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I was reading recent reports from Constant Contact and MailChimp, where they list average, email open rates, by industry. The results were sh*tty to say the least! Some industries came in as low as 7% and some as high as 25%. When I averaged it all out, it was about 18% which means . . . […]


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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).


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There seems to be an overabundance of “sales experts” outing sales reps who approached them “incorrectly”lately. I’m not a fan of that, (especially when they go over the top and call the rep out by name), but sometimes, I just can’t hold my tongue. I’m going to remove the name of the rep (and company) […]


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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).


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There’s a really simple email that I’ve been sending since 2010 that has generated hundreds of phone appointments for me. Happy to share it with you but; Don’t even think of dismissing it because of its simplicity unless; You’re a competitor of mine Ready? Here goes . . . Each week; Go to your LinkedIn […]


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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).


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Before you read the rest of this blog post, I want you to do something that’s rather difficult for us sales folk, ask your ego to leave the room. This way you can make an honest assessment and flag any areas where you find yourself saying “Yep, that’s me”. Now, let’s take an honest look […]


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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).


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Before you read the rest of this blog post, I want you to do something that’s rather difficult for us sales folk, ask your ego to leave the room. This way you can make an honest assessment and flag any areas where you find yourself saying “Yep, that’s me”. Now, let’s take an honest look […]


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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).


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The problem with many sales emails is that each email becomes a variation of “I want to sell you something” or “I’d like to set an appointment with you . . . to try to sell you something” If we keep showing up with the same message,  we condition the recipient to disregard and delete us! […]


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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).


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The problem with many sales emails is that each email becomes a variation of “I want to sell you something” or “I’d like to set an appointment with you . . . to try to sell you something” If we keep showing up with the same message,  we condition the recipient to disregard and delete us! […]


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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).


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Reason #1: Your buyer has way too many things going on and you simply aren’t catching their attention. They are exposed to over 3,000 advertising messages per day according to FastCompany Magazine They send and receive over 100+ emails daily according to Radicati Group They consume 34 gigabytes of information every day according to University of California, […]


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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).


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Reason #1: Your buyer has way too many things going on and you simply aren’t catching their attention. They are exposed to over 3,000 advertising messages per day according to FastCompany Magazine They send and receive over 100+ emails daily according to Radicati Group They consume 34 gigabytes of information every day according to University of California, […]


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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).


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I have some horrible news for you and I suspect it won’t shock you one bit! That email you’re about to send is pretty much doomed! Why? Between the sheer amount of emails being sent and received each day (The average person sends and receives 110 according to Radicatti Group) and the fact that the recipient […]


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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).


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