We’re MAKING RAIN again!

January 31, 2014


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The #1 difference between success and failure in today’s business environment is the ability to SELL – your ideas, your products, your services, and most importantly … yourself!

Want to grow your influence? … grow your sales? … grow your business? Want to attract new clients instead of chasing them?

Now you have an opportunity to gain a distinct advantage by attending the half-day MAKING RAIN workshop!

Using a practical, interactive and hands-on approach, this workshop will teach you the art and science of “MAKING RAIN” – selling and marketing yourself, your ideas, your services, and your products. It is designed for professionals whose success is determined by their ability to identify, influence, and sell to decision makers.

In this condensed 4 hour workshop you will learn how to:

• Understand the steps in the Business Development Process

• Avoid the biggest sales mistakes professionals make

• Develop a “sales mindset” and get past the myths that hold you back

• Get both “to” and “through” the front door

• Attract new leads and influence prospects to hire you or buy from you

• Create a powerful prospecting system

• Lead constructive prospect and client meetings

You will take away tools, strategies and tactics to boost your sales and grow your business. For more information visit www.makingrain.info

MAKING RAIN is coming to Toronto, Bloor West Village … Thursday, February 6, 2014 – 8:30am to 12:30pm

Workshop Fee – $197 (Early Bird Fee – $147 – until Feb 3) … use promo code “take-10″ when registering to save an additional 10%

Just one more sale, one more contract, or one more loyal client … what would that be worth to you?


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April 26, 2013

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Want to grow your influence?

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Want to attract new clients instead of chasing them?

It’s been a few tough years and things are looking better … are you sitting back waiting for it to happen? … or are you ready to fully take advantage of the opportunities out there? … are you ready to go beyond surviving, to kicking some business butt?

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How To Make Your Goals Stick

April 2, 2013

Are you starting to wonder why you haven’t lost weight yet? … paid off a growing debt? … finished your home renovation? … met your sales targets? … keep being passed over for promotion? … or haven’t achieved many other goals you keep setting for yourself?

Take a good, hard look at your goals. Are they really goals, or just wishes you hope to accomplish some day? Unfortunately, if your goals do not meet the following criteria, then they will continue to remain on your wish list …

Are they MEASURABLE & REALISTIC? Have you planned a timeline for achieving your goals? Are they doable within the given timeline? Are you able to track them, to measure the results you are achieving, and ensure you are where you should be on your timeline?

Are they COMPATIBLE with your life vision? Both your personal and professional goals need to align with each other. If you have set a personal goal that hinders or undermines your professional goal, then it will be impossible for you to achieve them both.

Are they TIME specific? Do you have start and end dates for your goals? Avoid procrastination by setting yourself a specific deadline. Example: Start date is Monday, April 8, 2013 and end date is Monday, July 8, 2013; instead of “in a few months”.

Are they in WRITING? We are much more likely to remember (and therefore act on) something that is written down. And a visual reminder also leads to an increased commitment level and becomes difficult to ignore.

Are they OWNED by you? Are these your goals? Or did someone/something else impose them on you? If you are not the owner of your goals then it will be difficult to maintain the motivation and discipline required to achieve them.

Are they NEGOTIATED? Is everyone and everything that is affected by your goals in agreement with them? You want to gain support to help you achieve your goals, instead of building resistance to fight against.

Who are you ACCOUNTABLE to? Can you manage your own excuses and procrastination? Or do you need an accountability partner? You will significantly increase your chances to achieve your goals if you share them with a partner who will cheer you on, encourage you to keep going, and push you to do what needs doing when you don’t feel like it.

If you want to maximize your efforts and ensure results, partnering with a professional coach will be the best investment in time and money you will ever make! 


If you are serious about achieving your goals, want to maximize your efforts and ensure results, I would be delighted to work with you! Please contact me directly at ulana@clarity-works.com to reserve your complimentary coaching session.

Ulana ChaburskyBusiness & Personal Growth Coach

Ulana Chabursky
Business & Personal Growth Coach

Together, let’s unleash the greatness within you! 

Who Is In Charge Of Your Success?

November 7, 2012

About 18 months ago, I decided to “step into my client’s shoes” by learning more about the Direct Sales Industry. So I started my own part-time Direct Sales business with Silpada Designs. Other than gaining an insider’s perspective of their systems, processes, philosophies, growth and incentive structures; I also learned a valuable lesson that transcends all industries … Taking ownership of my own success!

The best part of learning to take ownership of my own success is how simple it is to do. We have all endlessly heard how a Goal without Action is merely a Dream. So it’s simple enough to set a goal, create an action plan and voila, SUCCESS … right?

Wrong! We tend to get stuck after creating the action plan, because we are missing the key steps of Consistency, Discipline and Reward.

Consistency means following a specific and measurable schedule which coincides with your action plan to move you from thinking to doing.

Discipline is required from even the most motivated individuals. Remember that you can’t excuse yourself from getting something done without consequences. Hold yourself accountable for your actions or lack of them. Ask yourself what are you saying NO to, by choosing not to follow your action plan consistently?

