Clarify who you are so you can make a difference!

Inspired insights, tools, and community to help you imagine more boldly, show up more fully, and make a real dent in the Universe.

Aligning Boldly
a transformative weekend workshop


The Workshop

Clarity is freedom. Aligning Boldly is a life-changing multi-day workshop designed to help name and claim who you are, fully tap into your strengths, and fearlessly pursue what calls you next. And this is just the beginning…

The Community

The Center for Inspired Thought & Action is a rich and vibrant members-only community for lifelong learning and support. Support from Chris, courses, accountability partners, mastermind groups, resources, daily inspiration and ideas…

The Message

When you know – with exquisite clarity – who you are, and why you do what you do, nothing holds you back. With a rare ability to reach audiences through both head and heart, Chris speaks directly to the unique experiences of each audience member.

Aligning Boldly

Friday evening, Sept. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 1 

A powerful weekend workshop to confidently name who you are, show up with courage and confidence, & finally do that thing you’ve been imagining.

Maple Hill Farm Conference Center,
Hallowell, Maine

“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 is Chris Trout?

Who is Chris Trout?

Founder and CIO (Chief Inspired Officer), Strengths in Focus

Well, that’s the big question, isn’t it? Who am I? How do I show up? What’s my dent in the Universe? I’ve been referred to as a visionary speaker, inspiring writer, serial innovator, and trusted advisor. (I like those!) Of course, others might describe me as paradoxical, big picture, and intense.

Over the course of my decades-long journey – as a music therapist, educator, family mediator, executive director, speaker, writer, and coach – I have never stopped being in awe of the untapped strengths, resilience, and brilliance of human service professionals. Now it’s your turn to be seen – and to do far more than you ever imagined. (Learn more.)

Life and Leadership Coaching

Life: For people like us, life and work are cut from the same cloth; different expressions of the same values. You want to feel aligned, passionate, and joyful. Yet, the patterns, the inner voices, and self-defeating beliefs persist. But you are ready…  Learn more.

Leadership: Your DIY days are over. As a leader, all of your power comes from eliciting the very best in others – by leveraging their strengths, their energy, their 100% commitment to a compelling vision. Yet, your self-doubt persists… Learn more.

“Chris’ work is different from anything I’ve experienced before.“

~ Carol Langner, Executive, Alberta, Canada

Speaking to Ignite and Transform

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.

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“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