Love your life | Do great work

Powerful insights and tools to help you
get unstuck, dream anew, and make it so – now

“Do I chase the dream or get real?”
Discover the surprising truth in this 3-minute audio clip – just for you.


If not because you’re inspired, then why?
(For heart-centered leaders who are ready for change.)

“After completing Chris’ workshop, I feel ready to own my brilliance and have the confidence to take my leadership to the next level.  I look forward to inspiring my team and changing my community for the better.” 

~ Shirar Patterson, President and CEO, United Way of Eastern Maine, Bangor

Who are you?

You SO want to do inspired work, play with inspired people, and live an inspired life! (Yes!) But the truth is, sh-t keeps getting in the way – and time is passing! Oh, you are ready. You just need the clarity to say “I’m in!”

You are done waiting

You are painfully aware that “as soon as” never comes and “if only” always lives in the future – and You. Are. Done. Waiting. You’re ready for the hero’s journey and all you need is for the guide to show up.

What if...?

What if the shift is simpler than you’ve been thinking? What if clarity is closer than you thought? And what if you could move in the direction of your grandest imaginings – today, right now, in this moment?

You are not alone

I’ve been in this hole (x100) and I know the way out. I’ve walked this path with others, who now live inspired lives. And I’m here to whisper in your ear, remind you who you are, and lend you hope. Ready?

Chris Trout

Imagine if you had a guide… to whisper in your ear, remind you who you are, and keep you inspired and aligned

“I can honestly say that I have never been happier or more excited about my future. I can’t remember the last time I had anxiety about where I should be going or what I wanted to do with my life.  These worries have been put to rest in the most magnificent of ways.”

~ Eric Koll, LMSW, Rochester, NY

IPL Coaching

Personal coaching

Personal Coaching

Life happens: unexpected change, another as soon as between you and what you want, that chronic negative dialogue in your head. You are not alone. Want to know what to do next? Learn more… 

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. Learn more…

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? Learn more…

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. Learn more…

“Chris Trout has been instrumental in the transformation of our workplace culture. He 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.”

~ Teri Nickerson, (former) Director of Human Resources, Stanford Management, Portland, Maine

Speaking to Ignite and Transform Your Organization

Artful Facilitation to help everyone see differently

Equally at home with CEOs or ground zero professionals, from South Central Los Angeles to rural Canada, 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 powerful stories that speak directly to 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.

The full story

Effective 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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