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Aligning Boldly

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

Fri, Sept. 29 @ 7:00 pm
Sun, Oct. 1 @ 2:30 pm

Maple Hill Farm Conference Center,
Hallowell, Maine

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

~ Carol Langner, Executive, Alberta, Canada

Aligning Boldly was designed just for you if…

You have a marvelous dent-in-the-Universe idea that you’ve been dreaming about for years, but keep hitting the same barriers – or inventing new ones! 

Your idea is fuzzy, but your readiness to do something new or bigger is not.

You and your life or work feel slightly (or not so slightly) out of alignment.

You are done waiting for “as soon as” and want the tools to move forward now.

Super Important Clarification: Many of you, who have the feeling of being ready, and have ideas that feel amorphous or ever-changing, have wondered if this is right for you. The answer is a resounding YES! Some will arrive with clear ideas, some amorphous ideas or feelings or readiness, and still others will have ideas that will change over the course of the weekend. That’s why we’re here! Wherever you begin, our process will help you move to clarity and movement. Come join us!

Aligning Boldly begins with clarity and ends in inspired action.
It is about moving firmly in the direction you want to go – then sustaining that movement after you return home.

Get Clarity

You’ll experience the energy and clarity that comes from courageously naming who you are and vividly seeing what you’ve only imagined.

Show up with confidence

You’ll move from reactive to proactive as you learn to recognize your “lizard brain” and tap into your “artist brain” – on purpose and at will.

Realize your vision now

You’ll sail past “as soon as” and “if only” as you begin to realize your vision right now, in the present moment. No more waiting. Your time is now.

The Aligning Boldly Weekend


7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Introduction to the Inspired 5 Framework. 

Ah… The week is over and it’s time to ease into the weekend and get to know your fellow participants over dessert and drinks. You’ll immediately be inspired by your colleagues as we begin to share the stories that brought us here. We’ll ask “who are you?” in a whole new way – fun and light – and I’ll introduce the core concepts and structure of the weekend. Then, I’ll send you off with an intriguing question to ponder in your sleep.


9:00 am to Noon – Who am I? Who’s showing up? What’s in the way?

Arrive anytime from 8:30 to 8:55. (We’ll start promptly at 9:00.) I’ll have coffee, tea, and cocoa waiting for you, and there’ll be pitchers of refreshing chlorine-free well water and dark chocolate on every table.

Using the Inspired 5 Framework, you’ll explore the question, “Who am I?” at a level you may never have experienced before.

Why this question? Because everything else we will do flows directly from the answer. Before long, you’ll feel years (decades?) of self-doubt and fuzzy thinking begin to melt away, as clarity and relief take its place.

Next, we’ll bring all those gremlins, judges and self-defeating beliefs into the light of day. You’ll learn to recognize when you are in your “lizard brain” and how to tap the extraordinary power of your “artist brain.” And you’ll begin to see “what is” from an entirely new perspective, so “what’s possible” is not so far away.

That thing you’ve been imagining will begin to feel closer than ever before – because it is!

Best of all, as your “reality” shifts, so will your mindset: from reactive (doing the same thing again and expecting different results) to proactive (co-creating your day). This sets the stage for a creative process of imagining at a whole new level.

Noon to 1:00 pm – Lunch and Llamas

We’ll provide a yummy lunch and dessert. Then, you’ll want to take some time to walk the grounds, take in the changing foliage, and visit the Llamas right outside our door.

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Creating the vision and making it real

Wow! This morning was filled with some real work! Foundational work! Life-changing work! We’ll take a few minutes to make sure it feels clean and clear and “real” before moving forward.

Now comes the fun part: bringing your vision out of the closet and into the sunshine! The goal is vividness and clarity, sharp edges and full color. You may find yourself describing the same vision you walked in the door with, or it might be something unexpected, something even better than what you’ve allowed yourself to dream before.

It’s not enough to just name it; we’ll be workin’ it, baby!

