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Richard’s Rant: Don’t Limit Your Sales Potential


by Richard Piehler, Technical Sales Representative

Here is a great article I came across entitled ‘Don’t Limit Your Sales Potential: Create a Differentiated Customer Experience‘ by Dave Holt. I wanted to share, great knowledge for all.

“Organizations are continually looking for ways to differentiate themselves in a very competitive marketplace. With fierce competition, it is getting harder and harder for organizations to differentiate themselves on product alone.

Customers demand more from the buying experience. The buying decision is no longer being made only on price; it is also being made on the value they receive from the knowledge, advice, and guidance of sales professionals.

The question then becomes: Is your organization’s sales talent better than that of your competition?

Sales professionals need to continually invest in their skills to become the best that they can be for their customers, themselves, and their organization.

What have I observed from the best?

A differentiated customer-buying experience is built on:

- What the sales professional does before the customer interaction
- What they do during
- And what they do afterward

What do the BEST do before?
They get ready for their customer by:
- Investing time in the customer relationship prior to the interaction whether in person or on the phone
- Leveraging tools and resources that create organizational memory and create a snapshot of the customer’s current relationship with the organization
- Leveraging what is known about the customer, such as their interests, their business, and their career

What do the BEST do during?
The best provide value to their customers during the interaction through their knowledge, guidance, and advice – High performers continually work at getting on the same wavelength with their customers by:

- Projecting honesty
- Demonstrating competence
- Establishing commonality

Helping the customer make the right buying decision is built on the foundation of a trusted relationship and the ability of the sales professional to create value.

Some of the fundamental skills that can be observed by a high-performing sales person during effective customer discovery are:

1. Getting the client ready and eager to participate in the conversation
2. The ability to ask great discovery questions. Asking great discovery questions has many positive impacts on the client experience; customers respect salespeople when genuine interest is shown in their situation, problems, opportunities, and interests.
3. The interchange of ideas promotes a sense of commonality as well as reciprocity. Asking great discovery questions gives the client an opportunity to provide the sales person with the necessary information to make a well-informed buying decision.

High performing sales professionals are not afraid to ask tough questions; however, they ask them in a customer-focused manner. They also know that sometimes what the customer says and what the customer means are often different. They use effective discovery questions to check the levels of urgency and importance in order to establish the reality of the issues the customer faces.

Understanding Skills

High-Performing Sales Professionals are great active listeners. They have the ability to:
- Capture the customer’s energy words through effective note-taking
- Re-present the customer’s needs by including not only the facts, but the feelings behind the facts
- Recognizing the non-verbal cues from the customer which determine if their point of view is truly understood

Solution Skills

High-performing sale professionals do not sell products – they provide solutions. Customers have the right to feel that their circumstances are unique and that their needs require solutions that are specific to them. Ultimately, it is the goal of a professional sales person to demonstrate to their customers that the products and services that they represent will satisfy their needs and provide a solution that will meet or exceed the customer’s expectations.

High performing sales professionals know that product knowledge includes not just the facts about their products and services, but how they are applied and what they will do for their customers.

Commitment Skills

High-performing sales professionals understand that it’s their responsibility to help the customer make the right buying decision. That commitment demonstrates that they understand their customer’s needs, that the solution they have outlined will meet the customer’s needs, and that they believe in their product and services, their organization, and themselves.

Resistance to Commitment

Not all customers are ready to buy. High-performing sales professionals also understand the concept of resistance and the resistance barrier. They know that objections indicate a resistance point for the customer and need to be understood. They also know that the majority of objections are not what they appear on the surface, and if they have stuck to the fundamentals of selling, objections become more of a request for further information or are simply misunderstandings. High-performing sales professionals also believe that objections are caused by the sales person, not the customer.

Keep-in-Touch Skills

High-performing sales people stay in touch with their customers; they measure the ongoing relationship with their customers and implement high value, keep-in-touch strategies.

High Value touch points might include: – Measuring the impact of the solution provided to the customer based on their needs
- Providing valuable insight on topics of interest to their customers
- Introducing their customers to other team members in their organization
- Capturing information about their customers to ensure organizational memory

High-performing sales people succeed long-term with their customers because they proactively initiate contact on a regular basis and consistently create a differentiated customer experience.

Commonwealth Oil Joins Indica Marketing Group


Commonwealth Oil is so pleased to announce we have recently joined Indica Marketing Group. Indica is a Marketing Group focused on generating volume rebates for Industrial Supply Distributors while increasing Market Share for their valued Supplier partners.

By combining the purchasing volumes of Indica Distributors, they create significant volume rebates to enhance their profitability. They do this through structured rebate programs with Suppliers, who in turn benefit from the Volume Growth and increased Market Share.

To read more about Indica, visit:

Commonwealth Oil would like to welcome all the partners involved with Indica to learn more about us by contacting our Technical Sales Representatives: Richard Piehler ( and Brian Lowe ( We are so excited to be a part of this group and look forward to meeting everyone face-to-face at the annual tradeshow in Scottsdale, Arizona from March 29, 2012- April 2, 2012!


Commonwealth Oil Welcomes 2 New Employees


The Commonwealth Oil team is growing. We’re pleased to introduce to you 2 new employees: Richard Piehler & Jeffrey Larsh.

Richard Piehler joins us with an abundance of experience in Sales and has an incredible knack for identifying customers needs and seeking out and securing new business. Previously, Richard was the National Account Manager at large Canadian company. From Windsor, Ontario, Richard will be predominantly focusing on our distributors in Eastern Ontario. To contact Richard, you can e-mail him at

Jeffrey Larsh is the newest member to join our in-house laboratory. As a Quality Control Technician, Jeffrey is responsible for Research & Development as well as testing all of our incoming and outgoing products. Jeffrey has experience as a Quality Inspector and achieved a Chemical Laboratory Technology diploma from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario. To contact Jeffrey, you can e-mail him at

We are so happy to welcome both coworkers to the Commonwealth Oil team!

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