The Aligning Boldly Weekend


Know what’s next  |  Make it so!

A live workshop to align fully with who you are, name what’s next, and show up for it with courage and confidence.

Jan. 12-14, 2018  Registration Closed
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Maple Hill Farm Conference Center,
Hallowell, Maine

I walked in unsure and feeling like I needed a miracle. I left with a renewed sense of purpose, practical tools for what to do next, and gratitude for having made this investment towards the rest of my life. Chris’ style, grace and intuition is unparalleled.

~ Melissa Cooper

Tell me more!

Clarity: That amazing thing that happens when your inner voices & highest aspirations agree.

Aligning Boldly is all about smart, insightful, forward-thinking professionals like you, who, by all rights, should be filled with passion and living the fullest expression of who they are – and in the most marvelous ways. It’s likely that your aspirations are for exactly that: a rich life, full of purpose, and genuinely making a difference in the world.

It’s not that you aren’t doing this, but it’s just not at the level you imagined. Way too often, you find yourself saying “as soon as” this or that happens, or “if only” this or that were true – then you could/would (fill in the blank). What you’ve come to understand is that the main thing getting in your way is not circumstances or events (as real as they are), but you!

  • The incessant negative chatter in your head.
  • Elusive clarity that sometimes feels “right there,” then, just as you reach for it, vanishes in the mist.
  • A focus on lack – of time, money, support, education, clarity… the list is endless.
  • A fear of not knowing how or of repeating old patterns.
  • Relationships and life circumstances that feel intransigent – but are they?

Yet, in the midst of this hamster wheel of internal “noise,” your desire for more persists.

Extraordinary, isn’t it?

At Aligning Boldly, we use the framework of five “inspired questions” have emerged from decades of research and experience. When explored and answered fully, these questions serve to “bridge the gap” between our habits of thought and our highest aspirations.

The 5 Inspired Questions are…

  • How do I name myself and others?
  • Who is showing up?
  • How do I name “what is”?
  • What do I imagine and expect – and why?
  • What does that look like today, right now, in this moment?

Beginning Friday night and culminating Sunday afternoon, we will explore these questions deeply and in the most unexpected ways – conversation, self-reflection, writing, mini-coaching – and lots of Q&A. You might even find answers talking to the Llamas!

As we align each question with the last, the most remarkable clarity emerges and your next inspired action becomes self-evident. More important, we will gather and practice the navigational tools you’ll need to find your way back to this clarity when you inevitably lose your way.

By the time you leave… 

  • What felt muddy and inaccessible will feel simple and clear.
  • Where you stand and where you want to be will feel closer than ever before.
  • And you will feel a confidence and courage about moving forward that you never thought possible.

The power of this process is reflected in the comments of Aligning Boldly Alums:

“When I walked into the room that first night I couldn’t articulate what I was hoping to get out of the weekend, but I felt like I needed a miracle. In a matter of minutes, Chris made a room full of strangers feel like a room full of old friends and then slowly but surely, like a butterfly stretching out of it’s chrysalis, the pieces started falling into place. Through laughter and tears, Chris supported, challenged, and guided us, until every person in the room was able to give voice to a part of themselves that felt new, but had been there all along. Chris’ style, grace and intuition is unparalleled. You will leave with renewed sense of purpose, practical tools for what to do next, and gratitude for having made this investment towards the rest of your life.”

~ Melissa Cooper

And another…

“I had the most enlightening and inspiring weekend with 11 new friends – each of whom I learned so much from – and one amazing coach, Chris Trout. I am so glad I took the chance! I was pushed out of my comfort zone and learned many strategies along the way. I am confident that this training will help me both personally and professionally as I move toward Bold Goals!”

~ Shirar Patterson

And one more…

“It was a changing moment in my life, watching people step into themselves after just one day, then finding that clarity myself. What a beautiful experience!”

~ Katie Kurby

You are invited to take this transformative step in your life and work.

This is your time.

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Aligning Boldly is right for you if…

☛ The chatter in your head and the aspirations of your heart are at odds.
Life is good, yet there is a nagging desire for something more.
You are done waiting for “as soon as,” but clarity is elusive, at best.
You know what you want to do, but keep getting in your own way.
You. Are. Ready. 


Aligning Boldly
begins with clarity and ends in inspired action.

Aligning Boldly
is about naming, knowing (finally) and aligning – with you.

Aligning Boldly
is that new beginning that changes everything that comes next.

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 1:00 – Lunch & Llamas again

1:00 to 4:00 pm – Clarifying, commiting, sharing, and commencement

This is where it gets real (yeah, as if it hasn’t already!). You’ll clarify and share your plan in a powerful way, ask for what you ned, create accountability & partnerships, and cheer each other on.

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

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 am so glad I took the chance! What an enlightening and inspiring weekend with new friends – each of whom I learned so much from – and one amazing coach, Chris Trout. I moved out of my comfort zone and learned strategies that have moved me both personally and professionally as I move toward Bold Goals!

Shirar Patterson, President & CEO
United Way of Eastern Maine

Aligning Boldly 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 registration includes a 6-month Seeker Level subscription
to The Center for Inspired Thought & Action (value: $60)

☛ Take the Nickel Tour here.
  • 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 call it “Daily Inspiration”) to inspire, inform and challenge you.
  • A 24/7 “Ask Chris” forum + Virtual Office Hours conference calls + Live video trainings and Q&As + Access to virtually every course/program I’ve created over the years, with new ones coming.
  • A 24/7 discussion forum with your colleagues. Not Facebook. Private. Just us.
  • 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.

The Center for Inspired Thought & Action

This quite literally changed my life. I was able to shift my perception of the events that had happened to me and gain insights and tools that I believe will be pivotal in the next phase of my life.

~ Bre Seavy


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.

It was a changing moment in my life, watching people step into themselves after just one day, then finding that clarity myself. What a beautiful experience!

~ Katie Burby, Community Support Worker

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