By the time you are done, you’ll be able to articulate your vision with such clarity and feeling, that you – and everyone else in the room – will get goosebumps when you describe it. (In fact, we won’t move forward until everyone can pass the “goosebumps test.”) Making it “real” in this way will allow you to bring it into the “now” in a way that simply isn’t possible otherwise.

Seeing the clear and logical arc from who you are to where you’re going is truly a thrill. It’s like meeting yourself for the first time.

Now you are ready to ask the question that every successful creator asks dozens of times each day: What does this thing look like today, right now, in this moment? This question is the bridge from what is to what is possible. By asking this in unique and extraordinary ways, you’ll circle back through those old fears and barriers, but they won’t just won’t have that old familiar punch. Something has happened. They’ve lost their hold on you.

It won’t be the last time you’ll walk through this process, but it will be the first one, the one that inspires you and pulls you forward in that way you’ve been longing for.

5:00 pm

Phew! Time to rest and relax.

The evening is yours. Some of you will want to continue your conversations over dinner and/or a relaxing evening out. I’ll have a list of cool local restaurants and entertainment venues for you. Some of you will want to go back to your room for me-time. Or maybe you’ll do both. In any case, enjoy!


9:00 am to noon – Integrating who you are? Executing what you’ve imagined.

Again, I’ll have coffee, tea, and cocoa waiting for you. Overnight always brings new revelations, ideas, and questions. We’ll take the time to work through them all.

Now… You can’t know where the river flows by standing on its banks. You’ve got to step into the water and begin laying down some stones upon which you can step to get a better view.

To start, you’ll put things in writing. You’ll describe what success looks like – in detail – and what you (and your life) would look like if you left this workshop and began to lean fully into your vision. You’ll make commitments to yourself and others. You’ll strategize conversations with colleagues and loved ones. You’ll define first steps. And you’ll take action, even before you leave.

But wait! This will be a different kind of action – inspired action. Inspired action is not a means to an end, but rather an expression of who you are and what you imagine and expect. This action is art vs work. This action creates energy vs draining energy. This action is your reason for getting up in the morning. Oh, and you’ll get more done in a day than you ever have before.

Before lunch, you will have created your Aligning Boldly Commitment plan, your guide to moving forward with clarity and confidence once you go home.

Noon to 2:30 pm – Lunch, sharing, and commencement

We’ll have a light (but yummy) working lunch together while we share our plans, create accountability partnerships, organize mastermind groups, set up your profiles in the Aligning Boldly online community, and cheer each other on.

Oh, and graduation. We definitely have to have a graduation ceremony!

You’ll leave with emails and phone numbers, and, the truth is, you won’t want to go. But you’ll know what you’re doing next, and you’ll leave with an amazing web of support to keep you on track and moving forward.

This is truly just the beginning.

…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, NY

The weekend is just the beginning…

How many workshops have you attended where you got all pumped up and inspired, then had it all fade over time, as “reality” set back in? Not this time!

Your Aligning Boldly registration includes a lifetime subscription (usual cost: $29/mo)
to an interactive, members-only lifelong learning and support community to help you stay inspired, clear and accountable.

Thanks to the award-winning team of designers at Learnworlds, I’ve been able to build the kind of full-service, interactive, no-holds-barred community I’ve envisioned for years! Take a minute to really absorb what would be possible with this kind of support: 

  • Me, in your ear every day, with spontaneous conversations, mini-coaching, problem-solving, encouragement, ways to shift your self-talk, and new tools to stay on track.
  • A daily digital newspaper (we’ll call it “News and Goods”) to inspire, inform and challenge you.
  • A 24/7 “Ask Chris” forum + Virtual Office Hours conference calls every couple of weeks + Live video trainings and Q&As + Access to virtually every course/program I’ve created over the years, with new ones added every few months.
  • A 24/7 discussion forum with your colleagues. Not Facebook. Private. Just us.
  • An online chat room to meet with your colleagues for spontaneous dialogue.
  • Rich community profiles to get to know each other and strike up lifelong friendships.
  • Mastermind groups to keep you accountable and engaged.