Reward is needed to keep motivated and have the inspiration to continue moving toward your goal. That is why it is very important to reward yourself for achieving little successes along the way, regularly and throughout your action plan; not only at the end when you’ve reached your goal.

What is equally important and I’m excited to share with you today is …

When you take ownership of your own success, you must also take ownership of your failures. When something isn’t working, assess your situation:

What’s going on here?
What do I need to adjust?
What do I need to keep?
What do I need to change?

And …

Do I need help, support and/or guidance?

Don’t let your dreams get away from you … own them and make them your reality!


If you are struggling to achieve your goals, perhaps it’s time to reach out for support. I would be delighted to work with you and help turn your failures into successes! Please contact me directly at ulana@clarity-works.com to reserve your complimentary coaching session.

Ulana Chabursky, Business & Personal Growth Coach

Together, let’s unleash the greatness within you!

Untangling the Spaghetti … My Experiences with Social Networking

July 13, 2010

After a long hiatus from blogging, I’m eager to share with you what I’ve been up to … 

I tend to approach any new techno fad with reservation and caution. I’m definitely not one to jump on the band wagon following the latest gismo, gadget or application. Actually, I just purchased my first Blackberry data device after taking a closer look at my needs … will a Blackberry help support my goals, or will it become a new toy and addiction? 

I used the same approach with Social Networking … will building a social network help support my goals, or distract me from them? Here are my results … 

Some advantages I’ve discovered with social networking: 

Compared to standard contact databases, social networks are much easier to keep current & updated – a data base requires constant monitoring and updating as contacts change companies, positions and their contact information. Social network profiles are maintained and updated by each individual contact. 

News feeds – a wonderful resource for checking in with your contacts and seeing what they’re up to. You can then choose to comment on their status, their links or pictures they’ve uploaded onto the network … a great way to increase and expand your visibility, and the visibility of your products/services. 

Status updates – keep in touch with your contacts by letting them know what you’re up to, what’s new & exciting in your business, share an interesting article or observation, and post a question to provoke a discussion. 

Access to your contacts’ network connections – this provides you with an endless resource of individuals to tap into, and, if used appropriately, becomes the equivalent of warm calling (vs cold calling). 

Social Networking is free – no cost (for most basic memberships), just your time! 

Focus groups – it’s easy to join a group (or create one) of individuals with like minded interests, or within a particular niche, industry or specialty.  Once again, this has the potential to vastly increase your visibility to people you otherwise would likely never reach. 

Marketing tool – keep your contacts posted about your business, products or services instantly & cost efficiently. 

Some things to be aware of: 

Time management – participation in social networks can be very addictive. Learn to manage your time wisely, because it’s easy to get caught up in social chit-chat or discussions that do not directly support your goals. 

Personal touch – you can use social networking to start or reinforce a relationship, but building a strong business or personal relationship typically requires a face-to-face connection as well. We are human, after all! 

Your goals – does social networking support your goals, whether business or personal? Will it help or hinder you from achieving them? 

ROI – what is the return on investment for you? Is your time spent on social networking helping you grow your business, build a support network, make new friends or meet a potential life partner? 

Intent – what are you expecting to gain from social networking? Are you joining social networks because it’s “the thing to do”, or do you have an actual intention to achieve something; an objective? 

Choosing a network(s) – which social networks will work for you and which ones won’t? This is a very individual decision based on having clear intentions, goals and objectives for your social networking. Where will you find your target market? 

Stagnate profile – if you create a social network profile be sure to keep it fresh and lively. Update your contact information, experience and status updates regularly. Maintain visibility and accessibility to be a valuable asset to your network. 

I am not a Social Networking guru. I have, however, spent the last few years building a number of networks using several well-known social networking tools – LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Plaxo, Ecademy and others. My personal experience has been that, when used effectively, social networking can be very rewarding, both personally and professionally. Below, I have added links to my favorite social networking profiles/pages … I look forward to connecting with you online! 

What is your opinion of Social Networking … and how is it working for you so far? 


If your business or personal growth is being negatively affected by a lack of networking skills, perhaps it’s time to reach out for support. I would be delighted to work with you and explore techniques and strategies to help you network effectively and benefit from the virtual world of Social Networking. Please contact me directly at ulana@clarity-works.com to reserve your complimentary coaching session. 

Ulana Chabursky

Ulana Chabursky, Business & Personal Growth Coach

Together, let’s unleash the networker within you!

Happy New Year!

January 25, 2010

What does the new year hold for you? Exactly what you create it to be! You may argue that we cannot control every aspect of our lives; however, I suggest that we do control the choices we make, as well as our actions, behaviors and perceptions.

In welcoming the new year, did you make resolutions and set new goals for yourself? Excellent! … and, how are you doing so far?

Perhaps you were happy to see 2009 end? … have you reflected on what happened last year? More importantly, did you accept responsibility for your part in affecting the outcome?

Maybe you were sad to say farewell to 2009? … was it a great year because you designed it to be so, or did that happen by chance? If it’s the latter, then of course you’re sad to see 2009 pass by since you have no idea how to create another awesome year.

