To Hear “Call Me Back After The Holidays” Way Too Much We Can Lose […]


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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).

3 Ways To ROCK Your Holiday Selling Efforts!

November 29th, 2015

With the holiday season officially here, I thought it might be time for some timely advice. I have 3 very quick tips for you and one of them is not for the cry babies. It’s tough, it’s in your face, and quite frankly, it might set you down a different a path if you’re willing […]


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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).

I Hope You’ll Get A Little Selfish Today

November 27th, 2015

Somewhere between the leftover turkey sandwiches and fending for your life in all the crazy “Black Friday” sales, I hope you’ll get selfish. I mean, you’re going to be buying for everyone under the sun, why not get a little selfish and give yourself a gift, that will keep giving . . . Resources 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).

Castain’s Black Friday Sale

November 26th, 2015

Since you’re willing to brave the crowds to take advantage of some awesome savings on gifts for other people, why not take advantage of some awesome savings on a gift that truly keeps giving . . . Resources that help YOU Sell MORE! I have 3 things for you to consider and all of them go […]


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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).

Please Don’t Ever Do This On A Holiday

November 26th, 2015

It’s my hope, that through this blog, you get to learn from my mistakes! And there was an absolute horrific mistake I was making. When I had lost everything back in 1995, I began to reflect on the wrong things at the holidays. Any time a holiday came around, for about a 2 year period, […]


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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).

“Black Friday” Has Come Early This Year

November 25th, 2015

  I decided to offer a really cool deal that, quite frankly, I never offer! Between NOW and this Friday, November 27th (5:00 pm EST) I am offering $150 off our How To Sell More Effectively course that kicks off on January 20th! The How To Sell More Effectively course is designed to help you […]


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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).

A Thanksgiving Tale Of Loss & Rising Up From The Ashes

November 25th, 2015

My driveway seemed quite large that morning back in 1995. I remember stopping dead in my tracks when it hit me that both my cars had been repossessed. My world fell apart that day and left me without my cars, my business, $60,000 in debt and without any degree of self esteem. With one small […]


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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 Things To Consider BEFORE Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2015

I bet right about now, many of you, in the US, are starting to wind down and mentally check out. I thought I’d remind you about two really timely things for you to consider before you completely check out. 1) For those of you who want to get in front of more opportunities (and save […]


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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 Sell More During The Holidays FREE Webinar

November 24th, 2015

The Holiday season is upon us once again and while it’s a time of joy and celebration, many sales reps are facing serious sales challenges. Specifically . . . Prospects (and clients too) Mentally Check Out During The Holidays We Tend To Hear “Call Me Back After The Holidays” Way Too Much We Can Lose […]


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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).

Map Your Prospecting Calls And Set More Appointments!

November 23rd, 2015

The problem with most reps, is that they typically decide on what they’re going to say as they are either reaching for the phone or reaching for their keyboard. And before you think I’m this judgmental ass, please know, that for years, I did the same thing too! Please read on . . . 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).

How Will You Respond To This Holiday Blow Off?

November 23rd, 2015

I used to hate this time of year! Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays, I just think people tend to use them as an excuse. Business, for some, will come to a grinding halt while they mentally check out from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving until the following week. It will pick up again until […]


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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).

What You Can Do If Prospecting Makes You Nervous

November 22nd, 2015

In this week’s free sales lesson, we talk about nerves and call reluctance and . . . What you can do about it! Before you scroll down to check out this week’s free audio sales tip, click HERE from your smartphone to download The Sales Playbook app! This way you’ll never miss my free audio tips 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).

The One Major Thing That Will Help You Prospect More Effectively

November 21st, 2015

I had a conversation with a VP of Sales last week, and he asked me, what’s one major thing, his reps could do, that would help them prospect more effectively. While the money whore side of me wanted to say “Attend my online course“, I decided to go the helpful route instead. Without hesitation, I […]


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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).

With A 2% Success Rate, It’s No Wonder Why So Many Sales Reps Aren’t Making Quota

November 21st, 2015

Next to email, the phone is easily the noisiest channel when it comes to reaching out to a potential client! And since those potential clients are overwhelmed with the high volume of calls; They have assistants filtering them, voicemails stopping them and if you’re lucky enough to get through; You’re dealing with a person who […]


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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).