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Consider this:

  • 3D Question markStrengths are defined by what creates & sustains energy (vs what you think you do well).

    • Curiosity is exponentially more powerful (and useful) than knowing.

    • Solutions live in your peripheral vision (so can never be seen while focusing on the problem).

    Leveraging insights like these changes everything…

    Productivity & engagement…
    Personal responsibility & problem-solving…
    Clarity & commitment to vision.

    Ready to think differently?

Chris Trout

Inspiring people & organizations
to see strengths differently

and get extraordinary results.

Speaking to Ignite and Transform Your Organization

Chris Trout Speaking

Diverse audiences from South Central Los Angeles to rural Canada have been moved to action by Chris’ challenge to old ways of thinking and perceiving. Equally at home with CEOs or helping professionals, Chris has that rare ability to reach audiences through both head and heart. He moves effortlessly from foundational research (which somehow never feels “research-y”) to stories that speak directly to the unique experience of each audience member. The shelf life of Chris’ insights is measured in years, not hours or days – and is evidenced in the words of audience members:

Chris is real – not sugar coated. This is not about methodology or a set of techniques. It is the way he lives. 

It isn’t every day I attend a conference where I come away feeling empowered with information I can put into practice in my everyday life, both at work and at home.

For me, the connection I felt hearing his presentation in person was absolutely key. I felt ‘this guy gets me.’

The full story

Chris Trout has been instrumental in the transformation of our workplace culture. Over the past 3 years, Chris has spoken at our management and executive level retreats, each time guiding us to be our best selves while igniting contagious excitement for what could be. As a result, our company has evolved into a cohesive team that works together with integrity and passion, as we fearlessly think outside of the box.

I have never met a person who could make others feel so grounded while challenging them to reach for the stars. I highly recommend working with Chris, for individuals or groups who strive to put their strengths in focus.   

Teri Nickerson

Director of Human Resources, Stanford Management, Portland, Maine

Transitions Coaching for you or your team

(What is Transitions Coaching?)

Personal coaching

Personal Coaching

Do you say you’ll move forward “as soon as,” but a new “as soon as” keeps showing up? Do you struggle to define exactly what you want to move toward – and how? What if you could act now, before you knew?

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Leadership Coaching

Your DIY days are over. As a leader, all of your power comes from evoking the very best in others – by leveraging their strengths, their energy, their 100% commitment to a compelling vision.

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Team Coaching

What does a phenomenal team look like? Right people in the right places? Inspired & engaged? Clear and confident? Modeling excellence in everything they do? What would it take?

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Creative Solutions Coaching

Sometimes you just need help with a specific problem. You’ve all been looking at it for so long, it feels intractable. The energy is low, the ideas have stopped coming, and everyone wishes it would just go away.

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Artful Facilitation to help everyone see differently

Jazz StageEffective facilitation is like great jazz, an improvisational give and take that requires exquisite listening, sensitive choices, and the ability to jointly arrive someplace new and unexpected.

Chris is a master of this kind of improvisation. The unsurpassed skill and insight he brings helps everyone lay down their assumptions and join in the improvisation. His perfectly timed observations and insights help the group move to the next level of discussion and sharing. And his authentic delight in the process inspires everyone to join in the improvisation, excited to see what is possible.

Whether you need to find creative solutions, resolve conflict, elicit feedback and ideas, or engage in affirmative inquiry, Chris will help you navigate this new territory and arrive somewhere you’ve never been before.

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Speaking to Ignite

Keynotes, workshops, trainings

Transitions Coaching

Personal, leadership, team, creative solutions

Artful Facilitation

From small groups to large rooms.

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