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There’s a story about Edison  that’s worth repeating.
While Edison was trying to invent the light bulb, rumor has it that the more he failed, the more excited he became.
In fact, once he failed a few thousand times he became really excited.
I know  . . . How nutty is that?
I’m thinking that if it were today, […]


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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 something quite magical about being in the presence of someone who is singing the song that’s in their heart.
You may have witnessed it via your local Baker who doesn’t bake a cake or a cookie or a roll . . . he/she is creating art!
You might have witnessed it in the form of someone […]


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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 is nothing worse than the harsh reality of confirming something you suspected!
That’s how I felt back in 2008 when I Googled “Paul Castain”
2 or 3 results came back and one was completely wrong as it was about some kid with a stain on his cast.
Thank you Google!
Here’s what bothered me the most . . […]


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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 can’t tell you how many people I’ve heard offer this simple advice but here it is, uncut, unfiltered and unpolished . . .
Be helpful to your network!
How?
Ask people how you can help them?
Watch and listen for opportunities to jump in and help.
At the end of every conversation . . . position yourself as 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).


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When you pack up your bag and grab your keys for the trek homeward this evening . . .
What else will you take home?
Will you take home a thought that makes you feel productive, appreciated and accomplished?
Will you take home the politics, the nonsense and “BS”?
Will you take home a lesson that will empower 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).


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A friend and I finished our dinner and we headed out to the “Castainmobile”.  I asked him if we could make a quick stop at the grocery store and with a nod of his head, we were on our way.
Once we were properly armed with our shopping cart, I confessed that we weren’t there for […]


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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 remember, so vividly, trying to keep it together when I watched the end of “Saving Private Ryan”. You know, that scene when he’s older and he’s at Captain John Miller’s grave?
He’s having a moment when he’s trying to say “Thank You” for the gift that his former Captain gave him . . .
at the […]


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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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Being real can be quite scary because you have to be willing to let people see the real you.
Doing so makes you vulnerable to opinions and in some cases . . .
Heavy duty judgment!
Being real can also be scary to the recipient of your message because it might come across harsh, offensive or downright nutty!
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).


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It was somewhere back in a far away time known as “1986″ that I sat listening to the “Slippery When Wet” album.
I remember sitting with my guitar and imagining my band and I playing Madison Square Garden.
I could see them and hear their applause so vividly.
I practiced somewhere around 6 hours a day, visualized 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).


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I suppose I could give you the old “glass half full” sermon today with regard to life’s challenging moments . . . but I won’t.
Today, I’m going to call it like I see it and tell you what truly sucks about our challenges!
They distract us from all the other things that we are truly blessed […]


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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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