This is a truly interactive lifelong home for personal and professional growth, strategic and emotional support, and a rich sense of community and belonging.

Yours. For life. Just for going first.

I had the opportunity to hear Chris at a time in my life when I was ready for some next steps. For me, the connection I felt hearing his presentation in person was absolutely key. I felt ‘this guy gets me’.

~ Anonymous


The workshop will be hosted at the Maple Hill Farm Conference Center in Hallowell, Maine. The attached bed & breakfast, beautiful foliage, live Llamas, and exquisite hosting by Scott and Vince, make this the perfect location to breathe, dream and create your new reality.


Stay in one of Maple Hill’s gorgeous and unique rooms (see the pics here) and you’ll receive a 10% discount on your reservation, breakfast included. (And we’re talking a real, homemade, made-to order breakfast!) But act quickly, as there are limited rooms. Just call Scott or Vince at 1-800-622-2708 and let them know you are with Strengths in Focus, or make your reservation online and use the Promo Code: MTG. Alternatively, the affordable and highly reviewed Quality Inn is just four miles away.


Maple Hill is just an hour (or so) from Portland International Jetport (PWM) to the south or Bangor International Airport (BGR) to the north. There is also a small airport in Augusta, just a few miles away. Alternatively, Concord Trailways provides deluxe bus service (very comfortable, movies, etc.) from Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston for a very reasonable price. Need a lift from Portland or Augusta? I’m happy to make the links with others – or maybe just pick you up myself! We’ll send directions with your registration packet.

Who is Chris Trout?

Who is Chris Trout?

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

In truth, the answer is: “It depends.” Like you, it depends on how I am naming “what is” at any given moment, and whether I am aligned with what holds me back or what moves me forward. Fortunately, during a decades-long exploration of hidden strengths and resilience, and the extraordinary power of mindset, I have had the most remarkable teachers: children and adults, of every description, who have learned to thrive in the face of great adversity, and the organizations who, often in the face of their own adversity, courageously did what they knew would make a difference.

First as a clinical music therapist, then as an educator, family mediator, executive director, and national speaker, I have had the opportunity to work with (and sometimes lead) inspired organizations and human service professionals in over a dozen US states and Canada, and have influenced others from New Zealand to South Africa.

What’s more important is who you are, how you are naming your “what is,” and how I might help you inspire first yourself, then those you lead, so they can make a bigger dent in the Universe.

What is my investment?

What is the status quo costing you – in terms of life energy, confidence, opportunity, well-being, and long-term financial stability? How long do you have? How long must you wait?

I love working with people who go first; who plant their flag and declare, “I’m in!” To celebrate and support you as you finally bring your vision into being, I am offering a one-time tuition that is less than the cost of the membership site subscription alone. 

Super Important Clarification: Many of you, who have the feeling of being ready, and have ideas that feel amorphous or ever-changing, have wondered if this is right for you. The answer is a resounding YES! Some will arrive with clear ideas, some amorphous ideas or feelings or readiness, and still others will have ideas that will change over the course of the weekend. That’s why we’re here! Wherever you begin, our process will help you move to clarity and movement. Come join us!

Current registration is $495

Register now and save $45 @ $450

Register with a friend or partner and receive an additional $45pp discount ($405)
Limited financial aid is available. Contact us. 


Just complete this form, click the “Go to payment” button, enter your info, and you’re in!

Your registration includes:

  • Full weekend workshop + all materials
  • Friday dessert and Saturday/Sunday lunch, along with morning coffee, tea, and cocoa, and break snacks.
  • Optional Accountability Partnerships and Mastermind groups
  • Lifelong membership (usually $29/mo) in the Aligning Boldly online learning and support community. (To remember all the amazing stuff that’s included with this, click here.)

Have Questions?  Call 207-767-2024