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I was reading a recent report from Constant Contact, where they list average, email open rates, by industry. The results were lousy 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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I’m going to make this post short, and sweet . . . On average, how many emails do you send each and every week to potential clients? How many responses, do you typically get? How many of those responses are favorable and result in a “next step”. Now for the next part, ask your pain […]


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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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You know that place on an email where you have your auto signature? It’s actually FREE advertising space and I’m guessing that you aren’t taking advantage of it! Here’s the rub . . . Go to your email settings and pull up your auto signature (don’t worry, we aren’t going to change the actual signature). […]


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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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As much as you send a ton of emails, you have to acknowledge, that the people you’re trying to sell to, receive a ton more! Here are 5 reasons why you might be failing to capture their attention. Your Email Is Leading With Statements About Your Company Instead Of THEM! The two most critical points […]


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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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Reason #1: Your buyer has way too many things on their brain, 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 are interrupted 7 times per hour according to Wendy […]


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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’s super important that your network, your prospects, your potential customers, see you as valuable. When people see you as valuable, they continue to open your emails, take your phone calls, buy from you and let us not forget . . . Refer you! There’s a really simple email, that I’ve been sending for about 7 […]


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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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Close your eyes and count to 1 (sorry, but it’s Monday morning, and I need to set the bar pretty low). While you have your eyes closed, I want to you imagine what 2.5 million of something (anything) looks like. Once you have the visual, now you can begin to understand something. Every second, 2.5 […]


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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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In this week’s free audio sales lesson, we have a really candid chat, about the emails you’ve been sending potential clients. I pinpoint the 2 most dangerous spots in an email, as well as what goes through your prospect’s head, when they scan the email. You do know that they scan the email, right? 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).


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It was almost 5 years ago that I was considering a specific CRM for my business. I had a nice chat with the sale rep. Exchanged a few emails and then . . . I went “M.I.A.”! I got caught up in a few things, and this was no longer a priority . . . […]


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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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