If you want this year to be a happy one, then use the following ingredients to create your own fulfillment, success and happiness this year and every year …

12 key ingredients for a Happy New Year:

Attitude – strive to be optimistic and positive. You will receive everything you invite into your life; therefore, if you invite optimism and positivity, then you will have it.

Dream – see your life as a journey. Allow yourself to stretch your imagination and discover limitless possibilities.

Health – exercise regularly & maintain a nutritious diet. Your body will respond to how you treat it, so if you ignore your health it will eventually slip away.

Love – nurture close relationships & friendships. A full heart is a happy one and the more love you give, the more you will receive. 

Mindset – use “can” & “will”. View situations as possibilities and opportunities to explore different options. The language you use is a powerful tool to influence your thinking.

Passion – do what you love. With passion comes energy and enthusiasm which will help drive you toward your goals, and persevere when times get tough.

Purpose – take steps with intention. You will achieve your goals when you create a meaningful plan to guide you.

Skill – continuously grow & develop. Adopt a sponge-like mindset for continuous knowledge and exploration, and you won’t be tempted to settle for mediocrity. 

Support – reach out for help. We all need help from time to time, so don’t hesitate to ask for it instead of stumbling in the darkness.

Talent – tap into your strengths. We have all been blessed with talents and when we combine them with passion, we create a powerful and unique strength to use to our advantage.

Vision – have long-term goals to strive for. Design an image of the goals you plan to achieve and continue to reach toward and beyond it.

Wealth – live abundantly in all areas of your life. Strive for happiness and fulfillment rather than financial gain. There’s so much more to life than money.

The recipe for achieving a happy new year is not complicated or in need of a guru’s wisdom to accomplish. It is completely in your control to create. When life throws curve balls your way, take out the ingredients above to adjust the choices you’re making, the actions you’re taking, your behavior, and your perceptions in order to re-create your perfect recipe for happiness and fulfillment.  This is the secret that happy people know. 

I welcome hearing your thoughts, comments and stories. Cheers to a fantastic 2010!


If your business or personal growth is being negatively affected by a lack of happiness and fulfillment, perhaps it’s time to reach out for support. I would be delighted to work with you and explore techniques and strategies to help you realize happiness and fulfillment in your life. Please contact me directly at ulana@clarity-works.com to reserve your complimentary coaching session.

Ulana Chabursky

Ulana Chabursky, Business & Personal Growth Coach

Together, let’s unleash the happiness within you!

A Boost of Confidence

November 10, 2009

When the times get tough, the tough get going! This phrase alone sets apart those who succumb to internal fears from those who choose to keep moving forward, gaining success. When it becomes more difficult for us to achieve our personal and professional goals, we tend to lose our self confidence. Underlying fears set in, usually followed by self-doubt and self-blame.

Fear is natural and human. Back in the day of the Stone Age, it was fear that kept us alive. Today, our reptilian brain continues to function and often impedes our ability to stretch boundaries and welcome changes in our lives. It is these underlying feelings of fear that influence our confidence.

What would you do and what would you achieve without fear?

Reality dictates that fear exists and it will continue to influence our thoughts and actions. Therefore, let’s learn to utilize it to our advantage, instead of succumbing to it. Boosting our confidence will engage the logical part of our brain and help keep our fears in check.

Try a dose of positive psychology with these confidence boosters …

Create a wins journal. Focus on all your accomplishments to date by creating a list of everything you are grateful for, appreciate and have accomplished in your life. At the end of each day, add that day’s ‘wins’ to your list. When we focus on the positive we outsmart the negative. Review your list regularly for a boost of confidence!

Change your language. Instead of saying “I can’t”, find a way to say “I can”. Focus on what is in your control and within your ability to accomplish. Tap into your strengths instead of wallowing in your challenges.

Take charge. Are you blaming someone else for your lack of confidence? Perhaps you’ve spent a good portion of your life trying to live up to someone else’s expectations and haven’t quite succeeded. Well there’s a surprise! They weren’t your expectations to begin with. Take charge of your life and your destiny by creating your own life vision. Then design a strategy to achieve your goals.

Practice creative thinking. Sometimes we fail. However, this does not imply that we are failures. Many very successful individuals failed many times, only to re-shift, re-adjust, re-focus, and re-energize to try again. Engage your creative thinking. When there’s a stumbling block in your path … how are you going to get around it? What if “I can’t” was not an option?

Love yourself. What do you think about the person in the mirror? It’s time to quell any negative self thinking or self talk. Self-focused negativity will certainly sabotage your confidence and will not support your efforts. Look at yourself in the mirror and point out everything you like about yourself. Add something new to your list every day. Keep going until the day you see an amazing individual staring back at you.

I look forward to reading your comments, stories and ‘wins’ of the day! Thank you in advance for sharing.


If your business or personal growth is being negatively affected by a lack of confidence, perhaps it’s time to reach out for support. I would be delighted to work with you and explore confidence building techniques and strategies that will work perfectly for you. Please contact me directly at ulana@clarity-works.com to reserve your complimentary coaching session.

Ulana Chabursky

Ulana Chabursky, Business & Personal Growth Coach

Together, let’s unleash the confidence within you!